First Aid Training with Years 7,8 and 9

For the past five weeks, Years 7, 8 and 9 have been learning and practicing basic First Aid skills during their PSHE lessons.

First Aid knowledge is invaluable for students as individuals, families and our community as a whole. In its most basic form, First Aid is the initial help given to a casualty of injury or illness. Basic First Aid covers relatively simple techniques that can be performed with limited equipment and is typically carried out until professional medical assistance arrives.

Our students at BIS Abu Dhabi explored a range of basic techniques such as primary survey, how to deal with bleeding and amputation, how to call the emergency services in the UAE, recovery position, seizures and hands only cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Students started off their first aid training with The Primary Survey which is a quick way to find out if someone has any injuries or conditions which are life-threatening. Each step is designed to be followed methodologically and uses the acronym DR ABC – danger, response, airway, breathing and circulation. They then proceeded to learn about the recovery position and when we would need to use it on a casualty. Students also explored the importance of putting pressure on a wound to prevent blood loss, together with how to recognize shock.

We would all like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Nurse Cherry who has supported our teaching and learning throughout the five weeks, even making some guest appearances to lessons. We are also very thankful for the resuscitation dummies that Nurse Cherry lent us.

Clare Martin