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Article by Bruni Brewin

First Aid

St John Ambulance Australia has sent me an email, advocating for me to refresh my CPR qualifications on an annual basis.  The reason quoted was to tell me that training is forgotten after three months if not practiced regularly.  Fear mongering to push the point home I was told that after two months, there is a 50% decrease in CPR skills and after three years, only 2 percent of people can perform CPR effectively.

I have taken my update qualifications every 3 years since joining my Professional Association in 1992, which was a requirement of continued membership.

I have only ever had to use my knowledge once, and that was in a hospital room when visiting a friend, whilst another patient in the same room lost consciousness (a self-caused condition through smoking).   I did CPR while waiting for a nurse to arrive and take over. 

I mean... I am really pleased that this is the only time my help was needed over all these years.  I would also not be whinging if I were in a profession where these skills are needed on a daily or weekly or even monthly basis.

I really don’t expect to remember everything unless I use it on a repetitive basis.  We can’t keep everything in our conscious mind, so if I don’t use any information from the past, it goes into the subconscious to be buried as other more used skills go over the top of it. 

I have no problem in believing that after two months, there is a 50% decrease in CPR skills if you don’t use it – even after 25 years.  I have often wondered if an emergency arises, just how much I will remember.

However, the book and bandages that come with each course update were given to me to refer to, and this is kept in the car in case I need to check anything I am not clear about should an emergency arise. 

And let’s be honest, what I am saying here can be applied to any course or learning that I have undertaken, on whatever training I have completed.

I was thinking that it would make more sense to me that the St John Ambulance in this day and age sell an app and download of the book to keep on our phones, so that we can keep that book knowledge to refer to on our mobile phone which we usually keep with us wherever we go.  This way you can have links that take you directly to the problem in hand as a reminder of what to do.  Doesn’t that make more sense? 

Then blow me down – I came across the fact that they already have.

A story about funny man Jason Pestell came across my path.  Pestell  had done his St John’s Ambulance course.  He came across an unconscious man in the street and did everything right.

Jason called on his first aid training and St John Ambulance First Aid app to render life-saving first aid to the patient prior to ambulance crews arriving on the scene.


I looked it up and they must-have iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch app.  This is the link on itunes where you can read all about it:  The App St John say is Australia’s only iPhone app and costs $5.99.


Now my next quest was to see if my phone a HUAWEI mobile is able to download this gem.  Unfortunately no says my guru friend. 

So I kept looking and found this link:

This app is for Android Operating Systems.  The official Australian Red Cross First Aid app. This app is absolutely FREE.

Now I needed to find out if my HUAWEI G730-U27 is an Android Operating System – back to my guru friend...  and ‘Yay!’ yes it is.

I already had a Google g-mail account so I was able to use that plus my password and easily filled in the needed information, and WOW!  It downloaded to my mobile phone and I now have the complete First Aid book information on my mobile phone.  (Don’t worry if you haven’t got a Google account, you have step-by-step instructions on how to set one up.)   Very easy to use.  Just touch on the area you want to read, and the link takes you directly to the page you want to view. Works great.  Even has an answer section and test section.   Having done the St. John’s Ambulance Course for so many years, looking at the Red Cross First Aid app, I can tell you that it is exactly the same.

Both apps give you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. Interactive and simple step-by-step advice which means it’s never been easier to know our first aid, especially that most of us carry our mobile with us wherever we go.  How good is that?


22 Apr 2016

Last Update: 16 May 2016

Article/Information supplied by Bruni Brewin

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.