Saving a Life: Skills We All Should Have - Karen Salmansohn

Saving a Life: Skills We All Should Have

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Are you just interested in brushing up on basic life-saving skills in case of an emergency? Or are you interested in going into the healthcare field? Maybe you need to get certain qualifications for a relevant job. Or you need to get certified for various health related skills. If so read on…

Happily, these days there are a range of classes and certifications being offered online which teach you life saving skills.

I’m also here to help – with this article which quickly summarizes the most important life saving skills you should know!

These skills (below) will be especially helpful if you work or spend time with elderly people, young children or the disabled. 

In general, it’s good to study up on these life saving skills. After all, the more people who know these life-saving techniques, the safer we all are as a whole. 

Saving a Life: Skills We All Should Have

Quick reminder:  It’s always best to consult a doctor or emergency services if someone is suffering a life threatening illness, wound or emergency. Nothing can compare to a doctor’s professional care. Never ignore a serious health problem when it presents itself. But sometimes – in the case of a true emergency – knowing these skills can truly save a life!

CPR 

Knowing CPR is a very important skill. You may find yourself in an emergency situation where a person is unconscious and paramedics have not arrived. You can save a person and prolong their life until help comes in many cases with basic CPR. With just a few simple courses, you can become certified in CPR and have peace of mind that your family is now safer in your care. 

Plus, get a CPR poster for your home, school or office here.

BLS

BLS, or Basic Life Support, is similar to CPR in that it can help save or prolong a life before emergency services come. It is generally used for those who are unconscious or fading fast, in a number of scenarios. You can complete your BLS training online through various courses and classes. Most programs are affordable and fairly easy to complete. 

Plus, get a helpful guide about BLS here.

How to De-Stress

This is a super important skill that people ignore, and they shouldn’t, because stress directly impacts your health. I shared a quote posters that makes the rounds every now and again – about how to get through a panic attack? Voila..

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Plus, get a range psychological techniques and meditation tools in my video course, The Anxiety Cure. You can learn more here.

How to Stop Bleeding

This one seems like a no-brainer. But often people freeze in the moment. Knowing how to stop a bleeding wound can save a person’s life. In fact, just knowing how to properly tie a bleeding wound, how to elevate and what warning signs to look for can make a huge difference to a person who has been heavily injured or wounded. 

Plus, get a kit to stop bleeding here.

How to Stop Choking

The Heimlich Maneuver is the main way that most people know how to stop an adult choking, but there are other methods for babies, and the disabled, etc. It pays to know all of these methods and how to do them properly in the event of someone choking. Thankfully, most of these methods can be found online. And you can take classes to learn how to do the more advanced methods. 

How to Spot the Signs of a Heart Attack

Because heart attacks can mimic symptoms of other, lesser ailments like panic attacks or heartburn, we often don’t recognize the signs in ourselves, much less other people.

Learning to spot the signs of a heart attack can literally save a person’s life. Getting that person to immediately go to the hospital can also mean the difference between life and death.

Learn to spot the signs and always go to the doctor at the first sign of an issue, whether or not you’re in doubt. Better safe than sorry. 

Plus, here’s a book with 7 steps to stop a heart attack.

How to Spot the Signs of an Impending Seizure

Much like with a heart attack, the signs that a seizure is incoming can be tough to spot if you’re not trained properly. But you can learn how to notice the signs and help a person prepare for an oncoming seizure.

Also know that in some cases you may need to call 911 if the seizure progresses without stopping or if the person becomes injured. 

Plus, here’s a book on how to manage and control epilepsy holistically as well as traditionally.

How to Treat a Burn

There are so many misconceptions about how to treat a bad burn. People think using ice or butter, or wrapping up a wound is the best way to treat a burn, but none of those are true. If someone near you has a very bad burn, the best bet is to see a doctor or call 911. While you wait, apply cool water and/or a cold compress to the burn, but nothing else.

To learn more about how to treat burns, you can consult guides or take a course on burn treatments. 

Plus here’s a helpful burn kit in case of emergencies.

Heat/Cold Treatments

One great life skill that way too many people lack are how to take care of themselves in the event of extreme heat or cold – such as heatstroke, or hypothermia.

Knowing how to best care for yourself when exposed to the elements can keep you alive, not to mention with all your limbs and faculties.

It isn’t just overblown paranoia – a huge number of people die of heat stroke every year because they don’t take care of themselves in hot weather, or overdo it with exercise or work. Learn the signs that your body is being taxed, and how to properly care for it in cases of extreme heat or cold. 

How to Treat an Illness

With flu season in full swing, and other scary health concerns dominating world news, it’s easy to panic. But there are simple ways to doctor yourself and take care of your body no matter what the illness, even if you’re unable to get to the doctor right away (though we always recommend seeing a doctor at the sign of a serious illness). 

Knowing the difference between bacterial and viral infections/illnesses is a start. How to treat these illnesses vary. Know your symptoms and what they are indicative of, and always treat yourself with the winning combination of lots of rest, water and fluids, and medications when necessary, especially for a fever. 

Here’s where to get preventative measures, like Purell handwash soap and regular Purell Gel.

These Life Saving Skills Can Quite Literally Save a Life 

Thankfully most of these are skills you can learn at your leisure – with a few learned via affordable and accessible courses and classes.

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