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DSWD Staff First-Aid Trained

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Accidents happen. It can happen anytime. It can happen anywhere – at work, at home, in public. And when it comes, what would you do?

Being at the forefront of disaster response and disaster operations, this is the challenge that DSWD staff must face.

Fortunately, DSWD is prepared.

Recently, DSWD’s Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) underwent a First Aid and Basic Life Support Training. Under the guidance of Ronald B. Madera, Ph.D., EMR and Ernesto J. Azores, EMT of the Emergency Disaster Management Service (EDMS), DSWD staff were trained on the basics of first aid.

During the training, DSWD staff were oriented on different injuries such as wounds, fractures, burns and the proper way to treat such injuries. DSWD staff were trained how to bandage different kinds of wounds, how to help a choking victim and how to lift and carry victims properly without causing further injury. They were also trained on the protocols of emergency response, such as how to approach and react to victims during emergency situations, basic crowd control and how to call for help.

DSWD staff were also given hands-on training on how to conduct cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), an emergency procedure aiming to preserve brain function on victims without spontaneous breathing and blood circulation.

The training was capped with a mass-casualty simulation, where three members of the team took the role of victims with various injuries and bystanders, while the rest of the group took on the roles of emergency responders.

This training provided valuable knowledge to DSWD’s staff and will prove very useful, both in the field, at the office or at home, wherever and whenever accidents occur.

 

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