What level of medical training do you have?

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  1. Colorado Plainsman

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    Are you a MD, Nurse, Paramedic, EMT,have Wilderness medicine training or First aid CPR? Did you take your education for reasons beyond your career?

    I am a EMT and took the class this summer. I took it for a few reasons, one being my family hikes a lot and I wanted to be able to fix them if the become broken or take care of them if they are ill. I am glad I have these skills now knowing what to do so I don't cause more harm such as trying to move someone with a spinal cord injury without the correct steps. Being able to help friends or family if I ever had to. Feeling helpless when SHTF sucks.
     
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    Heart Assoc. CPR and Red Cross First Aid last time around. I was First Responder at one time. Everything is expired right now. Need to renew, but it's kinda hard to do in this area as a private citizen. Local agencies won't do individuals...need to organize a group and I don't have time to do that right now just to renew my certs.
     
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    I'm an EMT. I don't work as one profesionally, i volunteer and occasionally help teach. I thought they would be good skills to know as a parent and someone who spends time in the bush.
     
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    Man I am small time next to you guys. I was just a combat life saver while serving in the Army for 8 years.
     
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    Nationally registered Paramedic with all associated certifications required to maintian that cert for 7 years.
     
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    Was a combat lifesaver in the Army. Now I just have certs for Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
     
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    Thats nice your cert last for 7 years. I have to recert every 2.
     
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    When I graduated college, I had my EMT Basic license in Michigan. It was a requirement for the curriculum I was in to take the classes, so after the classes I took the state tests and did my clinicals. When it was up for renewal I let it lapse. Now I wish I had kept it up.
     
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    So your a paramedic? Not sure how the military works.
     
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    all i've had is basic military first aid classes. seems like i did a CPR class once too, just for fun.
     
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    I took a WFR course awhile back in addition to my training in Scouts.
    I also took a very crappy CPR and FA course for work from the Red Cross. The new courses aren't hands-on at all, barely anyway.

    PMZ
     
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    Former First Responder w/AED but need to recert; current Red Cross CPR and FA, all for work.
     
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    Wilderness first aid, lifeguard, and CPR certified. Taking a class through my high school to become first responder certified and from there I hope to become EMT certified.
     
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    Former first responder, but like many all have lapsed. Unfortunately I cannot physicaly do this type of stuff any more. I do try to keep up on current treatments by reading everything I can get my hands on.
     
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    CPR... I got to get it updated..
     
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    Was an Army medic,civilian RN,trauma certified,paramedic instructor,pncc instructor,tncc instructor,CPR,ACLS instructor.....but that was in the past. Now I'm just retired.
     
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    Orthopedic spine surgeon. Did it for the career because it sure wasn't for fun! Before that I was a volunteer EMT in college. There are a surprising number of doctors on this site but most of them don't post much (I know of at least 25).
     
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    I had an EMT hiking with me yesterday. He is about 15 years younger than me. I thought I was going to have to rescue him on a couple of hills. :) I should have better first aid skills but I think I am as comfortable as a person who does not do it full time can get.
     
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    I received all my training courtesy of my former employer, and grateful for it. CPR, advanced first aid, blood borne pathogens, defibrillator, and a couple other random courses. Re-certification was required every 2-4 years. Not current in any certs anymore, though.
     
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    I'm employed by USLA Certified Ocean Lifeguarding agency (agencies are certified, not individuals) and American Red Cross Lifesaving Certified. This includes extensive open ocean lifesaving training, including surf zone spinal stabilization and extraction (Imagine having to put somebody on a backboard, in the churning hurricane swelling ocean), and all the basics, CPR, AED, First Aid, Pathogens,
    In addition, though i need to re-certify, NJ State EMT I

    These are all for my job, as a beach lifeguard at a popular beach destination town at the Jersey Shore.

    lets just say, Mitch Buchanan aint got s&%t on me.
    Not to boast, i just love my job, and am really proud to be a lifeguard! :D
     
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    I am the guy the freaks out at the sign of blood and gives all you guys 1 more patient to work on when I pass out.
     
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    I got certified for first aid and CPR through a job I had a few years ago.
     
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    Just basic first aid and CPR. None of my certifications are current but I'm a former scuba diving instructor and I taught a first aid and CPR course in conjunction with teaching diving.

    My wife (my usual outdoor partner) is a working EMT. She works for the county and a private ambulance company.

    I'd like to add a question to the discussion. What experience have you actually using your training?

    In my case as a dive instructor it was most often used to recognize potential problems and avoid them before they became serious. For example, in diving hypothermia and hypothermia are common. Sometimes both on the same dive because we often dive in very cold water in very warm gear and weather and even dived under ice. Too often students say they're fine when they really aren't.

    I've been the first on the scene of a couple of car accidents but I never actually had to do very much...activate EMS and see to traffic concerns and so on. In those instances, knowing what not to do was probably as important as anything else.

    Even though I taught CPR, I've never actually had to do it in a real situation.
     
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    I've been red cross, ashi, American heart and probably other first aid and CPR cert, many times since about fifteen. All job requirements. Lifeguard, child care, uscg. Currently ashi cert trainer. I'm looking into getting some of there wilderness certs. I'd love to get emt it's just not in the cards at the moment.
     
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    I started out as an EMT years ago during college. After college I worked as a critical care nurse and volunteered as a PHRN which in my state is basically the same level as a paramedic. I also have some fire fighting and rescue training to go along with it. Since that time I have returned to school to attain a couple of graduate degrees and now I work as a professional "gas passer." I still do the volunteer EMS/rescue whenever I can because I really enjoy it.
     
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    as it is now a day later, i'll take the liberty of answering this, at least as a combat lifesaver was defined before the current wars started. i looked in on a CL class about a year ago, and what they were teaching was WAY in advance of what CL guys in my era got. in my time, a CL was a soldier (one per vehicle) who'd been trained in some slightly advanced lifesaving skills, outside the normal first aid training all soldiers got. he was NOT a medic or EMT. he could administer an IV, which gave the patient a slightly better chance of surviving the 'golden hour', and sort of got one step ahead of the unit medic, who was essentially an EMT.

    i think, as we've relearned the lessons of trauma care, that today's CL has probably gotten more training in blood loss prevention, airway clearing, and tools like quik clot and tourniquets, anything to improve the odds of survival long enough to get to a hospital. but i'm not certain.
     
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    Thanks seeker for the answers. I know that the military has different guidelines than the civilian world.
     
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    Certified First Aid and CPR, for my volunteer work with the Forest Service.
     
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    I'm a former NREMT-B and worked as a medic for an ambulance company in Mobile and Baldwin Co, AL way back in the early 80's. In fact I found this relic when I was at the folk's house for Christmas:

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    I was an AHA CPR instructor back in those days also. I've been through a 2 day wilderness first aid course. Now, I just have First Aid/CPR/AED cert.
     
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    I'm an EMT. Although I took the class for my own benefit so I never got nationally registered.
     
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    I certified as an EMT in 1984. I thought it would be useful for all the outdoor stuff I was doing back then (backpacking, rock & mountain climbing, whitewater paddling). Never worked an ambulance, though the cert helped me get a slot for Volunteer Firefighting School in Utah in 1986.

    Got my Wilderness First Responder cert through Wilderness Medical Associates in 1988. Also got my National Search and Rescue cert that year.

    I like being prepared. Mostly I've never used my training (knock on wood). I have treated and evacced one case of acute mountain sickness from 17,00 feet Ixtacihuatl volcanoe in Mexico, and a couple of bee sting anaphylaxis cases in NC & GA.

    The rest has been treating a few folks for blisters, minor cuts and burns, GI distress, minor heat stroke & hypothermia, and sprained ankles.
     
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    As a former LEO I was required to take CPR and first responder courses. As you can imagine, in that line of work I saw a lot of dead and dying along with the less serious blood and guts...

    Later in life I worked at a Gold Mine in Nevada and the site was remote (I was working security). We were required to become EMT II certified.

    After that I moved on to the Post Office and there were only CPR requirements.

    I let my EMT certification lapse but I still have the knowledge - As I get older, I'm sure the knowledge will also lapse...
     
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    CPR and first aid certified.
     
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    Of the various and many aspects of Bushcraft/Wilderness-Trekking/Survival/etc. that are, and have been such a big part of my entire life, 'First-Aid' and 'medical' matters are the area I am most lacking in :-(
    I REALLY NEED TO FILL IN THAT GAP!!!
    ... Hell - even my FAK is only made up of some DuckTape, a small (ancient) roll of 'bandage tape', and some 'medicinal salve' My Wife makes.
    OK - I have been doing this 'woods-stuff' for ~60 years, and "ain't dead or debilitated yet", So, I guess either I am "Truly and Wonderfully Blessed", or extremely lucky?
     
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    In addition to being a certified firefighter, I am an EMT and also a water rescue tech.
     
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    I work in a kitchen, lol. I know my way around burns and lacerations. Always try to keep duct tape around as a handy bandage, and I remember a lot of my first aid training as a scout. Think I was CPR certified as a scout too. I should really take another class and get up to date. Last year a customer was choking, but his waiter ran into the kitchen and told us he was having a heart attack but was still conscious so we told the dumb*ss to call 911. Luckily a manager figured it out and gave him the Heimlich before it got serious.
     

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