First Aid Advice

Administering first aid on black and brown skin

What does a burn look like on a child with black skin? What colour changes might we see on a choking baby or a child of colour? These are just a many of the questions we raise in our rearmost crusadeDifferent Perspectives ’. In this week’s blog, we speak to Angie Jay, a Safeguarding and School Nurse( pictured). Angie was so impressed with Mini First Aid’s work to make first aid more inclusive, that she has joined the Mini First Aid platoon!

hi angie. can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi. I ’m a Safeguarding and School Nurse. I ’ve just started motherliness leave, as I ’m about to have halves! I ’m a paediatric trained nanny , with experience at Great Ormond Street( Hospital for Children), as a theatre nanny , and in children’s A&E. I’ve spent the last 7 times in my current part as a academy and securing nanny .

what does your current part involve?
I visit seminaries, supporting children and their health requirements. School and Safeguarding nursers give a vital link between academy, home and the community. It’s a grueling part and I love it.

how diddifferent perspectivescome about?
The platoon at Mini First Aid asked me to run sessions for their coaches about how different conditions might present on black and brown skin. To support the training and unborn class accoutrements , we began looking for health imagery and set up that utmost of the images available were of white skin. But what if that doesn’t apply to you or the person you’re treating?

so how did you find the images?
We had to search far and wide believe me! Mini First Aid indeed went to the USA for certain bones . It should n’t be the case, which is why we ’re leading this change across the first aid assiduity. I was so impressed with Mini First Aid, that I ’ve come on board as their Diversity Training Lead.

how are you making your classes more inclusive?
We’ve run training internally for all Mini First Aid coaches about how a range of conditions might present on black and brown skin as well as on white or paler skin tones. Our coaches are formerly educating grown-ups and children in their classes and we ’ve entered some great reviews.

can you give an illustration?
I ’ve just read an amazing review from a time 6 schoolteacher who complimented us on making her pupils apprehensive of all the signs and symptoms of choking, as turning blue would only be apparent on a child with white skin. As she said herself, our training reflects the fact that we’re a multilateral society in the UK. First aid training needs to reflect this which is why I ’m so proud to be involved.

you obviously feel passionately about this issue angie.
Absolutely. It’s so important that we’ve this inclusive mindset in firstaid.However, also all children will admit effective treatment, If we pick up signs and symptoms snappily. We want to make sure that first aid is applicable to all communities, which in turn will help to save further lives.

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