Yesterday was an inspiring kind of day, yesterday I gained my first qualification of the year so far. I am now first aid trained, now to some this may not seem exciting, as we have been harping on about our more exotic qualifications that we will be achieving; climbing, mountain leader, kayaking etc etc the list goes on, however, none of these would be possible without the underpinning of basic first aid.
Whether faced with a broken ankle on a mountain or the collapse of someone close to you, the majority of us don’t feel we could save a life in an emergency.
Research conducted by St Johns ambulance found that up to 150,000 people in the UK die each year in situations which first aid could have made the difference.
You may be reading this and thinking I could save a life, I am first aid trained. I, like many, have known the theory and the basics of how to put someone in the recovery position but I have been given the education and know how to perform first aid, correctly, calmly and effectively by the wonderful Emile Waite-Taylor of M Training and Consultancy and my soon to be colleague Nicky Yalland. Thanks to those two I COULD be the difference between a life lost and a life saved (which is more than a little comforting knowing the situations we are throwing ourselves into over the next year and beyond).
My homework for the next 4 weeks is to show at least 5 people how to put somebody in the recovery position and the steps we must go through to fulfil the 3 main principles of first aid.
• Preserve Life
• Prevent Conditions Worsening
• Promote Recovery
You are all over the place and I am in Devon, so this poses a problem, I would therefore like to invite you to learn and remember the basic steps of DR ABC outlined below when faced with a casualty. These steps will guide you through the fundamentals of how to check a casualty is breathing in a systemised easy to understand (and more importantly easy to remember) format.
Danger – check the area for hazards (make safe)
Response – check victim for response by use of command (open your eyes, squeeze my hand)
Airway – place two fingers under chin, palm on forehead and tilt head back to open airway and check for blockages (DO NOT put fingers in mouth to remove blockage)
Breathing – ear to mouth, look down at chest to feel breath / see chest rising (if casualty is not breathing CPR will be required)
Circulation – notice any bleeding, colour/tone of skin
I have also added a link below to a video outlining the basic steps for the recovery position technique, so you too can share the invaluable knowledge of how to save a life.
Now, I know there are further principles for how to manage a casualty and the details can be extensive, I could go on and on but below are some links to further your knowledge by those that are more qualified than myself to give first aid advice.
I would love to hear how you get on
Thanks for reading 🙂