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If I have to (voluntarily) give up, and my company has to compensate me for, five precious Saturday morning hours, then I'd expect more than I got during my first First Aid / CPR / AED training yesterday.
Never before had the training in my 50+ years, and don't know if I feel any more prepared now. Our teacher was knowledgeable, qualified and experienced enough, so that wasn't the issue. Our brief time allotment to cover much material in a relatively short period of time limited our practice time, which I would've preferred more of.
My biggest complaint is spending valuable time on sting rays, jelly fish, snakes and spiders not native to WI or found within 1000 miles. Do I really need to know the difference between scorpion and black widow bites? You might as well tell me to keep a safe distance from crocodiles, because I'll never see one of those in the wild either.
We use sharp blade all day, every day in the warehouse, so why didn't we learn how to treat cut wounds until the very end? As the scheduled end time of the course came and went I began to wonder if we were going to discuss one of the most common injuries to our line of work at all. How many fellow participants had already lost interest by that time?
We specifically didn't discuss using tourniquets because in our area of the country professional help is available in half an hour or less, supposedly, so I know the lesson plan was somewhat shaped for us. We're not adventure campers in the back country after all, and besides, our next door neighbor at the warehouse is Fire Station #2! So please tell me again why we spent more time identifying coral and cottonmouth snakes and their bites than we did on using pressure points to stop bleeding?
Carrying the first aid card I earned yesterday, I'm afraid, will just give me a false sense of security. I expected more for my time and my company's money than I felt I received from the class. It's better than nothing, I suppose, just don't expect me to save a life anytime soon.