As part of our community initiative, we organised a British Red Cross Paediatric First Aid Course held on 5th October 2015 at the Emsworth Community Centre.
In 2012, over 3,000 babies in the UK died before their first birthday and over 2,000 children died between the ages of 1-19. The most common cause of death was injury. Recent estimates suggest that 21% of child deaths involved ‘modifiable factors’- in other words, something could possibly hav
e been done to prevent the death.
We were trained by Maggie from the British Red Cross, and covered lots of personal learning objectives which included everything from “What do I do if my child has swallowed something dangerous?” to “How do I handle a nosebleed?!”
Other key learning topics included:
– Dealing with an emergency
– Choking baby and child
– Unconscious breathing baby and child
– Unconscious not breathing baby and child (CPR)
– Fever and febrile seizures
– Head injury
– Severe allergic reactio
– Bleeding heavily
– Asthma attack
– Broken bones, strains and sprains
As you can see from the photos, we learnt how to perform CPR on babies and young children, how to tie a sling, and basic first aid techniques such as putting someone into the recovery position. The hands-on learning is invaluable as it gives you the confidence to perform the techniques- would you know how to do this in an emergency?
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To see more photos of what we got up to on the course, view the album here.