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

Allergies: your whirlwind tour

KarynAllergy, Childhood, children, community, emergency, First Aid, Parents, prevention, Sickness

Food allergy. Allergic food on wooden background.

In Australia, over half a million people have a diagnosed food allergy. We have one of the highest rates of food allergies with an astounding 1 in 10 babies born developing food allergies. The medical research into this area is promising, but currently our best defence to help protect people with allergies is through raise community awareness and understanding.  As a Nurse, a First Aid Trainer and a Mother of a child with multiple food allergies … Read More

First aid: when is the right time to teach children

KarynChildhood, children, community, emergency, First Aid, Parents, prevention, Sickness

Kids doing resuscitation training on medical dummy during first aid course

Parents often ask me when they should start teaching their children first aid.  Everyone that knows me, knows that I believe that first aid is a fundamental life skill.  As I look at how my children (aged 7 and 9 years) remain calm and help when their friends are hurt, I realise that I subtly started “teaching” them from a very early age.  Remaining calm when someone is hurt or injured can be hard to … Read More