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I passed :) Sep. 21st, 2006 07:20 pm
So now they're inviting us all on the advanced & AED courses ;)

(on the downside I'm currently having my third or fourth nosebleed of the day :/ )

In order

From: kelemvor
Date: September 21st, 2006 - 07:13 pm (Link)
Congratulations!

I've found that doing nothing for a while with the head tipped back helps, although it's not always practical. (Especially if they occur while you're asleep.)

Re: In order

From: wechsler
Date: September 21st, 2006 - 09:34 pm (Link)
*wrong answer sound*

Blood tricking down the back of the throat is considered unhealthy (apart from feeling nasty). Approved method is to lean forward, pinch it gently and wait.
From: kelemvor
Date: September 21st, 2006 - 09:40 pm (Link)
Well, I've had worse things trickling down my throat, and at least that way I'm not losing any iron. The other method is the plug of tissue or cotton wool, although that tends to the itchy.
From: realtan_dannan
Date: September 21st, 2006 - 07:53 pm (Link)
congrats - if you can do the advanced, it's great fun.

nosebleeds - actually very healthy way of relieving high blood pressure caused by stress and much more common in men than in women. You should be fine tomorrow when you have stopped worrying (even subconsciously) about the exam ;-)
From: wechsler
Date: September 21st, 2006 - 09:41 pm (Link)
Who did you do your courses with, out of interest?

I'm not sure on the advanced - I don't think I'd get work to pay for it (which also means it'd be on my own time, and I prize my leave), and it's not cheap. The syllabus (which doesn't appear to be online) is (possibly deliberately) vague; I have some idea of what the euphemism "airway management" means and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that...

I used to have frequent nosebleeds when I was younger - I thought they'd pretty much cleared up by now.
From: realtan_dannan
Date: September 22nd, 2006 - 09:20 am (Link)
I've done courses with St Johns (who I roundly hate for some reason, all the trainers I've had with them have been distinctly below par), Manchester Paramedics, Red Cross, Several Independant training companies (such is next week for example), Sussex Ambulance service (fab) and a couple of people I was too young to care who they were.

I've been a qualified first aid since I was 11 - so coming up to 31 years with my longest unqualified period being the one I am about to come out of, 6 months. Teps is also qualified in Mountain Rescue first aid.

Incidentally I was taught the 30:2 ratio 3 years ago on my last course, my sister was taught 15:1 by St John's 4 weeks ago - so I do think it still depends on the tutor, despite the fact that it was supposed to have changed across the board.

The Advanced course is everything that used to be on the standard 4 day course so yes 'airway management' would include the tractioctimys (I've spelt that 12 ways and none of them look right...) Not sure what the syllabus really contains any more though, as my information would be from the early 1990's when the change first happened.
From: simonsatori
Date: September 21st, 2006 - 08:33 pm (Link)
You should have combined the test and your nosebleed situation and wrote all the answers in blood... that way not only would you have passed but they would have probably got you some nice people in white coats to talk to and perhaps your own comfy padded room and one of those cool jackets that does-up at the back!
From: wechsler
Date: September 21st, 2006 - 09:43 pm (Link)
The tests are all practical now - although we went through the old written (multi-choice) paper in the morning, and it was considerably easier!