Save lives with St John first-aid training
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.