On the 5th and 6th of October Cdt Leslie, Cdt McDonnell and Cdt Vera attended the bronze first aid course with St. John’s ambulance. The first day commenced with a refresher of the Primary Survey- Dr’s ABC. Once finished, we went on to the recovery position, which was mostly a refresher of the steps and developing understating of what it actually does and how it helps a casualty. We then went onto learning about management of major bleeding and to properly protect yourself and the person you are trying to help from cross contamination and how to treat shock. After that we went onto a refresher for CPR to ensure we all know how to deliver this crucial and potentially life saving skill. For the remaining time of the afternoon we learned about allergic reactions and spinal, neck and head injuries.
On the second day, we were taught about different burns such as hot burns, wet burns and electrical burns and what to do when different types of burns occur. We later went on to learn about what to do and what not to do if someone was having a seizure. Next we looked at what to do if someone is choking and how deliver back blows and abdominal thrust to potentially save a life. We also covered heat stroke and hypothermia. After a practice period, we went into the final assessment.
Everyone passed first time! We all feel we learned so much on the weekend and really enjoyed getting trained these life skills that could save someone’s life one day.
A big well done to all!