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New Venues coming soon

Jenny Bourne - Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Exciting news, we are moving to new venues and more places in Brisbane. Soon to be available in the Eastern suburbs at Clelveland and the western suburbs at Oxley as well as new venue at Woolloongabba. New locations commence in September. 
Watch this space as we expand our locations and trainings.

Swine Flu? Will it be trouble this winter?

Jenny Bourne - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
How are you feeling about the 'Swine Flu' news reports? Anxious that you might catch it or careful about being in crowded places during the winter.
Is it better to prevent catching the flu? Do you wash your hands frequently when coughing and sneezing? Do you cover your mouth with your hand or tissue and then dispose of the tissue in the rubbish bin? Then wash your hands well before touching anyone or anthing? Do you stay  at least a metre or two away from people who are coughing or sneezing? Are you spending some time outside each day in the fresh air? Are you eating fresh nutritious food? Are you getting 6-8 hours rest and sleep each day?
All these steps will help you to stay well.

What to do for Anaphylactic reaction?

Jenny Bourne - Monday, April 19, 2010
How would you feel if your child, partner or parent had an anaphylactic reaction and you did not know what to do? Would you be wishing you had done the First Aid course or updated it? The reaction can have occurred very quickly progressing from a mild allergic response to them not being able to breathe and becoming very distressed in a couple of minutes. If they have never had an anaphylactic reaction before then you may not know how to help them. Immediately you are aware of their distress call 000 or 112 on your mobile and request Ambulance service in your state or territory. State your location precisely with house or lot number or unit and floor number, street name, suburb, State. Describe the situation and follow the emergency call centre instructions until the Ambulance arrives. 

When someone is having difficulty breathing, sitting up is usually the position of comfort and stay with the had an anaphylactic reaction before then tehy will have an anaphylactic Action plan and follow the steps in the plan. This can include adminstering an epipen to deliver adrenaline. The epipen is prepared for use by releasing or removing the grey activation cap and holding the epipen firmly in the hand with fingers and thumb away from either end of the epipen and jabbing the black end of the epipen at right angles into the outer aspect of the thigh of the person having the anaphylactic reaction and holding the epipen there for at least 10 second to deliver the adrenaline. Then remove the epipen from the thigh and rub the area where the adrenaline was injected for at least 10 seconds. Place the used epipen back in the protective case and make sure it travels to medical assistance with the person having the anaphylactic reaction and is replaced. Note the time the epipen was used.

If medical assistance has not arrived within 6 minutes of administering the epipen and the person is not recovering a second epipen can be delivered and using another person's epipen is permitted so long as the other person is not in danger and may require it. 

First Aid Courses questions

Jenny Bourne - Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Is Apply First Aid the same as Senior First Aid?
Is Apply First Aid this code HLTFA301B?
Is the First Aid Course Nationally Accredited?

The answer to these questions is Yes! Yes! Yes!
Feedback from students who have done the training has all been positive - ranging fromgreat to impressive to outstanding. They say it is easy to follow, has clear explanations, where the important points are repeated, they have fun, it is interactive, the trainer engages the students. Why can't all training be like this. 

We look forward to meeting you at the training soon, like this week or next.

Stay Home when sick

Jenny Bourne - Monday, September 14, 2009
Are you someone who goes to work even when you are sick with cold or flu? What happens when you do this? Does the work get done to your usual high standard? Probably not, and how many people have you passed on the cold or flu to?

If you stay home on the first day you are feeling unwell and restore yourself to good health by drinking plenty of water, eating nutritious food and resting then you will feel better and are unlikely to spread the cold or flu.  

If you go to work and cough and sneeze your way through the day you will have passed on the cold or flu to all the susceptable  people you have met during the day. You will not have worked at your usual capacity and productivity and may have even made some mistakes that you would not normally do. When you get home you will be feeling more tired than usual and may not feel like making your nutritious food to eat and instead get something easy or not bother to eat at all. You then are feeling worse and less able to cope with the cold or flu. The next day you wake up feeling no better and force yourself to go off to work. Again coughing and sneezing over all the vulnerable and susceptable people for the second day and by the end of this day you are feeling worse than the day before and less likely to cook a nutritious meal. By about the third or fourth day you are then feeling so crook you decide to stay home and it takes you several days to get better. When you return to work, the work you had done during the days you were there and feeling sick, needs to fixed up. So now you maybe several  days behind instead of just one day if you had taken that one day off when you were first feeling sick.

So stay home when sick.

Take care and be safe with First Aid First Online

Prevention before needing First Aid

Jenny Bourne - Monday, September 14, 2009
Are there times when you feel you know you should have put the sunscreen on and then you would not have been burnt so badly? Or that you did drink more water during the day when you were working outside? or playing sport on a hot day?  Or Worn long sleeved shirt or top? or put on the hat?

With the unusually hot days in the past few weeks you may have set out from home in the morning ready for a spring day and found it was a really hot day. Is it better to prevent sunburn by applying sunscreen each day so it is part of your daily routine? To have a hat at work, in your car and at home. To carry a bottle of water and sip from it throughout the day. To avoid playing sport or being outside in the middle of the day and so enjoy early morning or evening walks and being outside in the cool of the day. 

As that old saying of prevention is better than cure surely applies to the little inconvenience of putting on sunscreen, carrying a bottle of water and wearing a hat compared to the pain of sunburn whether first degree or second degree with blisters, or the discomfort of heat exhaustion feeling nauseated, headache, irritable and lethargic. 

Care and be safe with First Aid First Online  

Epsom Salts for soft Tissue injury

Jenny Bourne - Sunday, July 12, 2009

How do you feel when you have injured your ankle and your muscles are still sore after a few days?

Do you look for someone to help you? Or ask lots of questions of others and what they do to feel better? Or do you just feel miserable because you are still sore and had wanted to be able to do what you usually do?

You have been Resting the injury, put Ice on the injured part for 10  minutes at a time and then leave it to warm and then ice again, and placed a Compression bandage on it and kept it Elevated . That is RICE first aid for soft tissue injury.

After 3 or 4 days soak the injury in warm water bath with epsom salts for 20 minutes. this draws the inflammation and swelling.


CPR for GP"s

Jenny Bourne - Sunday, June 14, 2009
Commencing on Wednesday June 17 6.00pm to 8.00pm is Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation training for General Practitioners.
General PRactitioners (GPs) are required to comlpete basic CPR course as part of the RACGP QA&CPD program.
TotalCPD points : 5 (CAtegory 2) Activity No: 743824

CPR is a life skill that everyone needs to have and hopes they never need to use it. As wefocus on what we do want and not what we don't want.
Stay healthy and be happy.

How to assist with Burns

Jenny Bourne - Thursday, February 26, 2009

Why be prepared for preventing fire and reducing damage from burns?

Follow the instructions from the Fire Services to prepare your home and workplace for fire prevention. Having fire fighting exquipment in an easy to locate position such as fire extinguisher, hose and fire blanket . Have a fire exvacuation plan and that all members of your family and household know how to get out of the house if needed. Doing these actions will reduce the damage and keep you safe.

What do you need to have in your home, car or workplace to assist with burns? Access to water preferably cool running water and non stick dressing ( plastic cling wrap provides an excellent protection). Know the number for the emergency services and have them written down and in your first aid kit .

How do you provide first aid for a burn? Cool the burnt area with water for at least 20 minutes and if chemical or bitument burn 30 minutes of cooling in water.

What if their clothes are sruck to the burn? Do NOT attempt to remove the clothes that are stuck to the burn. Get medical assistance immediately.

Stay safe and give excellent First Aid.

What's next? CPR

Jenny Bourne - Sunday, February 08, 2009

When you have a unconscious person who is not breathing and there is no danger to you what do you do next?

Commence CPR or cardio pulmonary resuscitation and if you do not know how to do it then come to CPR and Apply First Aid class on either Friday, Saturday or Monday. Class commemnces at 8.00am and is finished bewteen 1.30pm and 2.00pm.

For doing CPR commence with 2 rescue breathes and 30 compressions doing 5 cycle in 2 minutes. for adults ( anyone over 8 years) , children (1 year to 8 years) and infants (0 to 1 year).

Follow the instrcution given by the emergency call centre team by phoning 000 or i112 with a mobile if you do not know what to do.