First Aid Talk on 13th January 2021

On Wednesday, 13th January 2021, as part of our normal monthly Zoom meeting we had a really interesting talk and demonstration on the initial principles of First Aid, targeted for the older person. The talk was led by Maria Matthews, who is a professional First Aid Instructor covering the Nottingham and Chesterfield area.

The itinerary of the talk was:-
1. Principles of First Aid
2. Unconscious, breathing casualty
3. Unconscious, not breathing casualty (including CPR and defibrillation)
4. Chest pain: Angina and Heart attacks
5. Stroke
6. Choking
7. Burns
8. Falls (prevention, steps to take, injuries)

Maria then answered questions from the members ranging from the recovery position to blood thinner medication.

The day was very well attended with about 80 people logged into the meeting and talk, which was well worthwhile and very instructive. Several members commented afterwards that it was an excellent talk, one experienced 1st Aider saying it was the best First Aid course they had experienced; very trainee friendly.

Many thanks to Maria for leading and to all those who took part.

Melvyn Francis

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