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Published June 3rd 2014
You never know when you will need to apply First Aid. It can be at the most unlikely of times, and the administration of first aid can be the difference between life and death.
The First Aid course that I attended was held at the St Johns training center in Belmont. The last time I stepped into a First Aid Class was during my studies at University. A lot has changed since then.
The course that I chose was a 2 day course covering a large range of topics from following the DRSABCD to administrating CPR. Since the last first Aid course I did, there have been a few more additions to the ABC's. And, there have been many changes in the methods of applying First Aid when you need to.
St John's offers a range of courses from Caring for Kids and Babies to Occupational First Aid. The beauty of the first aid classes is that you can choose a time to attend a class that fits in with your schedule. As for me, I chose the weekend option.
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Further, the instructors are very professional and cover the material thoroughly. What I enjoyed the most, however, was that we were given our personal CPR learning program which included a video, book and a 'Mini Anne CPR learning manikin'. That, on its own, was the most valuable resource of all, as I could teach my children how to administer CPR.
One of the more interesting things I learnt was dealing with snake bites. As Australia has a number of poisonous snakes, I thought I would share the information I learnt as it may just save a life.
In my time it was cut and squeeze out the venom from a snake bite. However, it is now suggested that you place gauze over the bite and bandage the bite up towards the lymph glands. The reason you don't cut or suck out the venom is that the gauze can absorb some of the venom. This allows staff at the hospital to send th gauze for analysis for the administration of the correct anti-venom. This administration follows after the DRS, which stand for Danger, Response and Send, something I did not know about before I attended a St John's course.
I would recommend everyone who is 14 years and older to attend a St. Johns First Aid Course. There is a chance that you will not use it, however I'd rather know what to do than to stand helplessly not doing anything. It can mean the difference between life or death!