Basic first aid kit – What should you include?

This article looks at what a business should include in a basic first aid kit, along with a list of injuries each item addresses.

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The importance of learning Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS) is a level of medical care used in emergency, life-threatening situations until the victim can be cared for professionally by a team of paramedics or at a hospital. It can help people who are choking, drowning or are suffering from cardiac arrest, and it can make the difference between life and death for some people.

BLS is included in all first aid training courses, along with related life-saving techniques and procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). As well as for members of the emergency services, this sort of first aid training can be particularly useful for people employed as teachers, daycare providers, health and social care workers and even security personnel.

At a very basic level, BSL involves securing the proper circulation, airways and breathing of the patient to keep them alive until an ambulance or other medical professional can arrive on the scene.  Recommended by the CQC, our latest course can be found here – Basic Life Support Awareness

You will also learn about other important measures on a first aid training course, such as the recovery position and the correct use of an automated external defibrillation (AED) device. In some cases, it may be necessary to take a separate AED training course.

Need to top up your BLS? For 2017 TutorCare offer an “Annual First Aid Refresher Course“.  The course is designed for those that have already completed either a three-day first aid at work course.  If you’ve never tried any of the above, now is the time to do so with a competitive quotes available from this website at the links highlighted above.

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How first aid training could save lives at your office Christmas party

You might not think that anything worse could happen at your Christmas party than embarrassing yourself with bad dancing in front of your boss, but this isn’t strictly true.

A medical emergency can happen at any time, so it could potentially happen while you and your colleagues are celebrating the festive occasion. Someone could fall ill or fall over and injure themselves at your office Christmas party, or have an allergic reaction to some of the food and go into anaphylactic shock. Someone could faint or fall unconscious, have an epileptic seizure or even have a heart attack.

These aren’t cheering things to think about ahead of your office party this year, but these kinds of situations can and do happen. If those present at the party have taken some form of first aid training, they will be better equipped to help anyone who suffers such a medical emergency, and they could even save lives. Without trained first aiders, this Christmas could be a very tragic one indeed.

With this in mind, employers should make first aid training a top priority when planning this year’s Christmas party.