Most people will agree that a First Aid accreditation is a useful (and often mandatory) qualification to hold; and few survivors of a medical emergency would doubt their efficacy – especially when incidents take hold outside of a clinical setting.Â But just how effective are first aid courses? An October 2014 study by The British Heart Foundation (released under their campaign to âCreate a Nation of Lifesaversâ) discovered that 80% of all cardiac arrests (or around 30,000 of them) occur outside of a hospital setting; when the emergency services must be dispatched to remote locations.Â In such circumstances, time is clearly of the essence.Â Do you have the skills to preserve or maintain life until help arrives? First Aid skills concern much more than dealing with cardiac arrests, however.Â Â The British Red Cross compile a heart-warming collection of âFirst Aid True Storiesâ that demonstrate the effectiveness and enormous value rightly attributed to trained âfirst aidersâÂ – from road traffic accidents and choking incidents through to falling pen
Often seen by employers and managers as a âtick in the boxâ exercise or just another mandatory training requirement (that some pay lip service to) â the cost of not having trained First Aid trained staff was laid bare for all to see recently. The Daily Mail recently reported on the tragic death of a disabled man in a fast-food outlet in Cheltenham earlier this year.Â Whilst we can perhaps ignore the questionable description of customers stepping over him whilst in his death throes (to allow them to order their food), there are nonetheless real issues that must be highlighted. First Aid training is not just a âtick in the boxâ exercise that is begrudgingly received in order to satisfy governmental edicts â it is an invaluable life skill that benefits employees, customers and the public at large. At the Coronerâs inquest, it was revealed that â perhaps due to a mixture of apathy, fear and a lack of training â it was over 3-minutes after the gentleman started choking on food lodged in his oesophagus before anyone came to his assistance.Â Once help âarrivedâ the good Samaritans did the best they could â but unfortunately proceeded to place fingers down his th
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume in a heart in sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function. If itâs not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. Most sudden cardiac arrests result from ventricular fibrillation. This is a rapid and unsynchronized heart rhythm starting in the heartâs lower pumping chambers (the ventricles). The heart must be âdefibrillatedâ quickly, because a victimâs chance of surviving drops by 7 to 10 percent for every minute a normal heartbeat isnât restored.
We have now been approved by Doncaster Council and join their Â new 2014 List of Local Authority Approved Paediatric First Aid Training Providers. We look forward to working closely with Doncaster Council and all of our other clients in 2014.