Cub Scouts are gearing up for summer and that means learning more about first aid and germ spread prevention. One of our own local groups, Cub Scouts Pack 135, came to our facility to earn their first responder belt loop and get a behind-the-scenes look at an emergency center. Keep reading to see if they earned their loop!
The cub scouts learned that without proper hand washing, they may be stuck inside with an illness instead of earning more loops with their pack.Hand washing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings.
“You should lather for at least 30 seconds when washing your hands,” said Sheila Kilgore, Marketing Director at VER. “As scouts, it’s very important that they know how to ward off germs, in addition to their first aid training.”
Remember, germs can hide under your nails and in between your fingers, which is why you should take extra care when cleaning these areas.
The scouts also learned about first aid and how to prevent serious injuries, like broken and sprained bones. They got to see first hand how the CT scanner and X-Ray machine take pictures with our radiologist technician and pack leader, Erica Reeves. Here’s our quick tips for broken bones in secluded areas.
- Keep the limb with the broken bone as stable as possible. Use a stick and torn clothing to create a splint.
- If the bone is exposed, do not attempt to splint or push the bone back into place.
- Gently cleanse the wound area and cut away clothing from the exposed bone.
- If the wound is bleeding, stop the flow by applying a tourniquet.
- Wait for emergency responders in a shaded and well-protected area.
“The boys enjoyed their time at Victoria ER and learned a lot about hand washing,” said Erica.
To learn more about community outreach opportunities and how your cub, boy or girl scouts troupe can tour our facility, contact us here.
Nutex Health, Inc. supports you and your family’s health. Come visit Victoria Emergency Center or any one of our concierge-level freestanding facilities for the emergency care you deserve, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.