first aid tips

A muddy marvellous idea…

TM-RC-muddyGood luck to everyone tackling the South London Tough Mudder event this weekend. As you’re slipping and sliding through the obstacle course, you can be sure that a very special team of people have got your back… 

TM-startEach year, Red Cross volunteers help out at Tough Mudder events throughout the UK.

TM-BatmanLast year in Hampshire, for example, 20,000 people ran, swam… More

‘Would you like some CPR with that..?’

Pizza-heart-BLOGA pizza delivery boy got more than he bargained for when he came across a life-threatening emergency – but he had a first aid trick or two up his sleeve.

Anson Lemmer probably thought he’d got an easy summer job.

After all, working as a pizza delivery boy in a sunny, sleepy Colorado town doesn’t sound too demanding.

But just two days in, during his very last order of the night, the pressures of Anson’s job took a sudden spike. More

The man who invented CPR

Dr-James-Jude-BLOGDr James Jude died last week – but his pioneering medical work continues to save countless lives every year.

These days, pretty much everyone knows what you should do if someone collapses and stops breathing.

The signature CPR position (kneeling over someone and pushing rhythmically on their chest) is recognised across the world. It has featured in countless movies and TV medical dramas over the years.

It works, too. Giving simple chest compressions can keep casualties alive for those precious few minutes before professional help arrives. More

Is that a flake or a finger in your ice cream?

Ice-cream-with-finger-BLOGThey were serving up ice cream cones with a difference in south Devon this week, after a man accidentally cut off his own digit in a car door.

Some tales you just couldn’t make up.

Earlier this week, a poor chap sliced off his own pinky in a car door just minutes after buying an ice cream.
But one thing was about to go right with his day.

When he raced back to the ice cream van, geysering blood and carrying his own bloodied finger, cool-headed Ruby Duke was behind the counter. More

British TV stars: ten reasons why we learned first aid

TamzinOuthwaite-Katherine-Kelly-thumbs-up-BLOGYou’ll know Tamzin Outhwaite and Katherine Kelly from TV shows New Tricks and Coronation Street. But their latest role is their most important yet – first aid mums.

Tamzin’s tips

1. After finishing the latest series of New Tricks, I created a bucket list of all the things I wanted to do over the next year – and it kicked off with the British Red Cross baby and child first aid course!

2. First aid makes people feel nervous (the idea of someone you love not being well or in distress is quite scary), but there was nothing intimidating at all about the course.

3. I’d like to be able to use first aid not just for my own children, but also if I’m ever in a situation where other children – or even adults – need help. More

Barbecue first aid: secrets of safe grilling

BBQ-steaks-BLOGMove over Great British Bake Off – there’s a new cookery programme in town. As BBQ Champ launches on TV tonight, here are some tips for a safe cooking experience.

Hooray! The forecast is good this weekend.

And after salivating over all those juicy steaks and flaming briskets on the telly tonight, plenty of people will be hitting the garden. Tongs will be wielded.

But barbecues are precarious things. Those crowds of people bustling around hot flames, prolonged sun exposure, the renowned British love of al fresco boozing. More

How I saved my ‘human fireball’ husband

Burned-hand-sitting-couple-BLOGWhen an explosive garden incinerator engulfed her husband in flames, Frances Lewis was at a loss what to do – until she remembered the first aid leaflet which had arrived in the post days earlier.

The first thing Frances heard was a huge bang.

Spinning round, she saw a ferocious fireball envelop her husband Oliver as he stood just yards away from her in their garden.

(He had been burning garden waste in an incinerator, when the petrol he was using exploded.)

Once the flames subsided, a traumatised Frances could immediately see her husband’s left forearm and hand were badly burned. More