Class Got Serious Today: First Aid

First Aid is a serious business.  The Promotores today watched photo and instructional slides on life-threatening maladies and what to do (or not to do).   Most of us have had a first or even a second degree burn (with blisters), but what should they do for a third degree burn? How do you treat hemorraghing of a major artery or a suspected spine injury?  What is the difference between treating a sprain, a dislocated joint or a fracture?

Sometimes the answer is that the best you can do is make the patient calm and comfortable and set up a IV to keep the patient hydrated until an ambulance comes, which is many cases is life-saving.  The Promotores have serious expressions because they are truly absorbing what Dr. Roberto is instructing them to do with the contents of their medical kits.  We like these serious expressions because we know they really care!

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The Tia Foundation is a small, Arizona-based NGO dedicated to driving sustainable health solutions in rural Mexico.

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