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Minor Head Injuries and Nose Bleeds

Minor Head Injuries and Nose Bleeds

Bumped Head For bruised heads and head injuries it is important to look for signs of internal head injury and monitor the casualty closely for the next 48 hours. Call an ambulance if they have or develop any of the following: unconsciousness abnormal breathing obvious...
First Aid for Bumps and Bruises

First Aid for Bumps and Bruises

First Aid for Bumps and Bruises Growing up means becoming increasingly adventurous, independent and mobile. Unfortunately, this makes bumps, scrapes and bruises ever more likely. First aid courses often prioritise life-threatening topics, but it is important to know...
Suffocation and Strangulation

Suffocation and Strangulation

Suffocation and strangulation, along with choking and drowning, account for the majority of accidents resulting in fatalities in the under 5s. Suffocation The key culprits for suffocation are nappy sacks and plastic bags as babies are unable to remove them if they...
New Guidance on Childhood Accidents

New Guidance on Childhood Accidents

Public Health England (PHE) has just published a report looking at the long-term implications of preventable accidents for children and their families, along with the financial cost to public services. In order to reduce the number of avoidable accidents occurring in...
What to do Before the Ambulance Arrives

What to do Before the Ambulance Arrives

We are continually hearing how the NHS is struggling to cope at the moment and the UK’s ambulance service is under more pressure than ever. You are therefore extremely likely to be waiting for an ambulance for a lot longer than the target of 8 minutes, even in a...
The Truth About Tourniquets

The Truth About Tourniquets

  The European Resuscitation Council (ERC) First Aid Guidelines 2015 state that when direct pressure cannot control severe bleeding, tourniquets and haemostatic dressings are now advised and this is fully supported by ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on...

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