First Aid Training in Newcastle.

If you or your company were in need of First Aid Training in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham, where would you look?

  • Search Engines and go with who is top of the list?
  • Word of Mouth, ask your friends?
  • Mail shots?

We would love your opinion on what works for you.

Are they having a Heart Attack? What do I do?

If you fear that someone in your company may be suffering from a heart attack there are a few tell tail signs to look out for. Recognising the symptoms is the first step in being able to help the casualty.

  • Chest pains spreading to one or both arms.
  • Breathlessness.
  • Discomfort in upper abdomen.
  • Sudden dizziness or collapse with no warning.
  • Blueness of lips and pale complexion.
  • Fast, slow, irregular pulse.
  • Gasping for air.
  • Sweating.

Some casualties may suffer all, some or very slight symptoms.

The following simple steps will make a huge difference to the casualty:

  • Stay calm and call 999 and let them know that you suspect a heart attack.
  • Help the casualty get comfortable. Get them to sit up, support their head and shoulders and pace a cushion under their knees.
  • Reassure the casualty, this is so comforting and makes a huge difference, “everything is going to be ok”.
  • Help the casualty take a dose of aspirin, it’s best if they chew it slowly. (Making sure they are not allergic)
  • Continue to reassure them, keeping bystanders away.
  • Monitor their vital signs until help arrives.

 

What should I have in my First Aid Kit?

We feel that First Aid Kits are pretty important.  But would you know what to have in yours?

All workplaces, public places, homes and cars should have a first aid kit that conforms to legal requirements. You can either buy a ready made kit or put one together yourself with our handy list:

  • Sterile Wound Dressing
  • Sterile Pad
  • Sterile Eye Pad (All dressing pads should be sealed in protective wrapping).
  • Hypoallergenic plasters, Fabric or waterproof.
  • Blue Plasters (For people who work with food).
  • Roller Bandages (To give support to injured joints).
  • Triangular Bandages (To be used as slings or dressing for large wound).
  • Tubular Bandages (Dressings for fingers and toes, can also be used to support elbows and knees).
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Face shield, Pocket Mask (To protect you and the casualty from cross infection).

Additional items would include:

  • Cleansing Wipes
  • Gauze Pads
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Scissors and Tweezers
  • Pins
  • Cling Film
  • Alcohol Gel
  • Blanket

You should also make sure that your items are kept in a easily identifiable, waterproof, airtight box.