Three things I've learned this year.

As we come to the end of the year and indeed the decade there were several things that stuck out in my mind as being important and useful if there’s an emergency.

1. There’s an app called “what3words”, which is very useful, especially if you’re in a remote area. You can download it for Android or iPhones and, as it says, it gives you 3 words which you can repeat to the emergency services. This marks where you are within 3 square metres anywhere in the world.

2. I always listen to my students’ stories as they often have diamonds of advice and real-life situations that I can pass on. This year was no different and two very similar stories were told to me by a student in February and again in November by a different student. Both led to tragic consequences. In different restaurants locally in Surrey, two patrons started to choke on their food. As often happens, the person choking is embarrassed, feels awkward for making a “scene” and wants to clear their throat somewhere quiet. In both cases, they made their way to the toilets and went to cubicles so as not to attract more attention. Sadly, they were both found dead by friends later.

What had happened? The choke didn’t clear and in fact got worse. The airway was blocked, they became unconscious and died. Why am I telling you this morbid story – I’m telling you so that you know to never take your eyes off somebody who

is choking, and if they do fall unconscious, check their mouth to see if there is an obvious cause and remove it. Make sure somebody has called 999/112 and start CPR.

3. Your mobile phone IS a piece of live saving equipment that most people carry all the time. Obviously, it can be used to call the emergency services. You can keep your medications and medical conditions on the phone in the “Health App” which can be accessed even if you don’t have the passcode. It also displays the number of your next of kin.

You can call 999/112 and put the speaker on, place the phone next to you in which case you can speak to the paramedics and attend to the casualty at the same time. You can record either in “notes” or “voice recorder” any interventions you’ve made. This vital information can be passed on the emergency services when they arrive or the doctors if you take a casualty to A&E yourself.

I'm pleased to announce there will be no increase in first aid course prices in 2020!

Finally, for 2019 I would like to thank you for your continued support, I will continue to remind you when you certification is due for renewal. If you want to hear from me on a more regular basis, you can add your name to the extensive list of students and clients that receive a monthly update from me. The link is

I wish you a safe, healthy and happy 2020!

Kim Ronaldson

First Aid Instructor.

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