February is here, you’ve survived January! You’ve (possibly) stuck to the New Year’s resolution, and now you’re looking forward to the hearts, chocolates (after all you’ve finally eaten up all the Christmas leftovers!), and romance that comes with this month.
First Aid doesn’t quite seem to fit with this image does it? And whilst I can’t help but agree, First Aid February is a catchy title, and is there to highlight that first aid is essential in every month.
ITV’s “This Morning” ran a story about Jack saving his dad from choking, and presented research that a whopping 95% of adults wouldn’t be able to save a life in a first aid emergency! A survey carried out by British Red Cross, taken from the BBC news page, highlighted that only 1 in 13 people felt confident they could carry out first aid on those that were injured or ill, but that 60% of people would be willing to help if they had the knowledge to give them the confidence to step in. And that’s really wonderful news! Especially because I can almost guarantee that everyone has done some first aid in the past. Because first aid covers everything from sticking a plaster on a paper cut to the potential life-saving skills of CPR. It doesn’t have to be scary and it doesn’t have to involve stories of blood and gore!
First Aid Kit
Carrying a basic first aid kit with you could well be all that you need for most of life’s mishaps. After all you can’t plan for an accident, and life is for living! So get out there and enjoy yourself. A basic first aid kit could contain the following useful items: plasters of various sizes and shapes, after all every body part might get a bump or a scrape, dressings and bandages, cleansing wipes, tweezers, pair of small scissors, adhesive tape, ice pack, and, for protecting yourself, some gloves.
If it gets more serious…
Whilst I hope that you get through life only having to treat paper cuts and grazed knees, obviously life does sometimes throw a curve ball your way. If you come across a situation where someone is injured you should:
- Check that you and the casualty aren’t in any danger, and, if possible, make the situation safe.
Remaining safe is the first and most important thing to do. You can’t help someone else if you put yourself in danger.
- If a person is unconscious but breathing, and has no other injuries that would stop them being moved, place them in the recovery position, to protect their airway, until help arrives. Keep them under observation to ensure they continue to breathe normally.
- If a person isn’t breathing normally after an incident, call an ambulance and start CPR straight away.
Taking a first aid class will show you the most effective way of performing chest compressions and rescue breaths if you find someone who isn’t breathing. You’ll learn how many you should do, what ratio is suitable, and discuss other helping aids such as pocket masks and the use of a defibrillator – these aren’t scary to use, and have been proven to increase the chances of survival of a casualty. Defibrillators are available in many community spaces, from Doctors to Dentists, and shopping centres. Some parks and community spaces also have them accessible, I’ve seen them in disused phone booths, so have a look around your local area; see where they are, you never know if you might need to use one.
Choking and how to help someone, which has been brought to light with the brilliant actions of Jack, is something which can affect any age at any time. Choking is characterised by the blockage of the airway with an object, for adults that’s probably a mouthful of food, but for younger children and babies, it really could be anything at all. When choking is severe the person won’t be able to speak, cry, cough or breathe. You may see them starting to turn pale, with a blueish tinge to their lips. Without help they’ll eventually become unconscious. Learning how to administer
back blows and abdominal thrusts to clear a blockage is transferable from Valentine love hearts, to Easter chocolate, Wimbledon strawberries, Halloween candy and the dreaded Christmas Brussel sprouts!
If you want to learn more, book onto a first aid course with Daisy First Aid Crawley.
Daisy First Aid offers fun and interactive training to parents, carers, teachers and children across the UK. Our courses are not scary; we take the fear out of first aid and instead give you the knowledge and confidence to deal with a wide variety of situations, including treating an unconscious casualty, choking, resuscitation CPR, anaphalaxis, meningitis and other childhood conditions. Find your nearest class here. Can’t find a class that works for you – don’t worry! We also offer at home courses. Contact us to find out more.
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