Pliers and Razor Used During Operation
With no anaesthetics and only a pair of pliers and a blade razor to work with, two men recently operated on a young boy at the Mokau Beach (Taranaki) to remove a ﬁsh hook from his leg.
One of the men, the grandfather of the boy, said that the shank of the hook went right into the boy’s leg. “There was nobody to help us, so I got a pair of pliers from the car and the other man got a ‘cut throat’ razor and we did the job ourselves.”
“There were no anaesthetics to give the boy, but he was very brave. To locate the barb we had to cut into his leg and then pull it out. During that time he cried out only once.”
After the removal of the hook the boy was taken to the grandfather’s home where the wound was properly dressed.
Senior Division Formed In Waipawa
A Waipawa senior division of the St. John Ambulance Brigade was formed at a general meeting held on the 10th. of February.
Mr G. Shapcott, who has had 27 years experience in the Wellington Ambulance Division, was appointed superintendent and Mrs. G. Tannahill as secretary.
A course of lectures is to be given by a doctor and training will include ﬁrst-aid and a thorough knowledge of the Holger-Neilson method of resuscitation. Weekly parades will be held and sports functions and meetings will be attended.
Prevention of Accidents
All you cadets should be fully aware that the prevention of accidents is better than the best possible cure. You should help by every means in your power to prevent the carelessness that causes such a large number of accidents at home, at school, in work, in play and in and out of doors. Treat with respect cautionary signs such as “Do not touch” and “Danger”. There is always a good reason for them.
The commonest forms of accidents can be summarised under the following headings:-
In the home,
The factory and workshop,
Boats and bathing.
In the home:- There are numerous things which can result in accidents in the home. Brieﬂy some of them are slippery [slippery] floors, loose mats, overhanging pot handles, long and frayed ﬂex on irons and hot water jugs, unguarded heaters, long tablecloths with dangerous objects on the top, knives within the reach of young children and many others. If you can see any way in preventing such accidents, you should point them out to the person concerned.
The roads:- The majority of first-aid cases dealt with each year are the results of road accidents, caused by careless motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and children. A large toll of life is taken each year on the roads and many people are maimed for life through injury. All cadets should know the “Road Code”. These booklets are available at your