First Aid MB
William J. O'Connell ("William)
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 12:41:59 -0600
I would like to make some comments about the First Aid Merit Badge. I'm
certified First Aid and CPR, and part trained in First Responder. I hope to
get my certification in EMT soon.
1) If you look at the cover of the first aid merit badge book, what do you
see wrong. What is one thing one should teach in a first aid class -
PROTECTION! If you are doing first aid on any subject to any problem, the
person should have latex gloves on. I couldn't believe that we try to teach
children that you should always have gloves in the car, in the house, or any
place you may need them. I know he is only fixing a broken bone, but many
other things may happen which you need to react fast. If you have to get
gloves on, their life is in danger.
2) ARE YOU UPDATED ON FIRST AID! This is one of the most important merit
badges a Scout has to take. As First Aid instructors are you 1) Certified
2) Updated on the changes 3) Are you prepared. 1) A person who is
certififed is the only one that should teach the class. One might say they
know all the material to teach. That person is wrong. Their is more to
first aid than fixing a broken bone or putting a band-aid on. If no one is
certified in your troop A) Get someone who is. Your local fire department
would be willing to come in. B) Yourself get certified. I couldn't
believe a leader is not certified in that.
For example, they changed on how you react to a first aid case. You do the
CCC - Check, Call, Care. I see people yet teaching the Scouts to Care then
Call. Also, CPR has changed. Are you updated on that.
Question: What do you teach your Scouts about the reason to wear gloves?
Aids is a good reason, but Hepititis B is more common and can kill you.
The overall reason is if you have a person who does first aid MB, they need
to know what they teach. For example in this case: You come upon a car
accident and you see the driver in pain and bleeding a lot from the back of
his shoulder. What do you do? One leader said take him/her out of the car
and stop the bleeding. I couldn't believe the leader said that. You don't
take any person out of the car unless their life is in danger by the car
exploding,etc. You can stop the bleeding in the car..
I see too much in careless teaching of first aid. A lot is common sense
and lots of information is not. Lastly, don't stop teaching the MB because
they already have it. You should have a first aid month which everyone
reviews the basic first aid. HEY, MAYBE GET THE BOY'S CERTIFIED IN IT!
Any comments/suggestions would be appreciated!
Troop 15 ASM - Chippewa Falls, WI
1995 Phillips Scout Reservation FYC/Scoutcraft Director
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City