Category: First aid blog

First aid treatment for a febrile seizure 1

First aid treatment for a febrile seizure

A febrile seizure, or febrile convulsion, is a fit/seizure which happens when a child’s body temperature is raised. Febrile seizures are common and often affect children aged between 18 months and 3 years. Most...

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How does Aspirin help in a heart attack?

A heart attack is a common medical emergency which occurs when a blood vessel supplying the heart with blood becomes blocked. This causes the heart muscle to become starved of oxygen and vital nutrients....

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First aid for a panic / anxiety attack

A panic attack (sometimes called anxiety attack) is an episode of intense fear and anxiety often accompanied by physical symptoms. Most episodes last between 5 – 30 minutes although they can occur for longer periods. During a panic...

The importance of “FAST Test” in case of stroke emergency 2

The importance of “FAST Test” in case of stroke emergency

World Stroke Day – Observed on 29th October every year – is an annual reminder to think about those who are affected by stroke. This day reminds us that stroke is one of the...

How to help a child or baby who is choking 0

How to help a child or baby who is choking

Choking is a common cause of death in children and babies. Children aged under five years old are most at risk. It is vital to know the first aid steps to help a choking...

Safety considerations when using a defibrillator (AED) 0

Safety considerations when using a defibrillator (AED)

This post is an excerpt from our free online AED course which covers the theory and practical aspects of using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are very safe devices. However, there...

What is an Automated External Defibrillator? 0

What is an Automated External Defibrillator?

This post is an excerpt from our free online AED course which covers the theory and practical aspects of using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). AEDs are sophisticated machines designed to deliver electrical shocks to...

How does a defibrillator work? 0

How does a defibrillator work?

This post is an excerpt from our free online AED course which covers the theory and practical aspects of using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). So what is defibrillation? How does a defibrillator work? If...

Just launched: Free online AED course 0

Just launched: Free online AED course

We’re excited to announce the launch of our latest free online course – Online Automated External Defibrillator (AED) course! Our free online AED course covers the theory behind defibrillation and the basic principles of...

What are the priorities of first aid? 0

What are the priorities of first aid?

Emergency situations can be daunting and frightening. If you ever find yourself in an emergency first aid situation you should remember the priorities of first aid to help you structure your initial actions. So what...

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What is Basic Life Support (BLS)?

Basic Life Support (BLS) is defined as “maintaining airway patency and supporting breathing and the circulation without the use of equipment other than a protective device” (Source: Resuscitation Council UK) So what exactly is Basic...

CPR guidelines 2015 0

CPR guidelines 2015

The 2015 CPR Guidelines are due to be published later this year, in this blog post we speculate on some expected changes and the impact this may have for first aiders and first aid trainers...