First Aid, CPR, and AED Training
In order to increase the preparedness of our community, MIT Emergency Management collaborates with MIT EMS to offer trainings to individuals and departments interested in learning how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), apply First Aid, and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
If you are interested in learning more about a training program, please review below. For questions, or to schedule a training, please email the MIT EMS HeartSafe Officers.
First Aid Training
If you have limited or no medical training and would like to learn how to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or other immediate medical emergencies in the first few minutes until emergency responders or healthcare professionals take over, then this class is for you.
Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. Topics include:
- The key steps in first aid
- Describe the assessment and first aid actions for the following life-threatening conditions:
- heart attack; difficulty breathing; choking; severe bleeding; shock; and stroke
- Use an epinephrine pen
- Control bleeding and bandaging
- Describe how to find information on preventing illness and injury
- Recognize the legal questions that apply to first aid rescuers
More than 350,000 people in the United States suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year and just 12 percent survive. However, statistics show that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival.
It is estimated that every year between 250,000 and 400,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the United States. Ventricular fibrillation is listed as the most prevalent cause of SCA, and can be successfully treated with early defibrillation. Defibrillation can be accomplished by employing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on a victim of SCA.
AED Purchasing, Installation, and Maintenance
If you are looking for information on purchasing or installing an AED for your area, please visit this page.
To view the locations of currently installed AEDs, please view this map.