Professional development is high on my list of self improvement and providing the very best for my clients. Usually this is in the way of entering national competitions, photographers training courses, residentials, seminars, webinars and such-like. However, another area of importance for me has always been and will always be safety.
My clientele varies from newborn babies that are anything from three days old, through to toddlers, families, pregnant ladies and grandparents. Therefore, I feel that it is an important and essential skill to learn the basics of First Aid - not just for those clients, but also my family, friends and anyone I come into contact with.
At the end of the day, if we are faced with an emergency, accident, a life or death situation, do we know what to do?
I signed up to my local First Aid course, run by Child Matters in Marlow. The course was run by Owner, Claire Street, who is herself a Paediatric Nurse, since 1998.
There was no question that Claire couldn't answer and throughout the whole day kept us all interested with interactive, hands-on training.
We covered many areas including CPR, burns, cuts, bandaging, anaphylactic shock, choking, bleeding and so much more. An interesting thing for me was seeing how things had changed since I last did a course (many years ago) and also learning how to use a defibrillator. We have a number of defibrillators around Marlow, but actually having some hands on experience, could save valuable seconds or minutes in an emergency.
Needless to say, although the course was six hours, the time flew by and I came out feeling more confident in my First Aid knowledge and armed with skills, which hopefully I'll never have to use, that will enable me to potentially save a life.
I would encourage anyone to go on this course, but particularly those with babies and children, carers (whether that's a professional carer or grandparents, family members etc) and anyone who comes into contact with children.
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