On Tuesday 7th February, 24 of our students took part in a Level Two Emergency First Aid in the Workplace course. Our first aid course with Nigel, an ex-police officer, lasted all day and covered a range of topics and skills.
We learnt how to perform CPR on children, adults and babies and why different techniques are needed. We practised compressions on resuscitation dolls (Resusci Annie’s). We learnt about AEDs (automated external defibrillators), where to find them, how to use them and how an AED works. It turns out that using a defibrillator and conducting CPR isn't as glamorous as the media makes out, and can actually be daunting when you don't know all the facts.
After break we practised how to safely manoeuvre an unconscious person into the recovery position. This was important for us to know, as the proper position prevents the unconscious person’s airways from blocking and preventing them from choking. However, we did then learn how to stop a conscious person from choking using two methods. The first was using the heel of our palm to administer 5 sharp blows between the shoulder blades. The second was the abdominal thrust manoeuvre, which can cause the person receiving it some serious damage; they should be taken to hospital afterwards. At the end of the day with Nigel we briefly covered burns, strokes, anaphylactic shocks, and conditions like diabetes and asthma.
This course could become invaluable to us later on in life. If we ever needed to perform CPR in the future, there will be an 80% chance that we know the person who needs our help. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and the activities that we participated in and found this day to be both challenging and rewarding. We look forward to collecting our certificates as Level Two first aiders.
By Shannon Peeling and Katy Taylor