The June Murray Bridge Garden & Floral Art Club meeting was addressed by a long standing, well respected member.
The club received a most informative address by life member and club treasurer, Mrs. Chris Butcher and Mr Bob Menadue, both of whom reside in Murray Bridge.
The address centred on first aid procedures for around the home or if out and about.
Both Mrs. Butcher and Mr. Menadue have been active members of St John Ambulance for many years and are familiar faces manning the St John's community events in the Murraylands and district.
The St John Ambulance has its beginnings way back in the days of the Crusades when the Knights Hospitallers provided care for the sick and wounded.
It was here where the order of St John had its origins.
It was in 1877 that St John Ambulance was established in England, with uniformed brigades of volunteers teaching and providing first aid to members of the public.
Just over a decade later, the order of St John was granted a royal order of chivalry by Queen Victoria.
From there, St John Ambulance came to South Australia in 1885. Since then, the organisation has evolved from its first aid origins to establishing the state ambulance service in 1951.
It later transitioned the service over to SA Ambulance service in 1992 so that St John could once again focus on first aid provision, social inclusion and youth development.
St John Ambulance SA is a self-funded charity that cares for the well-being of all South Australians through the provision of first aid at events, first aid training and products, youth development, and social inclusion programs.
"It is really essential that we all have some basic first aid skills in order to be first respondents at home in the event of an unforeseen medical episode," Mr Menadue said.
"St John Ambulance recommends the DRSABCD steps in undergoing first aid.
"D is for danger.
"Always check danger to you, any bystander and then the injured or ill person. Never put yourself in danger when going to the assistance of another person.
"R stands for response.
"Is the person conscious? Do they respond to you when you talk to them, touch their hand or squeeze their shoulder?
"S tells you the need to send for help by calling triple 0 and requesting an ambulance.
"A is for airway.
"Is the person's airway clear? Is the person breathing?"
If they are not breathing, one proceeds to step C - C for CPR.
"Apply 30 compressions and two breaths at the speed of approximately five repeats in two minutes until you hand over to the ambulance officers or another trained person, or until the person you are resuscitating responds," Mr Menadue said.
"Finally, D is for Defibrillator.
"For unconscious adults who are not breathing, apply an automated external defibrillator (AED) if one is available."
They are available in many public places, clubs and organisations. The devices are very simple to operate.
Just follow the instructions and pictures on the machine, and on the package of the pads, as well as the voice prompts.
"If you follow these basic steps, then you will go a long way to saving a person's life," Mr. Menadue said.
June competition results:
- A. Floral Arrangement 1st P Christian
- B. Fruit: 1st R & C Butcher 2nd P Crowley, 3rd D Griffiths
- C. Large Garden Cut: 1st R & C Butcher, 2nd R & C Butcher, 3rd P Christian
- D. Small Garden Cut: 1st P Christian, 2nd R & C Butcher, 3rd R & C Butcher
- E1. Rose Bloom: 1st R & C Butcher, 2nd R & C Butcher, 3rd D Griffiths
- E2. Miniature Rose: 1st R & C Butcher, 2nd R & C Butcher, 3rd R & C Butcher
- F. Vegetables: 1st S Patrick, 2nd C Launer
- G. Home Produce: 1st P Crowley
- H. Pots/Containers/Hanging Baskets:
- 1st P Christian, 2nd D Griffiths
- 1. Craft: 1st B & D Hoffman
- J1. Eggs: 1st C Launer, 2nd P Crowley, 3rd C Launer
- J2. Zygocactus: 1st R & C Butcher, 2nd R & C Butcher, 3rd R & C Butcher
- J3. Orchid: 1st R & C Butcher, 2nd R & C Butcher
Monthly Champion: P Christian.