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Defibrillator training included in all EFAW and FAW courses from 31st December 2016

Defibrillators save lives.

The UK Resuscitation Council updated their CPR guidelines in October 2015 to include asking if an AED was available when...

 
Schools can keep spare emergency inhalers

Following extensive research and public consultation there was overwhelming support for the law to be changed to allow schools to hold emergency salbutamol inhalers.

 
Who can administer an adrenaline auto-injector (epipenŽ) to a casualty in an emergency?

The law gives a very clear and simple answer to this question: ANYONE CAN.

In 2012 the Medicines Act was broadened to state that any lay person can...

 
Recognising & Treating an Asthma Attack

When a person with asthma comes into contact with something that irritates their airways (an asthma trigger), the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten so that the airways...

 
How to use an adrenaline auto-injector like Epipen, Jext and Emerade

There are three main types of adrenaline auto-injector which are prescribed in the UK; Epipen, Jext and Emerade. Emerade is the most recent single use adrenalin auto-injector...

 
UK Resus Council Anaphylaxis Training Recommendations

The Resuscitation Council (UK) gives the following information on anaphylaxis training courses:

"Individuals who require training to use an...

 
Workplace First Aid Kit Standards

What should be in a workplace first aid kit?

There is no mandatory list of contents for first-aid boxes and HSE does not 'approve' or...

 
What happened to PTLLS?

In September 2013 as a result of the recommendations from a government commissioned, independent review, changes were made to simplify and rename further education teaching...

 
Signs and Symptoms of Concussion

Any athlete with a suspected concussion should be IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM PLAY, and should not be returned to activity until they are assessed medically. Athletes with a suspected...

 
Concussion Management in Sports First Aid

The 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport, held in Zurich in November 2012 and a consensus statement on concussion in sport was...

 
1st October 2013 - New First Aid Regulations Take Effect

You should no longer see first aid courses advertised as being 'HSE Approved' and you should no longer see any training providers saying they are 'HSE...

 
What Qualifications do First Aid Trainers and Assessors Need to Hold?

The following list is taken from the 'First Aid Assessment Principles' document produced by Skills for Health which states that:

 
What spinal immobilisation techniques are taught on a Sports First Aid course?

The two day sports first aid course focuses on the use of manual techniques for spinal immobilisation.   A manual technique is when the first aider supports the...

 
How to Create an Emergency Action Plan for your Sports Club

We often have Physios attending our 2 day pitchside sports first aid course who have gone to work as a Physio at their local rugby club only to find that they are also magically expected...

 
iResus - UK Resuscitation Council iPhone App

The Resuscitation Council (UK) have launched a great new app for iPhone. iResus is FREE to download and it provides the most up to date guidance in the...

 
What is CPR?

CPR, Cardio (Heart) Pulmonary (Lungs) Resuscitation (Revival) is an emergency life saving procedure which is performed on people whose heart has stopped.  By pushing on the...

 
NHS Choices Mobile - very handy if you are away from home!

Anyone who needs to find their nearest hospital or dentist can now get an immediate answer, thanks to a new text messaging service launched by the NHS and Directgov.

 
What Paediatric First Aid do Schools need? - Early Years First Aid Training

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage produced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families requires that from September 2008 there is a statutory duty...

 
How often do i need to renew my first aid certificate?

In the UK First Aid at Work certificates and typically all other first aid certificates in the UK will be valid for 3 years.   Common exceptions are Basic Life...

 
What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?

A defibrillator or AED is a life-saving machine that delivers and electric shock to the heart which when used promptly, in the case of sudden cardiac arrest, can restart the...

 
Updates to First Aid at Work Risk Categorisation

The HSE believes that the identification of hazards in the workplace is a more useful method of deciding the level of first aid provision required. So the old three...

 
What is Basic Life Support (BLS)?

Basic Life Support describes a set of basic life saving first aid techniques. The Resuscitation Council (UK) produces a set of guidelines for first aiders to administer Basic Life...

 
October 2009 - Accredited First Aid Qualifications in the Workplace

The new Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification is part of the National Qualifications Framework meaning that there are now two permitted ways to award this...

 
What should be in a First Aid Kit?

There is no mandatory list of items to put in a first-aid box. It depends on what you assess your needs to be. As a guide, where work activities involve low hazards, a minimum stock...

 
First Aid at Work - Needs Assessment & Case Studies

Conducting a first aid needs assessment will identify what type of first aid training your first aiders will need, how many first aiders you need and where they should be...

 
Right or Wrong? - You must NEVER EVER remove someone's helmet...

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First Aid Requirements for Outdoor Instructors holding specific qualifications

A 16hr (2 day) outdoor First Aid course is suitable for the training needs of the UK Outdoor National Governing Bodies for their instructor awards (WGL, ML, SPA, MIA &...

 
First Aid at Work - Everything you need to know

From understanding your legal obligations, to conducting a first aid needs assessment and booking a course.  You can find everything that you want and need to know...

 
What is the new 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work course?

Following a detailed evaluation of whether the current regulations were still effective in meeting the needs of modern business in the UK, from October 2009, the Health and...

 
I think i have Swine Flu - what do i do?

Swine influenza, otherwise known as influenza A H1N1, is a respiratory disease that normally occurs in pigs, however human cases can happen. This strain of swine influenza...

 
Myth Busting - Adults can't put plasters on children's cuts!!

We've often heard of teachers, volunteers and carers being told to ask parents for permission, or even requiring parents to drive over and put the plaster on themselves. This...

 
Stroke Recognition - act FAST

The Stroke Association has launched an email campaign, sponsored by GE Healthcare, to tell people about the FAST test. If you have received this email, please do send it...

 
Dealing with Cramps

Almost everyone has experienced cramps in their life but most people do not understand why they happen or how to prevent them.          ...

 
Suspension Trauma: Fact or Urban Myth?

React First always teach in accordance with current HSE guidelines and as such from September 2008 when dealing with suspension trauma no change is to be made to the...

 
When can you pee on a friend?

If you friend has just been stung by a jellyfish it might be the rare occasion when they will be happy to have a golden shower!!

 
Epilepsy Recognition & First Aid

Epilepsy is currently defined as a tendency to have recurrent seizures (sometimes called fits). A seizure is caused by a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain, causing...

 
Latex Allergy Information

If you suspect you have an allergy to latex, go to your GP and ask for a referral to an allergy clinic. There you can be tested and receive further advice.

 
Can I be sued?

One of the questions people ask most frequently on courses is whether they can have a claim bought against them as a result of their treatment of a casualty.

 
Heart Attack Recognition

The symptoms of a heart attack vary slightly from one person to another. They range from a severe pain in the centre of the chest, to having mild chest...

 
Should you take asprin if you think you are having a heart attack?

If you think you are having a heart attack you should dial 999 immediately for an ambulance. You should sit and rest and wait for the paramedics to arrive. If you are with someone and...

 
Watch out for Weevers!

The Lesser Weever(fish), Echiichthys vipera, is a small, sandy coloured, fish that lives around the shores of Great Britain. It is...

 
How to Remove a Ring Stuck on a Finger

You've tried everything, soap, butter and it's just not coming off! If it's your favourite ring and you just can't bear the thought of...

 
How to Remove a Tick

The aim is to remove all parts of the tick's body and mouth parts and avoid compressing the tick's body causing it to release additional saliva or regurgitate its stomach...

 
Treating an Adder Bite

We are very fortunate in the UK that the only venomous snake is the Adder or European viper (vipera berus).  Adder bites are uncommon and only normally occur if the snake is...

 
Treating a Nose Bleed

A nose bleed, like any other bleed, needs firm direct pressure to be applied for 8-10 minutes for clotting factors to form and the bleeding to stop.  Remember this is...