Category Archives: First Aid Opinion

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Heart attack: How to recognise and what to do

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According to the British Heart Foundation statistics, sadly someone is taken to hospital with a heart attack every three minutes. We feel it is necessary to spread the word about this condition and ensure that you know how to respond if someone around you experiences one. A heart attack is caused by a sudden obstruction…

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Sepsis – Signs and Symptoms

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We recently came across this article online on BBC News and deemed it worthy of sharing: Article Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48353222 Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection which is responsible for 52,000 deaths in the UK each year. If not treated immediately, sepsis can result in organ failure and death. So, it is vitally important…

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Meningitis Rash Glass Test

What is the meningitis rash?

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We recently came across this article online at Meningitis Research Foundation and deemed it worthy of sharing. Article Link: https://www.meningitis.org/blogs/what-is-the-meningitis-rash When most people hear the word meningitis, they think that the rash appears. However, this can be one of the last symptoms to appear and sometimes it never presents. It is so important to trust…

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Have you set up Medical ID on your IPhone?

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You now have the ability to store your medical information on your iPhone. First responders are able to access your medical information without your phone being unlocked. They can see information like medical conditions, blood type, and allergies. There is even a link to your chosen emergency contacts who can be called from your mobile…

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Common First Aid Myths

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Myth 1: Leaning back with a nosebleed. However, leaning back will cause you to swallow blood, and you are likely to feel nauseous and vomit the blood. The best thing to do would be to lean forward with a nosebleed, pinch the nostrils shut and breathe through your mouth. Myth 2: A Heart attack casualty…

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First aid advice for wasp and bee stings

First Aid tips for Bees and Wasp Stings

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With the fabulous weather we are seeing this summer it is extremely common for people to get stung by bee and wasp stings, especially when spending time outside and eating outside. Recognition: First there is pain where the person has been stung, followed by redness and swelling around the site of the sting. If you…

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Cold Water Shock and the Five Steps to Float

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We recently came across this information related to cold water shock and staying alive in the water on the Royal National Lifeboat Association (RNLI) website. This topic has also been in the news recently, specifically highlighting the dangers of cold water shock which can make you unable to breathe if you suddenly enter cold water.…

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Teachers save colleague with CPR after she has heart attack in front of pupils

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Article Link: https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/17/teachers-save-colleague-with-cpr-after-she-has-heart-attack-in-front-of-pupils-7638534/ You never know when you might find yourself in a situation where you are required to save someone’s life. But being called upon to put your first aid skills into practice is far more common than you might think. This teacher was helped by other members of staff who were able to…

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