Every now and then we launch an Emergency First Response course as a Facebook Event. Like this we can bring together all those people that want to join but don’t have the minimum of 4 participants to make their own group. This time we had 11 participants, everyone with different backgrounds – from Seatrek, Flavor Food Tours, Casino Rouge et Noire, a Security officer, the chef of El Zafiro, a shop owner on Pinel island, a student, 2 teachers, and others. But they all came with one goal: learning how to help in case of a medical emergency.
We started the morning with Primary Care – how to take care of life threatening emergencies. The first subjects we discussed were: heart attack, cardiac arrest, airway obstruction and stroke. How do you recognize these emergencies and what can you do? CPR or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, which is a combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths, was demonstrated and practiced. Bob and John, our manikins, are equipped with CPR monitoring – like this each participant can see right away if their chest compressions and rescue breaths are performed correctly.
We also discussed how to assess the scene when you approach a victim, and how to protect yourself from blood-born pathogens by using different barriers that are available on the market. Other possible life threatening emergencies that we spoke about were spinal injury, serious bleeding and shock. How do you recognize these emergencies, and what can you do to help a victim who suffers from it. We practized how to do the recovery position and how to perform the log roll. At the end of the morning it was time for the multiple choice test covering Primary Care.
CPR & AED, and Secondary Care
After our lunch break all participants practiced one more time what to do in case of a cardiac arrest: CPR, chest compressions and rescue breaths – you cannot practice this enough. Then the AED, or Automated External Defibrillator was introduced to the participants. CPR is very important, but the AED is the lifesaving device. The AED delivers a shock to a heart that is fibrillating or ‘twitching’ – with the shock you can bring the heart back to a normal heartbeat. An AED is easy-to-use, just listen to the prompts and do what it tells you to do.We continued the course with Secondary Care or First Aid – the not immediately life threatening emergencies. We spoke about how to do an injury or illness assessment. Asthma, diabetes and epilepsy are some of the most common illnesses and we took time to have a closer look at them. What are the problems people can face who are known with these illnesses and what can you do to help if things go wrong..
After discussing how to do an injury assessment, we looked at the care you can provide to someone with an injury. We practiced different bandages for different injuries, and also splinting was part of the training – immobilizing joints to relieve pain and reduce further harm. Applying a triangular bandage in case of a shoulder or arm injury is always a nice puzzle, but at the end everyone managed to get it done. Then it was time to sit down and make the multiple choice exam to test the knowledge of the participants on Secondary Care.
All participants did well on both of the tests and succesfully made it through this Emergency First Response course. Participants had a look at the questions they missed in the tests and if needed an explanation was given to make sure it was all understood. At the end of the day we could hand out certifications to all participants – 11 new Emergency First Responders. Everyone received a wall certificate – the official certification cards will follow in about 2 weeks. These certification cards are valid for 2 years, and are acknowledged worldwide. It was a great day, with enthusiastic people – congratulations, well done!