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Emergency, emergency

Posted on | October 21, 2009 | No Comments

Last Saturday I was fortunate to be invited to attend a Tots2Teens one day Paediatric First Aid course which was held in the Kingsley Hotel in Cork. When I arrived just after 9am, there were already 15 or so attendees there:  pregnant women, creche employees, dads and mams.

The course was given by Pat McCarthy of the Cork Ambulance Service and he was just brilliant. With over 10 years experience, there weren’t too many accident and emergency situations he hadn’t encountered. His relaxed delivery and extensive knowledge made the day very educational, informative and enjoyable. No question was too stupid. His description of the scenarios he had dealt with brought the theoretical techniques and procedures sharply into focus.

Baby and child CPR was demonstrated and we each had to practise and show that we could do it.  I was surprised to discover the procedure had changed since my previous first aid course. Similarly what to do if a baby is choking was shown and practised by each participant as well a variety of bandaging methods. The extensive range of first aid scenarios covered is listed on the Tots2Teens website.

One of Pat’s top tips if you’ve children is to put the Poisons Information Centre’s phone numbers (01 8379964, 01 8379966) in your mobile phone contact list. Done ;-)

I was pretty stunned with how much I had forgotten and it was a great reminder that I could really do with refreshing my first aid skills every few years.  With lunch included, we finished at approximately 4pm.  It was a day well spent. It was very convenient to get everything covered in a 1 day session rather than having to complete a few evening lessons.

Would thoroughly recommend attending this first aid course if you’re a parent. I found it excellent.  Further details can be found on the Tots2Teens website.

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