Richard Lloyd of DR ABCD First Aid Training uses Medibands® and other medical alert items in the ‘role playing’ that he introduces into his first aid classes as he feels they play an important role in reinforcing a number of key skills for his students.
“Before people come to our one-day courses, they have already spent time studying the theory online and they have passed the theory assessment component of our courses,” Mr Lloyd commented.
“Whilst we recognise that knowing the theory is an important part of first aid training, it can be a lot easier to answer questions on paper than it is to put into practice what you have learnt and in doing so, learn by your mistakes and successes.”
Richard and his colleagues use their first aid training classes to effectively ‘bring to life’ the essentials of first aid training by giving students different scenarios which they must enact in order to learn how best to apply their first aid skills.
“We create lots of really challenging, tricky situations for our students. Each scenario is designed to test them and show them how they can apply the theory that they have learned and in doing so, show themselves that they can do it.”
Richard uses Medibands in a number of his training scenarios to teach students to look for a medical ID alert bracelet and to ask pertinent medical questions.
“When we’ve finished acting out a scenario we go back over everything that has happened with our students. In most cases, despite the fact that the ‘patient’ was wearing a Mediband, the students didn’t notice or check the band to look for medical information. So, we’re able to demonstrate to them that it’s important to look for medical alert bracelets and wallet cards, to ask the patient questions, particularly if they are still conscious and that their role as an attending first aid trained person can help to save a life in more ways than one.”
Richard also encourages his students to develop an understanding of how people with a medical condition or allergies feel about their situation and that wearing a discreet medical band is one way in which people feel they have some form of protection.
“We often get feedback from students that they didn’t check the wristband being worn by their patient because they thought it was decorative or not important. We then educate them to understand that people with a medical condition don’t want to shout it from the rooftops and tell the world. They often want their condition to be kept discreet, but also want to protect themselves by wearing a medical bracelet or wallet card.”
“I feel strongly that it’s a very good thing for all first aid trained people to know to look for a medical alert bracelet like a Mediband.”
“The thing that continually intrigues me is the number of people with diabetes, debilitating asthma or other conditions who don’t actually have anything on them at all that lets other people know of their condition.”
“I applaud Mediband for creating a range of medical alert bracelets that are appealing and can be worn discreetly and comfortably. Mediband are also good for sensitive skin, they’re hygienic and people can wear them without standing out in a crowd. All of this and the fact that Medibands are inexpensive means that it’s never been easier for people with a medical condition to wear a Mediband,”
“Medibands are an invaluable protection for people with a medical condition and they’re an invaluable educational tool for our first aid training courses,” Mr Lloyd concluded.