Camping Trip First Aid Basics

Camping Trip First Aid Basics Updated July 2021 We all love the great outdoors. Imagine the situation: You’ve arrived at a beautiful, picturesque lake and have just set up camp. You sit to enjoy the view and listen to the tranquil bird song. It is during these idyllic moments that a minor lapse in concentration can…

Sepsis – What You Need To Know

Updated July 2021 What is Sepsis? Sepsis is life threatening and can be hard to spot. It 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…

How To Treat A Jellyfish Sting

Updated July, 2021. Jellyfish are simple sea creatures with a dome and tentacles. They move by pulsating their body but are at the mercy of tides and ocean currents. The tentacles are the ‘business end’ of the animal that contain a stinging mechanism. In some species, these may be a few metres long. Their numbers…

Top 8 things horse riders need to know about first aid in the sun

For the hot and sunny days we enjoy with our horses, there are important things we need to know about first aid in the sun. Equestrians expose themselves to the elements day in and day out, blistering heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter. But how often do you stop and think…

4 Steps to Treat Sunburn

4 Steps To Treat Sunburn

When it comes to sunburn we know that prevention is better than a cure and that we should avoid becoming sunburnt in the first place, but accidents happen, and sometimes we do end up sporting the lobster look.  It can be tricky to identify whether you or someone with you is becoming burnt, especially in bright…

Diabetes – what a first aider should know

What is diabetes? Diabetes is the inability of the body to make insulin. Insulin allows blood glucose (sugars) to enter the cells and fuel our bodies. With Type 1 diabetes, your body breaks down carbohydrates from food and turns it into glucose. When the glucose enters the bloodstream, there’s no insulin to allow it into…

First aid and medicines from the ocean.

A World Oceans Day special blog. June 8th each year is World Oceans Day – a day to celebrate, learn and be inspired by the oceans that cover two thirds of our planet. But what has this got to do with first aid? The ocean – with its amazing biodiversity – offers many more organisms for scientists…

Poisons and first aid treatment

Over 160,000 people attend hospital per year in the UK as a result of poisoning. In this blog we’ll look at the sources, the signs & symptoms plus the first aid do’s and don’ts of treating a casualty who has been poisoned. Children are more at risk of poisoning and suffer more damage due to…

Asthma in Action

Updated May, 2021 Around 5.4 million people In the UK are currently diagnosed with asthma. About 8% of the population or one in every 12 adults and one in every 11 children. It is a chronic and potentially fatal disease. Around 1500 people die every year in the UK as a result of asthma. In…

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