first aid tips

Halloween: a survival guide

Halloween-scary-kidsThe whole point of Halloween is to be a bit ghoulish, but it’s better if the blood remains fake and the looks of shocked horror are tongue-in-cheek. Here are some tips to keep you and your little monsters safe.

1. Pumpkin alert!

Everyone worries about the children at Halloween, but they’re generally not the ones wielding a sharp knife and trying to cut intricate holes into a big, slippery orange vegetable.

Halloweeen-pumpkinIn the USA last year (where pumpkin-carving is almost a national sport), around 4,400 people turned up at emergency rooms with genuinely scary injuries. Be careful, parents. More

Commonwealth games are go!

The ‘friendly’ Games are underway, and we’ve got hundreds of volunteers on hand to make sure everyone has a safe stay in Glasgow. Here’s a quick snapshot of what we’re up to.

1. First aiders, first aiders, everywhere…
Commonwealth Games two first aidersYou can barely turn a corner in Glasgow this week without bumping into a British Red Cross first aider. We’ve already been treating quite a few cuts and scrapes, and our teams are providing cover for 16 hours a day at the big BBC riverside festival in the city. More

Don’t be caught red-faced this heatwave

It doesn’t often get hot in Britain – which is why so many of us go a bit solar-crazy. But before lathering yourself in baby oil and lying out on a piece of tin-foil, heed these warnings.

1. Sunburn
At the first sign of good weather, it’s a popular male instinct in the UK to immediately expose one’s milky-white torso to the blazing sun. Many women, meanwhile, will spend days wearing differently-strapped tops until their exposed backs look like weird, sunburny crop circles. All too often, sun lotion doesn’t feature. More

The Battle of Brazil: surviving the World Cup final

Sunday’s bruising game was a fascinating spectacle, not least from a medical perspective. We compare proper first aid treatments with some of the impromptu solutions applied on the pitch.

Crikey. Anyone accidentally switching between the big final and Game of Thrones at the weekend might have been hard pressed to tell the difference.

Even without swords and axes, the Germans and Argentines provided a rampaging spree of chopping, scything, clashing, banging and bleeding. Here are some of the wince-worthy highlights. More

After Suarez: how to treat a bite injury

LUIS SUAREZ CELEBRATES THE WIN UA EMIRATES V URUGUAY OLD TRAFFORD MANCHESTER ENGLAND 26 July 2012With so many risks out there this summer – uncontrolled dogs, venomous spiders, internationally renowned footballers – it pays to know how to treat a bite injury.

News reports have been abuzz this week with Luis Suarez’s antics at the World Cup in Brazil.

And it is tempting to snigger at the toothy Uruguayan’s ongoing inability to tell the difference between a three-course meal and a fellow footballer. After all, this is his third impromptu a-la-carte moment on a football field. More

It’s Child Safety Week: time to learn first aid

Child-with-iron-BLOGLovable as they are, wee kiddies are always getting into bumps and scrapes – and if things go badly wrong, they might be counting on your help.

Spare a thought for Ben Raybould, who last year experienced every parent’s worst nightmare.

But when his baby boy stopped breathing and turned blue, Ben at least had one hope to cling to – he’d learned first aid with the British Red Cross a few months earlier. More

The sci-fi video game that zaps epilepsy

Want to reach a massive young audience with important first aid messages about epilepsy? Easy: put those messages in a snazzy video game.

Clear Zone is a video game with a difference.

Of course, the hero still creeps through a futuristic landscape with a big gun and blasts the alien baddies to pieces. But when he finds a space captain having an epileptic seizure, he suddenly goes into first aid mode. What’s going on? More