Five instructional video scenarios of situations for home based carers, showing how to deal with incidents including stroke, falls, overdose and burns.

Identifying and responding to a stroke

Stroke is the third largest cause of death in New Zealand, with approximately 2,000 people dying every year. 90% of these deaths occur in people over 65. It’s also the major cause for adult disability in New Zealand. Recognising the signs of a stroke and responding quickly can have a significant impact on the patient’s chances of recovery or survival.

How to position a patient

When you discover a patient requiring attention, they won’t always be in the convenient position to commence first aid, or more importantly, a position that is safe for them or prevents the possibility of further harm. So you need to be prepared to move them into a comfortable, safe position whether they’re awake or unconscious.

Responding to an overdose

Almost any drug taken in excess can cause a person to suffer the effects of an overdose. Some prescribed medicines taken in excess or without medical supervision can prove fatal unless prompt care is available. This video shows how you can make a difference as a carer.

Assisting with a patient who has fallen

In New Zealand in 2010 more than 261,000 falls in the home were reported to the ACC. 59% of these were children or elderly people falling, and most falls occur when people are doing everyday things like walking up and down steps or getting in or out of the shower.

Dealing with burns

A burn can be very painful and distressing for a patient, especially an elderly patient whose skin may be thinner. Burns can result from contact with a heat source such as chemicals, hot metal, electricity, hot liquid or steam. And clothing over the area may retain the heat prolonging pain and causing further injury. In this video you will understand you how you can help a patient with a burn.


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