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Medical training for all

Offer medical training and save lives with it
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CPR certification is already done, and it does save some lives but it's not taken seriously enough. This government agency would provide weekend training for a national corps of emergency responders. Anyone would be given free training. Upon passing a test proving sufficient skill they would be entitled to carry a badge and a small kit allowing them to attempt to provide more comprehensive EMT-like intervention until the professionals show up. Regular re-training would be required, and it would be illegal to claim to be a responder or use the kit without having the license.

Such training would be provided as to help in most cases where immediate help is more important than skilled help. Emergency tracheotomy, anaphylaxis, CPR, recognizing and stabilization for stroke and heart attack, treating for shock, and the like.

The responder would be legally expected not to deviate far from training and would be held accountable in the same way doctors are if they should mistakenly or maliciously hurt someone.

Voice, Jan 08 2017

St John's Ambulance https://www.sja.org.uk/sja/default.aspx
[not_morrison_rm, Jan 08 2017]

St. John's Fire Brigade http://www.stjohns....-emergency-services
WKTE [8th of 7, Jan 09 2017]

Tooth puller Tooth_20Puller
This too! [bungston, Jan 10 2017]

CERT program https://www.fema.go...ency-response-teams
Community Emergency Response Team [lurch, Jan 11 2017]


       //would be held accountable in the same way doctors are if they should mistakenly or maliciously hurt someone//   

       There's your problem. If someone with no training, or minimal or casual training, screws up in the attempt to save a life, they generally can't be prosecuted unless they were shown to be acting malevolently or recklessly. Give people medical qualifications, and they assume all kinds of liability. Hence malpractice insurance.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 08 2017

       St John's Ambulance...there are quite a few medical charity groups who do free training...
not_morrison_rm, Jan 08 2017

       It's "St John Ambulance", like it's a guy called St John with the surname Ambulance. Not "St John's".
nineteenthly, Jan 09 2017

       There's definitely a St. John's Fire Brigade ....   

8th of 7, Jan 09 2017

       Is there a St. Elmo's Fire Brigade?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 09 2017

       Think that was one of [UB]'s, got deleted.
8th of 7, Jan 09 2017

notexactly, Jan 10 2017

       My idea extends far beyond existing first aid and CPR classes, and beyond the existing methods and organizations for providing them. I swear if cars didn't exist and I described one you would say a horse renders it WKTE
Voice, Jan 10 2017

       There is a lot of enthusiasm in the US for the "well regulated militia" with all accoutrements. But it seems like all we have for part-timers these days in the US is the National Guard. Even civilian firefighting is frowned upon. Leave it to the experts. Bah.   

       This idea should be rolled into one incorporating that regulated militia and maybe some amateur firefighting thrown in. Those fighting situations is where folks are apt to get hurt and need the medic attention. Kit should include cardioversion kit with attachment to jumpstart a car.
bungston, Jan 10 2017

       [bungston] I think you found an advertising or PR niche. The NRA could have voluntary CPR training, bolstering their well regulated militia perspective and someone could invent an electrical metal firearm that can also defibrillate if placed on a chest. Millions of people might then have handy defibrillators and training.
beanangel, Jan 11 2017

       // voluntary CPR training //   

       Detailed instruction on how to arrest massive hemorrhage from penetrating projectile woulds would be more appropriate, shirley ?
8th of 7, Jan 11 2017

       This idea just gets better and better - throw in a permit to carry and I'll take any training you require.
normzone, Jan 11 2017

       Basic first aid should be a compulsory early education course if for no other reason than people will have something other than panic to draw from in trauma situations.
(A) True?
(B) False?

       See, now 'that's' the kind of question which should be on the Common Sanity test, and the type of thing I would like politicians to have to answer before being given the right to speak for me.   

       I don't think we finished the St John Ambulance discussion. Who was this John Ambulance guy, what did he do to be worthy of sainthood, and are ambulances named after him or vice versa?
notexactly, Jan 12 2017


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