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Broken arm at school

Jenny Bourne - Monday, July 14, 2008

What to do when your child or elderly parent has a fall and breaks their arm? How do you feel? Anxious for them and wanting to keep them calm and with as little discomfort as possible?

A lot of the falls with broken arms occur at school or sport and as a parent you not with them at the time but receive the phone call to say your child is injured.  We feel anxious  and concerned for them and  want to get to them as quickly as possible.  Or it could be your parent who has had a fall either in their home or when they are out  and someone else has called to inform you of the fall and to come  to your parents  as soon aspossible.

What are the steps to care for them ? Then click on the this link for the Free Teleseminar on Tuesday 15th July at 7.00pm booking  Teleseminar Spinal Injuries & Fractures

Cold exposure

Jenny Bourne - Monday, July 14, 2008

What do you do when the wind has been blowing hard all day and your child has been out in the cold and complains of sore lips and hands?

Do you use your Grandma's remedies?

Warm them up with a warm bath, get them changed in warm dry clothes and some warm soup and buttered toast in front of the heater or open fire? Put some vaseline on their lips and hands. Tell them 'there there you will feel better when you are warmed up'.

Or had you been proactive and given your little one some lip balm to use and warm gloves and they have lost them outside?

Do you check them for other signs and symptoms of cold exposure. Shivering, Cool pale skin, increasing lethargy, drowsiness, lack of muscle co-ordination,

Book into the teleseminar on Cold and heat Exposure, Bites and Stings  and  burns on Tuesday July 22. Teleseminar Bites & Stings

Bead up a nose

Jenny Bourne - Wednesday, July 02, 2008

What to do when your child has stuck a bead up their nose?

Feel annoyed that these things seem to happen when you don't have time to attend to them? Do you panic? or stay calm?

Children are naturally curious and small beads and empty orifices are inviting and 'they just go to together;' as a small child once told me.

Watch this space more news tomorrow on what to do?

A day later, Well have you found the bead yet? Did they sneeze it out? Or snort it out? Here's another answer that may help.

Seek medical attention as soon as possible.and DO NOT attempt to rmeove the bead yourself.

Bleeding? What do you do?

Jenny Bourne - Sunday, June 29, 2008
What do you do when someone accidently walks into a glass door and is bleeding from a cut on their arm?

Firstly make sure it is safe for you to go to them and that the glass will not cut you as well.
If it is safe and they are responding to you then attend to the bleeding.

If they are not responding and the bleeding is major and pulsing out call for the ambulance on 000 on a land line or on 112 on your mobile. Stay on the line to the emergency call centre and follow their instructions.

Then attend to Airway, Breathing and CPR before applying pressure to a wound that does not have glass in it. If the glass is still in the wound it is better to leave it in place and apply a pressure  dressing around it and wait for ambulance to arrive.

Keep the casualty calm and resting while waiting for the ambulance.

Want to know more then book for the teleseminar on Bleeding and heart attacks & stroke by clicking this link Teleseminar Major Trauma

Phone line challenges

Jenny Bourne - Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Did you try to join the Bites & Stings and Heat & Cold Exposure teleseminar last night and not find it?

Our apologies we were unable to get a clear line last night and could not hear on the line. We will work on this technical difficulty and next Tuesday July 1 we will have a clear line and it will work well for the call. We look forward to hearing you on the call.

July 1 Teleseminar at 7.00pm is Spinal injuries and fractures, sprains and strains.

Cut your finger in the car door

Jenny Bourne - Tuesday, June 24, 2008
What feelings come up when you have your finger cut by being caught in the car door?

Are you beating yourself up for being so stupid to get your finger caught in the door?

Or are you angry at your child who accidently closed the door while your hand was still in the way?

When you have got over the initial fright, you then begin to look around for a way to stop the bleeding. It may be the first aid kit in the car or having to ask at the nearest shop or other drivers. Apply a clean dressing, or clean tissues or clean hanky and apply pressure to the injury unit it stops bleeding. Holding the hand up near should level preferably. Sit down and rest. You may need another person to drive to medical help or home if injury does not require stitches or x rays to exclude any broken bones.

Teleseminar June 24

Jenny Bourne - Monday, June 23, 2008
What do you do when your child is biten by bee at home?

What if you are enjoying your holiday and are walking on rocks and one of your family accidentally step on a stone fish?

What are the First Aid steps for each of these?

For Bee sting Make sure it is safe to assist your child. It is not safe for you if you are allergic to bees stings and there  are lots of bees in the area.
If it is safe make sure your child is okay and responds to you when you talk to them and they have not reacted to the bees sting.
If they are okay and it is only the pain at the site of the sting that is distressing them, remove the barb of the bee sting if still in the skin and apply a cold compress to relieve the pain. Observe the child to be sure they have recovered and not deteriorated.

For stone fish Make sure it is safe for you to go to them
Then check for response that they are still conscious and not needing CPR
Call OOO on land line  or 112 on your mobile for ambulance immediately
If conscious then treat the stone fish bite with hot water immersion making sure that the water does not scald the foot of the casualty.

If you would like to know more about First Aid for Bites and Stings join the Teleseminat on Bites and Sting on Tuesday June 24 by clicking this link Teleseminar Bites & Stings

Phone contact number

Jenny Bourne - Thursday, June 19, 2008
Exciting news we now have a phone number for any questions.

If you need to contact us directly during office hours (8.00am to 5.00pm Mon to Sat) call 0413378004 and leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. While we are delivering training sessions it is not possible to return the call. We will endeavour to have returned your call within 24 hours of receiving it.


Teleseminar Tuesday June 17

Jenny Bourne - Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Teleseminar scheduled for last night June 17th did not go ahead due to technical difficulties with the connection.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Medical Emergencies will be presented again in four weeks time on July 15th at 7.00pm. We look forward to talking with you then.

Out in town Saturday night

Jenny Bourne - Sunday, June 08, 2008
How do you feel when you are out on Saturday night and you see someone collapse on the side of the road?

Do you feel anxious that something is seriously wrong with them and there is no one there to help them?

Or do you feel compassionate and go and help them?

Last night as I was driving home I was waiting at traffic lights and I saw a man collapsed to the ground on the opposite corner. The traffic noises were pretty loud and the vibrations from my car engine were shaking me. At least I think that was what was shaking me and not my concern for the guy. I watched as another man bent down to ask if the guy on the ground was ok. He touched him and the guy responded and then turned to get to his feet. Drama over. However It could have been different. 

Until next time, be safe, be responsive and call for help when you need it.