Posts Tagged ‘CPR’

First Aid Northern Beaches – Dee Why RSL Training Course

May 4th, 2017

First aid for Northern Beaches locals is a vital skill. Having the skills to able to save someones life is something you will never forget. Northern Beaches and Simple Instructions first aid courses are designed to help you feel ready to deal with an emergency situation. We don’t bore you with a long day of dull power point presentations we make sure that you are moving and practicing the first aid skills.

As a first responder — and as any of my professional paramedic friends will say — there’s nothing worse than attending a drowning incident involving a child and finding people standing around panicking and unsure of what to do.

With the prevalence of backyard pools in Australia and our love of the water, it’s an all too common scenario. To know that there was a chance to save that child’s life if only someone had even attempted CPR is just awful.

People panic — we get that — but first responders are human too and any incident involving a child really hits you emotionally.

Even rudimentary first aid skills could make all the difference in a drowning situation. Especially involving kids. Because with quick intervention — a drowning child has got a better chance of making it than adults do.

Statistics show that injuries and accidents are the leading cause of death in children aged 1-14 — and boys make up two thirds of that number.

Yet 40 percent of parents say they wouldn’t be confident in knowing what to do if their child — or another child or adult — were drowning and 25 percent say they wouldn’t be confident in administering CPR to a child.

I’m a parent to two kids myself and I can’t imagine any worse feeling in an emergency situation involving a child, than looking back and thinking “I wish I’d known what to do or I wish I’d done that first aid course I kept saying I’d do”.

A fairly minor accident I witnessed has always stayed with me. I saw a boy running around the edge of a swimming pool — in what seemed like slow motion, he slipped and bashed his face resulting in quite a nasty cut in his mouth.

Those kind of injuries tend to bleed a lot but aren’t necessarily serious. What really struck me was that his mum had no idea what to do and she went into shock herself because of the panic. She was screaming and crying and it was actually making her son worse.

Of course, it’s understandable. No parent can stand to see their child hurt or in pain, but if the Mum had a bit of an idea what to do she would’ve felt so much better because she had the skills to help her son.

Everyone’s busy, but in the critical moment where even a bit of first aid knowledge could save a life, I think most parents would rather be able to say they’d done all they could to prepare.

The stats say that around 50 percent of parents say they don’t have any first aid knowledge at all or wouldn’t know how to treat certain injuries.

The most common injury incidents involving kids under 15 — after car accidents — would be sporting related or falls especially from trampolines or bikes, scooters or skateboards. These often result in concussions, sprains and fractures.

Most people know what to do to stem bleeding, but I’ve lost count of the times I’ve seen a big icepack dumped on top of a break or fracture which can actually cause more pain and damage because of the pressure.

People see swelling and immediately think ice but it’s not always the right thing to do. Just even knowing a bit about assessing injuries is helpful.

Other injuries or issues we’d most commonly see affecting kids are usually to do with burns, poisoning, choking, asthma or anaphylaxis attacks.I think having a broad range of first aid skills particularly those that cover off issues most likely to affect kids is a good place to start but even only knowing something about CPR is useful.

St John Ambulance WA offers a specific nationally accredited CPR course where you can come in for half a day and train in the recovery position and basic CPR. We also run Caring For Kids courses during school hours which covers all the major first aid components, including CPR, then if you want, you can go into more advanced training too.

First aid knowledge can go such a long way in making a bad situation less awful. I think of having first aid skills, especially as a parent, as like a type of insurance on your child.

Of course they’ll help if the worst happens — and hopefully you’ll never need them — but the peace of mind is priceless too.

Northern Beaches Hospital

March 8th, 2017

Simple Instruction has been interested in how the Northern Beaches Hospital Project has been progressing over the last year. Residents in Forestville, Belrose, Davidson and Frenchs Forest have been feeling the affects of the project during the building stages but I believe that this will be a great outcome for the Northern Beaches and everyone across Sydney. The Northern Beaches Council NBC is trying to limit the impact on residents throughout all stages and we need to focus on the overall outcome of state of the art facilities to keep the Northern Beaches safe.

Please make a booking with Simple Instruction for all your first aid and CPR requirements that are held at the Dee Why RSL.

The NSW Government is building a new hospital at Frenchs Forest with an estimated completion date of 2018.

Northern Beaches Hospital is being built on a 6.5 hectare site at Frenchs Forest, bound by Frenchs Forest Road West, Warringah Road, Wakehurst Parkway and The Forest High School. This is known as the Northern Beaches Hospital project.

Precinct Planning

Council is preparing the Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to look at the wider land use implications of the proposed new hospital. It will involve a detailed analysis of opportunities and constraints, to properly plan for future development around the new hospital.

Council has engaged consultants to undertake this important planning task. It’s hoped the first draft will be avilable for public comment in early 2016.

Northern Beaches Hospital

Northern Beaches Hospital is the first major investment in public health infrastructure on the northern beaches for decades, and a long-held ambition for the local community.

A new hospital for the northern beaches community will provide more health services and complex care at contemporary standards, with modern infrastructure that supports innovation, research, teaching and clinical changes well into the future.

When the doors open in 2018, the new facility will deliver level 5 hospital services to the local community; with 488 beds, a large emergency department, theatres and a GP clinic on site.

For the first time, the northern beaches community won’t have to travel outside the area to receive complex healthcare treatments.

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North Shore First Aid Course – Provide First Aid and Provide CPR

January 11th, 2017

Simple Instruction is based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney at the Dee Why RSL but prides itself on catering for all of Sydney. The North Shore is the Northern Beaches close neighbour and we are seeing people coming to our First Aid and CPR training courses from Mosman, Cammeray, Naremburn, Willoughby, Crows Nest, North Sydney, Neutral Bay, Cremorne and Chatswood. In fact a lot of people would rather travel and park at the Dee Why RSL than battle traffic to get into Sydney’s CBD.

Simple Instruction has been catering for the Northern Beaches and North Shore for the past 7 years and we support local business and initiatives. We pride ourselves on customer service and cater to your needs from start to finish.

Simple Instruction already caters for many childcare centers and gyms by providing private courses and we have great feedback from all staff and personal trainers with many returning for their renewals.

Make a payment to book a course online via our website.

Dehydration – know the facts. First Aid and CPR courses available.

January 10th, 2017

This urine colour chart will give you an idea of whether a person is drinking enough or is dehydrated (lost too much water from the body). Dark yellow urine - very dehydrated; drink a large bottle of water immediately. Bright yellow urine - dehydrated; drink 2-3 glasses of water now. Light yellow urine - somewhat dehydrated; drink a large glass of water now. Almost clear urine - hydrated - you are drinking enough; keep drinking at the same rate. Be Aware! If you are taking single vitamin supplements or a multivitamin supplement, some of the vitamins in the supplements can change the colour of the urine for a few hours, making it bright yellow or discoloured.

Simple Instruction is making sure you are safe over the next few days. Prevention is always better than cure – lets try stay hydrated and avoid a first aid situation in the first place. Simple Instruction is offering first aid and CPR training courses on Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches. Located at the DYRSL (Dee Why RSL) we cater for all suburbs including Manly, Balgowlah, Narrabeen, Warriewood, Freshwater, Belrose, Bilgola, Avalon and many more. All courses are conducted under the auspices of Allen’s Training RTO 90909, book first aid courses online through the website.

Northern Beaches and Sydney CBD Safety – Provide First Aid HLTAID003 and Provide CPR HLTAID001 course

October 24th, 2016

October 18, 2016 2:57pm

A DEADLY snake was seen slithering along George St, Sydney sending people into a panic.

Snake handler, Harley Jones from Snake’s in the City, was called to George St around 2.20pm with reports of a red-bellied black snake on the loose.

Mr Jones was contacted by police and two other witnesses to remove the snake from the busy area outside a hotel.

After taking the full grown red-bellied black snake to a Crows Nest vet, Mr Jones said the snake has a good chance of survival despite having blood on its head.

“The snake’s injury is as much of a mystery as why it was there in the first place,” he said.

“There was quite a lot of blood on the footpath, it could be a lung injury.”

Mr Jones said he was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people concerned for the snake’s welfare.

“People were more curious than scared, which is really fantastic to see,” he said.

The venue manager at the Morrison Bar said staff rushed to close the doors and call police as soon as they saw there was a snake out the front.

He said the snake appeared to be injured and distressed, with a large amount of blood on it’s head.
“The staff couldn’t believe what they were seeing and covered the snake up straight away,” the venue manager said.

“You don’t expect to see a massive deadly snake in the city while you are relaxing and having a drink.”

He said none of the patrons appeared to be injured or stressed by the situation.
A picture of a one-month old baby red-bellied black snake. Picture: Jono Searle
Mr Jones said finding a snake in the CBD was far from a regular thing for him.

“It is very unusual to find a red-bellied black snake in front of a hotel, in the middle of the city,” Mr Jones said.

The venom is poisonous and symptoms include bleeding and or swelling at the bite site, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, sweating, local or general muscle pain and weakness, and red-brown urine.

Although there are a number of bites each year, very few human deaths have resulted and most deaths were in earlier times.

Often bite victims experience only mild or negligible symptoms but some end up in hospital.

But there is a greater risk for children and pets.

The snakes grow to an average size of 1.5 to 2m, with males growing slightly larger. But they can grow up to about 2.5m.

Yes folks its that time of year again. Snakes are coming out to look for food. Make sure you are ready in case a family member gets a snake bite, learn first aid in a nationally recognised first aid course on the Northern Beaches. We are the best first aid course in Sydney and we offer training with a defibrillator to all participants. Book now for a day you wont forget. Simple Instruction is centrally located at the Dee Why RSL DYRSL and caters Provide First Aid HLTAID003 and Provide CPR HLTAID001 courses for all Northern Beaches and North Shore locals from Avalon, Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Warriewood to Belrose, Frenchs Forest, Beacon Hill to Manly, Dee Why, Freshwater and Brookvale to Mosman, Cammeray and Neutral Bay.

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Provide CPR Training Courses vital and available on the Northern Beaches

July 5th, 2016

Simple Instruction is not St John’s Ambulance but we provide accredited training on the Northern Beaches, Sydney that is vital to all school students learning and just as effective. Simple Instruction is a local first aid and CPR provider and have been conducting courses in Northern Beaches schools since 2009. We conduct fundraisers for school and are happy to support any Northern Beaches cause.

Boy, 9, saves little brother’s life after he stops breathing while parents rush him to hospital

Bev Jordan, Hills Shire Times
March 28, 2016 2:02pm

WHEN his five-year-old brother Ben stopped breathing, Zachary Redwood calmly performed lifesaving CPR..

Earlier this month, the Baulkham Hills boy celebrated his ninth birthday with his little brother and extremely proud and grateful parents by his side.

Zach learnt CPR last year at a first-aid training course run by long-time St John volunteers and his scout leaders at 2nd Baulkham Hills Scout Group, Jennie and Taylor Page.

Three-year-old Ben with his big brother Zach, 9.
The boys’ father Julian said Ben ate a Snickers bar at a birthday party, then vomited up the peanuts. About 30 minutes later he had trouble breathing.

“We thought he might be having an asthma attack but he did not respond to treatment,” Mr Redwood said.

“At this point we realised this was now an emergency situation and decided to rush Ben to hospital.”

Mum Jenny drove Zach and Ben in her car while Mr Redwood followed in another car.

“During the trip to the hospital Ben stopped breathing, his lips turned blue, eyes rolled into the back of his head and he lost consciousness,” said Mr Redwood. “My wife was distraught.”

Ben and Zach at their Baulkham Hills home.
Mrs Redwood pulled over to the side of the road and Zach calmly put his first-aid lesson into practice, performing CPR on Ben as he had been taught to do.

“I just took my seatbelt off and I just breathed into him,” Zach said.

Mr Redwood said: “After a few minutes some colour returned to Ben’s face and lips and he regained consciousness.”

When the family arrived at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, they were told they were lucky Zach had known how to perform CPR.

“I felt really helpless and scared,” Mrs Redwood said.

“Just knowing what to do is so important.”

Zach (right) learned CPR at a first aid course at the 2nd Baulkham Hills Scout Group.
Ms Page said she couldn’t think of the story without getting emotional.

“I am so proud of (Zach),” she said.

“I feel children are never too young to learn CPR.

“Even if they can’t do it themselves because of their size, there is always a chance they can instruct an adult should the need arise.”

Julian Redwood with his sons Ben and Zac.
What to Do

■ Check for danger

■ Check if the affected person is conscious

■ If not, call 000

■ If yes, make the person comfortable

■ If unconscious, open the mouth, clear the airway

■ Check breathing

■ Start CPR if not breathing — 30 compressions, two breaths, then repeat

■ Place in recovery position when conscious

Zach (right) used the first-aid skills he learnt at Scouts to save his brother Ben’s life.
Jennie Page, a St John Ambulance superintendent and 2nd Baulkham Hills Scout Leader, said learning CPR should be compulsory in schools.

She has been running annual workshops for her cubs and scouts with the help of her daughter Taylor and other St John cadets for 10 years.

“I firmly believe that all school-age children should be taught first aid, including CPR.

“You can never be too young to know how to save a life,” she told the Times.

“Even if they can’t do it themselves because of their size there is always a chance they can instruct an adult should the need arise.

“We have had three reports of children saving lives in the past 18 months,” Mrs Page said.

She said she wished all primary schools took up the free St John Ambulance First Aid in Schools program. Last year, more than 20,400 students took part in the program.

There are two programs available. One is aimed at years 3 and 4 students and the other is for students in years 5 and 6.

Up to 40 St John volunteers deliver the program across NSW.

For details, call 9745 8740 or email [email protected]

Vital First Aid and CPR Training Courses are available on the Northern Beaches

July 4th, 2016

Northern Beaches First Aid and CPR training courses have never been more vital. Get Trained today with Simple Instruction First Aid and CPR Training.

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Cardiac arrest victims being saved by ‘mechanical plunger’ as clinical trial progresses

Ben Pike, EXCLUSIVE, The Sunday Telegraph
June 12, 2016 12:00am

JENNY Mulder should be dead. Instead, she owes her life to a “mechanical plunger” that pounded her chest for 57 minutes, keeping her heart beating — and her alive.

The 65-year-old went into cardiac arrest while in the emergency department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital but luckily for her, the hospital was equipped with a LUCAS machine, which performs CPR at 100 pumps per minute.

The machine, which is also installed in six rapid response ambulances in the Sydney CBD, is part of a new clinical trial between St Vincent’s Hospital, RPA Hospital and NSW Ambulance.

Nurses Ashleigh Dolton (left) and Megan Moudawar inspect the Lucas 2 device.
“We have moved from ­resuscitating the alive to ­resuscitating the dead,” RPA Hospital Emergency Department acting director Dr James Edwards said.

“It’s the concept of people who (we) previously said ‘no, they have died, we can’t actually bring them back’, to now where we can bring them back.”

The LUCAS machine, combined with a second ­device called an extracorpor-eal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), have been hailed as the future of CPR and cardiology treatment.

The ECMO replaces heart and lung function for up to weeks at a time.

The combination of the two machines buys doctors crucial time to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of the cardiac arrest, and also gives the heart time to recover.

Art shows the Lucas function. Bottom left: Jenny Mulder thanks Brett Simpson.
Both hospitals had been using the technology for about 18 months before the clinical trial, with health officials now assessing how they would be of greater use in a co-ordin-ated approach.

Since February the devices have also been installed in six CBD ambulances.

Of the 30,000 Australians who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest each year fewer than 10 per cent survive, with 95 per cent of victims dying before they reach hospital.

The trial is expected to ­involve 25 patients over two years, and is modelled on a similar trial in Melbourne which increased survival rates for refractory cardiac arrests from 5 per cent to 50 per cent.

Paramedics and doctors will only use LUCAS on ­patients who are under 70 and have had some CPR ­performed before paramedics arrive.

The cardiac arrest also needs to have been no more than 60 minutes old, been ­witnessed, and been caused by a cardiac issue and not something else.

“It is a very aggressive and experimental approach to a very complicated problem,” RPA cardiologist Associate Professor Paul Forrest said.

Jenny Mulder catches up with paramedic Brett Simpson. Her heart stopped beating for 57 minutes before making a full recovery.
We think if we can demonstrate that there is a survival rate of between 40-50 per cent that’s a huge ­improvement on what is currently achievable. It is a trial but the preliminary results are very encouraging.”

Mrs Mulder was this week reunited with paramedic Brett Simpson, one of the four paramedics who arrived at her Glebe house after she suffered a heart attack in April.

After being taken to RPA, Mrs Mulder went into cardiac arrest. Mr Simpson began CPR and shortly after, the LUCAS machine was strapped on Mrs Mulder. It was then Mr Simpson witnessed something which is almost science fiction.

“Maybe four or five times we actually stopped everything because you were waking up and your arms were grabbing at the machine,” Mr Simpson told Mrs Mulder.

“Blood was going to the brain almost too well.

“We were like ‘crap, she’s waking up again’.”

Traditional CPR increases a patient’s blood flow to the point they are barely surviving. Mr Simpson said people should be unconscious during cardiac arrest because there is very little blood pressure.

“This LUCAS machine was actually giving you enough blood pressure — and it was perfusing your brain enough — that you are actually waking up when your heart was not beating,” Mr Simpson said

“That is how good these machines are.

The Ecmo Cardio Help machine pushes oxygenated blood through a patient’s body. It is used in conjunction with the Lucas plunger.
“The best CPR that you can muster only manages a blood pressure of about 40 or 50, which at that point is barely enough to be perfusing the brain or internal organs.

“For a person to come from no blood pressure, as Jenny had, to then become awake her blood pressure would have had to have been about 80 or 90, which is physically ­impossible with regular CPR.”

Mrs Mulder was then taken to the intensive care unit where she was placed on an ECMO machine for 24 hours. She left the hospital nine days later fully recovered.

Dr Forest said Mrs Mulder could not have been any ­closer to death.

“It is pretty dramatic in the sense that you’ve got people who would almost certainly die otherwise can be brought back. It was an absolutely spectacular result,” he said.

The LUCAS was conceived in 1991 by a Norwegian paramedic and has been in UK and European hospitals since 2006.

Mr Simpson said the LUCAS could be revolutionary for the ambulance service in NSW.

“We have had it ingrained in us from day one this is how you do cardiac arrest and CPR,” he said. “Now all of a sudden that is being flipped on its head with LUCAS. Quite often, out of hospital, we will run a cardiac arrest with four people and everyone has a role to play. Now in the same situation we have an extra person.”

Mrs Mulder said she had been ready for death, with the last thing she remembered seeing the bright lights of the defibrillators.

“I feel that life now is just another door that closes,” the mother-of-one said.

“Everything is OK when you leave. You take a lot of what you carry with you. You leave a lot behind and it is just a beautiful feeling.

“The fear of dying is not there any more. It is just ­another door that you pass through. I reached a point, when the ambulance came through, that I do not have any resources to know what to do now. I had to completely surrender so I just let go.

Jean-Paul Nicolazo, 69, at a family christening. He survived a cardiac arrest which lasted one hour thanks to paramedics and doctors at St Vincent’s Hospital and the new clinical trial.
“I don’t want to just thank the robot, but it performed miracles. The doctor said that years ago I would not have survived. So to have that facility is amazing. I feel lucky just to be alive.”

Her incredible recovery is not isolated.

Jean-Paul Nicolazo, 69, was dropping his two-year-old granddaughter at daycare in Centennial Park on April 5 when he had a cardiac arrest.

Three people, ­including his 37-year-old son Olivier, ­performed CPR on him before paramedics put him on the LUCAS ­machine.

The Parisian was in cardiac arrest for 60 ­minutes, but Dr David Roy and his team at St Vincent’s Hospital staff were able to bring him back to life. He has made a full recovery.

French tourist Eric Bruyer, 49, suffered a cardiac arrest at the Novotel in Darling Harbour. His son, Max, fetched help while his wife, Katty, attempted CPR. He was put on the Lucas machine at the scene and then the Ecmo machine at St Vincent’s, where he made a full recovery.
In another case on April 1, French tourist Eric Bruyer, 49, went into cardiac arrest while staying at the Novotel in ­Darling Harbour.

His 10-year-old son Max raised the alarm and wife Katty Valpromy, 41, performed CPR before paramedics arrived and put him on the LUCAS.

Despite 50 minutes of cardiac arrest, Mr Bruyer made a full recovery.

“I felt like I was seeing ­myself from above as if I was floating above my body,” Mr Bruyer said from his home in New Caledonia.

“Thank you to all the staff for saving my life.”

Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the technology looks promising, with the hope of rolling it out across the state.


■ Paramedic-generated CPR on patients while they are being transported by ambulance, which is inferior to CPR done by the LUCAS machine.

■ No transfer of cardiac arrest patients within hospital to the Catheterization (cath) lab, where crucial heart diagnostics can be done.

■ Mandatory 20 minutes of CPR done at the scene by paramedics; only then would living patients be transported to hospital. Vital time is lost.

Result: Most people died in the field.


■ LUCAS machine gives perfect CPR at 100 strokes per minute, regardless if patients are in motion or stationary.

■ Cardiac arrest patients transported to hospital immediately (no 20-minute delay)

■ CPR can now be done while other treatments/tests are being carried out. Previously this was impossible because a person had to be manually giving the CPR.

Result: Combined with ECMO, patients have a greater chance of survival

Choking In Infants

September 8th, 2010

This article is taken from a parenting advice site where parents can share their personal experiences and help out other parents on issues  including prenancy, toddlers, baby pictures and even teenagers.

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What would you do if your baby was choking? What are the signs that someone is choking? Can you save a loved one or even a stranger if they were choking? Is it time to book an Apply First Aid course or Perform CPR course with Simple Instruction?

Choking in Infants

Place the baby face down on your forearm, supporting the head and neck with one hand. Firmly hold the jaw with your hand. Tilt the child so that the head is lower than the rest of the body.

Rest your arm against your thigh for support, if the infant is large you may lay the baby across your lap. Keeping the head lower than the body.

With the heel of your free hand give up to 5 back blows between the shoulder blades

If the infant still can not breathing, turn them over, keep the head lower than the body and give 5 rapid chest compressions using only two or three fingers on the breastbone, one fingers width below the nipple line. 

If the baby remains conscious but still unable to breath repeat the back blows and chest thrusts untill the object is expelled or the infant becomes unconscious

If the baby becomes unconscious

Begin CPR

Check for foreign objects in the back of the throat, each time the mouth is opened, only if you can see an object should you try to remove it

Continue cpr till help arives.

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