First aid

How do you help a stab victim?

Knife crime is a deadly serious issue for young people – who accounted for over a third of all UK casualties last year. That’s why our new short films will be a big help.

It only takes seconds to stab someone, and just minutes to bleed to death.

That’s perhaps the worst thing about knife injuries: the speed at which everything happens.

Anyone who’s been stabbed needs to be treated immediately – it’s literally a life or death matter. But all too often bystanders don’t know what they should do, and so lives are lost. More

The first aid app with a heartbeat

Heart-iPad-BLOGOur first aid app is now available on iPad and iPad mini tablets – and it even features an audio ‘heartbeat’ to help you during emergencies.

When a British Red Cross boffin suggested creating a first aid app two years ago, colleagues hummed and nodded that yes, that might just be an idea.

Fast forward: more than 700,000 people in the UK have now downloaded the free British Red Cross first aid app, and it has helped people in countless emergency situations across the world.

Previously designed for mobile phones, we’ve now updated the app so it also works with iPad and iPad mini tablets. And it has some snazzy new features. More

Reaching out to women refugees

Two Somali women learning first aid

To celebrate International Women’s Day and the theme of ‘inspiring change’, we’re shining a spotlight on two life-changing projects for an often forgotten group of women: refugees and asylum seekers. 

These women face huge challenges. Some fled their homes because of traumas such as violence, abuse and neglect. Most come from countries where their rights were severely restricted. Others have children or are pregnant, but do not know how to access maternal health services in the UK. They may be destitute or struggle to provide financially for their families – and risk being exploited or turning to prostitution.

Nearly all need support to rebuild their lives – which is where we step in. More

Slippery in Sochi: Winter Olympics hit hard

Snowboarder-at-Sochi-OlympiWith faster courses and ferocious conditions, many athletes aren’t sure whether they’ll end up on a podium or a hospital gurney. Here’s a crash course on how to treat some of their injuries.

The official slogan of the current Winter Olympics is ‘Hot. Cool. Yours.’ – but it might well have been ‘Crash. Bang. Wallop.

Contending against dangerous conditions and controversial courses, most events have seen at least some competitors coming a cropper. More

Simon Cowell and David Walliams present Britain’s Got Talen…eurghhh!

Simon-Cowell-BLOGWould you know what to do if someone was choking? Music mogul Simon Cowell was helped by fellow TV show judge David Walliams this week after he started choking on a sweet.

A humble mint yesterday achieved what hundreds of people have failed to do over the years: it (albeit temporarily) silenced Simon Cowell.

The famously snippy talent show judge was getting ready to dish out his opinions at a Britain’s Got Talent audition in Birmingham when things suddenly went wrong. More

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