Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) Demystified

KarynAED, Childhood, children, community, Defibrillator, emergency, First Aid, injuries, Injury, Parents, prevention, Sports

AED CPR

When most of us think of defibrillators, we think of what we have seen in dramatised medical programs.  We imagine the word “CLEAR” and a loud noise as the patient jumps. So, it’s no wonder that I frequently see hesitation, concern, and even fear from people in a first aid course around using an automated external defibrillator (AED). Once people understand how an AED works and how important it is, I start to see that … Read More

First Aid: Australian Spider Bites

KarynChildhood, children, community, emergency, First Aid, injuries, Injury, Parents, prevention, Sports

Redback spider, Latrodectus hasselti, on white background

I don’t know about you, but lately I have been noticing spiders on the move around my house. First aid for spider bites is a common topic that I get asked about. So, I thought I would write a brief blog on what the recommended first aid is for Australian Spiders in case you have had an increase in spiders at your house too…. Awareness of where spiders live is an important aspect of prevention so that … Read More

After a minor head injury: the rest and recovery period

KarynChildhood, children, community, emergency, First Aid, injuries, Injury, Parents, prevention, Sports

Head Injury

At the start of the footy season I wrote a blog about head injuries and concussion.  At that point I could already tell that head injuries were likely to feature in our season this year. The boys in my son’s U10 footy team were playing with a new intensity and full tackling had started…fast forward a couple of months and our team have had several minor head injuries. So, head injuries are quite topical with … Read More

The WHAT of burn first aid

KarynBurns, First Aid, injuries, prevention

burn prevention

I have recently had a little run of accidently burning myself…. Once on the grill and once on the iron.  I can hear you saying perhaps you shouldn’t cook, and definitely don’t iron!! But in all seriousness, it made me think of the many patients that I have seen over the years that have not applied appropriate first aid to a burn and then ended up with painful blistering and sometimes infection. It also made … Read More