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.

“Children should be taught lifesaving skills at school, according to a poll.”

This morning a poll revealed that 96% of teachers feel that it is important to teach first aid to children in schools. They say it is an important “life lesson” that could save lives. We at First Aid North East could not agree more. Would you like your child to be involved in this? How would you of felt about being taught first aid at a young age? We would love to hear your thoughts.

Children should be taught lifesaving skills at school, according to a poll.

It reveals that the vast majority of teachers (96%) think that youngsters should learn basic first aid in the classroom.

The survey, conducted by first aid charity St John Ambulance, found that more than two thirds (67%) of the teachers questioned said that their school does not provide pupils with first aid training, while just a fifth (21%) said that lessons in the subject were available for youngsters.

Of those that said no training was available, around a third (35%) suggested that this was due to lack of time, a similar proportion (33%) cited lack of staff training and 23% said it was unavailable for cost reasons.

The poll, which questioned 1,157 teachers in England, also found that more than half (57%) think that first aid would need to be part of the national curriculum in order for more schools to take the subject seriously, St John Ambulance said.

The charity said that too many lives are lost each year through a lack of first aiders and urged schools to take part in its first ever Big First Aid Lesson.

The Lesson, which is taking place on Friday June 20, is a one-hour online class aimed at seven to 16-year-olds that will be streamed live into classrooms.

Wendy Human, director of charitable initiatives and training at St John Ambulance, said: “At St John Ambulance we believe that first aid should be as much a part of growing up as learning to cross the road.

“It’s so easy to learn and can have such an incredible impact on people’s lives, but because it’s not compulsory on the national curriculum, only a minority of schoolchildren would know what to do if one of their classmates, or a member of their family, became ill or injured.

“It only takes an hour to learn how to save a life but it could be the most important lesson your students ever learn. We hope teachers take this opportunity and sign up for the Big First Aid Lesson.”

:: The YouGov poll questioned 1,157 primary and secondary school teachers in England in February.