Save lives with St John first-aid train­ing

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS -

Med­i­cal emer­gen­cies can strike at any time, es­pe­cially for par­ents with young chil­dren.

In th­ese in­stances, a cool head and pre­pared­ness are nec­es­sary to pre­vail.

Chil­dren are nat­u­rally in­quis­i­tive and it’s not un­com­mon for them to ex­pe­ri­ence burns, cuts, bruises and chok­ing in a house­hold set­ting.

Hot drink scalds are the lead­ing cause of child­hood burns in Aus­tralia, and 74 per cent oc­cur in chil­dren aged un­der two.

Alarm­ingly, it was re­cently re­vealed more than two-thirds of tod­dlers burned in hot drink ac­ci­dents are not treated with cor­rect first aid.

The cor­rect first aid for a burn is to im­me­di­ately cool the af­fected area for up to 20 min­utes us­ing cool run­ning wa­ter from a tap or shower. If any cloth­ing is wet with hot liq­uid, re­move it quickly and care­fully.

Never break blis­ters or re­move peeled skin, re­move any fab­ric that is stuck to a burn, or ap­ply creams, lo­tions or but­ter to any burn in­jury.

St John WA first-aid train­ing gen­eral man­ager Aaron Hard­ing said ap­ply­ing ba­sic first aid to burns can re­duce the in­jury size, depth and scar­ring.

“St John wants ev­ery­one to train in first aid, not just par­ents,” he said. “We see it as an in­valu­able life skill and we know it saves lives.”

To give par­ents and guardians of chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to be pre­pared for any first-aid sit­u­a­tion, St John of­fers a non- ac­cred­ited course called Car­ing for Kids. The course teaches par­tic­i­pants how to per­form CPR, how to man­age bleeds, burns and a range of child­hood re­lated ill­nesses and in­juries.

The five-hour-long course equips par­tic­i­pants with the con­fi­dence and skills to step in to as­sist chil­dren in th­ese types of sit­u­a­tions.

Upon com­ple­tion of the Car­ing for Kids course, all par­tic­i­pants re­ceive a free Tiny Tots first-aid kit, val­ued at $35.

St John rec­om­mends peo­ple re­fresh their first-aid train­ing ev­ery 12 months.

For in­for­ma­tion on train­ing, con­tact our Great South­ern Re­gional Of­fice on 9841 4212 or head to www.stjohnam­bu­lance.com.au/first-aid-train­ing.

St John Am­bu­lance firstaid fo­cus trainer Diana Michaels is en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to take part in first-aid cour­ses.

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