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How good are first aiders?

We often tend to think of scientific studies as experiments that can be done in a lab. We imagine of scientists holding test-tubes, culturing cells and undertaking all kinds of …

Introduction to Week 2

Welcome back to Week 2 of the course. We hope you have enjoyed Week 1 and are looking forward to learning more about first aid. By the end of this …

First aid training

As a summary of some of what you have learned on this course why don’t you read this article? This course has hopefully provided you with a solid foundation of …

Dealing with a choking patient

Firstly, confirm if the casualty is choking by asking them if they are choking. Check for signs of choking: Partial obstruction: o Able to speak, cough and breathe o Encourage …

Managing shock

In dealing with shock there are some key things that is important to remember. DO 1. TREAT – Check for any obvious cause (bleeding) and aim to treat it. Call …

What is shock?

The commonest type of shock is called hypovolemic shock – this occurs due to loss of fluids, usually blood. The body begins to go into shock when more than 2 …

Controlling a severe bleed

Controlling a severe bleed is vital to prevent shock and save lives! Step 1 – EXPOSE: If the wound is covered by clothing expose it to assess the type and …

Types of wound

Wounds can be caused in a number of different ways by a variety of different objects, be it blunt, sharp or projectile. They are classified into several categories dependent on …

What is bleeding?

What causes bleeding? Bleeding occurs when an injury causes a break in the skin and damage to blood vessels. Most of the time when we cut ourselves, we bleed and …

Performing CPR

In this video we show you how to perform CPR on a casualty whose heart has stopped.

Automated external defibrillators

AEDs are gaining increasing public awareness through a number of high profile cases where they have saved lives (see links below). But what are they, where would you find them …

The recovery position

In this video Emily and Daniel demonstrate how to put someone in the recovery position.

Primary survey

When you find a casualty it is important to perform a primary survey- this is a rapid assessment to safely assess whether someone has life-threatening injuries. The order of the …

Contents of a basic first aid kit

What should a basic first aid kit contain? Obviously not all accidents and emergencies happen in an environment where there is a first aid kit to hand. But some do! …