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

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

Childhood scrapes and grazes: what is the right first aid?

KarynChildhood, First Aid, injuries, Parents

The holiday season is here!!  The weather is warm, kids are playing, the bikes, scooters and skates are out….  some might even be learning to ride a bike for the first time.  Unless you wrap them in cottonwool, wounds, grazes and scrapes are a part of childhood that can’t be avoided.  Instead, it’s best to keep up to date with the best way to manage them. Over the years the first aid advice for wound … Read More

Ambulances: why are we so hesitant to call them?

Karyncommunity, emergency, First Aid

In my capacity as a Nurse and First Aid Trainer, I have been noticing something worrying within the community. It may not be a new trend, but it is certainly one that could cost lives….   I am faced with this hesitation/reluctance several times a month in my capacity as a nurse in the community. I have seen the uncertainty amongst people when I have attended incidents within the community. I even hear the reluctance … Read More

First Aid Myths… Fact or Fiction??

KarynFirst Aid

First aid: fact or fiction?

At most of my first aid or parent first aid courses an old wives’ tale or remedy comes up.  They often cause a chuckle and often someone will absolutely swear by them.  We all have those “first aid cures” that we were bought up on…. I remember my mother putting something blue form the laundry on my bee stings.  I can’t even tell you what it was but she swore by it.  Whilst I am … Read More