Vet hospi­tal staff get first aid train­ing

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Staff at Kar­ratha Vet­eri­nary Hospi­tal have re­ceived train­ing in how to treat their less furry, two-legged vis­i­tors af­ter un­der­tak­ing a first aid course with St John Am­bu­lance last week.

St John Am­bu­lance North West first aid trainer Cassie McIn­tyre vis­ited the vet of­fice for a short ses­sion last Mon­day in a first-time ini­tia­tive be­tween the first aid ser­vice and lo­cal vets.

She said the short course in­cluded the med­i­cal skills vet staff would be most likely to need in their work with pet own­ers, as well as the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of first aid.

“I was think­ing faint­ing, shock, an­i­mal bites, for (vet staff ) or for the pet owner, bleeds — just some of the ba­sic things that they might see in here and some help they might need to give some­body,” she said.

Kar­ratha Vet­eri­nary Hospi­tal nurse Laura McPart­lan said learn­ing how to treat peo­ple with first aid would be an­other use­ful skill for staff to add to their med­i­cal reper­toire.

“One of the nurses was in­ter­ested in get­ting her first aid upto-date, and that then spread on to think­ing about the rest of us tak­ing a course that would help us be able to give first aid in com­mon sit­u­a­tions that we see,” she said.

“It’s very rare that we do have to treat peo­ple, but in say­ing that, we do have peo­ple present to the vets be­cause they’ve been bitten by a snake or bitten by a dog.”

“There’s also staff get­ting bitten and scratched . . . and po­ten­tially light-head­ed­ness or faint­ing from see­ing nee­dles or blood.”

Ms McIn­tyre said St John hoped to do more train­ing with com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

St John Am­bu­lance North West first aid trainer Cassie McIn­tyre, right, trained Kar­ratha Vet­eri­nary Hospi­tal vets and nurses in first aid for pet own­ers.

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