Youth First Aid Course
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By Cdt S Hall - 2431 (Keighley) Squadron
Over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of March cadets from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC, attended a St John’s Ambulance Youth First Aid Course.
The course was held at 1224 (Wharfdale) Squadron ATC, but was hosted by one of our own staff members, Officer Cadet Moore. 6 cadets from our Squadron attended, along with another 6 from 1224.
Throughout the two days we did a numerous of activities and simulations to prepare us for both the test at the end of the second day and real life simulations. Some of these simulations included; treating casualties for shock, treating for spinal injury and treating with mouth to mouth resuscitation. The two days were also filled with lessons teaching us the information we needed to know about various injuries. I myself filled at least half of my notepad with notes about each injury and how to treat it (if possible).
One of the parts I look forward to on courses like these would be spending time with other cadets outside of our squadron and getting a change of scenery at 1224 Wharfdale Squadron. It’s a great to get out and about doing activities and courses with friendly faces, it’s one of the selling points to cadets when they ever go on any cadet activity. The exam at the end of the second day was fairly easy, not one of the twelve people who took the exam failed the course, and we all passed which goes to show that we have indeed picked up life skills in the ATC which after all is what the ATC is about.
The exam was cut into three potations, the first exam I took was an unconscious breathing casualty. The first thing I had to do was check for any dangers to the casualty or myself. Then I did a primary survey which included asking (fairly loud) if the casualty could hear me, followed up by a soft shake on the collar bone. Once that was done I’d check the airwaves and circulation to see if the casualty was breathing, he was so I proceeded to shout for help. I then conducted a secondary survey which is basically a rundown of the body, head to toe checking for any bleeding, swelling or injuries. Once this was done I’d put the casualty into the recovery position, open his airwaves (by tilting his head back) and dial 112 or 999 (take your pick).
The second exam was an old casualty who had been bitten by a dog. This dog had left an apparent wound on his leg and also a discrete wound on his arm. I checked for dangers and then conducted a primary survey before bandaging the wound on his leg. I then asked if anywhere else hurt [this is another form of a secondary survey) the casualty said that his arm hurt, I rolled up his sleeve and bandaged that. I then raised his legs above his heart (resting his feet on a chair, this is treating for shock) and also asked the casualty to raise his injured arm above his head before calling 112 or 999 (again, take your pick). The last and easiest exam would have been the CPR.
The CPR exam made us do a primary survey, call the ambulance and telling specifically what was wrong and begin the CPR, thirty chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths until either the ambulance arrived, the patient regained consciousness or if I was too physically tired to continue with the treatment. As previously mentioned some of the other simulations we did were: Mouth to Mouth Resuscitation, Treating Casualties, Primary and secondary checks on casualties, treating Casualties with Shock, treating Casualties with bleeds and open wounds and more.
Overall the course was really good, it was taught in a chilled, relaxed environment when rank doesn’t become a massive issue. The instructors and assessors don’t try to trip you up at all, throughout the exam the assessors would never try to trip you up. I highly recommend the first aid course to anyone in the corps, it was great fun and taught me an amazing life skill.
For more information please visit the Squadron website