This term is almost over and next term I’ll be doing my first round on the clinic floor. For your first term on the floor you only observe and get used to how things are done and how the things you’ve learned in the classroom apply to treating patients. We don’t really do anything but observe and absorb but before we can do that we have to be certified at first aid and CPR.
First Aid and CPR
The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) not only asked us to get certified in first aid and CPR but since there is no one class in the state of Illinois that fulfils the school’s requirements PCOM arranged for an American Heart Association approved agency to come out and give us the two classes.
The class lasted all day with a break for lunch but we learned and practiced how to evaluate an emergency situation and determine how to get someone the best help possible. Whether it be first aid and CPR or just calling 911, it’s important to know what to look for so you can make the best decision possible and this class was awesome for that. And yes, we learned how to make sure that if we ever did have to perform CPR we knew how to be sure we were keeping the right pace and introducing just enough breaths.
30 Compressions followed by 2 breaths
There was a period where people thought the 2 breaths were being removed from CPR due to the fear of fluid transfer but the method has been modified to be safe even if you don’t have the cool toys to cover their mouths they let us play with.
I can’t say that I would have thought I needed this to do my observation shifts in the clinic but after going through these aweseome first aid and CPR classes arranged by PCOM I can honestly say that I feel a lot better about being on the clinic floor where anything can happen at any moment. I really have to applaud the school for making sure we are all ready to help out if an emergency happens rather than allowing people on the clinic floor without these skills.