Category: First aid

First aid flirts get hands on

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Kissing-dummiesRemember the good old days when meeting a potential sweetheart was simply a matter of going down to your local bar on a Friday night? (No, me neither.) Well: changed days, my friends. Hot on the heels of speed dating, singles cruises, team dating – even singles nights at the supermarket, for crying out loud – comes the latest wheeze: singles CPR training, courtesy of the American Red Cross.

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I'm a first aid junkie

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Indigo Project, British Red Cross and Bernardo's deliver first aHi, my name’s Brad and I’m a first aid junkie.

I get a kick out of making people feel better. I like dishing out Oxygen to those that need it. I like tying people up in elevation slings. I even like stemming blood flow using bandages where necessary.

No, this isn’t the first aid equivalent of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, but I do feel better for confessing my “sins”. Because if I enjoy it this much, other people must do as well, right? More

Bathtubs of booze

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I’ve just been reading this article about the government crackdown on ‘binge drinking’. The £1.4 million campaign targeting young people saw over 3,000 young people stopped and 5,171 litres of alcohol confiscated by police.

That’s enough to fill around 62 bathtubs (I don’t recommend attempting this however!)

In recent times the media has been full of stories about Britain’s binge drinking culture. A quick search on the BBC News website brings up a slew of articles – ‘Binge drinking ups infection risk‘, ‘Youngsters drinking dangerously‘ and ‘Drink blamed for oral cancer rise‘ to name a few.

Do you think we have a problem? What could be done to prevent ‘binge drinking’? More

Would you give your pet first aid?

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A group of puppies. Text reads: "Brief CPR review before roughhousing begins"

Here at the British Red Cross, we don’t offer pet first aid courses. However, our colleagues at the American Red Cross certainly do – here’s the proof!

So, would you offer your dog cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if you needed to? Would you save a fish that’s drowning? Oh, that’s right, fish don’t drown – OK, would you put your hamster’s fractured leg in a splint? More

‘Ello ‘ello ‘ello

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I’ve just come back from taking part in the 2009 National Police First Aid Competition held in Sussex. Several of us who competed at the European first aid competition went along to take part. Obviously we are suckers for a challenge and first aid competitions are in our blood! oie_blogpolicefa2

The police event brings together teams from forces all around the UK. One team even travelled from Northern Ireland to take part! The competition was themed around several staged incidents taking part at Gatwick airport; the room was mocked up to look like an airport terminal (complete with loud public address announcements at inconvenient moments). More

'Ello 'ello 'ello

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I’ve just come back from taking part in the 2009 National Police First Aid Competition held in Sussex. Several of us who competed at the European first aid competition went along to take part. Obviously we are suckers for a challenge and first aid competitions are in our blood! oie_blogpolicefa2

The police event brings together teams from forces all around the UK. One team even travelled from Northern Ireland to take part! The competition was themed around several staged incidents taking part at Gatwick airport; the room was mocked up to look like an airport terminal (complete with loud public address announcements at inconvenient moments). More

Ready for a safe Halloween

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Ready for a safe Halloween?halloween Pumpkin


It’s nearly that time of the year…Halloween! The time when children
dress up in wonderful and outrageous costumes to knock on doors and
gather endless bags of treats. However we need to make sure we are safe.
Here are ten top tips on staying safe this Halloween:

1. Costumes. Make sure the costumes you buy are flame retardant.
They should fit well and not be too long so kids can walk without
tripping. Choose a costume that will keep you warm enough for the chilly
night trick or treating. Avoid costumes and accessories that are sharp
or pointy.
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