Tag: First Aid

January 26, 2016
just how effective are first aid courses

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.  But just how effective are first aid courses?

An October 2014 study by The British Heart Foundation (released under their campaign to ‘Create a Nation of Lifesavers’) 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.  In such circumstances, time is clearly of the essence.  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.   The British Red Cross compile a heart-warming collection of ‘First Aid True Stories’ that demonstrate the effectiveness and enormous value rightly attributed to trained ‘first aiders’  – from road traffic accidents and choking incidents through to falling pensioners and arterial bleeds.

Some of us will be fortunate enough never to witness a medical emergency in our lifetime; but not many.  When you’re called into action, will you be filled with enormous pride – or will you rue the fact that you were lacking the requisite skills?

First Aid courses are an invaluable life skill that we should all aspire to attaining; and not just thought of as ‘another mandatory course’.  How many lives COULD have been saved in recent times?  I don’t have the numbers, but the papers are littered with sad stories of what might have been.

How effective are first aid courses?  When it happens…you’ll know.

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Ask your employer to facilitate your training – or book onto one of our convenient ‘open’ first aid courses, and add a vital skill to your personal toolset.

Matt is a writer, columnist and blogger. He is a Chartered Engineer, and founder of The Furious Engineer
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December 28, 2015
First Aid Trained staff

Often seen by employers and managers as a ‘tick in the box’ exercise or just another mandatory training requirement (that some pay lip service to) – 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.  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 ‘tick in the box’ exercise that is begrudgingly received in order to satisfy governmental edicts – it is an invaluable life skill that benefits employees, customers and the public at large.

At the Coroner’s inquest, it was revealed that – perhaps due to a mixture of apathy, fear and a lack of training – it was over 3-minutes after the gentleman started choking on food lodged in his oesophagus before anyone came to his assistance.  Once help ‘arrived’ the good Samaritans did the best they could – but unfortunately proceeded to place fingers down his throat in a frantic attempt to dislodge the blocked food item.  This well-intentioned act may well have succeeded in only lodging it further still.

Step 1 in any medical emergency or issue: CALL FOR HELP.  Ring 999

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Never shove your fingers down the throat of a suspected choking victim

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Ask a suspected choking victim to cough; if they can’t then impart 5 back blows then 5 abdominal thrusts.  If object has not dislodged, repeat. 

Would this man have lived to tell the tale if the front of house staff were first aid trained?  Would this man have survived if members of the public were first aid trained?  We can’t know for sure; but his chances would have been drastically enhanced if they were.

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Matt is a writer, columnist and blogger. He is a Chartered Engineer, and founder of The Furious Engineer
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December 22, 2015

First Aid Emergency

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December 22, 2015

First Aid at Work Award

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