How to help if your baby chokes

How to help if your baby chokes

  This article will provide you with support, advice and tips to see you through this daunting process. The top fear among parents, discovered by Weaning Week’s most recent survey, is the risk of choking. This is not without cause. Choking is incredibly common,...

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Amputated Finger – what to do

Amputated Finger – what to do

What to do if someone cuts their finger off! Amputated Finger - what to do, important steps to help control bleeding and preserve the amputated part   Sadly it is common for people to accidentally amputate the tips of their fingers. Fortunately, with the right...

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What is Sepsis?

What is Sepsis?

What is Sepsis? Six signs of Sepsis – essential information for every parent: What are we talking about Sepsis is a common and potentially life-threatening condition where the body’s immune system overreacts to an infection. It results in widespread inflammation,...

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The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

Everything you need to know about heart health from cardiac arrest and CPR, to heart attacks and high blood pressure. The heart is one of our most vital organs and fundamental to life. We have written so many articles on this amazing organ, here is a review of some of...

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Head Injuries – What to Do

Head Injuries – What to Do

Head injuries in sport continue to be a major concern. Football This concern has led the Scottish Football Association to announced they are set to introduce a ban on children under the age of 12 heading the ball in training sessions. The ban has resulted from...

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The Twelve Mishaps of Christmas

The Twelve Mishaps of Christmas

Follow our top tips to keep you and your family safe over the holidays from the twelve mishaps of Christmas! Christmas is can be a magical time of year. However, it is also a time when there are more accidents and mishaps than usual, for both humans and pets....

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Dangers of Button Batteries

Dangers of Button Batteries

Button batteries are incredibly dangerous and frighteningly, they are responsible for the death of children every year! Their parents are often totally unaware that the child has swallowed one of these tiny batteries. The first indication that there is a problem,...

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Traffic Accidents | How to Help

Traffic Accidents | How to Help

In 2017, 24,831 people were seriously injured on the road in traffic accidents in Britain. Of those 1,793 people killed on the roads in Britain, the highest annual total since 2011... Most of these road fatalities (1,544) occurred in England, over three-quarters (83%)...

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Why do Men Die Early?

Why do Men Die Early?

Currently a shocking one in five men will die before they are 65. One of the main reasons for this is that they are not generally as proactive as women concerning men’s health i.e. their own health. The key message to all men, is that if illnesses are spotted early,...

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First Aid for Stabbings – how to help

First Aid for Stabbings – how to help

Knife crime is an increasing problem. Every day we hear more heart rending stories of young lives cut short and families destroyed as a result of this perpetual violence. Not everyone is fatally stabbed and often if they receive immediate and appropriate first aid  in...

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Support for carers

Support for carers

Unpaid carers are a lifeline to those they look after and are of huge benefit to society as a whole. A staggering 7 million of us in the UK are carers and so the relief to NHS services is truly incalculable. Supporting carers and enabling them to care effectively and...

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Sepsis: symptoms & signs

Sepsis: symptoms & signs

Sepsis is responsible for 52,000 deaths in the UK each year. A distressing 250,000 people contract the condition, which can have life-changing implications. Many of these are unknown by most people - they range from fatigue and poor concentration through to PTSD,...

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Who was Edith Cavell?

Who was Edith Cavell?

 Who was Edith Cavell? Cavell is the Florence Nightingale you may not have heard of. She bravely treated soldiers of all nationalities during the First World War. This was in an era before charities such as Medicins Sans Frontieres existed and was during a time of...

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Launch of Stay Safe for Older People

Launch of Stay Safe for Older People

On Monday 1st October (UN Day of the Older Person), we celebrated the launch of Stay Safe for Older People, our unique new initiative to provide information and support to older people and those who care for them, helping them to stay safe, healthy and avoid fraud and...

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The 2018 Flu Jab

The 2018 Flu Jab

Flu – the new vaccine that's good news for older people.   Boots starts offering their vaccinations this week. This year there is an improved flu vaccine (which also boosts the immune system for older people) and this is the one we are being offered in the UK...

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When to call an ambulance

When to call an ambulance

        Citizen Aid is an App with helpful advice on action in a possible terrorist emergency. Run, Hide and Tell - ensure you remain safe. Escape if you can and encourage others to escape with you. Find a safe haven and hide if you can't escape....

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Accidents in schools

Accidents in schools

  Accidents in schools               Every year, around 2 million children attend A&E due to accidents. Accidental injury is one of the biggest single causes of childhood death in the UK.   Many of these accidents occur in...

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Avoiding Medication Problems

Avoiding Medication Problems

1. Be actively involved in understanding health conditions and prescribed medications: Talk with the healthcare providers Ask questions Read trustworthy, reputable online sites Join health support groups It is important that everyone involved in the care of an...

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Poisoning

Poisoning

Avoiding poisoning and how to help if affected A poison is any substance (a solid, liquid, or gas) which can cause damage if it enters the body in sufficient quantities. A poison can be swallowed, breathed in, absorbed through the skin or injected. Some poisons cause...

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Tips for Getting up from a Fall

Tips for Getting up from a Fall

Falls are a major cause of older people needing to be admitted to hospital and it can have a major impact on their confidence and future mobility. Older people frequently fracture their hips due a fall and this may result in them losing their independence and needing...

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The Recovery Position: 8 Simple Steps

The Recovery Position: 8 Simple Steps

It is vital that people understand how and when to put someone into the recovery position and re-positioning someone can often save their life. About the recovery position When someone is unconscious/unresponsive most of their muscles relax and go floppy. The tongue...

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First Aid Really Does Save Lives!

First Aid Really Does Save Lives!

Many people undertake a first aid training course – either because they have to for their work or because they’ve just had a baby and all their friends are doing it.  Almost nobody thinks they’ll ever actually need to use any of the skills they’ve learned – but being...

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Staying Safe on Sports Day

Staying Safe on Sports Day

It’s that time of year when schools the length and breadth of the country get ready to enjoy Sports Day.  It’s a great day for the teachers organising it, the kids taking part and the parents proudly watching on – but with so much going on in a highly competitive...

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How to get up after a fall

How to get up after a fall

It’s a shocking statistic, but each year over 4,500 people in England and Wales die following a fall. Nearly a third of a million people will also need hospital treatment. It is often older people who suffer from falls and unfortunately many of them may never recover...

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Panic Attacks: How to Help

Panic Attacks: How to Help

Panic attacks can happen to anyone, without any obvious cause or warning. They can be extremely alarming both for the person experiencing the attack and anyone trying to help Exams increase stress - and children and teenagers up and down the country will be sitting in...

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Advice on how to fast safely

Advice on how to fast safely

Fasting is becoming increasingly common, both for religious and dietary reasons. To ensure you remain healthy when fasting, it is sensible to plan ahead and understand how fasting can affect your health.  Read on for more advice on how to fast safely. Reasons for...

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Know the dangers of button batteries

Know the dangers of button batteries

Know the dangers of button batteries - and what a swallowed battery could do to your child's insides Button batteries burn.  The damage is noticeable within just 30 minutes and if the child does not receive immediate medical help, they may die. Often, the first anyone...

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CPR – Who, when, what and how

CPR – Who, when, what and how

CPR is one of the key areas of first aid that many people are still confused by.  What does it mean?  How do you do it?  When is it needed?  As a first aid trainer and trained nurse, I know just how vital those first minutes can be, so here’s a quick rundown of...

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Don’t get dehydrated this winter!

Don’t get dehydrated this winter!

Brrrrrrr!  It’s that time of year when the temperature is dropping and we’re all bundling up to keep warm … so it is strange to think that we are still at risk of dehydration.  Here's what you need to know so you don't get dehydrated this winter time.    ...

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How to help in a road traffic accident

How to help in a road traffic accident

Between June 2016 - June 2017 there were 27,130 people killed or seriously injured as the result of road accidents. First Aid is a compulsory unit of driving tests in most EU countries. However in the UK, only the most basic first aid knowledge is required (just a...

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Keeping Safe at Halloween – Top Tips

Keeping Safe at Halloween – Top Tips

For Halloween: Halloween can be a magical time for children. However, the combination of cold, dark nights and excited children can be dangerous. These tips are designed to help Halloween remain fun and keep people safe. When preparing pumpkins take sensible...

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How to prevent burns

How to prevent burns

More than 11 million people last year visited hospital owing to a burn and more than 500 children under five are taken to hospital every week because of burns and scalds. They area also a major cause of injury in the over 60s. Burns can be very serious for small...

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How to Prevent Poisoning

How to Prevent Poisoning

In 2015, there were more than 3,700 poison calls as a result of children eating or playing with cleaning products. It is estimated that as many as 30 children a day are being poisoned by liquid laundry detergent pods. A poison is any substance (solid, liquid or gas)...

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5 Top First Aid Tips

5 Top First Aid Tips

If somebody is choking, before doing the Heimlich manoeuvre you should first encourage them to cough, then give them back blows to try and dislodge the obstruction. At the scene of a major accident, your priority should not be casualties crying or screaming out in...

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Head Injuries

Head Injuries

Children frequently bang their heads and it is difficult to tell whether they have done any serious damage. Most head injuries are not serious and simply result on a bump or bruise. However, severe or repeated head injuries can cause damage to the brain. Most blows to...

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Diabetes

Diabetes

This week is Diabetes Week 2017 in the UK. Every day, 65 people in the UK die early as a result of diabetes. Therefore, it is important to know how to help a diabetic whose life is in danger. What is it? Diabetes is a condition where someone is unable to adequately...

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Burns: What to Do

Burns: What to Do

More than 500 children under five are taken to hospital every week because of burns and scalds.   Burns are particularly serious for small children and babies. They haven’t yet developed the reflex to move away from something hot and their skin is up to 15 times...

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What to do if a Baby is Choking

What to do if a Baby is Choking

Choking is extremely common and very frightening but in most cases, with the right help, the casualty will make a full recovery. Babies can choke on anything small enough to fit through a loo roll. To Prevent Choking: Keep small objects out of reach Cut food into very...

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Defibrillators Save Lives

Defibrillators Save Lives

There was a great article in The Times today on the importance of defibrillators. The chance of surviving a cardiac arrest jumps from 6% to 74% if a shock is delivered within 3 minutes, so it really is important you know how to use one. Click on the image below to...

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First Aid for Life Speaker Events

First Aid for Life Speaker Events

It's been a busy week! Wandsworth Radio Saturday 6th May saw Emma Hammett on Wandsworth Radio's programme The Kids are Alright at noon discussing child safety. You can listen to her interview on Mixcloud.   Children's Activity Providers Event Emma was thrilled to...

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Crushed, Bruised or Amputated Fingers

Crushed, Bruised or Amputated Fingers

Amputated tips of fingers and toes are very common injuries and with the right initial first aid treatment, they can very often be successfully re-attached. Amputated Finger: What to Do If part of a finger is amputated, the priority is to look after the child. Sit...

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9 Top Tips for a Great Marathon

9 Top Tips for a Great Marathon

    Running the Marathon is an incredible challenge and it is important to plan ahead and prepare properly both in terms of your training schedule prior to the event and on the actual day. Wear appropriate clothing Dress for the weather conditions and to be most...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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. ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation) fully supports...

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Head Injury Advice – when to play on

Head Injury Advice – when to play on

There is currently an outcry that Professional Rugby seems to be failing to appreciate the extent of brain damage that can occur following repeated head injuries and putting money before the players' lives. George North, the 24 year old Rugby player had six-months out...

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Why Defibrillators Save Lives

Why Defibrillators Save Lives

Why defibrillators save lives? Each year in Britain around 30,000 people are struck by sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital environments. They can affect anyone at any time – from young children at school, to adults when they’re at home, work or out in public...

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Biker Down

Biker Down

Biker Down - a life-saving initiative from the Fire and Rescue Services, supported by LAS and TFL On Saturday, as research for my new book on Roadside First Aid, I was privileged to join one of the highly-acclaimed Biker Down courses. Biker Down is a superb national...

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Starfish – True Story About Sepsis

Starfish – True Story About Sepsis

Starfish – true story about Sepsis and its harrowing impact upon a real family Sepsis is a devastating and extremely serious condition that affects over 150,000 people and kills over 44,000 people in the UK every year – more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer...

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Why Button Batteries are so Dangerous

Why Button Batteries are so Dangerous

  Button batteries and lithium coin batteries are the small, round, batteries you find in toys, cards, watches, key fobs, calculators, hearing aids and numerous other everyday objects. They appear to be pretty harmless and you would think that if a person would...

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When can Children be Home Alone?

When can Children be Home Alone?

The NSPCC have published an excellent article and guidance as to the best way to keep your children safe over the summer. Read the full article here Last year the NSPCC received 453 calls and emails from adults concerned about youngsters being left home alone during...

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First Aid for Dog Bites

First Aid for Dog Bites

Although most dogs are friendly, they will bite if provoked and animal bites are dirty and frequently get infected. The following information is relevant whether the casualty is another dog or a human: Bites from animals can be jagged and frequently get infected. If...

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Lyme Disease and Ticks

Lyme Disease and Ticks

Lyme Disease and Ticks Tick bites Ticks are tiny creatures that live in woodland and grassy areas, they are particularly prevalent if there are deer and other wildlife. They are blood sucking and bite into the skin to feed on blood. Initially they are extremely small,...

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Bee and Wasp Stings

Bee and Wasp Stings

As the weather gets warmer and more settled it is great to be able to spend more time outdoors, however it is also the time when sleepy insects are emerging and there is an increased likelihood that you could get stung.   First Aid for Stings Bee stings – if...

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7 Tips for a Successful Marathon

7 Tips for a Successful Marathon

My nephew Stephen having run the Marathon, 2015 Running the Marathon is an incredible challenge and it is important to prepare properly both in training prior to the event and on the day. This article includes 7 vital tips for a safe and healthy marathon and first aid...

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Measles Outbreak

Measles Outbreak

Measles Outbreak - new cases of measles confirmed in South London NHS Choices video on Measles Sixteen new cases of measles were today confirmed in south London, and this now totals 36 recent cases of measles in the area with authorities awaiting tests on further...

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8 top tips following a fall

8 top tips following a fall

My wonderful Mum died on Sunday, she was very much loved and truly one in a million. I would like to dedicate my post this week to all the Home Carers, Relatives, Care Home Workers and Professional Carers to thank them for the amazing work they do. Hopefully this...

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Fitting, seizures and convulsions

Fitting, seizures and convulsions

1 in 20 people will experience some sort of a seizure during their lives. A seizure (the medical term for a fit or convulsion) occurs when there is a sudden burst of electrical activity in the brain temporarily interfering with the normal messaging processes. The...

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Breaks and Sprains

Breaks and Sprains

Breaks and sprains are extremely common, but how do you know whether you have broken a bone or just have a soft tissue injury? The honest answer is, that unless the bone is sticking out, or the limb is at a very peculiar angle, the only way to know for sure that a...

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Concussion – what should we do?

Concussion – what should we do?

Concussion Will Smith’s latest film is out on Friday; a true story – Concussion. The film centres around Dr Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian forensic pathologist and neuropathologist who discovered that repeated blows to the head can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy...

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Sepsis – what to look out for

Sepsis – what to look out for

Sepsis There has been a lot on the News this morning following the enquiry into the extremely sad death of William Mead. The enquiry highlighted that many of the tell tale signs were missed by GPs and the 111 Service. Over 37,000 people in the UK die from Sepsis every...

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Burns and Scalds – how to help

Burns and Scalds – how to help

More than 500 children under five are taken to hospital every week because of burns and scalds and the majority of these accidents are due to hot drinks. Crawlers and toddlers are most at risk. A hot drink remains hot enough to scald a baby or young child 15 minutes...

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10 Top tips to stay safe on the slopes

10 Top tips to stay safe on the slopes

10 Top tips to stay safe on the slopes Skiing is amazing fun, but definitely not without risks. The International Ski Federation has produced rules on the slopes designed to make your holiday safer and in addition I have added in my top tips to make your holiday just...

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Should First Aid be Taught in Schools?

Should First Aid be Taught in Schools?

There is an ongoing debate as to whether first aid training should be incorporated into the curriculum. It is undoubtably a positive decision to teach a whole new generation First Aid skills so that they are able to help themselves and others in a medical emergency....

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Choking – how to help your child

Choking – how to help your child

2 year old Jacob Jenkins died after choking on a grape at Pizza Hut. This incredibly sad story has highlighted the need for more people to learn how to help in an emergency. On Thursday I appeared on Channel 5 News demonstrating some simple First Aid techniques that...

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Burns – how to help

Burns – how to help

Burns - how to help October 21st is National Burns Awareness Day when people are encouraged to be more alert to the dangers of burns and understand the best way to help should an accident happen. In the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night it is particularly...

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The Dog behind CPR

The Dog behind CPR

I have just been reading a fascinating article on the BBC Website about how Guy Knickerbocker discovered in 1958 that pushing on the chest of a dog having a cardiac arrest, managed to keep them alive longer. The full article can be read in The Dog behind CPR "There...

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Asthma – Vital Update

Asthma – Vital Update

Asthma - vital update and guidance on how to help Asthma is an extremely common chronic condition, with one in every eleven children affected. On average, there are two children with asthma in every classroom in the UK and over 25,000 emergency hospital admissions for...

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First Aid for Falls

First Aid for Falls

  Falls are a major cause of older people needing to be admitted to hospital. They can have a major impact on their confidence and future mobility. Older people frequently fracture their hips as part of the fall. They may result in them losing their independence...

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Sunburn – what to do

Sunburn – what to do

  Having just returned from a fabulous holiday in Mexico, it is easy to underestimate the power of the sun! The sun’s UV rays can quickly damage our skin, even on a cloudy day. To avoid sunburn: Always ensure everyone is wearing appropriate sunscreen and apply...

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Poisoning – what to do

Poisoning – what to do

A staggering 25,000 under-5s are rushed to A&E each year in the UK with suspected accidental poisoning. One in five of these cases (that’s around 15 every day) will be serious enough for the child to be admitted to hospital for further observation and/or...

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First Aid at Work – the Law

First Aid at Work – the Law

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 – updated 2015. This article offers a brief synopsis of the key elements of the First Aid at Work The Health and Safety Regulations 1981 and outlines the key legal requirements and responsibilities for employers to...

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Anaphylaxis Update

Anaphylaxis Update

Anaphylaxis Update - new video campaign to save lives The Anaphylaxis Campaign have launched a hard hitting and incredibly helpful video campaign to help raise awareness of the importance of carrying your medication. Many people (teenagers in particular) fail to...

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First Aid Advice when Abroad

First Aid Advice when Abroad

Keeping Safe on Holiday Accidents and illnesses can happen anywhere and can be more complicated when away from your home environment. A few basic precautions and advanced packing can make a major difference should something go awry. When travelling abroad always...

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When do you Need an Ambulance?

When do you Need an Ambulance?

Our Emergency Services are at breaking point and when someone is sick or injured it can be difficult to assess how serious it is; and to judge whether they need an ambulance; can be driven to A&E, or taken to their GP. With everyone competing for these vital...

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Medical Advice if Fasting

Medical Advice if Fasting

Fasting is becoming increasingly popular both for religious and dietary reasons. The majority of people fast without any ill effects, but it is important to ensure that provision is made for people who are pregnant, breast feeding have pre-existing medical conditions...

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Stings – how to help

Stings – how to help

Bee, Wasp and Jelly fish stings - how to help Being stung is unpleasant and most of the time is no more than painful. However stings can cause a serious allergic reaction and it is vital to know how to recognise this and what you need to do. Bee and wasp stings: Bee...

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Keep Family and Friends Safe on Holiday

Keep Family and Friends Safe on Holiday

How to keep family and friends safe on holiday You’ve packed up half your wardrobe, you’re wearing your sandals on the plane and you’ve had your first in-flight G&T. Things can’t get any better. You and the family are itching to strip off, get some rays on your...

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New Law for Food Allergens

New Law for Food Allergens

You may have noticed that restaurants, cafes and everyone serving food now have signs advising you that their food could contain allergens. This is because on the 13th December 2014 it became law that all UK Food Service Providers have to provide information relating...

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How to Remove a Helmet

How to Remove a Helmet

How to remove a helmet You should only remove motorcycle helmets if you need to gain access to the casualty's face, in order to give rescue breaths or secure their airway. On some helmets there is a button underneath the chin. It allows to release the chin bar and...

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First Aid for Schools and Clubs

First Aid for Schools and Clubs

First Aid for Life specialises in teaching first aid for schools and clubs and empowering young people with the skills to help in an emergency. We routinely work with schools, youth groups, guides, scouts and associated groups to train young people to keep each other...

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Head injuries Article for Eddie Catz

Head injuries Article for Eddie Catz

http://www.eddiecatzblog.co.uk/head-injuries/ Really pleased to be writing for Eddie Catz - please click here to see the full article on their website Head injuries Head injuries click the link to watch the video Published on Friday, 20 February 2015 15:25 I have...

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Essential First Aid Kit for Christmas

Essential First Aid Kit for Christmas

Christmas can be a magical time of year, but it is also a time when there are more accidents and illnesses than usual and your GP and local chemist may well be shut. Here are some tips and a few things to stock up on prior to Christmas to help you to get the very best...

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Inspirational Story

I wanted to share a truly inspirational story. Two teenagers who had been trained by us felt empowered to intervene and help a homeless man on Saturday evening as he was being attacked by 2 bouncers. They stopped the attack, administered appropriate first aid - he had...

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Choking – how to help

Choking – how to help

Choking - how to help an adult, baby or child When someone is choking it is really frightening and it can be difficult to know the best way to help them. If they are coughing and spluttering, it is best to give them time to see if they can cough the obstruction up...

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Update on Anaphylaxis

Update on Anaphylaxis

First Aid Update on Anaphylaxis There has been a recent and very important investigation and report by the MHRA into the recommended dosage, site of administration and efficacy of adrenalin autoinjectors. There has recently been a thorough review concerning...

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Accidents happen – be prepared

Accidents happen – be prepared

Accidents happen - having the skills and confidence to appropriately help is vital! Accidents are the number one cause of preventable death in under 60s in the UK and young children are particularly accident prone. First Aid training plays a crucial role in empowering...

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Road Traffic Accidents – how to help

Road Traffic Accidents – how to help

Road Traffic accidents – how to help! On the 11th November there will be a National Road Safety Seminar and the Government has launched an excellent websitewww.think.direct.gov.uk designed for children and teenagers to make them more aware of the dangers on the road....

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The truth about the Heimlich Manouevre

The truth about the Heimlich Manouevre

  The true story of Henry Heimlich's invention - in his own words By Henry Heimlich Dr. Henry Heimlich demonstrates the Heimlich maneuver on host Johnny Carson.Photo: Getty Images From Spanish (“Maniobra de Heimlich”) to German (“Heimlich handgriff”) Dr. Henry J....

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Hair Straighteners burn children

Hair Straighteners burn children

Hard-hitting campaign on hair straighteners launches 31 Jan 2014 A nationwide campaign to raise awareness among parents and lobby manufacturers and retailers was launched by the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) on Friday 31 January. CAPT is working with ESC to...

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Do helmets save lives?

Do helmets save lives?

Helmets – can they really save lives? Do helmets really offer substantial protection or are they a symptom of an over-cautious and risk averse society? The Canadian Paediatric Society states that head injuries account for the majority of deaths, serious injuries and...

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NICE New Guidelines on Head Injuries

NICE New Guidelines on Head Injuries

Take head injuries seriously and treat quickly, says NICE Nice have published new guidelines on the treatment of head injuries: Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially...

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Poisoning

Poisoning

A poison is any substance (a solid, liquid, or a gas) which can cause damage if it enters the body in sufficient quantities. A poison can be swallowed, breathed in, absorbed through the skin or injected. Some poisons cause an all over reaction: and can result in...

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Severe Bleeding and Clinical Shock

Severe Bleeding and Clinical Shock

If someone is bleeding the priority is to stop the blood coming out! It is never a priority to wash an injury – it will be cleaned in hospital. Sit or lie the person down – to manage shock and prevent them from feeling dizzy and faint Examine the area to see if there...

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Keeping little ones safe in crowds

Keeping little ones safe in crowds

Whether it is a crowded shopping trip, a Theme Park, Fireworks Display or Concert one thing for sure is that there will be a lot of people! Huge crowds can be daunting for any of us, but particularly for children, thinking ahead and taking a few basic precautions can...

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Asthma

Asthma

More children are rushed to hospital with an asthma attack in mid-September than any other time during the year - statistics tell us that over 4.6 times as many children in England were hospitalised because of their asthma in the third week of September, compared with...

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Jelly Fish stings – What to do

Jelly Fish stings – What to do

Marine Stings Playing on the beach is fabulous fun, but basic safety is important. Children should wear beach shoes when paddling and swimming as Weever fish and sea urchin spines can easily get embedded if they are accidentally trodden on. Jelly fish stings: Reassure...

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Burns – what to do

Burns – what to do

Burns Burns can happen suddenly and the pain and damage caused can be devastating. Knowing what to do if this should happen can make a massive difference in reducing the amount of pain and scarring experienced and may avoid them having any tissue damage at all. For...

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Acute Allergic Reaction – how to help

Acute Allergic Reaction – how to help

Acute Allergic Reaction - how to help Useful links – The Anaphylaxis Campaign: http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/ What is an allergic reaction? Picture thanks to the Anaphylaxis Campaign All allergic reactions occur because the body's immune system reacts inappropriately...

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Asthma

Asthma

Asthma is a common condition in which their airways go into spasm and cause tightness of the chest and severe difficulty breathing when someone is exposed to something that irritates their airways.  The airways become narrow and the lining of the airways become...

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How to Give your Baby CPR

How to Give your Baby CPR

What to do if your baby is unconscious and not breathing First check Danger, Response, Airway and Breathing – If you are not absolutely sure whether or not they are breathing, you will need to start CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) Tilt the head and lift the chin...

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Poisoning – What to do

Poisoning – What to do

Poisoning A staggering 25,000 under-5s are rushed to A&E each year in the UK with suspected accidental poisoning. One in five of these cases (that’s around 15 every day) will be serious enough for the child to be admitted to hospital for further observation and/or...

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Burns

Burns

Burns For All BURNS – TREAT THEM IMMEDIATELY WITH COOL RUNNING WATER Immediately, but extremely carefully remove loose clothing covering the burn  DO NOT TAKE CLOTHES OFF IF THERE IS ANY RISK THAT THE SKIN HAS STUCK TO THEM OR IF THE SKIN HAS BLISTERED. Put the...

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Common Christmas Accidents

Common Christmas Accidents

Preventing accidents at Christmas Christmas is a great time of year, but can also be one of the most stressful and dangerous. Houses become crowded with all different generations, the excitement can be intense and as a consequence fraught with additional dangers and...

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Why Breaths in CPR Make a Difference

Why Breaths in CPR Make a Difference

Why breaths in CPR make a difference  The British Heart Foundation has just launched another Hands-only CPR Video aimed at school children – this time with ‘Little Vinnie’. This video again highlights how to do really effective chest compressions and is for people who...

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How to clean a graze

How to clean a graze

Grazes Grazes are superficial injuries caused by some of the skin being scraped off to reveal a dirty wound. It is never a priority to clean the wound immediately, usually it can be patched up with a plaster and then a short time later, cleaned properly, when in an...

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How to Keep Safe in a Crowd

How to Keep Safe in a Crowd

Keeping safe in crowds Whether it is a trip to the Jubilee Celebrations, a Theme Park, Fireworks Display or Concert one thing for sure is that there will be a lot of people! Huge crowds can be daunting for any of us, but particularly for children, thinking ahead and...

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Head Injuries – what to do

Head Injuries – what to do

Children have many bangs to the head and it can be difficult to tell whether they are serious or not. Many head injuries are not serious and simply result on a bump or bruise. However severe, or repeated head injuries can result in damage to the brain. Fortunately,...

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Poisoning

Poisoning

Teens Turn to Hand Sanitizer to Get Drunk By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Apr 24, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Is drinking alcohol-based hand sanitizer the new teen trend?Six teenagers have ended up in San Fernando Valley emergency rooms...

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First Aid for Eye injuries

First Aid for Eye injuries

Basic First Aid for Eye Injuries Basic First Aid for Eye Injuries Eye injuries can be terrifying for the injured person and anyone that has to give basic first aid care. The most important thing to remember is that basic first aid is used to stabilize the eye prior to...

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Preventing injuries at Christmas

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, more than 6,000 people will end up in hospital on Christmas Day. During the 12 days of Christmas more than 80,000 visit A&E and this number appears to be rising. Over recent years, there has been an...

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Meningitis

Meningitis

The Meningitis Research Foundation offers a FREEFONE 24HOUR HELPLINE UK: 080 8800 3344 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: 1800 41 33 44 They are an extremely important organisation helping to fight Meningitis please visit their website link on my website. The Meningitis Research...

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Croup

Croup

  My baby has a cold and an awful barking cough, I took him to the doctor who told me he has Croup. The doctor would not prescribe any antibiotics for my baby, but told me to come back if the symptoms got worse.   I am very worried, please help.   Croup...

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Scalds and Burns

Scalds and Burns

Last week I nearly spilt hot coffee on my baby, they were ok, but it made me worry – what should I do if I scald my child?   If hot liquid is spilt on your child, immediately, but carefully remove wet clothing (leave if stuck to the burn) and put the affected...

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Chickenpox Advice

Chickenpox Advice

My 5 year old has chicken pox, what should I do? Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point. It causes a rash of red, itchy spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters. They then crust over to form scabs, which eventually...

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Head injuries

Head injuries

My 2 year old son fell yesterday, bumping his head. He cried, was sick and a short time later curled up on the sofa and went to sleep. I was really scared and took him to the doctor to be checked over. Please tell me how I should deal with head injuries? Children...

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Automated External Defibrillators

Automated External Defibrillators

A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest. This is called ‘defibrillation' and can save lives. Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. When someone has a cardiac...

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How to Keep Children Safe in the Sun

How to Keep Children Safe in the Sun

How to keep children safe in the sun Summer is great, with warmer weather and more time to be outside, however the sun can cause damage to our children’s delicate skins and it is important to know how to stay safe: Don't burn! The sun’s UV rays can quickly damage...

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Help! My Child is Choking!

Help! My Child is Choking!

One of the most frequent concerns for parents is what to do if their child chokes. Choking is frightening, but rarely fatal. Babies and young children can choke on anything that can fit through a loo roll. To prevent choking, keep small objects out of reach, cut up...

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