Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has launched best-practice guidance for employers on how to implement Mental Health First Aid in the workplace. This follows the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) recent enhancement of its First Aid guidance to clarify the existing need to consider mental health alongside physical health when undertaking a ‘needs assessment’.
Restart a Heart Day is a designated yearly day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible.
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.
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
New 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
Should all nursery staff be trained in Paediatric First Aid? Following an e-petition signed by over 100,000 people and delivered to Downing Street, parliament has promised to roll out new guidance for paediatric first aid training for Child Care staff and Nursery staff.
The e-petition was in response to the tragic death of 9 Month old Millie Thompson, who while in the care of her local Nursery choked to death. This incident supported by the e-petition has forged the way forward to the Westminster debate on making first aid training compulsory for all child care and nursery staff. Continue reading