St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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St John's Ambulance Training

23 May 2016

Year 6 had the opportunity to take part in some first aid training with St John's Ambulance. The first thing that they taught us was what DRABC which stands for:

  • Danger
  • Response
  • Airway
  • Breathing
  • Circulation

If you are treating someone who is unconscious the first thing you need to check for is if there is any danger that may be around the person. Next you check for a response from the person. If there is no response you shout for help.

While you are waiting for help to arrive, you open the person's airway by putting two fingers under their chin and tilting their head backwards. After this you check that they are breathing for around 10 seconds. Then you complete the circulation stage where you check their body for any bleeding. Finally you put the person into the recovery position and wait for help to arrive.

Also we were shown what to do if someone is choking. If someone is choking you use the heel of your hand and hit the casualty between the shoulder blades (up to 5 blows). If this doesn't dislodge the blockage then you can give up to 5 abdominal thrusts and if this still doesn't work you can call an ambulance.

Finally we learned what to do if someone faints. You can put their legs up on a chair which will increase the flow of blood around the body. Try to find out the reason why that person fainted. When they feel better then ask them to sit up slowly for a few minutes and then after a short time they can stand up slowly.

We really enjoyed our learning session with St John's Ambulance and will now know the basics of what to do in a medical emergency.