Paediatric Emergency 1st Aid

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015 Paediatric Emergency 1st Aid
Identify the responsibilities of a paediatric first aider.

First aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by non-expert, but trained personnel to a sick or injured person until definitive medical treatment can be accessed. Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may not require further medical care past the first aid intervention. It generally consists of a series of simple and in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment.

The responsibilities of a paediatric first aider is:

• To preserve life- the overriding aim of all medical care including first aid is to save lives.
• To
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• Put any sharp items such as needles or syringes in the correct disposal containers.
• Keep first aid kits clean.
Describe suitable first aid equipment, including personal protection, and how it is used appropriately.

First aid equipment.

First aid equipment, including personal protection is only useful if u can identify it and use them appropriately. Wherever there are children or young people there should always be a well-equipped first aid kit, it should always be kept in a place where anyone needing it will quickly find it. A first aid kit should always be taken on outings away your setting in addition to the main kit in the setting.

Items that should be in a first aid kit:

• Disposable vinyl or latex-free gloves- protection for the first aider from blood and other fluids.
• Plastic aprons- to protect from blood or any other body fluids.
• Rounded scissors- for cutting dressings and possible clothing.
• Sterile gauze pads- to cover small bleeding wounds.
• Adhesive tape- to secure gauze pads and bandages.
• Large combined dressings (large gauze and bandage) - to cover large wounds.
• Stretch bandage- to hold dressings in place on the body or limbs.
• Crepe bandage- to support sprains to leg or ankle.
• Triangular bandage or sling- to support arm or a shoulder injury.
• Safety pins- to use to fasten sling.
• Eye dressings- to cover eye

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