6 Top Reasons Why Basic First Aid Knowledge is Important for lifeguard

First aid skills  are highly useful and rewarding. There is nothing as rewarding as knowing you could save a life during an emergency.  The demand for such skills is also high in the private and public sector due to health and safety requirements.  People who have not taken a first aid course have either of the following 5 reasons.

That an accident will never happen to them or anyone of their loved ones, lack of time, they don’t understand the process and where to begin, and finally others think they already have enough knowledge to save lives when need arises.

To the lifeguard whose daily efforts are towards savings lives during emergencies and preventing water related injury, the need for basic first aid knowledge is pretty straightfoward. But here are some of the top reasons why basic first aid knowledge is important for a lifeguard.

1. You will Save Lives

When an emergency case arises, a person trained in first aid will have more confidence and be reliable to take control of the situation.  First aid skills therefore help save lives and also reduce a person’s recovert time.  This could add significant benefit and prevent an injured patient from undergoing long term or temporary disability. The skills will come in handy and enable you to remain calm. Untrained people will not even know where to begin.

2. Patient Comfort

A trained first aider will provide relief and relaxation to the patient.  A relaxed patient will make it easy for the first aider to assess the situation and treat them.  Comfort among both the first aider and patient are key when stabilizing the condition before professional medical personnel arrives.  Most emergency injuries do not necessarily require visiting a medical centre. However such injuries cause pain or bleeding. Understanding the art of skills such as bandaging and ice pack application is important to providing the patients with comfort.

3. Stabilize Situations that Would Otherwise Become Worse

A patient’s situation could detoriate from bad to worse incase they dont recieve medical attention on time. A first aider can help stabilize the situation until medical personel arrive.  The skills you acquire will ensure you can use basic household items as first aid tools and utilize what is available.  The first aider will also equip themselves with information collecting skills on a situation. Such information is important to medical emergency services and saves valuable time.

4. Confidence to Care

The ability to sufficiently and skillfully deploy first aid services makes one confident in their abilities.  This is important in influencing how people around you and yourself respond to a medical emergency.  You will gain confidence in a variety of non-medical situations and be able to be in control when a first aid need arises.

5. Healthy and Safety

A first aider should learn how to look after themselves. They should take safety as a priority. Most people think its being selfish  to keep yourself warm and safe. However, the fact you are safe puts in position to help others when need arises. This is therefore a practical act. You will also learn healthy living tips that will hugely influence your lifestyle habits.  Which are all important in day to day situations.

6. Requirements for Lifeguards

First aid skills are a standard requirements for lifeguards.  These lifeguards will acquit themselves with comprehensive first aid skills and be able to handle different situations. They will also have knowledge on how to deal with these situations quickly.

What qualifications do I need to be a first aid trainer?

A first aid trainer will instruct learners how to respond to a medical emergency and provide assistance to an injured person while waiting for further professional help.  First aid training skills are in high demand due to safety standards and frameworks set aside by the Ministry of Health.  Businesses, organizations and institutions have to meet these health and safe requirements, hence the need for lots of first aid trainers.  These skills come in handy when saving lives in the case of an emergency medical condition and calamities that could cause injuries.

Are you interested in becoming a first aid trainer in Australia?  Below are the qualifactions you need.

Current Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is an entry level teaching qualification. The certificate is among standards that has to be met by every first aid trainer. These standards are governed by the Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) which sets the way for Australia’s accredited training and assessment.

This certification equips students with a set of skills that are important when delivering and evaluating vocational qualifications.  The skills acquired could also come in handy in workplace training jobs.  A popular quip used to reffer to the qualification is Train the Trainer certification.

First Aid Certification

Once you acquire the teaching qualification, or (the train the trainer) its now time to match it with relevant first aid experience.  You will acquire vocational experience and qualification for any of the following courses:

1.Providing First Aid.

2.Emergency Response in Education Environments

3.Providing CPR

4.Basic Life Support Training (BLS)

As a qualified first aid trainer, you will have to deliver quality first aid training, plan your lessons careful, layout the program in an easy and simple manner, ensure trainees meet all assessment proecedures and finaly make sure they are thoroughly prepared before they take an assessment.

Opportunities for first aid trainers are boundless. The skill is on demand both in the private and public sector.   As a result, the skill is likely not to fade in demand going by the trends today. 

You will also learn how to respond to medical emergencies yourself and have a get a rewarding experience to teach others.  There is nothing fulfill in the universe than passing a skill to thousands of learners in a country.  Are you interested in becoming a first aid trainer and help a lifeguard in Australia attain their qualifications in life saving, look no further than our program in First aid training for trainers.

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Do Not Resuscitate tattoos – What would you do?

November 9, 2019 Uncategorized

Image: New England Journal of Medicine

I get this question a bit during my training courses and kept thinking while I would continue to resuscitate the patient, I really must look into this. No need to do that now after the great article below arrived in my inbox from the guru’s at Royal Lifesaving WA. So here is the answer to this often asked question.

What would you do if you came across an unconscious person needing CPR, but they had a tattoo that said, ‘DO NOT RESUSCITATE’? Would you ignore the tattoo and continue treatment of the casualty? Would there be any legal ramifications of ignoring the tattoo? How would you know if the tattoo genuinely represents the person’s wishes, or if it’s just a joke?

These were questions faced by a team of doctors in the US when a patient was brought into a hospital emergency department. They discovered the words ‘DO NOT RESUSCITATE’ clearly tattooed across his chest, with the ‘Not’ underlined and what they presumed was his signature tattooed underneath the statement.

Faced with the dilemma of not knowing whether the tattoo was sincere, the doctors initially decided to administer some treatment while consulting with their hospital ethics team. The ethics team reviewed the case and advised the doctors to honour the tattoo, because it was reasonable to infer that it expressed the man’s wishes.

The man later died without being resuscitated, and it was discovered that he had, in fact, completed a form expressing his wishes which were consistent with the tattoo. The case sparked international discussion around the validity of these tattoos and whether they are legally binding. 

So what would happen in Australia?

Hospitals in Australia typically don’t have an ethics team on call to review individual cases. Advance care planning does exist here; however, the laws differ between states and territories. Generally, treating doctors must be satisfied that the person was competent when they made the directive, that they understood the risks of refusing care and that it applies to the current situation – all virtually impossible for a first responder to determine when coming across an unconscious person in need of CPR.

While a Do Not Resuscitate tattoo could in fact represent a person’s wishes, without sighting documentation to verify this we cannot know for sure. Perhaps it was their wish at the time of getting the tattoo, but they have since changed their mind. Perhaps the tattoo was done in jest, or while under the influence. Additionally, the shorter version that simply states the initials ‘DNR’ presents even more ambiguity – it could stand for something else entirely. 

First responders in Australia are trained that consent is implied if a casualty is unconscious. We cannot assume to know what the person would want at the time of needing care. It is important to always follow your training and provide CPR if it is required.

Box Jellyfish

December 7, 2019 Uncategorized

A great article from National Geographic:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/group/box-jellyfish/

About Box Jellyfish

The infamous box jellyfish developed its frighteningly powerful venom to instantly stun or kill prey, like fish and shrimp, so their struggle to escape wouldn’t damage its delicate tentacles.

Venom

Their venom is considered to be among the most deadly in the world, containing toxins that attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. It is so overpoweringly painful, human victims have been known to go into shock and drown or die of heart failure before even reaching shore. Survivors can experience considerable pain for weeks and often have significant scarring where the tentacles made contact.

Range and Appearance

Box jellies, also called sea wasps and marine stingers, live primarily in coastal waters off Northern Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific. They are pale blue and transparent in color and get their name from the cube-like shape of their bell.

Tentacles

Up to 15 tentacles grow from each corner of the bell and can reach 10 feet in length. Each tentacle has about 5,000 stinging cells, which are triggered not by touch but by the presence of a chemical on the outer layer of its prey.

Highly-Advanced Adaptations

Box jellies are highly advanced among jellyfish. They have developed the ability to move rather than just drift, jetting at up to four knots through the water. They also have eyes grouped in clusters of six on the four sides of their bell. Each cluster includes a pair of eyes with a sophisticated lens, retina, iris and cornea, although without a central nervous system, scientists aren’t sure how they process what they see.

Client feedback

Everyone loves to read the feedback people receive just to be sure you are dealing with a person & business that can deliver the goods for your next training or PD sessions. So here are few from our latest professional development session (PD) covering Provide CPR and Provide First Aid for high school teachers.

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Hi Kevin

Thanks mate – was a great little PD. Thanks for running it, I have picked up some good context from your presentation to add to my own with the kids.

I’ll let my boss know about the upgrade costing and let you know if we will go ahead

Regards

Sam


Hi Kevin.

Thank you for getting in touch with this information. The PD was really engaging and given the current circumstances that we find ourselves in I feel that you did a top job on both the theory and practical delivery of the course. Thanks!

Hope to attend another one of your courses one day.

Cheers, Rick.


Thanks Kevin,

The course was great and entertaining!

Thank you, Dean


Hi Kev

I was at your course on Friday. in 25 years of nursing it was one of the best I have i have attended thanks

Ray Oliver


I had another teacher, Rick also comment on the program and how he was impressed by your knowledge and presentation.

Thanks again.


First Aid Training is still operating.

West Coast First Aid Training have continued to provide training and re-qualification services throughout this uncertain period and we continue to do so.

We have had to make some changes to the way we deliver our face to face first aid training to accommodate the required public health guidelines on social distancing.
The changes we have made include, but are not limited to:

(1) We have reduced, as much as possible, the time spent in the classroom.

(2) Were possible we conduct training outside.

(3) All the required theory assessments are included in our online training, to be completed prior to attending your practical face to face assessment.

(4) We screen all students prior to attending class with non contact infrared digital thermometers. Should a student return a forehead temperature of 37.5 deg C or higher, or, should your response be yes to any of the below questions, you will not be admitted to the class and will need to reschedule your training.

The trainer will ask you the following questions on the day of training:

* Are you unwell with cold/flu-like symptoms or a high temperature? * Have you returned from any overseas travel?
* Have you had contact with a proven COVID-19 case? This includes contact with a person undergoing COVID-19 testing
All resources used during your training will be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected before, during and after each session in line with manufacturer and clinical guidelines.

Each student with be issued with their own resources and PPE necessary to complete all assessments.
 
The number of students per class has been reduced inline with available space to ensure that all participants have a minimum of four square meters to maintain physical distancing requirements.

If you have qualifications that need updating or staff that need to be trained just Click here or call 0418909935

New Medical Equipment Products Released

Coronavirus has all of us questioning if that sniffle or runny nose is something much more sinister. And with good reason.

The chart above should give you some clarity. It’s the symptoms experienced by 55,000 patients in China who tested positive for coronavirus.

The most common symptom? A fever.

The main difference between a cold and COVID-19 is the likelihood of fever: most people with COVID-19 develop a high temperature.

In contrast, while people with a cold can develop a fever, it happens only rarely, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

New non contact infrared thermometer
Our new non contact infrared thermometer will help you identify at risk people.

Coronavirus symptoms have even more in common with influenza — that other, sometimes deadly virus often confused with the common cold.

So while that sniffle is probably just the usual upper respiratory tract infection, you can’t be sure. If you think you might have been exposed to COVID-19, call the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline at any time on 1800 020 080. And before visiting your GP or hospital, call ahead and call them about your symptoms.

Do you have a number of people, friends, students, associates that you need to check? – Our new non contact infrared thermometers are the answer.

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Information for Clients

West Coast First Aid Training (WCFAT) takes the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and the spreading of it very seriously. As a result we are now providing all students, on all first aid courses with their own individual resuscitation mask & first aid kit (to keep) included in the price of the course.

CPR Mask
Your own FREE face mask & first aid kit to keep when you complete a first aid course

Your own individual lung set will be supplied (to be disposed of at completion of training by you instructor). An individual manikin face will be provided per student but do need to be returned these for disinfecting and reuse. If you would like your own brand new face to keep we can provide one for $25.

Your own face to keep if you wish (add $25 AUD)

All manikins are thoroughly disinfected with alcohol and bleach prior to and during every class. Alcohol wipes and disinfection solution are available at all times during the course.

Brand new lungs for only your personal use

How can I help prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV?

• teach and encourage your children/family to wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet;
• avoid contact with others by keeping children home if they are unwell;
• teaching children to cough and sneeze into their elbow; and
• while it’s not possible to avoid touching, kissing, and hugging children, parents and guardians should do their best to follow these steps too.

Where can I get more information?

Visit the Australian Government Department of Health homepage at www.health.gov.au

Call the Public Health Information Line on 1800 004 599.

Contact your state or territory public health agency:
• ACT call 02 5124 9213 during business hours or (02) 9962 4155 after hours • NSW call 1300 066 055
• NT call 08 8922 8044
• Qld call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
• SA call 1300 232 272
• Tas call 1800 671 738
• Vic call 1300 651 160
• WA visit https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/ or call your local public health unit

Summer the Season for Child Drowning

Summer the Season for Child Drowning

Summer is fast approaching and so is the season for drowning deaths and near drowning incidents of West Australian children.

Homeowners need to check now to make ensure that pool barriers comply with Australian Standards and current state regulations. Make sure fences are secure and gates self close and securely latch. Very importantly ensure there is nothing leaning up against the fence or able to dragged over to the fence and used as a step ladder. These are your kids, they are just like you, cunning and smart!

Make sure this summer (and every summer actually) that all children, your own and those of visitors to your home are supervised when in and around water. If you are holding a party and your home has a pool ensure it is securely locked, or, if you plan to use your pool ensure a qualified / competent adult that knows CPR is on duty in the pool area at all times. If you prefer, West Coast Water Safety can provide nationally qualified lifeguards, with Working with Children (WWC) and National Police Clearance, that will not only watch your pool for you but actually get in the water with the kids and entertain them. Imagine that a pool party where all you have to do is entertain the adult guests and relax. Leave the kids and water safety to us!

Children under 5 years of age are the most at risk of drowning. Between 1995 and 1999, 50 children under the age of 14 years drowned in Western Australia, about half of these were under 5 years age. For the same period, 247 children were admitted to WA hospitals after an immersion incident or near drowning.

Maybe you need to think about hiring a professional Lifeguard for the duration of your party. Crazy? Not really, imagine the medical bills, $900+ for the ambulance alone. How much is a life worth?

Need a lifeguard? Let me know and I will arrange it all for you.

Minimise the risk, make sure no one drowns in your pool and make this a good summer for all of us.

Kev Emery

Professional Lifeguard
West Coast Water Safety
www.wcws.com.au