A very amusing and educational talk on First Aid

Jul 8, 2018

Debbie Glennie

On 21 June 2018 members of the Wellington WI welcomed to their meeting Debbie Glennie, a Staff Nurse at Musgrove Park Hospital, who gave a very amusing and educational talk on First Aid. Debbie told the meeting of her passion for First Aid and the need for as many people as possible to learn the basics of the subject so that more lives can be saved. She stressed the importance of checking home first aid kits for expiry dates and went on to explain how burns should be treated for ten minutes under cold water and then wrapped in cling film. Help should be sought if the burn is larger than a ten pence piece.

Debbie then instructed members on the correct way to treat a wound and was very impressed with the prior knowledge that many of them had.

There was a great deal of amusement when discussing the appropriate song to sing when carrying out CPR on a patient and it was agreed that ‘Nellie the Elephant’ was the best option. Debbie carefully instructed the members on the correct way to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and explained that compressions were now used rather than breaths and, as a result, there were more survivors, as more people were willing to do compressions than ‘mouth to mouth’ resuscitation. She then invited members to try out their CPR skills on two dummies that she had brought with her, which led to an enthusiastic response.

Debbie then answered members’ questions on fits, strokes and heart attacks, and summed up her talk by impressing on everyone that a good knowledge of first aid and the ability to carry it out really does save lives.

In other WI business, various future events were discussed including the proposal to form a walking netball team. It was learned that an alliance has been formed between the WI and Netball England to encourage fitness and, to this end, Wellington WI will be taking part. Members were invited to join the Wild Swimming Group at Lyme Regis early on Sunday mornings. There have been some very enjoyable cycle rides, which it was hoped would continue and the walking group had a superb day-long walk on Dartmoor, so it was felt that Wellington WI is already pretty fit!

Two members from Wellington had joined a Somerset County Federation trip to the Houses of Parliament and several members are travelling to London in August to visit the Royal College of Art to see Anita Corbin’s 100 First Women Portraits Exhibition.

The next meeting will be on the 19 July at 7.00 pm at The Beambridge Inn and the speaker will be Veronica Lamond, author and illustrator of the Landy books. Visitors and new members will be very welcome.

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