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First aid training centre a lifesaver for parents.

Summary: Injuries accounted for 40% of deaths among children and teenagers in the capital, study reveals

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Abu Dhabi

A training centre has been set up in the capital to help parents, caregivers deal with pediatric emergencies like injuries, electric shocks and choking.

Lifesaver, a dedicated first aid training centre launched in May at Sky Tower Reem Island, has courses designed for families with young children, training parents in the basics of first aid and aquatic safety. The Childhood Injury Prevention Programme in Abu Dhabi last February revealed injuries accounted for 40 per cent of deaths among those ages four to 17 and 79 per cent of non-fatal injuries occurred at home.

Certified courses

"With such alarming statistics, an internationally recognised training centre was the need of the hour," said Adrian Mcgrory, Founder and Director of Education at Lifesaver.

The courses are certified by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (UK) and Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD). They train in handling CPR, choking, wounds, bleeding, electric shock, fractures, injuries, poisoning and burns and practical, hands-on demonstrations on dummies. Participants get a certificate from Highfield, a first aid kit and emergency handbook.

French expat and mother of three Marie Cousin said the course was practical and well-constructed, while Filipino nanny Hazel Bautista said she would recommend the course to others as it could spell the difference between life and death for children.

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Date:Jul 4, 2018
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