First Aid skill is a requirement for most of our team members at the Forge. Not that we ever use it for our patients, but it is necessary to know the behaviour and techniques used to save lives whilst waiting for the ambulance.
First Aid at the Forge
Every year, some team members undergo a refresher course in order to be completely up-to-date with any new techniques and changes. Professionals like osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors are legally obliged to have their training up-to-date.
This year it was the turn of one of our receptionists, Vicky, and osteopath Jerome to undergo the training. They went for a one day course at the end of last year and spent the day studying pictures of injuries, training on plastic dummies and on each other, so they now feel confident about their First Aid skills.
You always think you will never need these skills, but nothing could be further from the truth…
Just after Christmas, not long after taking the course, as Jerome was on the overground towards Richmond, reading the morning newspaper, disaster struck. Just before Kew Gardens, a young woman who was standing by the door, suddenly fell backwards on the floor, without any warning. In an instant, without really realising what he was doing, Jerome was putting her in recovery position and started to talk to her, asking her for her name. She quickly woke up and was offered a seat.
It transpired that she had been up all night partying and had skipped breakfast.
The train driver was reassured to see that she was feeling better and she safely arrived at Richmond station.
In situations like these, it is essential to have First Aid knowledge. It’s important that everyone knows the basics of CPR and the recovery position. So if you have the chance to take a day’s course in First Aid, we strongly advise you to try it – you never know when a fellow traveller might need your help!
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