+F First Aid

These +F First Aid blogs are useful to those who work for, or are contractors to, the forestry and land management sectors. These will include hints and tips about first aid skills, dealing with accidents, and emergency planning in remote settings. All these skills are taught on our +F First Aid courses.

Forestry Commission requires all first aid courses to contain a plus Forestry (+F) element. This includes content like majors blood loss management, Lyme Disease, hypothermia, crush injuries and emergency planning.

Each blog in this category is full of content designed to help practical workers deal with stressful first aid situations in forestry or agricultural environments.

Our first aid courses are practical and hands on. The best way to learn a practical skill is to do it!

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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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Identifying and treating Giant Hogweed burns

Updated August, 2021 What is Giant Hogweed? Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is a plant in the same family as parsley, carrot, parsnip, cumin and coriander. Its growth pattern is similar but it is definitely not edible and can cause serious injury if you come into contact with it. Giant hogweed is found across the UK,…

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First Aid for Lightning Strike

First Aid for Lightning Strike Some facts and falsehoods about Lightning Strikes: The average lightning bolt is only one inch in diameter. TRUE. That one inch bolt can carry as much as 100 million-plus volts and is three times hotter than the surface of the sun. Lightning never strikes the same spot twice. FALSE.  The Empire…

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…

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What should I put in my First Aid Kit?

Updated May, 2021 A common session in all of our First Aid courses is “What should I put in my first Aid Kit?” Although there are various list of suggested contents, students are always interested in our opinion as trainers too. Ultimately, the straight answer is “include whatever you think you might need”. But how…

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Tick removal and understanding Lyme Disease

Updated May, 2021 Why should we be concerned about ticks? Ticks are small arachnids that feed on the blood of birds and mammals, including humans. They may carry a range of pathogens (bacteria, viruses, protozoans etc) that are then transmitted to the host when they bite. It is important to remove an attached tick as…

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5 Top Tips for Emergency Planning for Outdoor Learning

Whatever your background – teacher, PSA, Sessional worker or Forest School leader, everyone is bound by a professional duty of care to keep your participants safe and to be able to respond effectively in case of emergency. There are vast amounts of information on how to do this and many organisations will have a set…

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Advice on Adder Bites

Last updated: April, 2021 Advice on Adder Bites In this article we’ll discuss bites from Adders – the UK’s only venomous snake, and something you may well see if out walking, if you are lucky! They usually like to bask in the sun on rocks, and will be more surprised to see you than you…

Risks to Pregnant Women During Lambing Season

Updated March, 2021 This blog describes risks to pregnant women during lambing season, what to watch out for and how to avoid the hazards. This advice also applies to cattle, goats and pigs although we are more likely to be closer to lambs than the young of other livestock. When is Lambing Season? From March…

Assessing a Bang to the Head in the Outdoors

Assessing a Bang to the Head in the Outdoors Your friend has taken a tumble and banged their head. Is it serious or not? How do we know? The simple answer is it is difficult to diagnose a serious head injury. In the outdoors a fall from a mountain bike, a crag, on the snow…

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