Helen Bach: You can be a lifesaver

Learn first-aid and you could become a lifesaver, says Helen
Learn first-aid and you could become a lifesaver, says Helen

I was really pleased to hear my daughter was taking part in a first-aid course at school.

I’ve long thought this is the sort of useful information everybody needs to know, and it’s great that basic first-aid techniques are now being taught to children.

Safety was emphasised, and they’ve been told not to practise the Heimlich manoeuvre on each other – they’ve seen Mrs Doubtfire where Robin Williams saves Pierce Brosnan’s life by throwing him around like a rag doll.

But they’ve been warned that you can really injure people if you don’t do it correctly.

I took a first aid at work course a long time ago, partly because I was in a pub one evening when another customer started choking on their meal.

Nobody there was first-aid trained and none of us knew what to do.

They were coughing and gasping for breath for what seemed like ages, and then eventually coughed up the offending article.

They were OK, but the incident made me think we all should have some first-aid knowledge for such an occurrence.

My first-aid training has come in very useful several times.

The first time was when my father-in-law was bitten by a dog on the inner thigh – there was nobody else available, so I dealt with it in a very efficient manner, we just don’t mention it (until now!).

I’ve also known how to deal with people during and post-seizure, various burns and wounds, and other minor health crises.

In fact, my first-aid training was called upon twice in the past few weeks, and I was glad to be able to assist.

I would recommend that everybody do a course if you get the chance.

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