How 2 Treat an Insect Sting

First aid for insect stings

Welcome to this weeks first aid article. This time we’ll discuss how to treat an insect sting. If the insect sting is visible carefully scrape it off the skin with the edge of a credit card or similar object. DO NOT use tweezers as you will only squeeze the poison into the wound! Elevate the wound if possible and apply an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel or a triangular bandage for 10 minutes. Seek medical advice if pain or swelling persists. If the insect sting is in the mouth give the casualty an ice cube to suck on, or sips of cold water. … Read More

What to Do if Someone Gets Stabbed in the Neck

Stabbed in the Neck

Getting stabbed in the neck is a very bad thing. For one thing there are major arteries (carotids) and veins (jugulars) in the neck. When cut, these bleed profusely. A severed carotid artery will squirt bright red blood in time with the person’s heart beat, while a cut jugular will “gush” darker red blood, also pulsating in time with the heat beat. Additionally, when someone is stabbed in the neck there is the risk of the throat itself being cut, compromising the casualty’s airway. So where should the first aider begin? Catastrophic Bleeding v Airway While maintaining an open Airway … Read More

Choking Woman Saved by Retford Man After Attending First Aid Course with How 2 Save A Life

Choking Woman

Imagine you were out for a meal and someone on the next table began choking on their food? Would you know what to do? Jason Varney, a Service Manager at Fairfield Control Systems in Retford, had just that experience on Saturday 3rd June 2017. Jason had recently attended a first aid course with How 2 Save A Life  and had been taught how to treat a choking adult. Jason’s story Jason was shopping with his wife and daughter when they decided to get some lunch at a pub in town. The pub was fairly busy but they managed to find a … Read More

DR ABC – The Primary Survey

Emergency First Aid at Work

An easy way to remember how to carry out a primary survey is to remember that the letters D, R, A, B and C spell “Doctor ABC”. D is for Danger. Check your surroundings. Make sure both you and your casualty isn’t going to get hurt. Also remember that if it happened once it could happen again! R is for Response. Check the casualty is conscious by shouting and shaking. Shout into both ears. Tell them to wake up. Ask them if you can help them. Shake them gently by the shoulders. If they don’t respond they are unconscious. A is … Read More

Employers – Are You First Aid Compliant?

First Aid at Work

Are you an employer? Do you have a HSE-compliant first aid box? Are the contents of your first aid box in date? Do you have a trained first aider? As first aid trainers we are often asked what the law is for employers. Do employers have a duty to provide trained first aiders within their business? What happens if no one is trained as a first aider and someone at work becomes ill or has an accident? Can a company be prosecuted for not providing adequate first aid cover? Is it really necessary to have trained first aiders? Will not … Read More

Public Access Defibrillators in Retford Town Centre

AED Map Retford

You can never be too close to an AED. In the event of a cardiac arrest, seconds count. Immediate CPR alone will give a casualty a 26% chance of survival, but  if a defibrillator deployed within 3 minutes it increases it to 76%. However, every minute that passes without a defibrillator results in a 10% drop in survivability. By the time an ambulance arrives it’s often too late! If you know the location of a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) in Retford that’s already not included on our AED map please let us know.

Manchester Arena Bombing – First Aid for Terrorist Attacks

Manchester Arena Bombing - Photo credit Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Manchester Arena Bombing Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those who lost loved ones in the Manchester Arena bombing last night. Also, to all those caught up in this terrible crime. We can only imagine how traumatic it must have been for those involved. Having read the news reports, and listened to a number of eye-witness accounts from the Manchester Arena bombing, we feel an obligation to offer the following first aid advice. Although terrorism and the destruction it causes is an emotive subject, it is nevertheless something we all need to be … Read More

Should You Remove a Motorcycle Helmet? – First Aid for Motorcyclists

Motorcycle Helmet

As a general rule, a motorcycle helmet is best left on until professional medical help arrives. Removing protective headgear incorrectly or without due care could result in head, neck or spinal injuries, even paralysis. However, this does not apply if the helmet is preventing the casualty from maintaining an open airway. Imagine this scenario: A first aider arrives at an accident involving a motorcyclist who is laid on the road but breathing normally. Should the first aider remove the motorcycle helmet? No! Instead, he should monitor the casualty’s airway and breathing. However, if the airway becomes obstructed, or the motorcyclist … Read More

Focal Onset Impaired Awareness – Automatism in Epilepsy

Focal Onset Impaired Awareness - Automatism in Epilepsy

Focal Onset Impaired Awareness – What is it? Focal Onset Impaired Awareness is a type of seizure that affects only a part of the brain – what we call a focal seizure rather than a generalised seizure which affects large areas of the brain. The result of this type of seizure is an impairment to the casualty’s level of awareness. Automatism – What is it? During Focal Onset Impaired Awareness, some casualties  may experience a condition known as Automatism . This is when the casualty carries out behavioural actions without being aware of what they are doing. Whilst in Automatism, the casualty … Read More

Fact or Fiction? A Defibrillator Restarts a “Flat-Lined” Heart

Actually, this one is FICTION. A defibrillator will not get a “flat- lined” heart going again. The clue is in the name. A defibrillator is designed to stop a heart fibrillating, or quivering. How Does It Help? During Cardiac Arrest, the heart may go into a condition known as Ventricular Fibrillation (VF). This is where one or two of the heart’s ventricles (lower chambers) stop contracting normally and begin fibrillating, or vobrating. This results in blood not being squeezed out of the heart to the lungs and/or body. A defibrillator is designed to STOP a ventricle from fibrillating. Rather than … Read More