Nine staff from the respective sections and unit of the Applied Sciences Department attended a one-day Basic First Aid for Medical Emergencies course last December 8, 2015. The course was conducted in the Ministry of Health’s Continuing Professional Education Training in Wattayah, Muscat. Ms. Selvi Ebeyraj, MOH Life Support Trainer was the course speaker and facilitator. The college’s Health, Safety, and Security (HSS) Committee headed by Dr. Khalid Salim Al Abri, HCT’s Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, liaised with MOH for selected staff from the different departments of the college to attend the first aid course.
The APS staff who attended the course were as follows: Ms. Azza Saif Al Siyabi and Ms. Shaheera Ahmed Al Zadjai of the Biology Section; Mr. Alexander C. Lugtu, Ms. Cristina D. Manaig, and Mr. Mohammed Fasiuddin of the Chemistry Section; Ms. Siham Salim Al Hadhrami and Ms. Tara Talib Kahsib Al Rashdi of the Environmental Science Section; Mr. Shihabudeen Syed Ahmed of the Physics Unit; and Mr. Tobias O. Rempillo Jr., APS current HSE Committee Coordinator.
The first aid course focused on the administration of proper cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and operation of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The course was delivered through short lectures, video presentations, and technique demonstrations using dummies. Learning progress of the participants was assessed through practical activities and a written exam at the end of the course. Other topics covered were primary survey and responding to choking incidents, unconscious casualty treatment, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration, bone, muscle and joint injuries.
By finishing the course, the Applied Sciences Department as with the other departments of the college could now augment its current roster of first aid providers. Although safety always begins with prevention, not all learning and work-related injury can be prevented. Having several first aiders in the Department with the necessary information and tools can care for a suddenly ill or injured student or staff until advanced help arrives.
“The outcome of occupational injuries depends not only on the severity of the injury, but also on the rendering of first aid care,“ declares the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in its 1991 Guidelines for Basic First Aid Training Programs. “Prompt, properly administered first aid care can mean the difference between life and death, rapid vs. prolonged recovery, and temporary vs. permanent disability.”
Kudos to the newly minted Department first aiders!