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In partnership with the Philippine Red Cross – Pangasinan Chapter, the staffs of the Integrated Laboratory Division (ILD) particularly the Regional Feed Chemical Analysis Laboratory (RFCAL) headed by their laboratory chief - Mr. King B. Bergonio, attended the Occupational First Aid and Basic Life Support Training on October 23-24, 2019 at Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan.

Mr. Bergonio emphasized the importance of the training to sustain the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1's (DA – RFO1) Integrated Management System certification, a first in all of DA-RFOs in the country to have said certification.

The management is geared towards continually improving the quality and efficient laboratory services of RFCAL for its customers, while promoting environmental protection, as well as ensure compliance to applicable statutory regulations.

“We are all here to be trained on how to do first aid because it is one of the requirements to maintain and ensure the effective conformity to the ISO Certification of our Laboratory for Integrated Management System(IMS) based on ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System and ISO 14001:2015," Mr. Bergonio said.

During the training, Mr. George Liquiran who served as the resource speaker from the Philippine Red Cross, discussed extensively the topic on administering first aid. He said that first aid is crucial during emergencies when there is a sick or injured person and immediate action is needed to save his life until professional medical help arrives or becomes available. He explained on the other hand about basic life support which is an emergency procedure on the proper application of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to maintain life until the victim recovers.

“Do not hesitate to help a person who needs first aid, as long as you know the proper way to do it, because according to the Article 12 No. 4 of Act No. 3815 of the Philippine Revised Penal Code Book One, it says that any person who, while performing a lawful act with due care, causes an injury by mere accident without fault or intention of causing it is exempt from criminal liability,” Liquiran said as he discussed more about performing the first aid.

Liquiran also tackled the Primary Assessment that must be done with the patient in the position in which you find him or her and begin with assessing the level of the patient’s responsiveness thru alertness, and/or if the victim is responsive to voice and pain and if the victim is unresponsive/unconscious.

“If you already know the victim’s situation, it is vital to ask someone to call for emergency number and get an Automated External Defibrillator (AED),” he added.

“Then check the airway through the nose and mouth, this is to allow air to enter the lungs for the person to breathe. If the airway is blocked, the person cannot breathe. While maintaining an open airway, quickly check an unconscious person for breathing,” he continually discussed.

He also performed an actual demonstration on how to administer the CPR and easy way to tie a bandage for an injury and let the participants perform it as well.

Other common emergencies and its signs and symptoms were also discussed like if the person/victim is having a heart attack, cardiac arrest, bleeding, in state of shock, and if the victim suffers close or open wound, burns, head and spine injury, bones, joints and muscle injuries, fainting and heat-related emergencies, among others.

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