First aid

Don’t be caught red-faced this heatwave

It doesn’t often get hot in Britain – which is why so many of us go a bit solar-crazy. But before lathering yourself in baby oil and lying out on a piece of tin-foil, heed these warnings.

1. Sunburn
At the first sign of good weather, it’s a popular male instinct in the UK to immediately expose one’s milky-white torso to the blazing sun. Many women, meanwhile, will spend days wearing differently-strapped tops until their exposed backs look like weird, sunburny crop circles. All too often, sun lotion doesn’t feature. More

The Battle of Brazil: surviving the World Cup final

Sunday’s bruising game was a fascinating spectacle, not least from a medical perspective. We compare proper first aid treatments with some of the impromptu solutions applied on the pitch.

Crikey. Anyone accidentally switching between the big final and Game of Thrones at the weekend might have been hard pressed to tell the difference.

Even without swords and axes, the Germans and Argentines provided a rampaging spree of chopping, scything, clashing, banging and bleeding. Here are some of the wince-worthy highlights. More

Learn first aid: see the world!

Lauren-Nicol-2-600x337pxLauren signed up to learn first aid in her home city of Glasgow – which led to her helping people across the globe.

When Lauren Nicol went to a local first aid course, she had nothing more ambitious in mind than learning some useful life-saving tips.

She recalled: “I wanted to learn about first aid, and saw in a newspaper that the British Red Cross offered free training if you became a volunteer – so I signed up.”


After Suarez: how to treat a bite injury

LUIS SUAREZ CELEBRATES THE WIN UA EMIRATES V URUGUAY OLD TRAFFORD MANCHESTER ENGLAND 26 July 2012With so many risks out there this summer – uncontrolled dogs, venomous spiders, internationally renowned footballers – it pays to know how to treat a bite injury.

News reports have been abuzz this week with Luis Suarez’s antics at the World Cup in Brazil.

And it is tempting to snigger at the toothy Uruguayan’s ongoing inability to tell the difference between a three-course meal and a fellow footballer. After all, this is his third impromptu a-la-carte moment on a football field. More

It’s Child Safety Week: time to learn first aid

Child-with-iron-BLOGLovable as they are, wee kiddies are always getting into bumps and scrapes – and if things go badly wrong, they might be counting on your help.

Spare a thought for Ben Raybould, who last year experienced every parent’s worst nightmare.

But when his baby boy stopped breathing and turned blue, Ben at least had one hope to cling to – he’d learned first aid with the British Red Cross a few months earlier. More

First aid session saved our baby’s life

Raybauld-familyWhen parent-to-be Ben Raybould casually dropped in on a baby first aid seminar, he’d no idea it would end up saving his little boy’s life.

When my girlfriend and I discovered she was pregnant last year, it was like all our Christmases had come at once.

We started regularly visiting a nearby Mothercare shop, caught up in the excitement of buying things for our baby. And so when they held a special evening for expectant parents, we naturally popped along.


The sci-fi video game that zaps epilepsy

Want to reach a massive young audience with important first aid messages about epilepsy? Easy: put those messages in a snazzy video game.

Clear Zone is a video game with a difference.

Of course, the hero still creeps through a futuristic landscape with a big gun and blasts the alien baddies to pieces. But when he finds a space captain having an epileptic seizure, he suddenly goes into first aid mode. What’s going on? More