Middlebourne EMS Sponsors Spring Into Action
On April 27, Middlebourne EMS sponsored and hosted a Spring Into Action – Stop the Bleed class for Boy Scout Troop 175 and Girl Scout Troop 10034. This class had the goal of teaching children how to correctly handle emergency situations.
One Middlebourne EMS representative – Peggy George – taught all present on the dangers of bees, ticks, spiders, and snakes. She explained how to handle situations where one may be hurt by one of the aforementioned creatures, and what actions are necessary to take. While bees aren’t dangerous, she told the children how to help someone who has been stung and is allergic. George also shared a story on a tick bite, and how it can negatively affect the body, and how that situation is to be handled. The troops were then given the chance to ask questions and share their own stories of their encounters with the creatures discussed.
Following this, the children were taken to a station dedicated to learning how to stop bleeding. Patricia Keller with the Middlebourne EMS explained to the troops the necessary steps in stopping a person from bleeding, reminding them to always call 911 in such instances.
Keller, George, and members of Boy Scout Troop 175 then put on a demonstration of an incident that would cause one to bleed, and how to put the children’s newly learned skills to use. The troops were able to watch as Keller and George reacted to and handled the situation, and they were encouraged to interact in the process by George.
The next station available to participants was a demonstration on service dogs. The service dogs were provided by paws4people, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training service dogs for children and adolescents. A represenative with this organization was present to explain the many ways in which service dogs are able to help people.
Amanda – a handler with this group – had her service dog Creighton demonstrate a few capabilities. The dog was able to turn a light switch on and off with his nose, and was able to offer assistance in unzipping and taking off a jacket. Another service dog that is currently being trained to detect drops in blood pressure, and alert the individual also showed how she would do that in a situation.
The children were then given a chance to pet the dogs, after first asking permission from Amanda and her daughter.
The next station the troops moved to was a hand washing station. Immediately following this was lunch, which was paid for and provided by Middlebourne EMS.
After all present enjoyed fellowship and a meal, another representative with Middlebourne EMS taught on CPR. He explained the steps one should take when performing this life-saving action. It was said that when first arriving on the scene, one should always check for obstacles that might have caused the injured person to slip or harm themselves. Once this action is taken, the children were told to check if the individual is breathing. He explained that this could be done by verbally asking them a question or using a hand to check for a pulse. George cautioned them not to use their thumbs, but only their fingers.
The troops were also reminded that in this situation, the most important thing to remember is to dial 911.
Using a CPR training mannequin, he began to demonstrate how to perform CPR. It was said that it must always be done on a hard surface. Once he completed his demonstration and had walked the troops through all the necessary steps, he had them try out what they learned on the mannequin.
After the children had a chance to test their abilities, they moved on to a new station. This station taught on broken bones and how to properly help one suffering from this injury. The troops were again given the chance to try out what was taught to them on each other, using the supplies provided by the squad.
Following this station, George invited the troops onto a Middlebourne ambulance and showed them the supplies they carry. She also explained the purpose of each item on the ambulance. A couple members of the troop were also able to try out the cot that patients use when on an ambulance.
In addition to this, the troops were able to explore a fire truck, although no representatives were available to explain how things work in emergencies involving a fire truck.
Before leaving, each child was given coloring sheets and informational papers pertaining to what was learned that day, as well as a bag of first aid supplies.
In regards to this event, George said, “We’re glad to have this opportunity to serve the community, and give them a little bit of information to help others.”
From this class, all participants in the event were able to walk away with a better understanding of how to offer assistance in an emergency situation.