First aid is one of those skills that we hope we will never actually need to use, but it’s really good to know it anyway. It is terrible to think of any situation where you would need to know CPR technique, the proper application of the tracheal tube, or how to quickly and efficiently deal with a venomous snake bite when you are miles away from civilization.
But if any of these situations ever do occur in your life and you are not prepared, you will find it difficult to forgive yourself for not having more forethought. And if you are prepared, you will be an absolute hero. So to make sure you have the resources needed to arm yourself for the worst, we’ve put together a list of several very good first aid training courses in HCMC.
*****Note that the courses below are all taught in English.
Primary Care (CPR) Classes
Primary Care is the most basic level of first aid, the one that deals with the most common medical emergencies out there. This includes respiratory difficulties, choking, and heavy bleeding. The class also gives an overview of what it means to be an emergency first responder, as being mentally and emotionally prepared to step up and use your knowledge when it counts is just as big a part of being an emergency responder as the hard skills themselves. Primary care classes are often bundled with secondary care classes (discussed in more detail below). However, an excellent standalone primary care class is offered by First Aid Vietnam.
Secondary Care (First Aid) Classes
These classes are generally a continuation of the primary care classes and delve more deeply into less common types of conditions, including the following, as per the course description: “Allergic Reactions (including anaphylaxis), asthma, bruises, burns, chemical burns, choking, CPR, cuts, dental injuries, diabetic problems, dislocations and fractures, electrical injuries, eye injuries, first aid kit assembly, fish spine injury, frostbite, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, heart attack, hypothermia, insect stings, jellyfish stings, octopus bites, poisoning, scrapes, seizures, snake bites, spider bites, sprains and strains, stroke, temperature related injuries and venomous bites and stings.” Those who take this class have generally already taken a primary care class, so they are mentally prepared to use their skills when needed. As noted above, these secondary care classes are generally bundled with the primary care classes, as the two have a lot of overlap and use many of the same skills. First Aid Vietnam does offer a 3 hour-long standalone secondary care class, however. An excellent example of one of the bundled classes is the one offered by the International HSE Council. This course lasts two days in total.
Pool Responder and Beach Responder Course
Swimming related emergencies are terrifyingly common, especially in Vietnam where taking a dip is even more appealing most days of the year than in the West. Taking a pool responder course will enable you to keep those around you safe, even if the worst happens while they are swimming. This course is very basic and is by no means a replacement for first aid courses, but it will teach you how to sufficiently deal with poolside emergencies. A great pool responder course is available from VSLC. Note that the course is not as intensive as a lifeguarding course, which has more focus on vigilance, quickness, and more serious emergencies.
The beach responder course is similar to the pool responder course, although it has a heavier emphasis on swimming and taking account of the elements specific to the ocean.
Care for Children Course
Some people assume children’s anatomy is basically just a smaller version of full grown human anatomy, but it is, in fact, completely different. This one-day class from First Aid Vietnam will teach you how to deal with injuries for young children and how to be an emergency responder for victims who are not generally as communicative as their adult counterparts. Both of these things are valuable skills to know for those who have children or are around children often.
CPR and AED Classes
Heart problems are the number one cause of death in the world, and this class is meant specifically to combat that issue. It will run over the material of the primary care class, but it will also include a lot of new material about resuscitating victims of sudden heart problems. Those who graduate this class will know how to use a defibrillator, one of the machines you see on ER that administer an electric shock to bring people back to life when they have suffered an otherwise fatal attack. Great AED classes are offered by both First Aid Vietnam and VSLC.
If you’ve taken a look at the prices of the courses mentioned above, you will notice that they are not exactly cheap. One of the reasons for this is because graduates of the courses actually get an internationally recognized certification that needs to be renewed every 2 years. The good news is you do not need to take the full course again; you only need to take a brief refresher course. These courses are offered by First Aid Vietnam.
The ability to aid yourself and the people around you in life-threatening situations is often underestimated. You can never be too prepared, and, whether or not you decide to actually take classes in preparation, it cannot hurt to install a well-rated first aid app on your phone. A few good ones are: