Category: First aid

A peer what?


Explaining the concept of ‘peer education’ to people can be difficult at first! Maybe it’s the word, I’m not quite sure. My standard answer is “young people teaching other young people lifesaving skills”. This is definitely the heart of the idea, young people engaging with other young people.

However, I don’t think that this simple explanation does justice to the tireless work of British Red Cross peer educators throughout the UK.

Gunther von Hagens gets the first aid bug


So, your starter for ten. What links:

1. The British Red Cross.
2. A fully-grown plastinated giraffe sliced in half from nose to genitalia.
3. An eccentric German doctor in a black hat.

The answer, which you no doubt have already guessed, is the latest Bodyworlds exhibition by Dr Gunther von Hagens, currently showing at the O2 Bubble in London (which now has a 2 for 1 offer available). The British Red Cross is the main charity partner for the venture.

But why, you may ask, is our esteemed organisation getting involved with such a controversial fedora fancier and giraffe-botherer as Dr von Hagens? More

Stay safe at parties


Ah, the glorious British summer is upon us. Well, occasionally, at least.

What do you like to do in the summertime? Personally, I enjoy going to music festivals (Glastonbury being a permenant fixture), doing lots of walking, having as many barbeques as I can, and partying in general.

But parties often bring accidents. And accidents often require first aid. More

Why do it?


Things have now returned to normal after the fun, glamour and excitement of the European first aid competition in Germany last week. Its time to return to the real world!

Yesterday I was running a basic first aid course for a local church group. We covered a range of life-threatening conditions such as dealing with an unconscious person, doing cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and treating someone who is bleeding badly (if your interested…read more about first aid).

I had one of our peer educators helping me with the course. These are young volunteers who make me coffee assist trainers. They also go out into the community and teach first aid or raise awareness of topics such as HIV/AIDS and sexual health.

One day. 26 teams. 1,000 Red Cross volunteers


We’re finally home after an exhausting, yet amazing, time at the First Aid Convention in Europe (FACE) 2009 held this year in Oldenburg, Germany. Yesterday saw the highlight of the convention, a first aid competition held in the city centre of Oldenburg.

The day began (quite painfully) at 5am. Of course we were sensible and had an early night, some teams however chose to party into the early hours and suffered in the morning!

Then came the scenarios, I can’t list them all but to give you a flavour we had:

  • A van on fire after a gas explosion, we had to assist the German fire & rescue service. Personally I found this the most challenging; I had a casualty with major burns and not enough water to cool them. Our team leader then came up with the idea of using a fire hose to cool his injuries, genius!
  • A drunken fishing expedition gone wrong. This ended up with a man falling into the river.
  • An accident at a wedding procession involving a horse drawn carriage (With real living horses wandering around).


The journey so far…


First Aid Convention in Europe (FACE) 2009 is now in full swing and we’re having a great time! I’m writing this in a German Red Cross vehicle using a German keyboard, apologies for any spelling mistakes but it’s quite tricky to get used to.

Today has been the first aid convention; various speakers have been giving talks on the history of first aid and the Movement. There are also loads of stalls and I seem to have acquired a large number of freebies. Nothing beats free Red Cross pens or hats. Later today is the opening ceremony where all the countries parade around the market square in Oldenburg. I admit I’m nervous about this as I have to carry the UK flag which is quite daunting!

The weather is incredibly hot in Oldenburg at the moment and we are suffering slightly. Hopefully it will be slightly cooler for the competition day tomorrow. The competition itself is taking place in the city centre which should be a great opportunity to see Oldenburg, though obviously we’ll probably be more worried about the first aid!

I’ll try and post the results as soon as I know them tomorrow, wish us luck! 🙂

To quiz or not to quiz


…that is the question. So, does anyone fancy having a go at the British Red Cross’ special anniversary quiz, which we launched for Red Cross volunteers and staff last month to celebrate the Movement reaching its 150th birthday?

I’m afraid the winner’s prize of a luxurious weekend for two in Geneva has already been snaffled. However, if you fancy testing your knowledge of our prestigious organisation just for the sheer knowledge-building joy of it, why not have a go at the quiz now and, whatever you do, DON’T LOOK AT THE ANSWERS BELOW.

For those of you have already pitted their wits against our devilish hard questions, the answers you’ve been waiting for are listed below. At last, here’s your chance to say: ‘Yeah, got that one’, ‘Aw no’, ‘Oh, I knew that…’, ‘What sort of stupid answer is that?’ etc.