Bandage International makes its seventh visit to La Isla Bonita

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 18, No. 43            November 6, 2008

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Properly applied first aid training can save lives, reduce recovery time and quite possibly mean the difference between temporary disability or lifelong disability for the victim, that is the aim behind the Bandage International Team that has found their way back to San Pedro for its eighth visit. Bandage International is a group of emergency medicine professionals comprised of paramedics, nurses and doctors who are committed to teaching emergency health responders or basic First Aid in developing countries, including Belize. Their main goal is to improve safety by improving primary emergency medical care and during a two day course, October 30th and 31st, the team facilitated training for two classes, one at the High School and the other for professionals, police officers and resorts workers who were interested in learning and building their skills.    

    Not only does the course build one’s skills as primary and secondary care providers, it focuses on developing instructional abilities. During the sessions the group shared crucial information about how to deal with emergencies such as bleeding, shock, burns, strains, fractures, allergic reaction, diabetic and seizures. The President of Bandage International, Mr. Darryl Chickness, an Advanced Care Paramedic, was the lead instructor for the training course who was accompanied by colleague Dr. John Ghilles. Other team members included two Emergency Room Physicians, an Advanced Care Paramedic, and two Emergency Room nurses.    

    Since arriving in Belize, Bandage International, a non-profit organization based in Nova Scotia, Canada has not only held courses in San Pedro but provided training for Punta Gorda, Hopkins and Dangriga residents as well.    

    For the last four years Bandage International has provided training seasons twice a year. This trip was sponsored by ACER (Ambergris Caye Emergency Response) and Jason Edwards. It is the general hope of the teams to improve the training of the layperson which will ultimately develop the safety of the people. The exceptional training is offered for a minimal fee and this time approximately six police officers welcomed the opportunity to receive the training.
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