On Friday the 10th of March, the TY’s took part in a Basic First Aid and CPR Course. The course was run by First Aid Aware and it took place in the Mercy Hall. It was very educational and enjoyable.
The course began at 08:50 in the morning and we were split into four different groups. The morning consisted of the basic first aid side of the course, which involved learning about bandages, injuries, aftercare and assessing a scene. We also learned how to do the recover position which is a primary note of aftercare if a victim is unconscious but breathing. I found this particular section very interesting and educational as I had not previously looked into this kind of care. This part lasted 3.5 hours.
After a short break,we began the basic life support/CPR(cardiopulmonary resuscitation) section of the course. We started by learning how to identify a victim in need of CPR. This is done by first checking the area; then shaking their shoulder; if no response you should shout for help; after this check if they are breathing by tilting their chin back whike looking, listening and feeling and lastly if the patient is not breathing, begin CPR. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation consists of chest compressions and breaths. You rotate between 30 compressions and 2 breaths, until either the ambulance arrives, the patient begins breathing or you are to exhausted to continue. In this section, we also learned how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), a pocket mask and how to do CPR on a child. I found this section enjoyable and also beneficial as even though, I had previously done it all, it was good revision.
Overall, I found this course very good and I would highly recommend it. I really enjoyed it as after completing it I knew that I would have the ability to save a life.