It's not easy knowing what to do when an emergency strikes. The time between calling 911 and an ambulance arriving is crucial. To help the community prepare, an American Red Cross first aid course was held at Binghamton University Monday. As our Alexa Green tells us, the course teaches set of skills that could save lives.
VESTAL, N.Y. -- It could be a crucial difference. Knowing what to do before an ambulance arrives could save a person's life.
"The more that we train our students and the general population in reacting to these emergencies, they can be that middle person before EMT comes," said Holly Brown, a Red Cross Instructor.
Basic life skills that many people don't know, including Patrick Carter. As a baseball coach, he never knows when the unexpected may happen.
"If there's somebody hurt and there's not anyone around, I can help really quick until somebody who is trained a little more than I am can help with the situation," said Carter.
The best thing to do, the Red Cross says, is call 911 and tell the dispatcher exactly what the victim's symptoms are.
"It's check, call, care. So they're checking the symptoms, they're calling, giving them the right information so that way they are prepared once they get there. Again, making that phone call is one of the most important things and then making the person as comfortable as they can and dealing with whatever they can see," Brown explained.
The workshop focuses on different emergency situations that the everyday person might find themselves in. Treating burns, cuts and broken bones and also recognizing when a person has fallen ill are all covered in the course.
"It's just a necessary life skill they really should teach it at the high school level or college level. It's really important to have and it's good to know what to do in a certain scenario," said Sam Schwarzwald, a Binghamton University freshman.
A scenario that no one wants to find themselves in. But after a three-and-a-half hour class, these students could be able to save a life.
For more information on American Red Cross classes, you can visit their website at www.redcross.org.