Bret and I just completed our CPR recertification and took it a step further also completing an advanced first aid certification that was offered with it. Though it is something we hope to never need to use on anyone, we felt it is knowledge that could be invaluable in an emergency situation.
When I was in high school, I along with some friends, were in the cafeteria before classes. A freshman walked in, suddenly colapsing. We quickly went to her aid, one staying with her, one calling 911 and one getting a faculty member. She had a known heart condition, that the faculty was aware of. Though she did receive help quickly, she did pass away weeks later. At that time I didn’t know CPR and though unlikely we were told because we got her help quickly, sometimes wonder if it would have made a difference in her case.
I don’t know why I/we never certified sooner. When Bret and I starting thinking about adopting, we participated in a number of webinars, seminars and just reading on our own a variety of topics about children in general as well as various adoption topics. Something we wanted to add to our knowledge base, was Advanced Medical Care for our own peace of mind that we could offer a child or anyone in need in an emergency situation care needed for those few minutes until trained professionals could arrive, which could make all the difference.