A question Chris and I are often asked on our courses is” how does CPR using the manikins compare to real life”. A very good question, as often real victims of cardiac arrest tend to be older and obese. Of course we can answer the question, but how would a student really understand the real differences in performing CPR on such a victim.
That is why we have invested in two Fat Old Fred manikins by Simulaids to prepare students to respond to a more typical cardiac arrest event with a victim who is elderly and overweight. The Fat Fred has a more elderly physical appearance, as well as a large rotund body type and extra fat layer. The differences the students experience in difficulty and effort are there to be seen, and really does help them prepare far better if they were to be faced with this type of cardiac arrest victim. The feedback we also get from students after using Fat Fred is always positive, with a realisation and appreciation of the chance to experience such difficulties, been only beneficial to their first aid skills and responsibilities.
We welcomed last weeks launch of the First Aid Rapped Up campaign by the British Red Cross. The campaign, which aims to accentuate child safety concerns and associated emergency first aid techniques is based on the results of a recent survey in which 65% of parents had indicated that they wished they had learned some first aid skills prior to embarking on parenthood. The centre point of the initiative is a number of music videos featuring small children rapping about particular areas of concern as featured in the survey results; part one deals with poisons and plans for two more covering burns and then seizures have been made public.
The quirky videos are certainties to catch peoples’ imagination, generate interest across social media and place the benefits of possessing first aid skills firmly at the forefront of the public’s consciousness. Allied to this, celebrity mums including Catherine Tyldesley, Tamzin Outhwaite, Katherine Kelly and GMTV’s new mum Charlotte Hawkins have all helped highlight the campaign. Indeed, Jools Oliver’s comments that first aid is fun to learn particularly resonated with us as they echoed the thoughts in our earlier blog which discussed access to training in your own home. In the same article Jools also described how brushing up on her first aid skills helped demonstrate an inaccuracy in her prior first aid understanding, and this is an area often overlooked. As is the case in most domains, techniques are constantly evolving as our understanding of the subject matter matures, so it is vital that we keep ourselves abreast of such changes. We are very fortunate that as practising Paramedics we’re continually being trained in lifesaving techniques to keep our skills at the highest possible standard
It’s great to see the need for first aid skills again being publicised, access to them being made easier and teaching of the courses being made more varied and engaging. The more people we can ensure are accurately knowledgable in first aid the safer we should all feel.
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