Almost everyone knows the value and importance of medical training, but very few take the time to sit through a class and actually get the training. Sometimes it’s because your schedule never lines up with locally offered classes. Sometimes it is because finances preclude you from taking classes(although there are often free classes available).
In today’s internet age, I decided to see what kind of medical training you can find online. Books are great and everyone should have a section of their library dedicated to medical skills, but shouldn’t we be able to find something more visual in our multimedia centered Web 2.0(or is it 3.0?)?
It can actually be quite difficult to find said videos. This is very surprising in an era where you can often find hundreds of detailed educational videos dedicated to such esoteric subjects as underwater basket weaving. Why aren’t there more people making this information avialable?
Liability issues weigh heavily on many educators in the medical training arena, so most teachers want to be able to watch the student and make sure that they are comprehending and properly executing the skills. A teacher doesn’t want you to make a mistake and seriously injure or kill someone, then tell everyone that you learned the technique from Dr. XXXXXX on their YouTube channel.
There is no complete replacement for hands-on training, but online videos can definitely fill in some knowledge gaps and are often better than just reading about lifesaving procedures.
Here are a few sets of videos that I have found on YouTube:
Emergency First Aid – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9D21EEC2E3052414&feature=plcp
Basic First Aid Tips – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCBC01282068B16E8&feature=plcp
Medical Emergencies and First Aid – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD2DD288E9C8B1DE1&feature=plcp
Emergency Medical Care – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC62A682EF09DC044&feature=plcp
What else have you all seen?