LagosMums First Aid Class Held On June 30th 2012
LagosMums hosted over 30 ladies at the Ovie Brume Foundation on the 30th of June 2012. Certified First Aid Trainer, Mr Daniel Umoh was on hand to give the ladies hands-on trainning on First Aid and we will share some highlights with you here.
First Aid is the first skilled help you render to a casualty and as a First Aider you should be able to limit the worsening of any condition, examine the casualty and make a diagnosis of the situtaion at hand. It would be a bit surprising to learn that many of what we do during emergencies are actually First Aid treatments – for example, when a casualty is unconscious, the last sensitive organ is the ear (hearing) and when they come through, the first organ to pick up activity is the ear. So when a casualty faints, it is not unusal to scream the person’s name in hope that that would trigger them back to consciousness.
We also learned that crowd management is very important in arresting an emergency because shouting at onlookers will get you nowhere but this makes you -the first aider- frustrated.
Mr Umoh advises that you do not allow the crowd annoy you but you are to take charge politely. How? Assign tasks to people. When you excude confidence and competence, the people will do as you ask them becuase they want to help and they see that YOU know what you are doing.
If there’s one thing you must know as a First Aider, it is the acronymn DRABCD! Which means:D- anger R- response A- ssess B- reathing C- ompression D- efibrillator (advanced technology) Before going in to rescue a situation, you must look out for inherent dangers which may turn you into a casualty. Do first things first! Quickly , gently and correctly. Remove casualty from cause or casue from casualty. Loosen tight clothing aroung the neck, bust and waist but note DO NOT ATTEMPT TOO MUCH.
Artificial ventilation (resucitation) is only administered to victims who are not breathing!
We also learned useful tips concerning injuries such as burns and convulsions.
It would interest you to know that the use of salt, honey or raw egg on burns does not help! The best thing to do is pour cold tap water on the burns. Also note that for severe burns, you are to cover the victim up in blankets.
When a victim is convulsing, leave the convlusion to complete its cycle then mop victim with cool water. Covulsion is caused by severe heat.
Do not give such a victim water or milk to drink. GIVE THEM NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK!
These tips from the class, Watch out for the next LagosMums First Aid Class and make sure you don’t miss it!
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