In the first of our series of summer first aid tips, Red Cross first aid trainer, Anthony Cameron says family safety comes first.
“Does anyone have food allergies, diabetes or asthma?” Anthony asks. “Don’t forget their medication.”
Is there a first aid kit in the car? Every car and family should have a first aid kit on hand all year round but especially if you are going off the beaten track.
With increased traffic on long stretches of road unfortunately we do see an increase in road accidents. The first few minutes following a collision could prove vital to ensuring the survival of the passengers.
“Doing something is better than doing nothing when an accident happens” says Anthony.
If you find someone with a head injury, call 000. Common signs of concussion include blurred vision, loss of consciousness, headache, confusion, no memory of the incident and dizziness. Also check for any clear fluid or blood coming from the ears or nose as this will indicate a serious head injury.
If the person starts to become confused or drowsy, or vomits, move them into the recovery position and continue to observe them while you wait for the emergency services to arrive. Always make sure the person’s airway is clear and they are breathing normally.
To purchase a Red Cross first aid kit, or to book your first aid training course go online to redcross.edu.au or call 1300 367 428.