About Us

Angela Quinn

Angela has worked in both the Education and Care sector as an Educator and Centre Director as well as a First Aid Program Manager/Trainer with more than 15 years combined experience.

Angela has brought together her extensive experience to provide age appropriate, fun and interactive programs for children to learn essential life saving skills.

She is passionate about working with children whilst also providing them with a solid foundation in using appropriate skills in an emergency situation.

Angela is an outgoing, fun and passionate person with a love for travel and family time.

Angela can be contacted on

info@coolkidsfirstaid.com

0439 365 963

Natascha Mazurek

As a founding Director and Course facilitator, Natascha brings 22 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and 8 years experience as an educator in the Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support fields.

Natascha understands the importance of providing basic First Aid skills to children, providing them with a solid foundation in using appropriate skills in an emergency situation.

Natascha is a fun, outgoing mother of two children who enjoys reading and holidays to tropical destinations.

Natascha can be contacted on

info@coolkidsfirstaid.com

0430 450 039

CPR Melbourne CBD

Everything You Need To Know About First Aid and CPR

Every year, more and more Australians enrol in first aid and CPR courses, learning the skills they need to address injuries and potentially save lives. CK First Aid offers courses in first aid and CPR in Melbourne CBD, and we see countless people achieve nationally-recognised qualifications through our programs. Here are a few things you might want to know about first aid and CPR in general before enrolling into one of our comprehensive courses.  

The History Of First Aid And CPR

To give context to the courses provided at CK First Aid, we thought we’d share a little information on first aid and CPR history. Although you could argue that people have been delivering first aid to one another for millennia, the practices we know and use today dates back almost 1,000 years.

  • The 12th century. Catholic knights were trained to treat battlefield injuries and formed the Order of St John (also known as Knights Hospitaller, The Knights of Rhodes, or The Knights of Malta).  
  • The 15th century. The first record of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was recorded in Iran. It was described as ‘strong movements and massive chest expansion for induction and support of breathing’ and ‘compression of the left side of the chest’.  
  • The late 18th century. Drowning was a prevalent cause of death in Europe, which led to the Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned in 1774, which began looking at forms of resuscitation. Doctors recommended a rudimentary form of CPR. 
  • The mid 19th century. Napolean’s surgeon, Baron Dominique-Jean Larrey, created the ambulance corps, Jean-Henri Dunant formed the Red Cross, and Prussian military surgeon Friedrich von Esmarch developed the term ‘first aid’ when teaching soldiers to care for wounded comrades with bandaging and splinting.  
  • The late 19th century. Johnson & Johnson created the first first aid kit to provide medical assistance to railroad workers in isolated Western American regions.  
  • The early 20th century. Johnson & Johnson release ‘The Handbook of First Aid’, the first accessible document of its kind. First aid kits are also tailored to specific industries, allowing high-risk workplaces to provide immediate medical assistance.  
  • The mid 20th century. First aid kits are customised for schools, homes, and travel, giving individuals the ability to learn and practice first aid. James Elam and Peter Safar published the first available information on delivering mouth-to-mouth CPR.  
  • The late 20th century. The first mass-citizen CPR exercises are held. For the first time, people outside the medical and military fields can learn and practice CPR. 100,000 civilians were trained in the first two years of the Medic 2 CPR program in America.  
  • Present-day. First aid and CPR methods continue to evolve, but the intent is the same as it was in the 12th century; to provide immediate medical care for people in need.  

Common Misconceptions About First Aid And CPR

A few myths are floating around about first aid and CPR, so the CK First Aid team thought it best to dispel some of these common misconceptions.

  • You don’t need to perform rescue breaths when performing CPR. 
  • If a person has suffered cardiac arrest, they have 3-4 minutes of oxygenated blood in their system, and chest compressions will circulate this blood. However, once that time is up, they will need rescue breaths to keep them oxygenated. In your CPR and first aid course in Melbourne CBD, the CK First Aid team will teach you how to correctly deliver rescue breaths and compressions.  
  • You could be sued if you administer CPR incorrectly.  
  • Within Australia, good samaritan laws protect people who have attempted to assist someone who is injured or in danger. These laws vary from state to state, but overall, you should be covered if you are acting in good faith without expectation of payment or reward to assist a person who is apparently injured or at risk of being injured. If you are in any doubt or have major legal concerns, make sure to seek the advice of a lawyer. 
  • Treat burns with butter.  
  • This is a common misconception, but putting butter on burns will only offer temporary relief and may trap the heat, causing the skin to continue burning. For first degree burns, the correct first aid action is to run the skin under cold water for about 20 minutes. For second and third-degree burns, medical attention should be sought immediately.  
  • To stop a nosebleed, tilt a person’s head backwards.  
  • Many people initially react to a nosebleed by tilting their head back. However, this can result in choking on or swallowing the blood while the nose continues to bleed. Instead, encourage the injured person to pinch the nose’s delicate part and lean forward for 10 minutes to stem the bleeding.

Tips For Remembering Your First Aid And CPR Training

Once you’ve completed your first aid training in Melbourne CBD, you may be wondering how you’re supposed to remember all the information, techniques, and responses you’ve learned. The CK First Aid team have a few tips for recalling your training when you need it most.

  • Use mnemonic devices. Several handy mnemonic devices will help you remember the steps to take in an emergency. We’ll teach you a few that will help you practice CPR, ask casualties questions, and assess a first aid situation.  
  • Spaced repetition. You’re not going to remember everything after one course, and no one is expecting you to do so. First aid and CPR are skills that take repetition to learn correctly, so you’re going to need to go back over what you’ve learned many times. Your long-term memory will be much better if you take breaks between revision sessions to let the information synthesise.  
  • Have confidence. If an emergency presents itself, have confidence in your knowledge and experience. You won’t have time to worry about whether you remember things correctly, and people will be relying on you to act, so have faith in yourself. If you’ve completed a CK First Aid course in first aid or CPR in Melbourne CBD, you know how to save a life.

If You’re After Training For First Aid Or CPR In Melbourne CBD, Contact CK First Aid

CK First Aid is proud to offer nationally recognised CPR and first aid courses in Melbourne. Our team of instructors are qualified, experienced professionals dedicated to providing high-quality CPR and first aid training and certification. CK First Aid is renowned for delivering comprehensive courses that leave people with knowledge, confidence, and the ability to react appropriately in an emergency. If you’re interested in enrolling in one of our first aid or CPR Melbourne CBD courses, don’t hesitate to reach out to the CK First Aid team.