Category: First aid

Tour de France: blood and bicycles


Bike-two-men-BLOGYesterday’s mass crash showed in grisly detail how much damage can result when cyclists go head-over-handlebar at speed. So here are five first aid tips for all you would-be yellow jersey wearers.

1. Hard shoulder

Bike-shoulder-BLOGWhen parting company with a bike at 35 mph, nothing’s more natural than to stick out your arm as the road comes hurtling towards your face.

But the force of such an impact can wrench your shoulder completely out of its socket. Ouch. More

‘I survived the 7/7 bombings’


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After Jacqui Putnam was caught up in the London Bombings, we helped her deal with the harrowing experience. She became a first aid volunteer with us and has saved many lives. This is her story.


I was in the front carriage on the Edgware Road train when the explosion happened. The bomb was in the next carriage along.

A lot of things happened in a split second. There was a loud bang – a high-pitched crack – and a flash of light, which illuminated hundreds of tiny shards of glass in the air.

The force of the blast travelled forward along the train. I felt immense pressure on my left shoulder which pushed me violently forward in my seat. More

Beat the hot weather: wear a wet t-shirt


Man-in-sea-BLOGHere are a few tips for staying (literally) cool-headed during the heatwave – and why you shouldn’t believe some of those hoary old myths.

1. Wet is better

Wet-tshirt-BLOGYes, really! Heat escapes through the skin, so the larger the area being cooled down, the better.
So forget that old myth about rubbing ice cubes on the wrists to cool the whole body. In baking hot weather, wearing a wet t-shirt – and keeping it wet – can be really effective. More

Wimbledon: the alternative survival guide


Wimbledon-blog-full-sizeIt’s that time of the year again – Wimbledon is here. But it’s not only the players who get injured at big sporting occasions. We take a light-hearted look at the hidden dangers of Britain’s classic summer event .

1. Feeling the burn

Blazing-sun-BLOGThe sun’s blazing down on Murray Mound, and you’re riveted as the unsmiling Scotsman blasts out another scorching game on the big screen. Then it suddenly dawns that you’re sore to the touch and your head looks like a beetroot. Oh, dear. More

Proof that dogs are man’s best friend


Russ-the-dog-and-Natasha-portraitThere were some barking canine antics recently – from a woman who used first aid to save her dog to an owner who was actually saved by his pooch.

It’s meant to be cats, not dogs, that have nine lives. But there’s one Jack Russell in Belfast that has already had at least two snaps at life.

Little Russ was left home alone recently while his owner, British Red Cross worker Natasha Coombes-Liddle, popped out to the shops.

Always hungry, the mischievous pooch used the opportunity to carry out a daring raid on the kitchen bin – but bit off more than he could chew. More

When first aid is an extreme sport


Ten-Tors-helicopter-volunteer-BLOGLong hours? Check. Remote locations? Check. Sleeping outdoors during a howling gale? No problem. Meet the hardcore first aiders who just can’t say no.

Mention the words ‘Ten Tors’ to a Devon teenager and they’ll most likely shudder with dread.

No wonder. The annual Ten Tors challenge – a gruelling, two-day event – has become a rite of passage for thousands of young people living across the south west of England. And it’s brutal.

Ten-Tors-girls-jumping-Saturday-BLOGEach May, 2,400 hardy souls spend a weekend trekking up to 55 miles across the desolate slopes of Dartmoor and over several ‘tors’ [small hills]. The ground’s uneven. The terrain’s hard to navigate. Weather conditions can be treacherous.

Even worse, the teenagers carry heavy backpacks. They sleep out in tents, whatever the weather. Oh, and they’re trekking against the clock. More

The secret to surviving a severed hand


Photograph: BBC Wales News

When Edryd Jones accidentally power-sawed off his own hand, he thought it was curtains. But he had a secret weapon: quick-thinking neighbours.

It sounds like something from a shlock-horror movie.

Late last year, retired teacher Edryd Jones was cutting through wooden planks in his bedroom as part of a DIY project, when the unthinkable happened.

He told The Guardian: “I didn’t realise my hand had gone until I went to pick up a piece of wood and it wasn’t there. It was on the floor. I thought I was going to bleed to death.” More