Today is the first day of the last quarter. The school year has flown by. My Exploring Health Sciences students will start the quarter with an introduction to first aid. The general first aid principles that will be covered today are: keep the victim lying down until the extent of injury is known, if vomiting, place the victim on their side to allow for drainage, and if difficulty breathing is present, put the victim in a sitting or semi-sitting position. An overview of shock, patient transportation, and triage will also be covered. During the next few weeks, several other topics will be taught. The students will learn hemorrhage control, fractures, sprains, and strains, burns, poisoning, bites and stings, and cold injuries. This will culminate in a final exam of wrapping and splinting and a first aid certification card.