Myths of football first aid – can you swallow your tongue?

Can You Swallow Your Tongue? The short answer is No! ‘Swallowing your tongue’ is an urban myth that describes a casualty’s airway being blocked by their tongue. However we regularly hear football commentators on the TV say that the physio, as they run on the pitch, will need to be careful. In case the unconscious…

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First Aid Course Reviews February 2019

Thank you to each of our students who took the time to complete their post course review & evaluation form. We are always happy to look through these and respond to any comments made. Each month we post these (good and bad) in a blog, so you can get a sense of how we are…

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Sports and Fitness – Duty of Care to Your Clients

Sports and Fitness, What is Your Duty of Care? We talk a lot about Duty of Care in First Aid. This is something that is particularly pertinent, and often confusing for those involved in sports and fitness clubs. In this blog, we discuss what a Duty of Care is, and what that means for you.…

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Hydro Gels for Burns and Blisters

Burns Gels and Blister Plasters We are often asked about Burn Gels and Blister Plasters on our first aid courses. What do they do, should we put them in our first aid kit? In general, we’d advise not to include any ‘lotions or potions’. Especially when you have a duty of care to provide first…

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Looking Back at the First Aid Conference 2019 – Reviewing the Day

Now that the First Aid Conference 2019 is done and dusted, and we’ve had a few days to unwind. It’s a good time to reflect and review the day in our minds. How was it for you? Planning For us in the First Aid Training Co-operative, the conference day is the culmination of many months…

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Dealing With Crushing Injuries

Dealing with Crushing Injuries What is a Crushing Injury? Crush injuries occur when a part of the body, such as a hand, arm, leg, foot or trunk is squashed. Often there is little visible damage on the outside. But this belies the fact that the damage that has occurred on the inside. This can make…

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What Is A ‘Dead Leg’?

What is a ‘dead leg’? A dead leg can be extremely painful and is a frequent injury in contact sports. A dead leg can also be known as quadriceps contusion, cork thigh, corky, and quadriceps haemorrhage. It is reasonably common in fast moving sports involving some form of contact, for example football, rugby, shinty, hockey,…

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What Are The Responsibilities Of A First Aider?

What Are The Responsibilities Of A First Aider? What Are The Responsibilities Of A First Aider? First Aid is the immediate help given to someone who is ill or injured. To keep them safe until they can get more advanced medical treatment. Either by being seen by a doctor, a medical professional or going to…

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The Difference Between Signs and Symptoms

The Difference Between Signs and Symptoms In first aid we very often talk about signs and symptoms, and these are often lumped together in one phrase, almost as if they are the same thing really. However they are quite different, so in this post we’re going to explain the difference between signs and symptoms, and…

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First Aid Training in Africa

  Once again, our Director Cory Jones has return to East Africa to help develop Wilderness First Aid courses in Kenya. For the past nine  years Cory has been heading to Kenya annually to run courses.  These have been for safari guides and drivers, the Kenya Wildlife Service, mountain guides and rangers on Mount Kenya.…

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