As a mom, one of my fears is what would happen if one of my kids were hurt and needed medical attention, and there was no one around to help. WAIT! There is someone. ME! I am my own first responder. And now, after taking Dr. Hubbard’s class, I have the confidence of knowing that, in the case of an emergency, I can confidently assess and perform many basic first aid techniques to help keep my children alive. And better yet, because my son took the course with me, we are both more preapred to do the same thing for us or for his friends and community.
Not long ago, our family made it our mission to learn as much first aid as we could so that we could be an asset to our family, our community and give us the confidence that we could deal with medical emergencies without always relying on the outside medical world. We’ve taken a CPR/First Aid course throught the American Red Cross, and recently were asked to take The Survival Doctor’s Emergencies Training Course through Dr. James Hubbard, M.D.
One of the big reasons we decided that medical training was a necessity for us was after watching my fourteen year old son, who upon seeing a car wreck happen at an intersection we were walking near, was the first to jump into the scene and begin to help. The woman driver had been caught in her car, was dazed but unharmed, and thankfully there was no more damage to the scene. On one hand I was so stinkin’ proud of him. My son was a super-hero (his dream job, by the way), and had stepped up when everyone else was just standing around looking. He did a great job of holding her hand, helping her when she couldn’t get to what she needed, and giving her a calm voice in her panic until medical help arrived.
On the other I was duly worried as a mom. For one, he rushed into the scene before really assessing the situation to know if it was safe to. Granted, not having experience, he wouldn’t have known and felt so led to help. Two, he didn’t know enough of spinal care, assessing the injuries, and while I feel confident he would’ve waited for one of the adults to come up before he began trying to drag the woman out of the car, but I knew he just didn’t know what to do. That was the moment that I realized we needed to get us into a little more training than the basic first aid we’d learned.
Now we have that course we can take together to learn these things in our home, repeat as needed, and come away feeling confident that we can help each other and our community, in the event of an emergency when there is no other medical help available.
Dr. Hubbard is world-reknowned as The Survival Doctor. He’s got a very no-nonsense approach to medical care, training, and learning that doesn’t feed on hype, drama or scare tactics to educate you on preparedness medicine. And that’s what I love most about him. So many folks in this area of medicine really play into the hype, fear and drama that surrounds medical emergencies and your preparedness, and there is absolutely none of that in this series or on his website.
The online courses are a wonderful video series where Dr. Hubbard walks you through each challenge step by step. His demeanor is professional but friendly. And because you have access to the course over the long-term, you can watch them over and over.
Emergencies Training Course Info
What You’ll Get:
- Nine easy-to-follow training videos that go well beyond first-aid courses, covering simpler problems like choking to advanced problems like chest wounds and injured spines
- Modules include:
- How to assess an injured person
- How to clear and protect the spine
- The basics: CPR, AED, choking, airway
- Life-saving procedures: chest wounds, tourniquet
- An audio-only version that you can download for learning reinforcement
- A transcript you can print out and store
- A quick-reference highlights page for each module
- Quizzes to help you track your learning before and after each module
- Access to a private Facebook group, where you’ll connect with me and other serious, knowledgeable survivalists and preppers
The information is packed solid for everyday first aid and life saving techniques, plus you’ll have worksheets and information to print off to add to your preparedness binders.
Assessment of a situation is of the utmost importance in the series. From assessing your safety as a rescuer and determining if you’re going to cause more harm than good by jumping into a situation to learning to do a full field assessment of an individual before ever performing any techniques is stressed for the layperson.
I have always been wary of applying a tourniquet because I’ve always heard the stories of laymen actually making the situation worse by doing it improperly. But we now have tourniquets in our emergencies bags ready to go along with the knowledge of how to use them thanks to this series. And I now know how to treat a sucking chest wound with a credit card. That’s MacGuyver medicine for you! (Seriously, it’s not the focus of learning how to treat a chest wound, but he does show you how to do it in case there’s nothing else available). This is the kind of confidence you come away with after watching the courses.
And since the videos are available online, you can review them regularly to keep yourself up-to-date. And trust me, I watched the chest-wound one more than once just to feel like I had a grasp of what it really involved. But then, again, so did my son. It’s been a great course for us to take together to learn from. He has much more confidence now that he can walk up to a trauma, and feel confident that he can handle the situation correctly, keep himself safe, and provide a service to help save someone’s life. That makes me a really proud mom.
The Facebook Group is invaluable because not only will Dr. Hubbard answer questions, there are other preparedness and medical professionals in the group to facilitate discussions about supplies, questions, concerns on how to handle emergency situations, etc. It is a great private group only for the participants of the class and is free from panic and wild claims.
Not only do you receive the above coursework, but you also to be involved in five online workshops that go into more detail about the videos, answer your questions, and demonstrate some of the life-saving skills in real time. All of the workshops will be interactive and scheduled beforehand. Each will begin with a scenario and “what to do” situations, followed with details of the exact steps to take. You’ll also get to invite a friend along with you. Not only will you have a partner to practice your techniques with, you’ll have a partner that is also learning along with you, spreading your circle of medical training a little farther in case YOU are the one who needs the medical help.
Why Take This Class?
For the price of a First Aid Class, you’ll receive so much more training than just CPR and how to put an ice pack on a bruise. You’ll learning life-saving skills, gain confidence that you can actually DO this, and you’ll be training yourself to help save a life. Should you skip the American Red Cross CPR training course? No, definitely get certified. But if you’re ready to take a next step in your personal medical preparedness, this is a great direction to go.
Check out all of the information about the course here, and take your first steps in learning to save a life.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor do I play one on TV or in the playground. These courses are made available for your personal enrichment.
Tom is a Marketing & Communications graduate interested in nature, gardening, agriculture, and traveling. For the last decade, Tom has turned his hobbies into a full-time job, creating useful resources and guides for all our readers. If he is not working on his next article, you will find Tom spending quality time with family or taking care of his own back garden.