Saturday, 19 September 2009

Patch them up!

This week our Brownies started their First Aid badge. We have St John Ambulance volunteers in to run it for us and by the end of four weeks they will be able to:

1. Discuss with the tester:

**why first aid is important
**why you should get medical help as soon as possible and how you would do this
**why you should get adult help as soon as possible
**why you must think of your own safety before rushing to help a casualty
**how you think someone might feel if they have had an accident.

2. Do each of the following.

**Know how to check whether a casualty is unconscious or not.
**Show how to open an airway.
**Show how to check someone for normal breathing.
**Show how to put a casualty into the recovery position. Explain when and why you would do this.

3. Do each of the following.

**Know why your blood is important to you. Show how you would deal with the following types of bleeding:
– small graze or cut
– nosebleed
– serious deep cut with a lot of bleeding
– cut that has a piece of glass in it.

**Explain how and why you would protect yourself when dealing with a casualty who is bleeding.

4. Know what causes burns and scalds. Show how you would treat them.

5. Do each of the following.

**Describe what would make you suspect that someone had a broken bone.
**Show what you would do if you thought a bone was broken.

The volunteers have a long night of it: after working with the Brownies, they are staying on to work with the Guide unit afterwards on the Guide level First Aid badge!

We are paying the St John Ambulance for running this for us, though I doubt the volunteers have anything more than their travel reimbursed, so we are very grateful that they are coming in to ensure the Brownies learn properly.


Kelloggsville said...

good one. we are doing the first aid badge this term too! We got a teddybear hospital coming

Jen on the Edge said...

Excellent. These are life skills, so it's good that the girls are learning them.

Tawny said...

Brilliant stuff, I am hoping to do first aid with my lot next term, we are doing the Centenary Challenge from Guiders this term. They are loving it!

TopChamp said...

yey! My lot loved First Aid badge - had a pal who had just qualified as a nurse so still had access to those dummy things (can't spell resuscitation..?)& came for 1 night but yours will spend a lot longer doing it which I reckon would make it really stick.

Working Mum said...

Excellent! St John's Ambulance taught me First Aid as a guide and they still do it now for teachers. Good thing they do when a child nearly choked in my lesson last week!

toomanyhats said...

Contact your local medical school at the university - they may have a teddy bear hospital too. Our brownies loved it. It was a great way to end the first aid badge.

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