As a mummy, I have taken my children for swimming lessons, music classes, baby sign and countless fun activities. We do lots of arts and crafts at home and regularly meet up with local friends for a little bit of toddler and baby chaos.
A week ago, if I had been faced with an emergency, I wouldn't have known what to do. Call an ambulance would probably be most people's response. Even if you were very lucky and a Paramedic was on the scene within 8 minutes of the accident happening, if your child was not breathing and you hadn't performed some initial first aid, your child would be, at best, likely to suffer severe brain damage. It's a scary fact for any parent.
Copyright: Drew Agger
If you feel you wouldn't be confident enough to try and save a life, then you're not alone. A recent ICM survey of 2045 adults showed that 60% say the same.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust states that 'accidental injury is one of the biggest killers of children in the UK. It is second only to cancer'. Most accidents to babies and toddlers happen in the home.
Every year in the UK, there are around 16,000 hospital admissions due to choking alone. Of reported accidents, 2,600 involved children under four and on average 280 people die each year from choking.
Imagine holding your child in your arms who was not breathing and not knowing what to do.
One of my closest friends runs a Family Emergency First Aid Training course and with a group of my friends, we thought it was really something we should do.
First For Safety
Drew is 38 years old and a very proud Mummy of two little ones aged 3 years and 18 months. She's been a First Aid Instructor for over 3 years now. She can run certificated courses such as the Ofsted required 12 hour Paediatric Course and 3 day First Aid at Work. However, being a Mummy, her greatest passion by far is teaching parents and families how to save the life of their child in a medical emergency, whilst waiting for the ambulance.
My friends and I are either working or looking after our kids, so it can make it difficult to find a First Aid course that doesn't involve having to pay for childcare during the day.
My friends practicing their new skills
First For Safety run the session in the comfort of parent's own home during the evening when their little ones are tucked up in bed but Drew can also do day time sessions as well at various venues to suit, such as Play Groups, Young Mums groups, Children's Centres and the like.
This was perfect for me. My little ones were fast asleep in bed and my friend's husbands were at home looking after their kids. It was actually a real treat to get us all together without having to keep an eye on what antics were going on at the same time.
The Family Emergency First Aid Training session is 2 hours in length and covers all the essentials.
Two Hour Family Emergency First Aid Content:
Primary Survey - CPR - Infant/Child/Adult.
The Recovery Position - Infant/Child/Adult - Why/When to/NOT to use it.
Choking - Infant/Child/Adult
Serious Bleeds, Embedded Objects & Amputation.
Head Injuries & Suspected Spinal Injuries
Burns & Scalds
Drew has a lovely easy style. You don't feel like you're back at school and we all found it comfortable to ask questions. One of the best parts was that we were able to practise on models to really understand what it feels like. One friend said she went home and told her husband that she would now feel confident to perform CPR on her girls if needed.
The cost per person for the course is only £12, making it very affordable and in reach for anyone with kids. In comparison large national first aid training companies charge £25 upwards for the same content. Drew's business is small scale and carrying out the course in the comfort of your own home reduces her overheads enough to charge much less. After 13 years as a fire fighter, Drew is passionate about first aid and wants first aid training to be available to everyone, not just those fortunate enough to be on good salaries.
You can have complete confidence that Drew is fully experienced to teach the valuable skills of first aid. She's not just someone who knows all the theory but has a huge amount of experience and all the qualifications to go with it.
Drew has 13 years experience as a fire fighter
First Aid/Trauma Qualifications & Experience include:
13 yrs Operational Fire Fighter.
3.5 yrs spent on Specialist Rescue Unit: Dealing with all complicated Road Traffic Collisions, multiple casualty/vehicle RTC's, RTC's involving HGV's. Water Rescue including: Swift Water Rescue, Entrapment in Water Rescue ie vehicle, weirs etc. Recuses using Rigid Inflatable Boat. Ice Rescue. Line Rescue. Also trained in: Managing unconscious casualty in water. Confined Space Rescue, Collapsed Structure Rescue, Trench Collapse Rescue, Rescues using chain saws/disc cutters to release trapped casualty.
FPOS Intermediate Trained & valid (First Person On Scene)
Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for your review of First For Safety and our Family Emergency First Aid training session the other week. I'm glad you found it useful and learnt a lot because I really enjoyed teaching you all. I hope you never have to use your new skills but in reality it's a very lucky person who manages to escape an entire life time without being involved, in some way or another, with a serious medical emergency. At least now, if it ever did occur, you can feel confident that you will be able to do the best possible for the casualty, prior to the arrival of the Professionals. You should feel proud of yourself that as a parent you have taken it upon yourself to learn life saving skills as sadly, too many don't, even though,(i'm sure you'll agree), it's a very easy subject to learn. As easy as DR. ABC
Many thanks again Claire.