Re: teaching first aid to 8-11 year-olds
Amick Robert (amick@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 17 Sep 1996 11:42:44 -0600
Our Explorers recently did a first aid demonstration for a Cub Scout Pack
on "realistic first aid" or "moulaging" which allowed the Cubs to learn
how to make "simulated injuries" with theatrical wax, makeup, "blood"
(from Karo Syrup and food coloring, or liquid starch) and "burns" using
theatrical liquid latex. Naturally, the
Cubs loved it and delighted in creating their own version of "burns,
broken bones, cuts, scrapes, etc.
More complex techniques are also enjoyed by Scouts and Explorers as well.
This provides a natural introduction to
beginning first aid, where techniques of controlling bleeding with direct
pressure, splinting anatomically for broken bones, using gloves to prevent
disease transmission from blood-borne pathogens, calling 9-1-1 for help,
and resuscitation techniques can be taught. The American Red Cross has
some excellent training programs in Community First Aid for Children.
Contact your local Red Cross Chapter for information. You might ask a
Scout Troop or Explorer Post which specializes in rescue and first
aid/paramedicine to come to your unit and do a demonstration. Youth
teaching youth is always a great opportunity.
For more information on the Emergency Management Explorer Post , see web
page (every few weeks, a "moulage de semain" ( simulated injury of the
week) article is entered on how to
do a different "moulage" technique for simulated injuries):
Bob Amick, EMT-B, Explorer Advisor, High Adventure Explorer Post 72,
On Tue, 17 Sep 1996, Margaret Scott wrote:
> ... I'm an assistant Junior Girl Scout leader. I
> was wondering if you could share some activities for teaching first aid.>
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City