Autism Society Philippines Ormoc District 2 Chapter with the valuable help of the Ormoc Rescue Team led by team leader, Pedro Dominic O. Eamiguel, EMT-B, RRT and Kryz Andrea Florendo, RN conducted a Basic First Aid and Basic Life Support Training for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers last March 1, 8 and April 10, 2014 at St. Paul’s School of Ormoc Foundation, Inc.
In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, crucial lessons have been learned and the members are determined now more than ever to be prepared in terms of survival skills for their families, most especially their children. With autistic children manifesting a lessened awareness of danger, the parents found it all the more practical to learn what to do in the event of an emergency situation.
During the Basic First Aid Training, the members were taught what to pack in a First Aid Kit, how to deal with general breathing problems such as asthma attack, allergic reactions and croup and choking and a brief discussion on drowning; Injury emergencies such as wounds, bleeding, injuries to bones, muscle and joints, burns and poisoning; and Common medical emergencies such as seizures and febrile convulsions.
While in the Basic Life Support Training, the members were taught the primary survey, the updated C-A-B method of Life support, Compression, Airway and Rescue Breaths and secondary survey. Bandaging and Splinting were very important topics that were discussed and applied in detail as well. In the last session of the training, two additional crew members of the Ormoc rescue team, Mr. Darwin A. Mopon, technical rescue and Ricky J. Eligeo, utility support, helped in training the members. The members were given a simulated situation where a “victim” had multiple wounds and fractures. They were then given only 20 minutes to accomplish the task to perform basic first aid and basic life support.
Basic First Aid and Basic Life Support Skills are perishable skills therefore the members intend to have a repeat session with the Ormoc Rescue Team to hone further their skills.ASP Ormoc District 2 Chapter is very grateful for the presence of the Ormoc Rescue Team in Ormoc City. Their dedication and selfless commitment to do their job makes the parents feel safer and more secure not only for themselves but most importantly for their children.
This article is a contribution of An Margaret Abanes of ASP District 2 Ormoc City, Leyte Chapter.