Students introduced to importance of First Aid

The Clonmel branch of the Red Cross is grateful to Clonmel High School principal Shay Bannon and Dolores Powell, Transition Year Co-ordinator, for facilitating the Introduction to First Aid and CPR Course held in the School.

The Clonmel branch of the Red Cross is grateful to Clonmel High School principal Shay Bannon and Dolores Powell, Transition Year Co-ordinator, for facilitating the Introduction to First Aid and CPR Course held in the School.

The Red Cross’ mission in providing this training is to teach these skills to teenagers who, being in a learning environment, are more receptive to acquiring new skills. By providing First Aid education, these students at least now have the option to assist someone in need using skills that are very easily learned.

The course, which runs over two hours, provides an introduction to the treatment of minor day-to-day injuries (such as minor cuts, fainting, sprains and strains) but also more in-depth training on life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest and choking.

It’s hoped that having had a “taster” menu of First Aid some of these students will go on to complete a full Practical First Aid or Cardiac First Responder Course. Twenty four Transition Year students from the Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel recently completed such a Cardiac First Responder course and are now certified as Community Cardiac First Responders, trained to perform CPR and use a Defibrillator (AED) at a cardiac arrest scene. Currently in Ireland the chance of survival from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is just 1%. These rates of survival can only be improved by more members of the public, young and old, learning how to do CPR and how to use a Defibrillator (AED). These are skills that can be learned in the same length of time it takes to watch a film or play a round of golf.

Clonmel Red Cross trains every Wednesday night in Mulcahy House, Anglesea Street from 8pm to 10pm. New members are welcome all the time. Just turn up any Wednesday night or you can contact John on 087-9146081.

Congratulations to Clonmel Red Cross member Michael Hickey who qualified as an Emergency Medical Technician and to those members who also qualified as Emergency First Responders.