publication date: Feb 7, 2011
author/source: Anne Coates
How a casualty
is treated in the first few minutes after an accident
can make all the difference and in extreme cases this can mean life or death
. The value of a St John Ambulance course
is that it gives you the protocols to follow and you learn the techniques.
We began with the first aid box
– which should be marked with a green cross on a white background
– and what it should contain. The contents for schools and workplaces
are different from those we have at home
as certain rules apply. However we should all
have one and the contents
should be in date!
After we had practised bandaging
each other's heads, hands and arms correctly we progressed to slings
and their various uses. The course
includes dealing with bleeding
, coping with choking
, fainting, stings and bites
and allergic reactions. We learned how to assess
a situation and how to put the casualty into the recovery position.
Plus we were taught Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation.
You never know when you will need first aid skills
and I would recommend
taking a course. St John Ambulance runs
courses for children and adults. For more information
contact them on 08700 10 49 50 or visit their website www.sja.org.uk