A new Bill which would make first aid training mandatory to receive a driving licence has been introduced to Parliament. The Driving Licence (Mandatory First Aid Training) Bill was presented to the House of Commons by Will Quince, Conservative MP for Colchester, on 8 March 2016.
In the past 12 months alone, 1,780 people have been killed on British roads and thousands more have been seriously injured. Continue reading
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are becoming more prevalent within the wider community. For example there are national strategies in place actively promoting their placement in schools; public places such as stations. Many workplaces have voluntarily invested in this equipment.
Evidence suggests that where Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been used the outcomes are far more favourable for an individual who suffers from a heart attack than if it is delayed until the arrival of the emergency services.
First Aid Kit – With first aid kits being a common feature of everyday life, you would be forgiven for thinking that they have been around for centuries.
However, did you know that the first ever first aid kits were only created in 1888 on the back of an incidental conversation? With the first aid kit celebrating its 128th birthday this year, let’s take a look at how they were developed and how they have become so popular in such a short amount of time.
Millies Mark Paediatric First Aid Standard – A new initiative to help improve paediatric first aid training in early years settings has been launched by Education and Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah, in memory of a 9-month-old girl who tragically died in 2012.
Millie Thompson passed away after choking on her lunch while at nursery in Stockport.
Since her death, Millie’s parents Joanne and Dan have campaigned for a new ‘gold standard’ certificate to be created in recognition of early years childcare providers that train all their staff in paediatric first aid, going above and beyond the minimum legal requirements. Continue reading
Following the recent HSE First Aid bulletin, we are pleased to publish First Aid updates that will be implemented with the delivery of our 1 Day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and the 3 Day First Aid at Work (FAW) training courses.
First Aid updates for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
The HSE have stated that the use of an AED should now be included as standard on all workplace first aid courses. This brings first aid training in line with the Resuscitation Council (UK) opinion that using an AED now forms a standard part of the basic life support training lesson plan.
The Resuscitation Council UK guidance on AEDs is that this equipment is safe to use and can be readily used by untrained bystanders. Continue reading
Old phone boxes are being transformed into BT phone box Defibrillators – potential lifesavers after being purchased by villagers for £1.
A defibrillator, which gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest, are being installed across the country as part of a joint project with BT and the ‘Community Heartbeat Trust’. Continue reading
Introduction to the Automated External Defibrillator
Automated External Defibrillator – Defibrillation is one crucial stage in a sequence of events that need to occur for the resuscitation of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This sequence, or ‘chain of survival’, starts by summoning the emergency services as soon as possible. Continue reading
Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are now a common sight at airports and sports venues, but they’re nowhere near to being ubiquitous.
A Dutch student has revealed a prototype first aid ‘ambulance drone’, a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes. Developed by engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 60mph. Continue reading
First aid saves lives, but how important is it to learn basic first aid skills?
First aid is not about dummies but more about feeling confident about carrying out life-saving first aid and supporting the environment you work and live in. In the workplace the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report a significant decline in work related injuries over the last decade but unfortunately accidents still happen.
Up to 150,000 people a year could be dying unnecessarily because first aid is not widely enough known and the skills are not being taught to employees on a regular basis. Continue reading
Health and Safety statistics recently published by the Health & Safety Executive show that Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work in Europe.
However, many workers are still being injured or made ill by work. The injury and ill-health statistics released show that an estimated 28.2 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2013/14.
Sectors reporting the lowest injury rates were Finance (310) and Education with 610 per 100,000 workers. At any stage of the work activity being done, there is always the potential of an accident or damage to someone’s health occurring. Employees are exposed to hazards, be they slips, trips, falls, fire, hazardous substances, loads which have to be manually handled, equipment use, electricity, working with display screen equipment, or even psychological hazards such as stress.