Two 23-year-old hikers and their 11-year-old companion were rescued with bystander-administered CPR in Glacier National Park in Montana last month.
The trio had been struck by lightning from a fast-moving storm that swept through the park. Fortunately, other hikers soon came upon the unresponsive group and quickly began CPR. Another hiker who arrived later, and who is also a pediatrician, credits the immediate action of the rescue group as crucial to saving the victims’ lives.
Park personnel also provided emergency oxygen to the victims before they were taken from the park by ambulance and helicopter to receive medical attention.
We frequently focus on CPR in our blog posts, but today’s rescue story is good reminder about emergency oxygen training.
When a serious illness or injury occurs, the body’s ability to process oxygen can be compromised. Low levels of oxygen in the body, or hypoxia, can result in a deteriorating condition known as shock.
Unless the effects of the decreased amount of oxygen can be reversed, shock can quickly progress into a life-threatening emergency. The use of emergency oxygen by a first aid provider can help meet an ill or injured person’s critical need for oxygen to further improve the person’s outcome.
ASHI and MEDIC First Aid both offer oxygen administration training programs. These programs focus on administering emergency oxygen to breathing and non-breathing persons, emergency oxygen delivery systems, and integrating pulse oximetry.
Need to take a class that includes oxygen administration training? Take a deep breath, and then click our “Find a Class” button to locate an ASHI or MEDIC First Aid class near you!