Category: First aid

Save a life – wear a bra

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No, you didn’t misread that. I was scrolling through the lastest blog posts at the always-fantastic Cross Blog (by the American Red Cross in Oregon) when I read about a life-saving bra.

Cue coffee nearly spraying out of my nose. I wonder if there’s a bra to treat nasal burns. Or maybe a pair of underpants. Hmm, perhaps a pair of tights would work best. There’s a multi-million pound idea in there somewhere.

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Don’t give up

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As well as my normal volunteer work I’m currently an intern in my area. Part of my role is co-ordinating our work teaching first aid to vulnerable young First Aid Box plus shad w100people. This may include young offenders, those in the travelling community or young people ‘Not in education, employment or training’ (NEET). Needless to say, these groups pose a range of challenges when running first aid sessions!

Today I was running a session for a group of young people who have been excluded from school. I kicked off by asking about what they thought of first aid. Predictably, many of the responses were negative – “Boring & pointless”, “Waste of time” and most worryingly “I wouldn’t stop and help, its not my problem”.

I then asked if anyone had ever seen someone need help, one young person told a harrowing story about a friend who was ‘jumped’ and stabbed several times in a frenzied and random attack. Others added they had seen friends bottled and assaulted, many had also seen and experienced first hand the effects of hard drug and alcohol abuse.

Oh, this was a group of 13 and 14 year olds.
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Don't give up

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As well as my normal volunteer work I’m currently an intern in my area. Part of my role is co-ordinating our work teaching first aid to vulnerable young First Aid Box plus shad w100people. This may include young offenders, those in the travelling community or young people ‘Not in education, employment or training’ (NEET). Needless to say, these groups pose a range of challenges when running first aid sessions!

Today I was running a session for a group of young people who have been excluded from school. I kicked off by asking about what they thought of first aid. Predictably, many of the responses were negative – “Boring & pointless”, “Waste of time” and most worryingly “I wouldn’t stop and help, its not my problem”.

I then asked if anyone had ever seen someone need help, one young person told a harrowing story about a friend who was ‘jumped’ and stabbed several times in a frenzied and random attack. Others added they had seen friends bottled and assaulted, many had also seen and experienced first hand the effects of hard drug and alcohol abuse.

Oh, this was a group of 13 and 14 year olds.
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The importance of first aid

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I read about this story in on my way into work this morning, about a woman who fell from Cheddar Gorge in Somerset and needed help. She was helped by a mystery climber who provided first aid assistance, stablising the casualty before help from many other emergency services arrived on the scene.

Just goes to show that you never know where you might be able to use your first aid skills and swift, appropriate action certainly makes a difference.

Good Food Guide 2010 winner!

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Two-girls-with-cakeI was tickled pink to see so many people respond to the Good Food Guide 2010 quiz. Obviously, you’re all very greedy. More to the point, you’re also pretty knowledgeable about first aid because most people got all the answers right. Check out our first aid tips and videos to make yourselves even brainier on the subject.

However, as yon Scottish chap said in the Highlander movie: ‘There can be only one’. And our winner is…(cue naff 15 second pause like they do on the X Factor)…John Hammond.

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A tale of many blood pressures on the A421

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Well, my Grass Track duty at the weekend proved eventful. Not only did I get to witness the fastest Mini on grass, I also dealt with my first on-the-road incident in the back of one of our ambulances.

Man holding Oxygen mask

My crew mate and I were on the way back from hospital with a couple of former casualties in tow. However, along on the A421 near Bedford – half way back to our base for the weekend – one of them took a turn for the worse. Richard, my crew mate (and esteemed mentor) thought it was casualty #1 feeling nauseous. Fat chance. More