This week’s guest post comes from registered paediatric nurse and mother of two, Sarah Hunstead. With a master’s degree in clinical practise, Sarah comes to us with 15 years of experience in paediatric emergency nursing and a determination to share her life-saving knowledge with others.
During the last 15 years, Sarah has treated children with all kinds of injuries and illnesses. She has also seen countless parents come through the doors of the Children’s Hospital, distraught that they didn’t know how to help their child. Becoming a mother reinforced to Sarah how valuable her professional experience was.
“I realised how lucky my husband and I were – as paediatric nurses, we’d know what to do if anything ever happened to our girls,” she says.
“It got me thinking about how wonderful it would be if every parent and carer was armed with that knowledge, and the confidence and security that come with it. I wanted families to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to act quickly and help save their child’s life, rather than feeling powerless should the unimaginable happen.”
Determined to share her knowledge, experience and passion for paediatric care, Sarah founded CPR Kids in 2012.
Working alongside Twingenuity, Sarah has put together the three essential medical apps every parent should download to their smart phone. In the whirlwind of raising babies, anything that can help us manage schedules and tasks – like remembering to make a GP appointment for vaccinations, or what time a dose of paracetamol is due – is a great help.
Here are Sarah’s 3 Essential Medical Apps to make life just that little bit easier.
Life is busy, especially when you have children. Vaccination dates can be forgotten in our fast-paced lives. The ‘Save the Date to Vaccinate’ app, developed by the New South Wales Ministry of Health, sets reminders so you never forget this essential part of your child’s health care. It even reminds you when to make your GP appointment!
In the event of an emergency, it is so important to give the triple zero operator your exact location – but you don’t always know the exact address of where you are. Emergency + is a national app developed by Australia’s emergency services and their Government and industry partners. It uses your mobile phone’s GPS location to tell emergency operators exactly where you are.
Making sure you have a full understanding of the medicine your children need is so important. Do you know what the medication can be mixed with? Does it need to be kept in the fridge? What medicines can’t you take with it? The MedicineWise app allows you to scan the barcode of your medicine to receive comprehensive information on your child’s medication. The best thing is that you can record the doses, ensuring you don’t miss a dose or give too much! This can be particularly important with multiples, as they may be on different medications, need to have it at different times or even different doses.
There are many more medical apps out there designed to make our lives easier. However, you still need to ensure that you (and anyone looking after your children) have done a first aid course specifically for babies and children. Could you confidently help your child in a medical emergency?
For more first aid tips and information visit CPR Kids.