Author: Rachel Brosius

CPR Has Changed

Royal Life Saving Western Australia has introduced some minor changes to resuscitation designed to help people remember how to perform resuscitation in an emergency. In December 2010, the Australian Resuscitation Council endorsed two changes to resuscitation.

The first change is the importance of calling an ambulance as soon as you are aware, that you have a person who is not responding. The second is the importance of starting 30 chest compressions then 2 breaths in resuscitation. Both changes help to make it easier to remember what people need to do in an emergency.

For some people it can be difficult to remember what to do in an emergency with so much going on. So these minor changes will make it easier to recall the necessary steps to perform resuscitation.

The core of resuscitation, which is repeatedly performing 30 chest compressions and two breaths, remains unchanged.

Royal Life Saving WA encourages all Australians to learn first aid, with new changes you never know who you may save.

Book a course now to learn the new CPR and be up to date with the changes.

Contact RLSSWA on 08 9383 8200 or visit…

Water Safety by the Book!

The Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia has launched their new childrens water safety book with the help of Steve Irons, local MP and the books character Dippy Duck. The Lynwood Ferndale playgroup hosted the event where The Adventures of Dippy Duck was read to the children by Steve Irons with Dippy Duck there to help hand out give-a-ways and interact with the kids.

The book was created to target children aged 3-5 with the Keep Watch water safety messages as a way to expand the Keep Watch program. The program has been running successfully in Western Australia for 14 years and was looking for new ways to access the target group.

The book covers water safety around the home and promotes the four Keep Watch messages, Supervision, restricting access, water familiarisation, and learning resuscitation.

Mr Irons said the Keep Watch program saved lives. WA has been seeing low toddler drowning rates, but we must stay vigilant to ensure we keep the rate as low as possible or zero.

Keep Watch Co-ordinator Katherine Celenza said it targeted children as an important strategy to expand the program. Getting children involved in their water safety is a new area for the program and hopefully Dippys messages will link in with other safety messages the kids are learning she said.

If you would like a free copy of the book please contact Katherine at Royal Life Saving WA on 9383 8200 or…

Swimmers learn to save lives

FUTURE lifesavers and lifeguards tested their skills on Saturday 12th February at the Arena Joondalup Junior Lifeguard Club Development Session.

More than 30 children took part in the annual event, which tested their current skills, and introduced new lifesaving techniques and activities.

Royal Life Saving Society community education manager Trent Hotchkin said that the recent event had been successful and children had learned life-saving skills during their swimming lessons with the club.

“Whilst we ensure the activities are great fun and offer new experiences for the children, they also have a serious outcome of educating the children in essential lifesaving skills that may one day save a life,” Mr Hotchkin said.

For further details on Junior Lifeguard Club please contact Angela Carey (08) 9383 8200 .…

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