First Aid Poems

A few Samples from my eBook on Amazon Kindle



For an adult who is choking
Don't panic and don't shout,
Stay calm and reassure them
Encourage coughing out.

If that is not effective
Still congestion of the neck
Give back blows between shoulder blades
After five, re-check.

Next, Heimlich manoeuvre
Was his technique to fame,
But did not like back blows
Associated with his name.

Now called abdominal thrusts
What this is all about,
By forcing up the diaphragm
Might force that blockage out.

So stand behind casualty
Place hands round waist to front,
Grasp fist pull in and upward
Just enough to hear them grunt.

Always check between each phase
To see if clear and fine,
But if after 3 attempts have failed
You must call 9 9 9.

If you use abdominal thrust
This is important you see,
There's a possibility of rupture
Please insist they attend A&E.

It's better to be safe than sorry
Abdominal thrusts they were needing,
But if an organ has been ruptured
They could have internal bleeding.

Dear Mr Mckechnie 

PALS were delighted to received you poem entitled 'Choked' and shared your email with the Communications Directorate and Patient Engagement Directorate of NHS Coventry & Warwickshire.

We are all very impressed and the Communications Team will be in touch with you in the very near future.

Kindest Regards
Carmen Brady
Interim PALS Co-ordinator
NHS Coventry
Christchurch House
Greyfriars Lane
Warwickshire CV1 2GQ 


Breast Cancer

Checking your breasts regularly
Upper chest and armpits too,
Is crucial to early diagnosis
Know what is normal to you.

Lumps, thickening of breast tissue
One breast becomes larger or lower,
Make sure you attend breast screening
If you are fifty or over.

Everyone's breasts are different
Different times of month and age,
Lookout for changes unusual to you
If worried, GP please engage.

Puckering or dimpling of skin
Continuous pain causing strife,
Reporting changes without delay
Can make a difference to your life.

Have your nipples inverted (turned in)?
Have they changed shape or position?
Developing a rash, crusting or discharge
If any of these, it's your mission.

Make an appointment with your GP
Remember this is your body,
Early diagnosis can make a difference
Better to be safe than sorry.


Hand Hygiene

Don't leave this to chance
I'll tell you what I mean,
Always wash your hands
Take control of hand hygiene.

Decontaminate with alcohol
If none? Then what you oughta,
Before you leave the toilet
Wash with soap and water.

Full 60 seconds are needed
To clean them right I know,
Then you have to dry them
Before hygienically safe to go.