Re: just once more on CPR ????
James Brown (aa473@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Thu, 11 Mar 1993 08:03:37 -0500
> I am not sure I got a clear determination for the CPR question as
> pertains to the CPR requirement for FIRST AID and Life Saving merit
> badges. But let me summarize what I collected: The 3 hours of CPR
> required for the merit badges does not CERTIFY a scout to perform
> CPR. . . so what is the point ? WHY not have a full 4 hour course
> and have the scouts fully certified? If cost is the issue, I have
> found that the 4 hour course is being run locally (next on MARCH 20)
> for $10, if you already have the ARC first aid/cpr book, and $15,
> if you need the book. There is also the basic ARC first aid training
> being run (three year certification) plus two different CPR 4 hour courses.
> You would have time to complete any TWO on a training day. But CPR
> must be re-certified every year, and first aid, only every three years.
> So looking back at the 6 hours of CPR our scouts completed in the
> past year, they HAVE NO REAL first aid or CPR certification! However,
> if they had taken the ARC first aid and CPR training, they would meet
> the BSA requirements for both merit badges, and have a RED CROSS card
> to certify the training. I think it would have been $15 well spent!!!
> I still don't undestand the 3 hours required by BSA for the merit badges.
> It dosn't really qualify the scouts for CPR. I am the only one confused?
> don I
Yes it is better to complete a certified course and get the card but,
it is possible to learn CPR in three hours. So if a ARC or Heart
Association course is not available go with the three hours.
Certification is not necessary unless you are in a paid position
of a type were the public would reasonably expect you to be trained
in it. A life guard would be a good example.
Lets not let fear of litigation completely destroy our humanity. If
as a by-stander you see someone in need of CPR don't take the time
to check the date on your card. Start CPR.
As a former Paramedic and instructor I am well aware of the minimal
circulation that good CPR provides and how much even this drops of
when done poorly. But even the later gives the victim some slight
chance. I have gone through the motions too many times because the
alternative was to tell the family "Since you didn't do anything
there is nothing I can do." And yes I have seen successful outcomes
when efforts in progress when we arrived on the scene appeared to
be poorly handled.
Of much more importance is the inexpensive "Annie" now available.
Every troop should have one and practice should be a regular feature
of troop (unit) life. The card proves you could do it at one time
immediately after study, practice and coaching. Doing CPR is like
any physical athletic skill the more you practice the better you
will be "under game conditions".
I guess the above isn't really a a "reply" to Don because if it was
it would "almost" be a flame. Its just me back on one of my favorite
topics. Probably preaching to the saved on doing the right thing
just because its the right thing and not worrying about will I be
praised or booed.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City