Thursday, 16 June – The Rotary Club of Saughall had a visit from Christine Thompson representing the British Red Cross.
17 of our members subscribed to receive first steps to learning the skills that could help us deal with an emergency situation.
After the two hour session we all felt better prepared to help someone who is ill or injured. I am sure, in a given situation, be it a family member, friend or neighbour – or someone
we don’t even know we would all now be able to respond more calmly and confidently in an emergency.
Christine talked us through situations such as:
- helping someone who is bleeding heavily
- someone who has a burn
- helping someone who is choking
- helping someone who has broken a bone
- someone who has a strain or sprain
- unconscious person who is breathing
- unconscious person who is not breathing
- helping someone who is having a heart attack
- helping someone who is having a brain attack (stroke)
- a seizure
- a diabetic emergency
- helping someone who is having an asthma attack
- helping someone who is having an allergic reaction
It is quite normal to become stressed or upset when faced with an emergency. I am sure we need a few seconds to gather our thoughts and emotions or we might go straight into ‘auto pilot’ mode. We all have qualities we can use to help in a first aid emergency. They might be
- thinking clearly
- being willing to help
- doing what we can
- using common sense
- listening and observing
- being caring and compassionate
- taking care of someone until an expert arrives
- having a mobile phone can make a huge difference in an emergency
I am delighted that I attended the session and although I hope I will never find myself in an emergency situation, I now would feel better prepared to help someone.