SJA OFA Training – Day 3

After a 2 week’s I have been back for Day 3 of the training and much like Days 1 and 2 there was so much more to learn!

We started off the morning with a quiz to re-cap on Days 1 and 2.

After this, we went on to learn about assisting a patient from the floor to a chair which also included some practice.

Following this, we went onto the best wait to help someone stand and then walk which also included practice.

Now that we were able to do this, we went onto learn about extremes of heat and cold along with learning about temperature measurement. As part of this, we also practised taking someones temperature using a tympanic thermometer which goes into the ear.

After our break, we went onto seizures which included what to look for along with this what action you should take.

We then got some information on head injuries the best thing to do along with looking out for the levels of response.

As you can see so far, there is so much more to learn today alone!

It was time to cover a bit of information around Strokes which included using the FAST test.

Following on from this, it was time for Bones, Muscles & Joints!

As you can imagine, this is a rather wide ranging area which included strains, sprains and strains and crush injuries.

I’m sure you are thinking that is so much information for one day, well there was still more to come.

We then went onto Spinal Injuries which also included the different ways of immobilisation.

Another key part of first aid is learning about burns & scalds, what to do along with the different types you might come across.

It was now coming close to the end of the day and we just had a few more areas to cover as part of the training

  • Poisons, Gases and Fumes
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Low Blood Sugar

The last part of information was learning about Safer Discharge, as a OFA we can discharge someone ourselves but we also need to ensure that we have also given the correct advice and not just that, ensure that we don’t give any ‘assumptions’ on what would be the best course of action to take for the patients.

Now that the day was coming to a close and don’t worry we also did also get some practical sessions as well during the day, we went onto doing some scenarios again practising acting as the patient and first aider(s).

Now that the day is over, its time for me to do a bit of mind refresher before Day 4 tomorrow which will include pediatrics, some practice, and then onto the assessment to show that what we have learned can be used.