Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction which may require urgent medical attention. Anaphylaxis is also a life threatening condition

We have now added a ½ day course to our First Aid Offering, to provide you with the knowledge to understand the causes and symptoms and how to treat anaphylaxis in both Adults and Children

We can provide Anaphylaxis First Aid Training independently or include an Anaphylaxis module in other first aid courses.

This course is suitable for anyone who needs to be aware of the assessment and treatment of anaphylactic reactions, people such as

  • First Responders
  • Nurses and Health Care Professionals
  • Department Heads
  • Child Carers
  • School and Youth Workers

For a full course outline have a look at our Anaphylaxis course page. If interested in this course or adding this course to another course of interest then contact us to arrange

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Stay Safe this Bonfire Night

It is nearly Bonfire Night and we need to remember that Fireworks can be dangerous and need to be treated with care. Even when people intend to use fireworks responsibly, there are many accidents every year involving fireworks.

Bonfire Night Burns Statistics

It is predicted that this year 500 children and their families* will join the growing number of people who will remember bonfire night for the wrong reasons as they will have been injured as a result of an accident with fireworks.

  • The vast majority of injuries are to the eyes, head or hands and as such children will have visible scars for life
  • Most injuries happen at private or family displays, we recommend attending organised displays
  • Rocket, air bomb and sparkler incidents are the most common
  • In the four weeks surrounding bonfire night over 550 children under 16 will be taken to A&E
  • Many more boys than girls are injured by fireworks particularly in the age range 12 to 15.

Burns Categorisation

First-degree burns affect only the outer skin layer. The skin is red, slightly swollen and painful to touch. Sunburn usually falls into this category

Second-degree burns go into the second skin layer and appear as blisters on red, splotchy skin

Third-degree burns involve all layers of the skin – even underlying tissue. These serious burns are often painless due to nerve destruction. They appear as charred black or dry and white areas.

*According to the Children’s Burns Trust

Treating Burns

What NOT to do

  • Put ice, butter, grease, ointments, creams or oils on a burn
  • Peel of any clothes, or break any blisters
  • Burst any blisters
  • Use fluffy materials – example: cotton wool, which will stick to the burned area

Patient Care – Major Burns

  1. Help the patient lie down ensuring the burnt area does not come into contact with the ground;
  2. Douse the burnt area with cool liquid for at least 20 minutes;
  3. Carefully remove clothing from around the burnt area and remove any constricting items such as watches, belts etc. before swelling begins;
  4. Cover burns with a sterile dressing – Cling film applied lengthways works great;
  5. For burns to the airway, loosen clothing around the neck, offer ice or small sips of cold water;
  6. Continue to monitor the patients’s medical status using the Cycle of Care until Emergency Services arrives;
  7. Monitor and record vital signs whilst managing the patient for shock

Patient Care – Minor Burns (first degree and small second-degree)

  1. Flush or soak the burn in cool water for at least 20 minutes and where possible, remove any jewellery, watches, belts or constricting items from the injured area before it begins to swell
  2. Cover with cling film, a burns dressing or if the burn is on a hand or inserted into a sterile plastic bag.
  3. Never rush to dress a burn as the most important treatment is to cool the burn under cool running water.
  4. Check burn daily for signs of infection – redness, tenderness or presence of pus (yellowish or greenish fluid at wound site)
  5. Have all burns assessed by a medical professional.

Rutland First Aid Training provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. Rutland First Aid Training is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information.

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Manual Handling and Moving course

Rutland First Aid Training are pleased to announce that we have added this half-day Manual Handling Course to our list of course offerings

Manual handling is one of the key health and safety concerns in the workplace as almost every organisation in any sector has some form of manual handling activities being carried out

Manual Handling Legislation

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) legislation was first introduced in 1992 as part of a series of EC Directives which were adopted into UK legislation and updated in 2002.

The regulations state that an employer must:

  • Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable
  • Assess the risk of injury from any manual handling task that cannot be avoided
  • Reduce the risk of injury from manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable.

It is essential that an employer has conducted a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and tried to reduce any risks associated with manual handling.

Employees should participate in the risk assessment process, attend any relevant manual handling training and implement good manual handling technique whenever they are carrying out such tasks.

Employers (and employees) who do not effectively implement these requirements could be subject to a number of actions from the regulatory authorities, dependent upon the nature of the omission(s).

There are several actions a health and safety executive inspector can take if they identify a concern or a material breach relating to the manual handling regulations. A minor issue or concern identified may receive informal advice whereas more serious issues (for example a lack of manual handling risk assessment) could result in enforcement action being taken. If an officer believes that there has been a material breach of health and safety regulations, an improvement notice may be issued. If this breach presents a risk of serious injury, then a prohibition notice may be provided which stops the activity from being conducted until the problem has been resolved.

Many such cases that are subsequently prosecuted can result in a substantial fine (based upon the turnover, size and nature of the organisation) and a custodial sentence in the most serious cases.

Additionally, injury and ill-health resulting from manual handling activities incur significant costs to society as a whole.

Statistics

Manual handling, awkward or tiring positions and keyboard work or repetitive action are estimated to be the main causes of work- related musculoskeletal disorders based on 2009/10-2011/12 LFS data.

469,000 – Workers suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (new or long- standing) in 2017/18

156,000 – Workers suffering from a new case of work-related musculoskeletal disorder in 2017/18

6.6 million – Working days lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2017/18

What Next?

Contact us to discuss your requirements be that running this course for you or any employee or to assist with your risk assessment

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Elite Instructor

We are pleased to announce that one of our Instructors – Tracey Roberts achieved Elite Instructor status during 2018.

Thank you to all of our customers who made this possible. Remember to practise those skills learnt and to contact us for all things First Aid.

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Cardiac Arrest

Currently only 30-40% of victims of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA) receive bystander CPR

Yes Really…..

Would you recognise the signs and Symptoms of a Cardiac Arrest?

There are two ways to recognise Cardiac Arrest. First the patient does not respond when you speak to or touch them. They are unresponsive and not moving. Second, the patient does not appear to have any signs of life and not breathing normally.

Beginning CPR quickly and providing defibrillation as quickly as possible are critical to patient survival as this intervention can treble survival, it is in fact a key intervention in improving overall survival.

Would you know what to do?

What you need to do is CPR and use an AED…

So, if you have had previous first aid training and are rusty or not confident or its a few years ago, then contact us and let us together increase the chances of a cardiac arrest victims chance of survival

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