Posts Tagged ‘Manly First Aid’

CPR Performed on Collaroy Beach, Northern Beaches, Sydney.

March 14th, 2018

A sad incident on the Northern Beaches where members of the public have performed CPR on a man who unfortunately has passed away. CPR is crucial life skill to learn and a massive congratulations should go to the people who got involved to help this man. Please remember that doing something is better than nothing when faced with a first aid situation. Follow the DRSABCD guidelines and you might be able to help a family member, friend or another member of the public.

Please get trained in CPR and first aid to help keep the Northern Beaches a safe place – it is a life saving skill that you may need one day.

Manly Daily, Manly Daily
February 20, 2018 6:07pm

A man has died at Collaroy Beach, on Sydney’s northern beaches, this afternoon.

Police said emergency services were called to Collaroy, just before 4.30pm, after a man was found unconscious in the water.

Members of the public commenced CPR on the man, aged in his 70s, before surf lifesavers arrived.

NSW Ambulance Paramedics and police attended, but he died at the scene.

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command have commenced investigations into the incident.

Initial inquires suggest there are no suspicious circumstances.

All accredted training courses are held at the Dee Why RSL conducted under the auspices of Allen’s Training RTO 90909.

Provide First Aid Certificate (Formerly Apply and Senior First Aid)

October 23rd, 2017

Apply the first aid knowledge you learn from a Simple Instruction Provide First Aid and CPR course held at the Dee Why RSL on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney NSW. Simple Instruction is the leading HLTAID001 (Provide CPR), HLTAID003 (Provide First Aid) and HLTAID004 (Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting(childcare first aid)) in Sydney and love working with our Northern Beaches locals to make the Manly Warringah area a safe place.

We offer courses to all our locals and will attend private course across Sydney. More recently we ahve completed courses in Avalon, Balgowlah, Brookvale, Belrose, Manly, Narrabeen, Dee Why, Mona Vale, Frenchs Foorest, Mosman, Cremorne, North Sydney and Cammeray. We tailor our course to all industries and love attending our local business partners in fitness, health and many more.

By updating your first aid an CPR skills you are helping those close to you including family (baby), workmates and friends. Apply the knowledge that you learn in our relevant, fun, easy, online, cheap and energetic course to real life scenarios.

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First Aid Course (Includes CPR) Northern Beaches, Sydney.

October 23rd, 2016

Saving a life with CPR is ‘really, really easy’ and more of us should try.

If someone’s collapsed, is not responsive and not breathing, would you know what to do?

If a person’s like that, it means their heart’s stopped (which doctors call a cardiac arrest).

It’s not good news.

But if someone around knows what to do, they can save a life. That person can be you.

You can save a life really, really easily.

All you need to do is learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Basically, it’s pressing on the person’s chest with your hands.

Once you’ve recognised someone’s heart has stopped, the number one thing to know is that you can’t do any harm.

It’s impossible to hurt someone in cardiac arrest because they’re already dead.

What if you break their ribs? Who cares! Would you rather be alive with a broken rib or dead? It’s that simple.

Can you be sued? Absolutely not. The law is very robust and you won’t be sued for having a go.

Worried about how many breaths to do? Don’t be. Hands only is fine.

All you have to do is press hard and fast in the centre of the chest with the heel of your hand.

If you’re still not sure how fast, Stayin’ Alive from the Bee Gees is about the right beat.

You need to act fast because every minute that goes by without anyone doing anything reduces the odds of survival by 10 per cent.

At 10 minutes, if no-one’s done anything, the person is dead. At about four minutes, irreversible brain damage starts setting in.

So even if an ambulance is called straight away, there’s a good chance help will arrive too late.

But doing CPR means that person may be able to hang on until help arrives. That’s because CPR pushes blood up from the person’s heart into their brain.

Restarting a heart

CPR will help keep someone alive, but restarting a heart needs a defibrillator. Many buildings have portable defibrillators (also known as AEDs) that anyone can use. They give voice instructions to tell you what to do. A helper should always look for one while CPR is done. It’s in your hands.

Some 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest in Australia each year and 90 per cent of them will die.

Cardiac arrest kills more people than lung and breast cancer, trauma and stroke all combined.

It’s not just common and lethal. It’s a problem everyone can do something about right now.

It needs all Australians to learn how to press on someone’s chest.

It needs the two hands at the end of your arms. And that’s it.

Learn Provide First Aid HLTAID003 and Provide CPR HLTAID001 with Simple Instruction at the DYRSL (Dee Why RSL) on the beautiful Northern Beaches. We cater for Northern Beaches locals so they don’t have to travel in to the City of Sydney. Locals from all over the Northern Beaches (Belrose, Avalon, Manly, Dee Why, Brookvale, Balgowlah, Cromer) and the North Shore ( Mosman, Cammeray, Chatswood, North Sydney, Crows Nest) have been raving about Simple Instruction’s First Aid and CPR course since 2009. We are the leading First Aid and CPR provider in Sydney. Book a first aid or CPR course today.

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Allen’s Training Child Care First Aid HLTAID004

April 13th, 2016

Simple Instruction conducts the Allen’s Training’s Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting HLTAID004. Simple Instruction is the Northern Beaches number 1 provider for the Provide First Aid course (HLTAID003) Childcare First Aid Course (HLTAID004) and the Provide CPR course (HLTAID001) for residents from Manly to Avalon. Simple Instruction is locally based and knows the Northern Beaches community and area. We conduct all our courses out of the Dee Why RSL (DYRSL) and are very proud of our down to earth and friendly learning environment.

Please contact Ian from Simple Instruction or book online to secure your training course.

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

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Information about the course

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults.

The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. This unit of competency will contribute towards approved first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis training under the Education and Care Services National Law, and the Education and Care Services National Regulation (2011).

This unit of competency has been approved by ACECQA and meets the requirements of “First Aid, Asthma & Anaphylaxis”.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Target audience:

Those employed in the child care and education industry.

Award issued:

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment:

  • HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

Initial Course duration:

  • Mixed Mode: Completion of pre-course study plus 7 hours practical training
  • Face to Face: 10 hours face to face training

Refresher Course duration:

  • 7 hours face to face training

Important information regarding course durations:

Course durations, as mentioned above, are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 participants. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 participants it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of participants.

Pre Course study options

There are a few different options for completing your pre-course study.

We recommend our First Aid News Video as it is the most convenient option.

Other options include

  • Ebook
  • Online training
  • Hard copy coloured workbook

Click here to find out more information

The pre course study includes a question paper consisting of  65 multi choice questions. You must take the completed paper with you to the training course.

First Aid and CPR in Manly, Northern Beaches, Sydney.

April 13th, 2016
Solo scuba diver dies after incident at Shelly Beach in Manly
January 22, 2016
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Lucy Cormack

Scuba diver missing near Manly
One diver was in critical condition and another feared drowned at Shelly Beach near Manly late Thursday afternoon. Vision: Seven News.
A scuba diver has died after being pulled from the water on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Police and paramedics were called to Shelly Beach in Manly just after 5pm on Thursday to reports that a man was in trouble in the water.

The 62-year-old was taken to Manly Hospital, where he died on Thursday night. It is believed he was diving alone at the popular dive spot.

Shelly Beach, Manly, where a diver was pulled from the water in a critical condition.
Shelly Beach, Manly, where a diver was pulled from the water in a critical condition. Photo: James Brickwood
A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said paramedics were called about 5.05pm.


“We’ve got one patient in the water … in [cardiac] arrest, CPR was performed and they were taken to Manly Hospital in a critical condition.”

Initial reports from witnesses led authorities to believe there might have been a second missing diver in the water. Water police and a single helicopter searched the area before heavy rain forced the search to be called off.

Onlookers wait with police at Shelly Beach, where a diver was pulled from the water.
Onlookers wait with police at Shelly Beach, where a diver was pulled from the water. Photo: James Brickwood
“We did a fairly extensive search and spoke to a number of people and we don’t believe there was a second person,” a NSW Police spokesperson said.

On Thursday afternoon, Channel Nine reported that two divers had “gone into cardiac arrest after being hit by lightning at Shelly Beach” but this was not confirmed.

Photos of the scene were shared on social media on Thursday afternoon.

A helicopter circles Shelly Beach, Manly, in search of a suspected second diver. It was later confirmed there was only …
A helicopter circles Shelly Beach, Manly, in search of a suspected second diver. It was later confirmed there was only one diver. Photo: Trina Latham
Police from the Northern Beaches Local Area Command are preparing a report for the coroner.
Ambulances at the scene at Shelly Beach.
Ambulances at the scene at Shelly Beach. Photo: Trina Latham
Shelly Beach forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay and is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkelling, with a maximum depth of about 12 metres.


Northern Beaches First Aid and CPR courses available for Manly residents and the wider Northern Beaches community. Get trained today so you can help someone in an emergency situation. First Aid and CPR is all about providing initial treatment until an ambulance or someone else can arrive. Book today with Simple Instruction and complete a First Aid or CPR course at the Dee Why RSL (DY RSL).

Northern Beaches local – Guy Leech knows the importance of early Defibrillation and early CPR

April 11th, 2016

Nth Beaches – Manly Daily

Ironman Guy Leech wants TV friend’s death to make a difference, asking for firms to buy lifesaving device
April 5, 2016 12:00am
Sarah Swain – Manly Daily

A CELEBRITY fitness trainer has launched a campaign to get lifesaving medical devices into businesses and homes after losing a beloved friend to a heart attack.

World champion ironman and surf lifesaver, Guy Leech, wants firms, and even families, to invest in $2000 easy-to-use defibrillators which could mean the difference between life and death.

He believes his friend Charles Stewart, 63, known as Chucky, could have survived if one of the devices had been close when he had a heart attack in Manly, in January.

Guy Leech with his friend Charles Stewart, journalist and film maker, who died from a sudden heart attack in Manly this year. Picture: Supplied.
Leech, from Curl Curl, has trained stars including Madonna and George Clooney. He had been friends with the journalist, writer and filmmaker who used to work for Channel 9 on The Today Show, Wide World of Sports and Sports Sunday for 20 years.

He said he was like “an older brother” to him.

Chucky, from Seaforth, took part in Leech’s paddling group three times a week at Manly Cove, and was ‘strong and fit’ according to Leech

But on January 4, tragedy struck.

While the group was out in the harbour, Leech got a message that Chucky was heading back because he “wasn’t feeling 100 per cent”.

Leech want’s Chucky’s death to make a difference. He’s teamed up with defibrillator firm Physio-Control to get more into companies and homes. Picture: Troy Snook
And when the group got back to Manly Cove not long after, they noticed a man being given CPR on the grass near the beach.

Leech was shocked to realise it was his friend. He took over CPR until an ambulance arrived and a defibrillator brought back a faint heartbeat.

But it was too late, and Chucky’s life support was switched off at the Royal North Shore Hospital six days later.

Now Leech wants Chucky’s death to make a difference. He’s teamed up with defibrillator firm Physio-Control to get more into companies and homes.

Guy Leech is a former champion ironman and surf lifesaver.

Guy Leech tried to save his friend after he was found collapsed from a heart attack. Picture: Troy Snook
“It’s the difference between life and death,” he said. “More than 500 people a week have heart attacks or strokes. Unless a defibrillator is put on you within about three minutes you’ve got a 10 per cent chance of survival.

“The average time for an ambulance to arrive is 12 or 13 minutes.

“I don’t want Chucky’s death to be something that just goes by. He would want something to come from it.”

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Provide CPR HLTAID001 – Dee Why, Northern Beaches, Sydney.

January 7th, 2016

Simple Instruction is the leader for providing informative, cheap, relevant and fast CPR and First Aid courses in Sydney. Located on the beautiful Northern Beaches and centrally located at the DYRSL (Dee Why RSL) we cater to all suburbs including Avalon, Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Elanora Heights, Freshwater, Allambie, Belrose, Balgowlah, Brookvale, Manly, North Curl Curl and will even come to your house or business if you have a private course.

Simple Instruction has up to date and relevant teaching material and equipment to make your learning a first class experience. We do not train you to be a paramedic or doctor we aim to take the science out of First Aid and CPR and make sure you have the skills appropriate to be able to help someone in an emergency situation.

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide CPR and use a defibrillator, until the arrival of medical or other assistance.

This course is suitable for workers and professionals who require a refresher or first-time nationally-accredited qualification in the administration of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Completion of the pre course online workbook PRIOR to the practical session is now required. There is no longer a written assessment on the day of the training course as the workbook satisfies the need for this.

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January 6th, 2016

Have you ever thought I should learn CPR? As a local community member of the Northern Beaches I think you should learn CPR also. Simple Instruction has CPR and First Aid courses being conducted at the Dee Why RSL (DYRSL) on the beautiful Northern Beaches throughout January and February in 2016. Book in today and get trained to help someone in the future.

Sue DunlevyNews Corp Australia Network

NEARLY thirty thousand Australians will die of cardiac arrest this year because too few bystanders have the basic CPR skills to keep them alive until an ambulance arrives.

Emergency physician Professor Paul Middleton says he’s sick of seeing patients turn up dead in emergency departments when a simple 15 minute CPR training session could have saved their lives.

He’s founded a new charity Take Heart Australia to turn that statistic around and aims to deliver CPR training to every Australian and get a heart starting defibrillator installed on every street.

The Sunday Telegraph is also calling for the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to include certified teaching of CPR in the national curriculum.

Surf Life Saving NSW has calculated it could deliver certified CPR training at a cost of $35 per student — or about $3 million for every Year 7 pupil in the state.

Brain damage sets in three minutes after a cardiac arrest, within ten minutes the patient will be dead and an ambulance will never arrive in time to save these people, says Professor Middleton.

“Most of these arrests need a shock to restart the heart and 80 per cent of those that happen in the street should be reversed by a simple defibrillator,” he says.

“But you also need someone doing high quality CPR from the moment you go down,” he said.

“Every minute without CPR there is a ten per cent increase in mortality, and ambulance can’t arrive in under eight minutes and it’s almost always ten minutes,” he says.

“It can’t be left to the ambulance service, it has to be left to the community,” he says.

Australia’s performance in CPR is falling with just ten per cent of cardiac victims saved by the procedure in Sydney in 2010, down from 12 per cent in 2005.

This compares to the two in three people who survive a cardiac arrest in Seattle in the US where 75 per cent of the population is trained in CPR.

Life saver ... a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death

Life saver … a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and deathSource:News Corp Australia

Citizens of Seattle are required to take CPR classes to graduate from high school and to get or renew a driver’s license, attend university or work in the public service, it also has a large number of defibrillator devices available in public buildings and police vehicles says Professor Middleton.

“The joke is if you fall asleep on a park bench in Seattle someone will do CPR on you,” he said.

Denmark has also more than doubled survival rates from cardiac arrest since 2005 by teaching schoolchildren CPR skills, making CPR training it a requirement for a driver’s licence.

The number of cardiac arrest victims who received “bystander” more than doubled in Denmark from 22% in 2001 to 45% in 2010.

Take Heart has a plan to ensure 100 per cent of Australians are trained in CPR by making CPR training it a requirement to get a drivers’ licence, go to university, get a job in the public service.

It also wants to put a $2,000 heart starting automated external defibrillator (AED) on every street in Australia.

The new organisation will try to teach 10,000 people CPR at the SCG Alliance Stadium in November, setting a new Guiness World Record.

Regional areas taking part in Take Heart Australia through satellite events include -Hawkesbury,- Shoalhaven, – Roxby Downs, SA.

Regional areas can take part by hosting their own event. They can make contact with Take Heart Australia through their website or Facebook to organise it.

Its funding a Good Sam App that will immediately dial 000 that will show where the nearest defibrillator is.

One of the biggest problems in Australia is there is now record of who has CPR training or where life saving defibrillators are stored.

Professor Middletons says there are defibrillators at most airports and train stations.

“The safest place to have a cardiac arrest in Australia is the MCG in Melbourne which has a lot of defibrillators installed,” he says.

It takes just 15 minutes to learn CPR and modern techniques don’t even require the kiss of life, however you must tilt the patient’s head back to clear the airways,

Ambulance services, fire and police services, the Royal Flying Doctor Service,

Surf Live Saving Australia, the Red Cross the chief medical officer and the Heart Foundation are all behind his plan he says.

As an emergency physician he says he’s tried to resuscitate “literally hundreds of people and of those only a tiny portion survive”.

“One of the worst bits of my job is witting with a family that’s white faced and telling them their father or their son or a loved one is gone,” he says

“I’d really like to do that less often,” he says.

Close call ... Cassandra Scott almost left her husband and children behind when she drowned at Coogee Beach. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

Close call … Cassandra Scott almost left her husband and children behind when she drowned at Coogee Beach. Picture: Sam RuttynSource:News Corp Australia

‘I nearly died’

Cassandra Scott owes her life to four bystanders on Coogee beach who knew how to do CPR and brought her back from the dead.

In 2012 the then-38-year-old funeral celebrant dived under a wave and was later found floating in the ocean, her heart had stopped.

Another swimmer Neil Clugston came to her rescue, towing her ashore where life saver Luke Twitchings was on hand to perform CPR.

Also on the beach that day was emergency physician Matthew Olivier and a Belgian tourist Olivier Costa, together they kept Cassandras heart going until an ambulance arrived.

Cassandra also needed oxygen and fortunately that was on hand at the life saver station.

“If you’re going to die, do it on a beach,” says Cassandra.

“I was a funeral celebrant at the time before I died so I felt like I went on a customer experience,” she said.

She spent five days in hospital after her rescue and suffered memory loss and a language difficulty.

United family ... Cassandra Scott with her husband Matthew Bauer and children, Nina Bauer, Stanley Bauer and Ewan Scott. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

United family … Cassandra Scott with her husband Matthew Bauer and children, Nina Bauer, Stanley Bauer and Ewan Scott. Picture: Sam RuttynSource:News Corp Australia

“I’m only alive today because those people invested in CPR,” she says.

A mother of one and a stepdaughter at the time, she has since gone on to have another child.

She keeps in close contact with her rescuers and they meet once a year on the anniversary of her cardiac arrest.

“Neil was concerned I would be mentally incapacitated and that rescuing me was not the right thing to do,” she said.

Heroes ... Cassandra Scott and her son Ewan with Neil Clugston and Luke Twitchings, who helped save her life when she drowned at Coogee Beach. Picture: Supplied

Heroes … Cassandra Scott and her son Ewan with Neil Clugston and Luke Twitchings, who helped save her life when she drowned at Coogee Beach. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

“We met a few days later and held hands and cried.”

Matthew Olivier said she was the first person whose life he had ever attempted saving.

“I didn’t know CPR when it happened but I’ve subsequently got good instruction,” she says.

Changes to the kiss of life

The “gross out” factor of performing the kiss of life on a stranger is no longer required to save someone’s life.

A little publicised change to CPR guidelines has eliminated the need for mouth to mouth contact with someone in cardiac arrest after research proved chest compressions alone were enough to keep them alive.

It’s taken the complexity out of the procedure and removed the fear of catching an infection from performing CPR says paramedic and Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Practice at University of Tasmania Suzanne Davies.

She says revulsion at the thought of placing your mouth on a stranger and breathing down their throat was a key reason so many people failed to perform CPR.

“We weren’t willing to put our mouth near someone we didn’t know, there was fear of infection, disease scare and the gross out factor,” she said.

Life or death ... learning how to resuscitate can save lives

Life or death … learning how to resuscitate can save livesSource:News Limited

The problem of remembering how to co-ordinate the breathing with the compression added to the complexity of CPR and people who were afraid of getting it wrong didn’t start in the first place.

While there was a lot of publicity about the changed guidelines in the US and UK there is very little public awareness in Australia because no organisation took responsibility for publicising the change, she says.

The changes have made CPR simple.

All that is required now is to place two hands on the big bone right between the nipples and using the heel of the hand push hard and fast, 100 compressions a minute.

‘You must keep doing it until someone comes, don’t stop,” says Ms Davies.

The movement artificially keeps blood pumping to the brain and improves the chance of the patients surviving functionally intact, she says.

“We used to do the breathing because it sounded biologically plausible because there was no air going in and going out but it appears that was far less important than we assumed,” she says.

Two recent US studies in showed just as many people survived when compressions alone were administered.

Vital ... emergency workers say everybody should know how to rescitate

Vital … emergency workers say everybody should know how to rescitateSource:ThinkStock

The chain of survival

1. Early recognition

• Recognise that the person has collapsed unconscious & is not breathing (the definition of SCA)

2. Early call for help

• Activate emergency services

• Yell loudly for help around you, i.e. to locate the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED), and help doing CPR

3. Early CPR

• Start chest compressions — hands-only CPR — don’t have to do mouth-to mouth any more

• Push hard and fast in the centre of the chest (between the two nipples)

• 100-120 compressions per minute (to beat of Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees), uninterrupted, until a defibrillator is attached and ready to use it

• Good CPR pushes the blood around the body and to the brain and prevents it dying

4. Rapid defibrillation

• The AED is a small device (weighs not much more than a 2 litre bottle of milk), is fully portable & is easy to operate (provides simple verbal step-by-step instructions to follow).

• It won’t shock someone unless they are in cardiac arrest

• Attach AED pads to chest & the machine will tell you exactly what to do

• Push the big button to shock heart to restart it, then continue CPR immediately

5. Effective advanced life support (the part done by paramedics)

6. Integrated post-cardiac arrest care (the part done by hospitals)

Learn First Aid or CPR and save a life!

January 5th, 2016

In the Manly, Warringah and Pittwater regions of our beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney, we are blessed with fantastic water areas and beaches. It is important for everyone from Palm Beach to French’s Forest to Manly to become trained in First Aid and to potentially keep a loved one safe. Make the most of your holidays and get trained in our January 2016 courses that are available at the DY RSL in Dee Why. Make a payment with Simple Instruction to confirm your booking.

A FIRST aid course could save a life according to Red Cross and that life could be a young child.

Children and young adults are particularly at risk toddlers under four account for one in 10 drowning fatalities and young people from 15 to 24 account for 15%, knowing the basics of first aid can save lives according to Red Cross.

Ensure children are supervised when they go into the water even if they are strong swimmers, do not enter the water if someone appears to be drowning unless you are specifically trained, follow the basic life support procedure and do not endanger yourself, always call ‘000’ at the first opportunity to make sure help arrives as soon as possible.

A single day of training could potentially save the life of a friend or family member this summer and Red Cross offers a wide range of training courses in every state and territory. First aid trainer Anthony Cameron believes at least one person in every household should know first aid.

“First aid training is something you should do for the people you love.”

“Having the skills and confidence to react and respond correctly in an emergency can minimise the impact of an injury, assist with recovery and even save a life, it means you can relax a little more this summer.”

The funds generated from first aid training support the everyday work of Red Cross such as providing breakfast for school children who might otherwise go to school hungry, a daily phone call to check on the welfare of an elderly person living alone or clean water for families from remote villages in Myanmar and Timor-Leste.

To reserve a place at the next Red Cross first aid course in your area or to purchase a Red Cross first aid kit online go to or call 1300 367 428.

Warning for parents: Do you know what to do if your child starts choking?

November 15th, 2015
November 15, 2015 12:00am
Jane HansenThe Sunday Telegraph

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WATCHING a few first aid videos on YouTube was all that stood between Claudine Thomas and her daughter Luciana choking to death.
“Mums around me had been telling me to do a first aid course and I hadn’t got around to it but I had watched YouTube videos to get the basics,” Ms Thomas said.

“I put her over my knee, supported her head and hit her back three times and out came this 5cm piece of grout. I was shocked and I still called an ambulance.”

Choking killed three NSW children last year and, with the peak season for choking coming up, doctors are warning that parents must be prepared, not wait until they are in the middle of a life or death situation.

“It’s a frightening event and you can’t check the internet then on what to do, you need to know beforehand what to do,” Dr John Curotta, from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, said.

The approaching festive season is a peak time for choking incidents, he said.

“A few years ago we had 10 cases coming up to Christmas. There’s Christmas parties, party food like nuts and stuff left behind like Lego and kids will swallow anything because they like to test taste things and test things with their mouths,” Dr Curotta said.

In Luciana’s case, it was a piece of loose tile grout.

Luciana, 13 months, almost choked on a piece of tile grout but her mother Claudine saved her. Picture: Justin Lloyd
The pair had been in the bathroom of their Parramatta home, brushing their teeth. Ms Thomas was distracted for only a moment. The next thing she knew, her child was choking.

“I heard this choking sound and I grabbed her and she was red and blue,” Ms Thomas, 31, said.

Luciana is now fine but Dr Curotta said parents cannot be complacent.

Thanks to Hollywood, he said most people mistakenly think the Heimlich manoeuvre, where you squeeze a child from behind and push their stomachs, is the correct technique.

“Heimlich is in everyone’s mind but it’s not the technique recommended and there’s remarkably little evidence that it works,” he said.“If the child is coughing but still breathing, the best thing to do is quiet them down and call the ambulance with no sudden moves, you don’t want to dislodge the object to a more dangerous position.

“If the child is blue and not breathing, the best thing to do is put the child across you knee with their head down lower than their chest and deliver four sharp blows between the shoulder blades.

“You have gravity helping and the chest on your knees so you are getting good pressure to get air to blast things out.

“If that doesn’t work, put your fingers down the child’s throat and by then you or someone else should call Triple-0.”

Choking is mainly caused by the inhalation of food, followed by inhalation of other foreign bodies. Small airways can easily become blocked or compressed.


■ If child is choking, check first if the child is still able to breathe, cough or cry. Child may be able to dislodge the foreign object by coughing

■ If the child IS breathing, do not try to dislodge the foreign object by hitting the child on the back because this may move the food into a more dangerous position and make the child stop breathing. Phone Triple-0 for an ambulance

■ If the child is NOT breathing try to dislodge the foreign object by placing the child face down over your lap so that their head is lower than their chest and give the child four sharp blows on the back just between the shoulder blades. This should provide enough force to dislodge the foreign object

■ Check again for breathing. If the child is still not breathing, urgently call Triple-0 and ask for an ambulance. The ambulance service will tell you what to do next

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