A boy holds a smartphone. He could be a first aid superhero.

Could Your Child be a First Aid Superhero?

Introduction It can be easy to underestimate children. Naturally, there are many things they can’t know yet and we don’t want them to take too much responsibility before they are ready. However, on the other hand, if they knew what to do in a medical emergency, they might genuinely save the day. Just like adults, children can be real-life first

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Barrel Jellyfish, Portuguese Man-o'-war and Lion's Mane Jellyfish are shown all floating sea animals that sting

Sting Alert: Stinging Wildlife (UK) and First Aid Treatment

Introduction: Navigating the Sting – Understanding Stinging Wildlife in the UK As the temperatures rise, the outdoors beckons us to explore the lush expanses of temperate rainforests, coast, woods, grasslands, and moors. With fine weather, the allure of swimming in the sea or venturing into rocky alcoves becomes irresistible. Yet, amidst our outdoor adventures, we must remember that we are

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An older gentleman - with a moustache and some missing teeth. Would you use hands only CPR or compressions and rescue breaths?

Would You Kiss A Stranger: CPR without mouth-to-mouth

Introduction This First Aid Insight explores compression-only or hands-only CPR. This is where the so-called ‘kiss of life’ is not used. Instead, the technique involves continuous chest compressions. Let’s start with a scenario so you can understand why it is important to know about this technique. First Responder Scenario So, imagine this. One morning, taking a stroll in your local

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Young child sneaking a treat under the table.

Should You Steal Your Children’s Mini Eggs?

A Parent’s Dilemma: Tasty Treats vs. Choking Risks Should you steal your children’s Mini Eggs? Actually, there might be an entirely justifiable reason for robbing your kids like The Highway Rat, but let’s start with the lure of those tasty treats. Long before Easter approaches, we start to see Easter egg display towers rising in the supermarkets like a cardboard

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A man at his desk clutches his throat and gasps for air. His other hand still holds the food stuck in his throat: a burger.

Navigating Anti-Choking Devices in First Aid: A Critical Examination

Introduction Choking, the 4th leading cause of accidental death worldwide, prompts an exploration of anti-choking devices in first aid. This article considers their role and effectiveness. Considering the availability of anti-choking suction devices, ought we to have them at home and in the workplace? An Urgent Response Victims of a Foreign Body Airway Obstruction (FBAO) may suffer irreversible brain damage

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Green housing to a community AED with a number lock. It reads: "Life Saving Defibrillator".

Empowering Communities: The Vital Role of AEDs in Saving Lives

by Charlie Burn Introduction: While strolling through the neighbourhood with my six-year-old son, I spotted a green box attached to a wall. As I explained that it was an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), it struck me how crucial it is for everyone to understand the importance of having an AED in their local community and knowing how to use it

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A real Christmas tree lit with real candles. Let's hope they don't burn down the tree.

A Flaming Christmas Tale: Burn, Baby, Burn!

by Charlie Burn Introduction Embark on a journey to the late 90s with a Christmas tale that ignited more than just holiday spirit. Join us as I recount a disastrous yuletide, where Christmas traditions took an unexpected turn – involving a real Christmas tree, burning candles, and an unforeseen fire that marked a festive season like no other. A Yuletide

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Red wine glasses clink together in the middle of a Christmas table. The table is laden with turkey and cranberries and decorated with several real candles. Hopefully no first aid will be required today!

Festive First Aid

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Tinsel glitters, bells jingle, fairy lights twinkle. The smell of cinnamon and clove permeates the house. The last thing we want is a Christmas-related injury, yet over 80,000 people in the UK end up in A&E over the Christmas period. We love Christmas here at White Cross Training. So we have specially

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A gloved hand holds a carrot. Imbedded in the top of the carrot is a sparkler. It will soon burn out.

Bonfire Night: Safety for Pets and Children

As the cold weather creeps in, autumn leaves transform into delightful shades of gold, copper, cinnamon and plum. We excitedly await the 5th of November to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night. It’s a night of fireworks, blazing bonfires and communities coming together, but amidst the fun, it’s important to remember burn safety, especially for our pets

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A black and white photograph of the death mask used as the inspiration for the first CPR manakin. The teenage girl has her eyes closed. She seems peaceful, as though just asleep.

The Origins of the CPR Resusci Anne Doll

Introduction In 1960, Asmund Laerdal and Dr Peter Safar introduced the first medical simulator for teaching CPR – the Resusci Anne doll. This article delves into the history and significance of this iconic CPR training tool.   Asmund Laerdal and Dr. Peter Safar: Pioneers of CPR Education Asmund Laerdal was a toy maker who in 1955 used CPR to save

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A bowl of brightly coloured gumballs and with more on the table beyond. A choking risk that needs consideration.

Halloween Safety: How To Avoid Hazards Including Choking

What a great time of year to be a child! Costumes, staying up late, being given lots of sweets. What’s not to love? However, as parents, we want to make sure our little ones are safe. Let’s scan the potential dangers and minimise the risk of harm to your child.   Slips, Trips and Falls It could be cold, wet

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