first aid tips

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

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

What’s the point of knowing first aid if you don’t use it?

Brad-first-aid-BLOGFirst aid expert (and guest blogger) Emily Oliver is dismayed by how few people – even trained first aiders – are willing to step forward and help in a crisis.

First aiders at the British Red Cross often sound like a broken record.

Our mantra is pretty straightforward: “Make first aid easy. Make it easy to teach, easy to learn. Above all, make it easy to do.”

As we never tire of pointing out, people trained in first aid have to feel confident in actually using their skills. Otherwise, what’s the point in anyone teaching it? Frankly, no wonder we’re always moaning about this topic. Here in the UK, it’s becoming more and more evident that first aid education is not doing its job.

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How do you recognise a mini stroke?

Gary-Kubiak-NFL-coachDoctors call it the ‘warning stroke’ – a terrifying episode that nonetheless gives people time to take action before a fatal emergency occurs.

Gary Kubiak is an athletic guy. Aged just 52, the Houston Texans head coach, a former player himself, is in pretty good shape.

And yet, at a major NFL game two weeks ago  – with millions watching live on TV – he suddenly dropped to his knees, held his head in his hands, then collapsed.

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