Tag: first aid training

‘Knowing first aid helped me save a motorcyclist’s life’

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Helen Cowen used her first aid skills to save the life of a motorcyclist who crashed outside her home.Not everyone could handle the sight of a bloodied motorcyclist with a badly severed leg. Helen Cowen could, and her first aid knowledge saved a man’s life.

As 13 March is Good Samaritan Day, what better time to tell you Helen’s story?

“I had decided to sit in the garden one evening when I heard a loud crash,” Helen said.

“At first I thought something had fallen off our recently renovated house. But as I walked to the front of the house, I could see a small crowd gathered on the pavement outside.”

The scene outside her house was upsetting.

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Why one boy’s accident proves first aid should be taught in schools

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16 year old standing at a bus stop where he gave first aid to a schoolboy

Rowan Truelove

When 11-year-old Lewis stepped off the school bus he was immediately hit by a car. Luckily, a cool-headed teenager knew exactly what to do, thanks to a first aid course.

Many people would panic if they saw a child hit by a car. Not Rowan Truelove. The 16-year-old knew exactly what to do.
Thankfully, Rowan had done a two-hour first aid course at his air cadets with St John Ambulance.

“The first aid training I did was very basic but it really helped,” Rowan said.

“The bus had pulled up and Lewis stepped out into the road and a car just came along and that was it. He had a broken leg – there was no doubt about that.” More

A muddy marvellous idea…

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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..?’

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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