First aid

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

Learn first aid: see the world!

Lauren-Nicol-2-600x337pxLauren signed up to learn first aid in her home city of Glasgow – which led to her helping people across the globe.

When Lauren Nicol went to a local first aid course, she had nothing more ambitious in mind than learning some useful life-saving tips.

She recalled: “I wanted to learn about first aid, and saw in a newspaper that the British Red Cross offered free training if you became a volunteer – so I signed up.”

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In our own words: June 1914

Fulham VAD inspection

Fulham VAD inspection

In the days before Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot on 28 June, British Red Cross volunteers were preparing to act “in the event of war”. This meant tackling everything from a plane crash to the ultimate challenge: hot water bottles.

A terrifying scene unfolded out at sea in Somerset and was reported in the June issue of the Red Cross magazine.

Mr Salmet – “the ‘Daily Mail’ airman” who had been sponsored by the newspaper – was flying over the town of Watchet.

“The piers and esplanade were thronged with onlookers. At 3.40pm the waterplane appeared in sight well out at sea.” 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