I was doing some writing and came across two words that got me thinking: First Aid.
I remember in High School back in the 70s, they had a huge two-day event for those who wanted to take a First Aid class and it was glorious. We were taught the amazing concept of CPR (back then it had like 18 steps you needed to follow), treating fractures, stop bleeding (Blood dark and slow), apply tourniquets (Blood bright and fast), taking care of burns, snake bites, improvise stretchers (two poles & three t-shirts), when to remove stuff inserted in the body and when not to do so and a whole bunch of other stuff. The only thing we didn’t cover was the Heimlich maneuver because it had not come up yet.
Today, unless you seek some classes like CERT or similar, the only First Aid training I see out there is to call 911, repeated compression on the chest of a cardiac victim at the beat of “Staying Alive” (No shit, that is the latest) or pretty much holding the victim’s hand and tell him/her help is on the way.
Basically, we are doing Lamaze coaching to cases of grave bodily harm.
What the hell happened?