More than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the festive period. During Christmas, your home is likely to be full of people and, in the excitement, accidents can easily happen.

 

“We want to help people prevent their festivities being cut short by a trip to A&E,” says Sheila Merrill, home safety manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

 

“Our message is that the home should be as safe as necessary, rather than as safe as possible. With a little more care and forward planning, most accidents could be avoided.

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You may not be aware, but every 5 years the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) review the latest research and evidence in resuscitation, and then release updated guidelines.  In addition to this, for the first time in history, this year the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) have also produced guidelines for first aiders. The guidelines and new changes can sometimes be a little confusing so we have put it into plain English for you.

 

The good news is that you don’t need to do anything different to what we have already taught you, you will be updated on the changes at your next refresher course. If you do have any concerns though, we would be more than happy to deliver an annual update session to your team or as always, we are on the end of the phone!!!

 

Please read below for a no jargon explanation of the recent changes….

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For young children, trick or treating is extremely fun and one of the most exciting nights of the year!!! But without careful planning it can be very dangerous. Read our 10 safety tips for a fun filled evening!!!

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This week (Monday 14th – 20th September 2015) is Meningitis awareness week, are you Meningitis aware?

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Health officials are calling on all teenagers and students to come forward for a new vaccine against meningitis and septicemia, especially if they are starting university this month!!!

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Whilst completing first aid needs assessments for our clients we noticed that they weren’t aware of how many first aid kits they should have and what should be in them…..so we thought we’d make you all aware!!!!

 

Are you compliant?

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 states that “when the assessment of first-aid requirements has been completed, the employer should provide the materials, equipment and facilities needed to make sure that the level of cover identified as necessary will be available to employees at all relevant times. This will include ensuring that first-aid equipment, suitably marked and easily accessible, is available in all places where working conditions require it.”

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In the UK there are over 600,000 people with Epilepsy. It is a diagnosed medical condition that may lead to seizures. It can be a life long condition but if you go without having a seizure for a long enough period of time, a doctor may consider that you no longer have it.

 
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Allergy UK’s National Allergy Week takes place around this time each year to increase awareness of the largely unrecognised issues that face allergy sufferers every day. But all too often people don’t just suffer from one allergy. In fact 10 million adults have two or more allergies meaning a reaction can be triggered by many different sources. National Allergy Week is designed to help allergy sufferers understand the triggers of the most common allergies and provide techniques to help manage their individual condition.

While some of us celebrate the spring season, allergy sufferers across the UK dread the spring as it also brings the pollen and along with it, the discomfort of hay fever.

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Each month we try to make our blogs interesting and informative about all areas of first aid. For December’s blog we thought we would do something a little different…..like Bonnie and I, I am sure the majority of you are pet owners so this inspired us to get in touch with Sophie Flux, owner of Animal Aiders who provide practical and high quality veterinary led Animal First Aid Courses.

 

Happy Christmas to all Aim High Training’s customers!  First aid is not just about humans, as many people want to know the best way to help their family pet in a first aid situation too. I have been running Animal Aiders since 2006. We hold courses across the country to help pet owners become better prepared in the event of a medical emergency. No matter how vigilant we are as caring owners, our pets can get themselves into all kinds of scrapes – some of them serious. That’s why a little pet first aid knowledge (just like human first aid) can be a life saver. I’ve put together the answers to some commonly asked questions but if you do have any others please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

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Whether you are attending a public fireworks display or hosting your own at home with the family, it’s always best to be prepared!!!!

Burns and Scalds are damage to the skin caused by heat and are treated in the same way. A burn is caused by dry heat ie: an iron or fire. A scald is caused by something wet, such as hot water or steam. Burns can also be caused by chemicals, ice, electricity and the sun. They can be very painful and can cause blisters and charred, black or red skin.

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