How to use an Automated External Defibrillator

Introduction to the Automated External Defibrillator

How to use an 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

Flying ambulance AED drone to be launched

Flying ambulance AED droneAutomatic 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 is not about dummies

First aid saves lives, but how important is it to learn basic first aid skills?

First aid is not about dummiesFirst 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 at a glance

Health and Safety StatisticsHealth 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.

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Fire Risk concerns with children’s Halloween costumes

Fire Risk Concerns with children's Halloween costumesWith Halloween approaching on Saturday 31 October, parents and children are starting to plan their parties and buy their costumes.

But the potential dangers of children’s Halloween fancy dress costumes hit the headlines last year when TV presenter Claudia Winkleman’s daughter was badly burned. Continue reading

A third of UK employees concerned of insufficient first aid cover in their workplace

In a recent survey carried out by St John’s Ambulance it was found that a third of all UK employees are concerned that there may be insufficient first aid cover in their workplace.

A third of UK employees are concerned of insufficient first aid cover in their workplaceThe charity found that many businesses are not equipped to handle a first aid emergency, with 50% of employers lacking any formal process for assessing first aid needs such as a risk assessment policy being in place.

The concerns also highlighted that 80% of people have found themselves at work with no first aid cover whatsoever. Continue reading

CITB Predicts skilled Jobs boost in Liverpool

CITB Predicts skilled Jobs boost in LiverpoolLiverpool could not be better placed right now for the challenges and changes in the industry sector across Liverpool and the North West. The signs are evident, and the predictions are that Liverpool is already signposted as the Northern economic powerhouse.

The present demands and projects signed off in the region’s construction market could lead to almost 20,000 new jobs over the next five years. That is according to forecasts from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Continue reading

CSCS Labourers card application explained

Applying for your CSCS Labourers CardThe Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) is making changes as to how to obtain a CSCS Green Card (Labourer Card).

These new requirements being introduced from July 2014, state that along with the CITB Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) Test, a qualification (or alternative) must be achieved in order to apply for the Green Card. Continue reading

Care Certificate now launched by Skills for Care

Skills for Care now launch the new Care CertificateSkills for Care have now announced the launch of the new ‘Care Certificate’ to help Health Care sector staff in their standards of care. The launch is focused on a number of pre-set standards of care and will be used for new starters and existing staff as refresher training.

The new changes come into effect in the wake of the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust which highlighted inconsistencies in training. The Care Certificate was a recommendation from the Cavendish review, which made suggestions on how to improve the quality of care provided by health and care support workers. Continue reading

Paediatric First Aid Training now compulsory for all childcare and nursery staff

Paediatric First Aid Training now compulsory for all childcare and nursery staffNew government proposals announced this year mean that training in paediatric first aid will be compulsory for all nursery staff in England. Under the new proposals, training will be a legal requirement for all nursery staff. Continue reading