First Aid Training – My Face September 7, 2009Posted by baldricman in Baldric-Man.
Tags: CPR, doll, emt, first aid, training
Howdy all! I completed my first day of First Aid training today (and passed my practical) – the course so far has been fairly relaxed and informal, but very interesting indeed. Also, it’s been pretty hands-on, which translates to a course that is filled with laughter and childish jokes…
Right up my alley.
Anyway, I managed to snap one quick pic of my face. Now, before you all run screaming for the hills, its a latexy face that is used during training (for hygiene etc) – the face has lips, nostrils and teeth, for realism, and fits snugly onto the CPR doll. The doll is basically a plastic head and torso. The face is fitted to the front of the head (bizarre, I know), and secured by the ears (this was my favourite part). The doll then “inflates” when you ventilate (give mouth-to-mouth), but only if the airways are unrestricted and sealed (i.e., gotta do all the right stuff like tilting the head back just right, pinching the nostrils, making a good seal with your mouth, etc). The doll also has a big spring inside, in the chest, which is used to measure the depth and force of your compressions when administering CPR (a small gauge on the doll shows green when you are depressing correctly). So the face pictured was my victim patient, and the moment I had saved his sorry plastic life, he was turfed into a plastic bag, destined for sterilisation. Let that be a lesson to anyone planning on collapsing.
Without further ado, I give you….. Gerald: