Scott Drown (scottdd@HALCYON.COM)
Tue, 19 Sep 1995 11:24:49 -0800
>As I just got my Community First Aid and CPR card, so I can put my answer in
>to this question. *Tourniquets are not ever to be used.* Use direct
>pressure and under duress the instructor told us about pressure points but
>also stated that itis hard to find and hold for any length of time.
That is interesting. I shall have to go back and take a look at my book.
The reason that tourniquets are not covered is that they are not
recommended by American Red Cross but the pressure points are and are
supposed to be demonstarted, both brachial and femoral.
Then again I also found instructions in another mountaun first aid book on
how to do a tourniquet. Hmmm. I personnally would have to hesitate and
not' since as has been raised, liability protection via Red Cross would
rest on their training.
Red Cross classes and certification can be given to any person who can
physically demonstrate the skills needed to perform the tasks - be it
bandaging or CPR, and pass the written test.
I think the best idea would be to try to get everyone in your troop
certified. Our local Red Cross chapter offers reduced manikan rates and
card fees for any type of Scout and other voluntary group. You can also
usually find a fire department who will offer classes to organized groups
in AHA CPR.
I have recently been asked to do First Aid Merit Badge for one of the
patrols and plan on doing the Community First Aid and Safety which includes
CPR and covering the additional merit badge requirements alon the way. I
think I can do it in about 12 hrs with a limit of 1 patrol or 10 people in
the class. The actual time is more than is needed for American Red Cross
but I think will be needed - may go longer. I can do more people if I can
find another instructor to help.
Not one shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
ASM Troop 39, Maltby
Mt. Baker Council, Everett Wa.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City