I slipped whilst opening a tin. Whoops. Quite a long, deep skin flap I have there.
It was a really bad time to discover that our first aid box lid is a little too snugly fitting; and that the dressings scissors have gone AWOL; and that it is really hard to grip open a plastic steripack when you have blood on your hands. I will be auditing the first aid tin this week - I don't ever want a repeat of today. Normally I do it every 6 months - I check supplies, discard old medicines and reorganize it.
This is the second first aid emergency of the month - a few weeks ago the smallest PL choked on her dinner. It was just one of those things, but it took all 5 of the recommended back slaps to dislodge the obstruction. Here is what you need to know should you find yourself in that situation.
A month ago we narrowly avoided being first on the scene of a motorbike/car collision. Would I have been able to deal with that? I'm not sure I would have. I had PTSD related to witnessing a similar incident many years ago; but whilst things like this make me a little queasy, I have gradually learnt to deal with it over the years. I bought a first aid book a few months ago which was a big step, and now I will start to work my way through it.
The St John Ambulance have a brilliant Youtube Channel here with lots of how-to videos. Its always better to be prepared.