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Is funding available for defibrillators?

Is funding available for defibrillators? When we run our first aid training courses we are often asked whether funding is available for defibrillators? On virtually every first aid course run by the Co-operative a core piece of content is Cardiac Arrest CPR and how to use an AED. The reason for this is the importance…

Heart Attacks and Chest Pain – what you should know.

Heart Attacks and Chest Pain – what you should know.  A heart attack is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot in one of the vessels in the heart.   It often comes on suddenly and with no prior warning. Considerable pain…

How to Perform Adult CPR and Use a Defibrillator (AED)

How to Perform Adult CPR and Use a Defibrillator (AED) Updated October, 2021. In the video link below, we show you how to perform CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on an adult casualty you suspect has suffered a cardiac arrest. If a casualty is unresponsive, AND is NOT breathing effectively, the statistical…

Cycling Injuries

5 common cycling injuries and how to prevent – and treat – them

Mountain biking and cycling are inherently risky sports – trail & road surfaces, other riders and vehicles, trees, branches and protruding roots, boulders, bike failures all present significant hazards no matter how prepared you are or how skilfully you ride. One of the most common causes of chronic (long term) bike injuries is not as…

We are looking for the next generation of Medi-K Equestrian First Aid Trainers

There are 5 places left on this unique training and development programme to become a freelance first aid trainer. About the First Aid Training Co-operative & Medi-K First Aid Training Co-operative is a growing brand across the UK. We are looking for individuals to become freelance trainers to join our team to deliver both Equestrian…

5 Top Golf Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Injuries during sporting activities are common but they are avoidable. Follow this regularly updated guide (last updated September 2021) to prevent the most common golfing injuries. A lot of golf injuries occur as a result of repetitive movements or the lack of a warm up. You’d never see a professional golfer walk straight out to…

An emergency scene with police and ambulances in attendance.

First Aid for multiple casualties – essential skills for first aiders

What should you do if there are multiple casualties needing first aid assistance? Coming across a situation where there are multiple casualties is a daunting prospect for most of us. Having a well rehearsed and thought out process in mind will help you from the start. Assess casualties in terms of the severity of their…

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Annual CPR / AED updates for primary care practices.

Do I need annual CPR /AED update training for our primary care practice? Practice Managers of GP surgeries and Dental Practices have asked us this question on a regular basis – ‘Do I need annual CPR and AED training for our primary care practice?’ and the basic answer is YES, you do. Resuscitation Council Guidelines:…

First Aid Training Flowchart

7 top tips for retaining your First Aid knowledge

Most first aid certificates last for 3 years, some for just one year. In between, your knowledge and possible ability to respond, naturally fades. If we deal with very few incidents in the workplace, this lack of practice in skills is compounded and can lead to a poor response to an incident. There is no…

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