Becoming a Medical First Responder
As the first to arrive, your role as a medical first responder (MFR) is crucial. You are trained to assess an emergency situation, call for further assistance and administer basic first-aid and/or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Completion of a medical first responder certification is required to act in an emergency but under certain restrictions. In this role, you help to stabilize the patient, while you wait for an emergency medical technician (EMT) to arrive on the scene. First responders, however, have restrictions and cannot transport patients or administer IV’s.
MFR training includes a CPR certification and a state-approved medical first responder course and certification exam. To act beyond the limits of a first responder, and administer further aid, you must obtain certification as an emergency medical technician.
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