Global View - Learning About First Aid (C0199)

A:  Hey Joe! Where have you been these past few days?
B:  I've been busy with a first aid course that I started about a week ago at the Red Cross.
A:  Cool! I've always wanted to do something like that! Have you learned anything useful?
B:  For sure! I mean we've learned how to apply pressure to stop bleeding, how to check for a pulse, and even how to apply CPR!
A:  Have you treated any real emergencies?
B:  Well, they took us along with some paramedics. There was this guy who fell off his motorcycle and suffered a concussion as well as a couple of compound fractures. His wounds were pretty serious so they had to rush him to the hospital. It was intense!
A:  I can imagine! I tend to faint when I see blood, so I think I won't be taking up a course like that anytime soon!

Key Vocabulary

treatto cure an illness by medical means
concussiona jarring of the brain
tend toTo be disposed or inclined towards something
rushmove or act swiftly
take upbegin with

Supplementary Vocabulary

A strip of material such as gauze used to protect, immobilize, compress, or support a wound or injured body part.
a hard shell usually made of gauze and plaster, used to immobilize an injured body part
A rigid device used to prevent motion of a joint or of the ends of a fractured bone.
anaesthetica medication that causes loss of sensation
ambulancea vehicle for pre-hospital treatment and transportation of sick or injured people

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