Killarney Community College TY students equipped with First Aid Skills

BUSY Transition Year students at Killarney Community College have successfully completed an emergency first aid training course, mentored by expert tutor Sheilah Nolan, to help equip them with essential skills that can help others in need. The objective of the course, which was undertaken over the past few weeks was to provide them with the knowledge, practical skills and competence to be able to respond to an emergency. It also allows students to support the occupational first aiders and cardiac first responders in an emergency. The intensive course involved:

•         The aims of first aid and responsibilities of administering first aid
•         Casualty assessment and monitoring vital signs
•         Respiratory emergencies for asthma, choking and anaphylaxis
•         Recognition and management of partial complete obstruction
•         Recognition and management of chest pain/heart attack
•         CPR and introduction to the defibrillator
•         Stroke and management
•         The unconscious casualty: causes and management
•         Fainting, shock and management
•         Bleeding and management
•         Medical emergencies for epilepsy and diabetes
•         Fractures and soft tissue injury

The college’s TY co-ordinator, Kerri McCarthy, said the students thoroughly enjoyed the practical first aid course.  Sheilah was a superb, professional instructor who instilled the knowledge and skills to our students. It has given them the confidence and knowledge to act safely and quickly in an emergency situation,” she said. “It is a critical life skill that will benefit them throughout their lives,” Ms McCarthy stated.Participating students all received certification for taking part in the emergency first aid course.