How to Recognize, Treat & Monitor Chest Injuries

A chest injury is any form of physical injury to the chest including the ribs, heart and lungs. One of the best ways to identify a chest injury is by the mechanism of injury. Typically chest injuries are caused by blunt mechanisms such as motor vehicle collisions or penetrating mechanisms such as stabbings or gunshots.…

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5 Steps To Starting A First Aid Training Business

Start a First Aid Training Business

  Starting a First Aid Training Business can be a daunting thing to do, so to help you on your way and hopefully answer some of the questions we are often asked, here are 5 Steps To Starting A First Aid Training Business. 1. Get Qualified Become a first aid trainer, this should be fairly self…

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How to Help Someone Having a Stroke

Act FAST The signs and symptoms of a stroke vary from person to person but usually begin suddenly. As different parts of your brain control different parts of your body, your symptoms will depend on the part of your brain affected and the extent of the damage. The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the…

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Should My Sports Team Have a AED?

According to the British Heart Foundation, 60,000 people each year suffer a cardiac arrest outside a hospital. A casualty suffering from cardiac arrest is very unlikely to survive without an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), with survival rates as low as 5%. However if defibrillation is delivered promptly, survival rates can be as high as 74%.…

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Report Summary: Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Strategy for Scotland

In 1666, one of the most iconic events in modern science occurred. While standing in the shade of an apple tree, Sir Isaac Newton watched an apple fall to the ground, and a theory began to form. At this point, we stop telling Newton’s story and finish our neat story with ‘and gravity was discovered’.…

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What Makes Forestry Aid Different to Conventional First Aid at Work?

The Forestry Commission recommends those who work in Forestry attend training that includes additional topics relevant to the risks and nature or their work. These courses use the abbreviation +F after the main course title. The Forestry Commission recommended topics include: Severe bleeding (i.e. chainsaw injury) Crush injury Hypothermia Lyme Disease It must be noted…

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New Trainers to Join the First Aid Training Cooperative

Become a First Aid Trainer

What a great week with our latest batch of trainee trainers! The week focused on giving the course attendees all the qualifications and skills needed to become a first aid trainer. This group of learners are some of the first in the UK to be trained and examined for the Level 3 Award in Training…

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Why We Do Not Use Latex Gloves in First Aid Kits?

On first aid courses we talk about cross contamination issues, and always recommend first aiders put on gloves to protect themselves when managing casualties. For many years we have also stated that these gloves should be non-latex, i.e. nitrile or vinyl gloves. The reason – because a number of people have an allergy to latex.…

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Staying Safe at Forest School: First Aid Requirements for Practitioners

An introduction to Forest School Forest school is a form of outdoor education, which aims to challenge traditional education concepts by encouraging children to explore nature, work as a team and learn through independent play. The concept of a Forest School has origins in Scandinavia culture. But this isn’t hygge, lagom or candles. In Denmark,…

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Scottish Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Rates by Ambulance Crews Rise

More Scots are being successfully resuscitated following a cardiac arrest, based on Scottish Ambulance Service statistics. Over the last six months, an average of 66% of patients whose arrests were witnessed by ambulance crews were alive on arrival at hospital after treatment. Every year approximately 3,000 people are treated for an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by…

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Bystander CPR: One in Five Will See Someone Need CPR, but Majority Will Not Act

One in five UK adults will witness someone collapse who needs CPR, yet the majority of people will not act, according to shocking new research from the University of Warwick. “It is staggering to think that one in five of us will at some point have the opportunity to save a life by giving CPR.”…

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