Another feather to my bow it seems... qualified first aider at work!
I can't say I was looking forward to the training, but it was a. a day out of the office and b. you got a lunch voucher and biscuits (win win).
I have done first aid training before and I can remember hanging round feeling awkward doing chest compressions on a dummy and not getting a lot out of it. In fact I wonder if during a real casualty would I have remembered CPR at all!
Anyhow, yesterday was different, training in twenty years has come on heaps and bounds. The University trainer, with a medical nursing background delivered the training in a really interesting way. Instead of just detailing the practicalities of what to do... she came from a biology science angle, so we understood the function of why we're doing particular things. For example, when you're unconscious but still breathing, the real danger is your muscles relax and your tongue being a muscle can cause airway obstruction.... hence the need to lift the chin and clear airway.
She was ace... and is going to give me a certificate...
We watched some videos of everyday first aid, not first aid in a work first aider capacity. Situations that can come about in everyday life, and with a little knowledge all of us can assist in small ways to help somebody in medical distress. The British Red Cross, have an app, 'Everyday First Aid', take a look, here is one from yesterday, which struck a little nerve with me. What do when someone is having a seizure:
How lovely was the chap helping the young lad, and he didn't do a great deal. He was simply calm, reassuring and knowledgeable about what to do... and thank goodness, I was terribly worried about that lad!
I've taken half-hour out my life and watched all the videos: www.redcross.org.uk/everydayfirstaid I'm a good person to know... I'm going to get myself a cape....