On Saturday, May 11, at the auditorium of the Humanitas Clinical Institute in Rozzano (Building 2), the second event of the pediatric first aid course will be held, organized by the Ariel Foundation for families and volunteers of Ariel who have already taken part in the first lesson. Since 2003, the Ariel Foundation has been taking care of children with cerebral palsy and their families, with the aim of supporting the entire family to live their daily lives in the most serene way possible.

In this context, the pediatric first aid course is one of the tools provided by the Ariel Foundation so that parents, family members and volunteers can deal with emergency situations in a timely and effective manner, such as an accident, illness or injury to the child. The ability to intervene appropriately is in fact even more valuable in the presence of a child with cerebral palsy or with a neuromotor disability.

The topics discussed during the course

The course was held in two mornings: a theoretical lesson in the classroom dedicated in particular to the management of epilepsy and convulsions, head trauma, intoxications, burns and fractures – held last March 23 – and a practical exercise scheduled for Saturday, May 11. The training will be conducted by Humanitas specialists: Simona Cavioni, a training nurse, Alessandro Rossi, a first aid nurse and Monia Aloise, an assistant doctor in emergency medicine.

The second appointment will include an in depth look at airway deconstruction and a practical part in which participants – thanks to pediatric mannequins – will learn the BLSD Basic Life Support Defibrillation, or life-saving maneuvers in case of cardiac arrest. The exercise will be organized into small groups that will alternate in two time slots: from 10 to 12 and from 12 to 14.

Greater mastery reduces anxiety

As Stefania Cirelli, Head of Training at Fondazione Ariel, explains: “The training programme is designed to respond to the needs of many parents for theoretical and practical knowledge to manage an emergency effectively, with greater control of the situation and a reduction in the resulting anxiety. It is an innovative proposal in its type, which fits consistently in the broader path of support to families developed by us over the years, with the deep conviction that the growth of parenting skills contributes significantly to the promotion of the health of children and is itself a protective factor of the well-being of parents and the family as a whole.

For information and registration

The course is free and is aimed at families of children with disabilities and volunteers who work with them who have already taken part in the first lesson of the course.