St. Zoe Secondary and Vocational School is a fully registered Red Cross Link for both Secondary and Primary Levels. Having undergone a Basic First Aid Training last year, the patron through the school administration organized Standard First Aid training for both the teachers and students that passed the basic. The training purposely was intended to equip the participants with basic first aid skills that can help them handle common health emergencies that happen to them before they are taken to the school nurse and finally to the nearest health centre. The common health emergencies at school include; fainting, nose bleeding, unconsciousness, headache, bleeding, injuries, fractures among other. The training was attended by 64 participants including 3 teachers and 1 school nurse.
To build confidence in participants with knowledge and skills that can help them to handle common health emergences that happen among children.
Training materials used.
A collection of materials were used during the training to facilitate the learning process. These included,
· first aid kit
· CPR dummy
A number of topics were covered basing on the Standard First Aid Syllabus and the Training Needs Assessment conducted shortly before the training. These included,
· Introduction to first aid principles
· Basic life support(CPR & Kiss of life)
· Casualty assessment and management
· First aid kit & its contents
· Excessive bleeding
· Wounds and their care
· Seizures in children
· Burns ad scalds
· Transportation of casualties
· Emergency child birth
The participants were subjected to a written assessment to check on their level of knowledge of common health emergences acquired during the training. Similarly, a practical assessment was also conducted in groups to check on individual competence and skills when handling a given health emergence during a real life aspect of an emergence. Results were recorded and participants who scored 50% on average qualified to get their certificates of competence in Standard First Aid.