First Aid Guide: Managing Catastrophic Bleeding

In this post we’re going to look in more depth at Managing Catastrophic Bleeding, how it differs from ‘Significant’ bleeding, and what should be done to manage it. Catastrophic bleeding is becoming more a part of the public consciousness thanks to increasing numbers of terrorism incidents and incidents involving mass casualties such as shootings and…

How Often Should I Renew First Aid Training?

In this short video, Tom answers one of our most commonly asked questions – “How Often Should I Renew First Aid Training?”. In summary, most first aiders should complete refresher training every three years. This will help first-aiders maintain their basic skills, stay up to dater with legal changes and retain their confidence to act…

Join the National Defibrillator Network

In the UK, there are 30000+ cardiac arrests outside hospitals each year, yet only 1 in 10 survive. Due to campaigning by the British Heart Foundation and others, defibrillators are now commonly located in workplaces, schools, stations and other public places and levels of AED training have increased. Despite the increase in the number of…

Highway Code: Changes to First Aid on the Road

On the 20th of August 2019, the Highway Code (Annex 7) was updated. The key change was that burns should be cooled for at least 20 minutes (up from 10 minutes), following advice from the British Burn Association. We welcome these life-saving changes and urge all road users to review and share the updated information.…

HSE Says: “Mental Health Should Be Part of First Aid Needs Assessments”

The HSE has issued guidance to urge employers to consider the mental health needs of their workforce. It is suggesting that as part of an ‘employers first aid needs assessment’ an employer should consider having a staff member trained to identify mental health issues so they are able to support someone who might be experiencing…

HSE Warns That First Aid at Work Course Providers Are Not Meeting Standards

The latest eBulletin from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has warned that some First Aid at Work (FAW) training providers are not meeting required standards – and may fail an HSE or local authority inspection. Employers are required to undertake due diligence when selecting their first aid training providers. This means ensuring that the…

Weever Fish – What to do if you get stung

Weever fish can deliver a nasty sting that can put an abrupt end to fun on the beach or in the surf. In this blog, we describe what you should do if you are stung, and how to avoid being stung by a Weever Fish. What are Weever Fish? The Weever Fish near the UK…

First Aid Acronyms Explained – MIST

MIST is an acronym used by first aiders when handing over a casualty to the next level of emergency care. This clinical handover in the trauma setting follows a standard format in order to prevent information being lost between casualty carers. The 4 parts of MIST are: Mechanism of injury Injuries found Signs and symptoms…

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Sepsis – What You Need To Know

What is Sepsis? Sepsis is a form of blood poisoning that is caused by the immune system over-reacting to an infection or injury. The reasons for this occurring are still not fully understood. Normally the immune system should fight an infection. But in the case of Sepsis, it attacks the organs and tissues of the…

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How to Help Someone Having a Stroke

How to Help Someone Having a Stroke? This post explains how to help someone who may be having a stroke. We regularly update our how to blogs, so bookmark this page for your future reference on how to help someone who may be having a stroke. Last Updated: 10 July 2019 How to Identify a…

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