Learning First Aid: A hazard to an overworked brain

I’ve just started an occupational first-aid course run by the Irish Red Cross in Mullingar. The first day was a little bit overwhelming, but sitting at home and doing my “homework”, I’m realising that I have actually taken in a decent amount of information. I’m still feeling that my brain can’t take in that much more information at the moment, but I think it’s going to be a really good qualification to have (assuming I pass the exam that is).

Today we learnt a lot about assessing a situation, the proper procedure in a variety of situations, how to recognise different conditions, how to treat bleeding, burns, fractures and more.

It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a few years – ever since someone fell off a cliff up at Rathlin Island (foolish drunks and crumbly cliffs do not mix) I realised that I really should know the basics of what to do in a situation like that.

Anyway, back to my homework.