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Cheaper than St John’s, online course work, free manual, free CPR mask, free CPR chart

July 16th, 2018

Simple Instruction is based in Sydney’s Northern region (North Shore and Northern Beaches) but is willing to travel all over Sydney to complete nationally accredited training courses. We provide public training courses at The Dee Why RSL and are more than happy to come to your workplace, home, child care facility etc.

Provide First Aid HLTAID003 is a comprehensive course that will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to help an ill or injured person until emergency help arrives. You will learn the DRSABCD action plan as well as Provide Cardiopulmonary resuscitation HLTAID001 (Including defibrillation), asthma, anaphylaxis and the management of various injuries and illnesses. Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting HLTAID004 is required by ACECQA for anyone working with children including those completing their certificate 3 at TAFE in child services.

The First Aid training course has essential free online pre-work to be completed before you attend the course. Payment is easy and cheap. All course bookings receive a free manual, free CPR face shield, free CPR chart and a Dee Why RSL pen.

All courses are conducted under the auspices of Allen’s Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909 and are Nationally recognised and accredited.

First Aid for Children HLTAID004

August 10th, 2017

Manly Daily First Aid Tips – Book a public or private first aid or CPR training course. For parents with young children or child care workers please read the below and have the training for the unexpected.

Simple Instruction offers First Aid and CPR training at the Dee Why RSL on a regular basis.

NORTHERN BEACHES

How to deal with common accidents

Tips for parents when littlies are in the wars

WITH discovery and exploration in babies and children come falls and bumps.

Here’s what to do if one of these common accidents happens to your child.

BURNS AND SCALDS

PUT the burnt area under running water from the cold tap as soon and leave it there for at least 20 minutes.

Never place anything else on the burn – ice, creams and butter do not help. Get medical help if the burn is bigger than a 20 cent piece, looks raw or blistered or is on the face, neck or genitalia.

CHOKING

CHECK first if your child can breathe, cough or cry and, if so, see if they can dislodge the item by coughing, clearing the mouth or lying them forward.

For small children, tip them upside down. If this does not work, call 000.

POISONING

SIGNS of poisoning can include stomach pains and vomiting, drowsiness, trouble breathing, change of skin colour, blurred vision or even collapse.

Don’t give your child anything to eat or try to make them vomit. Pick up the poisons container, if you have it, and call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 1126.

TOOTH KNOCKED OUT

IF A baby tooth gets knocked out, there’s little chance of saving it, but you should always go straight to the dentist regardless.

In most cases, baby teeth come out because they are loose. See your dentist to ensure there are no cracked pieces of tooth left that can potentially cause infection and damage to the tooth that will come through.

If an adult tooth is knocked out it may reattach to the bone, but this is less likely with very young children. However, still retrieve the fallen tooth and either put it in milk or get your child to hold it in their mouth inside their cheek until you get to the dentist.

NEAR DROWNING

IF YOUR child is unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing, start resuscitation if you know how.

Any first aid you know is better than nothing. Call 000 and the operators can give you advice on how to administer first aid while you wait for the paramedics to arrive.

OBJECTS IN EAR, NOSE

DON’T try to remove a small object stuck in your child’s ear or nose as you may make the situation worse.

Go straight to your doctor to have it removed safely.

POKE IN THE EYE

A FINGER, a fork or a tree branch can cause damage if poked into a child’s eye.

Keep the child calm and check if they can open their eye. If the eye is red, sore or irritated, go to a doctor.

BUMPS AND FALLS

APPLY ice or a cold pack immediately to any bruise, bump or swelling.

If your child is in extreme pain, can’t move a limb or is unable to put pressure on an area, they may have fractured a bone. See a doctor.

JAMMED FINGERS

IF THERE’S bleeding, apply pressure and if there’s bruising, apply ice. If they are in extreme pain and can’t move the joint, you will need to get medical help.

Dr Ken Peacock, head of general medicine, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Provide First Aid and Provide CPR course – relaxed, simple, fun and relevant.

March 26th, 2017

Simple Instruction likes this article about first aid HLTAID003 and CPR HLTAID001 courses on the Northern Beaches. We hope you enjoy this article as well. We are trying to get the emphasis the importance of first aid training for their staff but this article on explaining first aid to students/kids is great. Simple Instruction first aid courses are designed for adults but we can come to you and complete a basic children’s first aid course or HLTAID004 courses so that they are aware especially of when to call 000. Some great ideas before you attend a first aid or CPR course here though.

“Mom, give me some ice.” Ranvir, 6, and Viraj, 4, hardly ever seem to get along. One can spot them getting on their mother’s nerves on several occasions. “Such is the case with siblings, especially boys, I guess,” says their mom, Smriti.

Last week however, Ranvir surprised his mother when he came running into the kitchen looking for ice. His brother had fallen off the bed and had got a bump on his head.

“Not only did Ranvir cajole Viraj, he even applied ice and an antiseptic cream on the wound,” says Smriti, proudly.

Smriti says that she feels a certain sense of relief knowing that her child is well equipped to be a caregiver in case there’s a need. “These are required skills you know and should not be looked upon as burdening the child.”

It’s comforting to know that children are competent, especially when it comes to first aid. “Nobody can misguide them,” she says. Plus, these are survival strategies that human beings should know.

Knowing first aid can be fascinating for children if we use the right methods. All we need to do is combine learning with our day-to-day slips and falls; our job is done.

Want to know how? Read the following 10 tips:

1) Wounds as stories

“I treat wounds while giving tips.”

Pranali, mother of a four-year-old, explains every step of the first aid that she gives to her child. Recently, he fell down the stairs and bruised his knee.

“I’m cleaning the wound with antiseptic first. This avoids infection,” she said as she started first aid. Then, she went on to explain that after cleaning, she is applying an antiseptic cream.

“I was crossing my fingers because he licks everything,” she chuckles and explains how her son took the tube of cream in his hands and looked at it as she applied.

“Shaurya stops crying and gets distracted when I involve him in doing his own first aid. I think he learns and remembers my tips,” says Pranali.

If you’re comfortable and calm while giving first aid to your child, you can help him/her remain calm during medical emergencies too. Also, you’re teaching first aid.

Sounds cool. Doesn’t it?

2) Replicate

“He’s a lot into superheroes. They thrill him,” says Ashish. His seven-year-old enjoys action-packed films and does not get anxious or scared when he witnesses accidents. That gave Ashish an idea to teach his son about first aid by replicating a few things at home.

“I used socks and cotton balls to display swellings,” when his son had wanted to see what a swelling around a wound looked like. Ashish also showed him the way to tie bandages.

“I put some tomato sauce on my arm, told my son that a wound bleeds like that, and taught him how to bandage it. The sauce made it fun!”

Ashish believes that there’s no harm being realistic with your children. They need to know how the human body reacts during adverse situations so that, god forbid, if they are in similar situations, they know what to do.

Makes sense!

Doctor doctor!3) Play doctor

Well, this is a tried and tested, age-old method that still works. Playing doctor with young kids teaches them a lot about medical emergencies while maintaining a dose of fun.

“I don’t want him to get nightmares about cuts and wounds,” says Anamika. Her son is barely three and they’ve recently bought him a doctor’s kit. Since he wants to learn how to use it, she uses playtime to teach him about first aid.

“I know he is still too young, but I thought why not start now,” she explains.

Children learn fast when they find fun and relaxation in learning which is why Anamika feels that planning out serious first-aid sessions may not work with her son. During his natural urge for playing doctor, she is teaching her son about injuries, falls, and accidents.

“He listens to it like a story. Later, he’ll know better and by then, we’ll have bypassed the fear,” she exclaims.

First aid kit!4) Make a kit

Mumbai-based preschool teacher Jhanvi tells me that making a first-aid kit together is a good way to teach children the uses of each thing that go into the kit.

It also helps them understand that the first-aid kit is to be used in case of an emergency, it isn’t a toy.

“Yes, many times my kids play with the kit and spoil the contents, especially creams. It’s risky but I need to keep the kit easy-to-reach too,” says Dipika, mother to two boys.

Making a kit together will work as a DIY activity as well as a session on the importance of first aid. Try it!

5) The priority list

“My daughter does not have patience to sit and listen. Even if it’s her favourite activity, I cannot make her sit for more than 10 minutes at a stretch.”

Ridhima’s daughter is like any other kid—she lacks patience. Making a priority list of problems where first aid might be required and teaching children about those aspects first, helps curb this problem.

So, what can be included in this list?

Stopping a wound from bleeding
Holding nostrils to stop a nosebleed
Running a burnt body part under water
Putting ice over swellings
“We made a decorated chart with kids where we drew different body parts and basic first aid for them. It was fun,” says Shradha from Notre Dame Academy, Patna.

Why don’t you try making a quick chart or list too?

6) ‘Might’ happen and not ‘will’ happen

“Don’t scare them by saying that these things will happen. That’s key to teaching first aid,” says Dr Thakrey from Mumbai-based Sai Swasthya Clinic.

“Make them feel like superheroes who have the power during any medical emergency,” he says. He explains that describing to children the gory details, plus how important it’s to manage oneself during a medical problem will scare them and first aid should work as a fun tool.

“Kids are smart enough to apply knowledge when needed, we need not push it,” he concludes.

7) All that breaks

“I introduced him to first aid for fractures by using a doll. By slowly bending the doll’s limbs, I spoke about cracked bones and he listened to me, mesmerised,” says Sheena.

Sheena is a dentist who is currently a stay-at-home mom. She enjoys passing on her medical knowledge to her six-year-old.

Sheena says that talking to kids about bones and blood supply grabs their interest. “These things are real and there’s a lot of fun in reality,” she says. She has explained to her son that when bones get hurt, blood oozes out from them, which is why they hurt so much.

In these times, one must be patient with the person who is suffering the pain. Secondly, if he comes across someone who has fallen or is complaining of a hurting bone, he should immediately call another adult to help. Calling for help is also first aid.

First aid for fractures and sprains also means making the person who has fallen sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Not touching the hurting bone is the last, but most important rule.

“Helping out without a first-aid kit also comes under first aid, doesn’t it?” asks Sheena and I agree. Don’t you?

8) Raise an alarm!

“They should know that calling an adult to help is sometimes the best help they can provide,” says Dr Thakrey.

Shalini, a marketing executive with a cosmetics firm and mother of two, says that children should be taught to raise an alarm. It’s not their job to assess a situation. By raising alarms during medical emergencies, they will help themselves out of the situation and help the person in need too.

So, teach them to raise an alarm!

9) Mind over matter!

“We dropped him and went grocery shopping next door. Our cell phones were out of reach in that basement shop. He managed alone!”

Swayam had hurt himself at the football field and was feeling faint after that. His coach did some first aid and thereafter, tried calling Swayam’s parents. He was not able to get across to them, but felt helpless since the rest of the team of six-year-olds could not have been left unattended.

While Swayam sat in a corner and waited for his parents, he decided to breathe and stay calm. He pulled out his napkin and pressed his wounds till he felt better.

“We arrived and panicked when we saw the coach panicking around him. But our son stayed calm,” say Swayam’s parents.

They add that we might not always have resources for first aid and even if we have them, they may not work if there is no presence of mind. So along with first aid, teach your kids to employ their minds too!

10) A kid is but a kid!

“Every time I talk about first aid, I talk about personal safety first,” says Swati.

She believes that the safety of her two sons is more important than them helping out. “You can’t jump into a pool to save someone even if you know how to swim,” she tells her kids.

Dr Thakrey says, “Kids are taught first aid to help. That does not mean that they fix other’s problems on their own. They also need to be taught whether a situation demands first aid or not.”

“Getting close to open wires, people who have burnt themselves, or someone injured on the road is not the business of kids,” he adds

“I don’t talk to my sons about all the scary things that might happen,” says Swati.

Don’t you think she’s right? Children need not worry about consequences as they learn first aid. All they need to focus on is that knowledge is fun and that they can help themselves if certain situations arise.

As they say, knowledge is power!

Provide First Aid – Top Ten Tips

March 19th, 2017

First aid is the life saving, critical help given to an injured or a sick person before medical aid arrives. This timely assistance, comprising of simple medical techniques, is most critical to the victims and is, often, life saving. Any layperson can be trained to administer first aid, which can be carried out using minimal equipments.

Bleeding nose
A nosebleed occurs when blood vessels inside the nose break. Because they’re delicate, this can happen easily. When this happens, lean slightly forward and pinch your nose just below the bridge, where the cartilage and the bone come together. Maintain the pressure for 5 to 15 minutes. Pressing an ice pack against the bridge can also help. Do not tilt your head back if your nose bleeds as you may swallow blood which can potentially go in your lungs. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 20 minutes or if it accompanies a headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, or vision problems, please consult a health expert.

A Sprain
Sprains occur when the ligaments surrounding a joint are pulled beyond their normal range. Sprains are often accompanied by bruising and swelling. Alternately apply and remove ice every 20 minutes throughout the first day. Wrapping the joint with an elastic compression bandage and elevating the limb may also help. Stay off the injury for at least 24 hours. After that, apply heat to promote blood flow to the area. If the injury doesn’t improve in a few days, you may have a fracture or a muscle or ligament tear so call a doctor.

A Burn
If there’s a burn place it under cool (not cold) running water, submerge it in a bath and loosely bandage a first- or second-degree burn for protection. Do not put an ice pack on major burns. Ice can damage the skin and worsen the injury. Don’t pop blisters. Don’t apply an antibiotic or butter to burns as this can breed infection. First-degree burns produce redness while second-degree burns cause blisters and third-degree burns result in broken or blackened skin. Rush to doctor if the victim is
coughing, has watery eyes, or is having trouble breathing.

Choking
True choking is rare but when a person is really choking, he can’t cough strongly, speak, or breathe, and his face may turn red or blue. For a victim of age one or older have the person lean forward and, using the palm of your hand, strike his back between the shoulder blades five times. If that doesn’t work, stand behind the victim, place one fist above the belly button, cup the fist with your other hand, and push in and up toward the ribs five times. If you’re alone, press your abdomen against something firm or use your hands. Do not give water or anything else to someone who is coughing.

Poisoning
Potential household hazards include cleaning supplies, carbon monoxide and pesticides. Bites and stings can also be poisonous to some people. If a person is unconscious or having trouble breathing, call the doctor. Do not wait until symptoms appear to call for help. And don’t try to induce vomiting. The poison could cause additional damage when it comes back up. The victim shouldn’t eat or drink anything in case of suspected poisoning.

Animal Bites
In case of an animal bite, stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure until it stops. Gently clean with soap and warm water. Rinse for several minutes after cleaning. Apply antibiotic cream to reduce risk of infection, and cover with a sterile bandage. Get medical help if the animal bite is more than a superficial scratch or if the animal was a wild or stray one, regardless of the severity of the injury.

Bruises
Ice the area on and off for the first 24-48 hours. Apply ice for about 15 minutes at a time, and always put something like a towel or wash cloth between the ice and your skin. Take a painkiller if there is pain. Visit your doctor if the bruise is accompanied with extreme pain, swelling or redness; if the person is taking a blood-thinning medication or if he /she cannot move a joint or may have a broken bone.

Diarrhea
During diarrhea its essential to treat dehydration. Give an adult plenty of clear fluid, like fruit juices, soda, sports drinks and clear broth. Avoid milk or milk-based products and caffeine while you have diarrhea and for 3 to 5 days after you get better. Milk can make diarrhea worse. Give a child or infant frequent sips of a rehydration solution. Make sure the person drinks more fluids than they are losing through diarrhea. Have the person rest as needed and avoid strenuous exercise. Keep a sick child home from school and give banana, rice, apple and toast. For an adult, add semisolid and low-fiber foods gradually as diarrhea stops. Avoid spicy, greasy, or fatty foods.

Eye Injury
If there is chemical exposure, don’t rub your eyes. Immediately wash out the eye with lots of water and get medical help while you are doing this. Do not bandage the eye. If there has been a blow to the eye apply a cold compress, but don’t put pressure on the eye. If there is any bruising, bleeding, change in vision, or if it hurts when the eye moves, see a doctor right away. For a foreign particle in the eye – don’t rub the eye, pull the upper lid down and blink repeatedly. If particle is still there, rinse with eyewash. If this too doesn’t help, see your doctor.

It’s a miracle, says Mick Fanning of his great white shark escape

July 31st, 2015

Three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning says it is a miracle he escaped from his encounter with a huge shark without a scratch but showed signs of the psychological trauma he will have to deal with after his near-death experience.

The 34-year-old arrived in Sydney and faced an enormous media scrum on Tuesday afternoon before heading home to, as he said, give his mum a big hug.

“To walk away from a shark attack with not a scratch on you, it’s a miracle really,” Fanning said.

“I’m doing OK, I haven’t got a scratch on me. It’s more of an emotional, mental trauma right now.
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“It’ll probably take a couple of weeks or months to get over. I don’t know.”
Fanning denied any suggestion he was a hero, saying he just did whatever he thought could get him away from the shark.
“I don’t know whether I punched it hard or just a couple of baby punches, but I just went into fight or flight really,” he said.
Fellow Australian surfer Julian Wilson, who was competing against Fanning and came to his idol’s aid, said: “At first I was frozen.
“Mick was looking at me, a big old fish popped up behind him. It was a lot bigger than him. I saw him start to get kind of manhandled by the shark and I was kind of freaking out.
“I wasn’t moving … trying to weigh up the situation. He was kind of getting wrestled off his board and then a wave came between us and I started paddling for him, just fearing for his life.”
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/its-a-miracle-says-mick-fanning-of-his-great-white-shark-escape-20150721-gihbtq.html#ixzz3gVhhdiWZ

WOW, Unbelievable. We are so happy to see that Mick is ok. Simple Instruction First Aid and CPR can help you learn how to cope with bleeding emergencies. Get into one of our first aid courses on The Northern Beaches soon so that you are ready to handle many first aid situations. We provide a course that is easy to understand and follow but will give you all the basic skills.

HLTAID004 Northern Beaches

June 29th, 2015

(HLTAID004) What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?

Performance Evidence

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role.

There must be demonstrated evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks at least once in line with state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, ARC guidelines and workplace procedures:

  • located and interpreted workplace policies and procedures
  • conducted a hazard assessment and identified strategies to minimise risk
  • demonstrated safe manual handling techniques
  • assessed airway, breathing and responsiveness of casualty

Performed at least two minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an infant, a child and an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor, demonstrating the following techniques on each:

  • checking for response and normal breathing
  • recognising abnormal breathing
  • opening and clearing the airway
  • using correct hand location, compression depth rate in line with the ARC recommended ratio of compressions and ventilations
  • acting in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
  • following single rescuer procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions
  • followed prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Conducted a verbal secondary survey

Applied first aid procedures for the following:

  • allergic reactions
  • anaphylaxis
  • asthma
  • basic wound care
  • severe bleeding
  • burns
  • cardiac arrest
  • choking and airway obstruction
  • convulsions, including febrile convulsions
  • envenomation (using pressure immobilisation)
  • epilepsy and seizures
  • fractures, sprains and strains (using arm slings, roller bandages or other appropriate immobilisation techniques)
  • head injuries
  • poisoning
  • respiratory distress
  • shock

Followed workplace procedures for reporting details of the incident, including:

  • providing an accurate verbal report of the incident
  • completing an incident, injury, trauma and illness record
  • responded to at least three simulated first aid scenarios contextualised to the candidate’s workplace/community setting, and involving infants and children of varying ages.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

  • state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures including:
  • ARC Guidelines for provision of CPR and first aid to infants, children and adults
  • guidelines from Australian national peak clinical bodies
  • safe work practices to minimise risks and potential hazards
  • first aid requirements for services under the Education and Care Services National Law

Infection control principles and procedures

Requirements for currency of skill and knowledge

Legal, workplace and community considerations, including:

  • need for stress-management techniques and available support following an emergency situation, including the psychological impact on children
  • duty of care requirements
  • respectful behaviour towards a casualty
  • own skills and limitations
  • consent, including situations in which parental/caregiver consent is required
  • privacy and confidentiality requirements
  • importance of debriefing

Considerations when providing first aid including:

  • airway obstruction due to body position
  • appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
  • appropriate use of an AED, including placement of pads for adults and children aged older than 8 years
  • specific considerations when using an AED on children aged between 1 and 8 years, including identification of AED with paediatric capability, paediatric voltage and use of paediatric pads
  • chain of survival
  • standard precautions and infection control

Principles and procedures for application of first aid in the following scenarios:

  • abdominal injuries
  • allergic reactions, including severe reactions
  • anaphylaxis
  • bleeding control
  • burns
  • cardiac conditions
  • choking and airway obstruction
  • cold and crush injuries
  • diabetes
  • dislocations
  • drowning
  • envenomation
  • environmental impact (including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke)
  • epilepsy
  • eye and ear injuries
  • fractures
  • head, neck and spinal injuries
  • minor skin injuries
  • needle stick injuries
  • poisoning and toxic substances
  • respiratory distress, including asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • seizures
  • shock
  • soft tissue injuries
  • unconsciousness, abnormal breathing or not breathing

Basic anatomy and physiology relating to:

  • absence of normal breathing
  • anatomy of the external chest
  • specific anatomy of infant respiratory systems, including trachea, and implications for provision of CPR
  • basic anatomical differences between adults and children, and the implications for provision of first aid
  • normal clinical values for children
  • physiology relating to response/consciousness
  • symptoms and triggers of anaphylaxis
  • symptoms and triggers of asthma
  • upper airway anatomy and effect of positional change.

Northern Beaches First Aid – Anytime and Anywhere

August 20th, 2011

 

AMBULANCE REPORT: Seeing stars in the gutter

7 Aug 11 @  12:00am by Gordon Aspinall

OSCAR Wilde once said: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

A man, 41, was certainly seeing stars when we were called to an address at Manly on Thursday, July 28, where he was rolling around on the ground and lying in the gutter.

The highly intoxicated man was aggressive and resistant at first but was eventually persuaded to accompany us to the ambulance.

The man was taken to Manly Hospital for observation and assessment.

In a kerbside incident of a different kind, an 88-year-old woman tripped on the gutter in Manly, fell and fractured her hip.

Paramedics treated the woman at the scene before they took her to Manly Hospital.

Not such a perfect day
THE arrival of some fine weather last weekend put us all in good spirits but one family ended up the worse for it.

At 4.30pm on Saturday, July 30, paramedics were called to the Spit walk in Clontarf. On arrival they found a six-year-old girl who had fallen about half a metre onto the walking track.

The little girl had knocked out several teeth and had abrasions to both hands. Her uncle also came to grief when he tried to stop her from falling and fractured his wrist.

The 34-year-old man was treated with pain medication and splinting before both patients were transported to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

Cheap shot
ON Saturday, July 30, at 8.30pm we were in Brookvale where a 63-year-old man had been assaulted by two other men.

The man, who had multiple abrasions and lacerations, had his wounds cleaned and dressed before he was taken to Manly Hospital.

Boozed backpacker
ALCOHOL got the better of people this week which had us running around to pick up the pieces.

On Sunday, July 31, an intoxicated backpacker fell heavily in Collaroy and severely fractured her leg.

A special operations responder was the first paramedic on scene and he commenced treating the 33-year-old with pain medication.

He was soon backed up by a paramedic crew who continued stabilising the woman before transporting her to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

Wrist through window
Last Friday morning about 4am, paramedics were called by police to treat a 24-year-old woman who lacerated her wrist after she accidentally put her arm through a window.

Her wound was cleaned and dressed, and she was taken to Manly Hospital for stitches.

Little tykes in pain
WE had two serious injuries to kids this week.

The first was at 10.30pm on Thursday, July 28 in Manly when we were called to treat a two-year-old girl who had a seizure.

The little girl was treated with medications and oxygen before being transported to Royal North Hospital in a stable condition.

The next day about 4.30pm a nine-year-old fell off some monkey bars in Balgowlah.

Paramedics treated the boy for a sore knee and a laceration to his forehead before they took him to Mona Vale Hospital for some stitches.

Baby in a hurry
ABOUT 3.30pm on Sunday, July 31, paramedics were called to an address in Manly where a young pregnant woman was having contractions.

The woman’s sister (who is also a midwife) and the attending paramedics delivered the child without complications.

Mum, young baby Jack and a proud dad were all taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in top condition.

Workouts go awry
TRAINING sessions caused some grief through the week.

On Saturday, July 30 at 1pm paramedics treated a 76-year-old woman who became ill during a training swim in Manly.

She was taken to Manly Hospital for some stitches.

An hour later we were at an oval in Curl Curl treating a 32-year-old guy who fractured his arm during a training session.

The man responded well to pain medication and was taken to Manly Hospital for further treatment and tests.

Gordon Aspinall is the manager at Balgowlah Ambulance Station.

If you would like to come to an Apply First Aid (formerly senior first aid) or Perform CPR course please contact Simple Instruction. The next course is Saturday the 27th of August 2011 at The Brookvale Hotel. Stay Safe – Ian

First Aid at home – First Aid Courses – Northern Beaches.

July 12th, 2011

First aid at home

Dr Andrew Rochford joins TODAY with advice on how to become better equipped in dealing with accidents at home.

To view the webpage: http://today.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=1010419

Just about everybody will need access to a first aid kit at one point, so, the key to optimal safety is preparation.

  • Always have a well-stocked first aid kit handy and be sure to keep it within easy reach. 
  • Ensuring that all items are gathered ahead of time will allow you to handle the emergency at hand more efficiently. 
  • First aid kits vary. What your home needs all depends on your medical training and how far you are from professional help. 
  • You should have a kit in your kitchen, in your car and always have one handy when you’re on vacation. 
  • The kitchen is often the heart of your house – where most activities take place. Unlike the bathroom, the kitchen doesn’t have too much humidity, which can actually shorten the life of many items. 
  • The kit that lives in your car should have similar contents to that of your home first air kit. 
  • Your travel kit should be kept in your suitcase, or backpack depending on your activity. Again, it needs to be easily accessible.

To purchase First Aid Kits from a local Northern Beaches Business take a look at  www.saltwaterfirstaid.com . These First Aid kits are ideal for surfers, backpackers or anyone who is active and constantly on the go. Great to keep in your car or to give as a present to a friend or family member in the case of an emergency.

If you would like to book into an Apply First Aid course or a Perform CPR course with Simple Instruction. Please contact Ian on 0411557705 or by emailing [email protected] . Stay safe!

Ian Wood

Manly Daily – First Aid for Funnel Web Spiders

May 18th, 2011

A story in The Manly Daily has prompted me to write a blog about the Funnel Web Spider. It is important that we know emergency First Aid at this time when the Funnel Web Spider seems to be thriving. Below I have provided some information from the CSIRO website which has some simple First Aid tipsif the worst happens and you are bitten.

If you would like to get trained in how to use the pressure immoblisation technique, require a perform CPR refresher course or need accreditation in Apply First Aid for your job it is best to do a course with Simple Instruction.

Simple Instruction conducts courses on the beautiful Northern Beaches at The Brookvale Hotel most Saturday’s (check website). Contact us if you would like to come along. Happy reading!

Funnel-web spiders are some of the world’s most deadly spiders and are found in coastal and mountain regions of eastern and southern Australia.

Description
Funnel-webs are large black spiders with a shiny head/thorax. The body may range from 1.5 cm up to more than 5 cm long depending on the species.

Female funnel-web spiders are stockier than males, with shorter legs and a bigger abdomen, which may be brown or bluish. The eyes are small and closely grouped, the fang bases extend horizontally from the front of the head and the long fangs lie parallel underneath (do not check this on a live spider!).

Funnel-web spiders live in burrows in sheltered positions in the ground, or in stumps, tree trunks or ferns above the ground. Their burrows are lined with a sock of opaque white silk and several strong strands of silk radiating from the entrance.

Funnel-web spider venom is highly toxic and all species should be considered potentially dangerous.Distribution
Funnel-web spiders are found in:

Queensland
New South Wales
the Australian Capital Territory
Victoria
South Australia
Tasmania.
They mainly occur along the coast and mountain regions from Gladstone in the north to southern Tasmania.

Isolated species occur in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, and in the mountains of North Queensland. The Sydney funnel-web spider is found within about 100 km of the city.

In the tropics and subtropics, they favour rainforests and higher altitudes, but in southern states they also live in drier eucalypt forests and woodlands, as well as snow country.

Life history
Female funnel-web spiders are long-lived, possibly up to 20 years. They are rarely seen except during tree felling, excavation or landscaping work.

Female funnel-web spiders are sedentary and pass their entire lives inside the burrow, only venturing out momentarily to grab passing prey. Prey consists of insects and small vertebrates such as lizards and frogs.

Young spiders are raised inside the burrow. After the first couple of moults female funnel-web spiders leave the maternal burrow, dispersing on foot to build their own burrow.

Juvenile male spiders remain in the burrow until their final adult moult. Males mature at 2-3 years then vacate the burrow in search of a mate.

Pest status and management
Funnel-web spider venom is highly toxic, and all species should be considered potentially dangerous. Males wander at night, especially during or after rain, and may enter houses.

Bites by males of two large species, the Sydney funnel-web and northern tree funnel-web, have resulted in death.

If you are in a known funnel-web area:

wear gloves when gardening
know what a burrow looks like
wear shoes when walking
if camping:
close tent flaps
carefully shaken out before use, any footwear, clothes and sleeping bags left on the ground overnight, as the spiders hide during the day.

First aid if bitten:

keep calm
move only if necessary
if a limb is bitten, apply pressure bandage to bite area and around limb towards heart
immobilise limb with a splint
seek medical aid as soon as possible.

CSIRO Entomology is not currently researching funnel-web spiders. This fact sheet is provided for information only.

State museums and Canberra Connect in the ACT will usually provide identification and advice for the general public.

Read more about spiders with our Factsheets & Publications.

Snake Bite Treatment – great video!

December 31st, 2010

This is Simple Instruction’s last post for 2010. I hope the people on the Northern Beaches who have supported me this year and in fact everybody has a great 2011. I hope everyone stays safe and has a happy and fun time for New Years.

Apply First Aid (formerly called Senior First Aid) and Perform CPR course dates for the Brookvale Hotel have now been posted for 2011. Please check the website and book into a course soon.

Simple Instruction looks forward to your continued support in 2011. Thanks again ——-Ian Wood

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