Latest News From First Aid Angels

Training Onboard Ship !

We have been working with Hampshire Academy Training for the staff of Carnival Cruise Liner company for a year now.
We have been teaching the staff from the Youth Teams at their headquarters in Southampton and then in March we were invited to go onboard a cruise and train their restaurant and bar staff.
They were so receptive, fun and keen to learn and all became competent in their first aid skills and qualified
It was an absolute pleasure to meet them and have this amazing experience .

Happy 2017-New Year- Some Changes to Paediatric Courses

Qualsafe Awards guide to the January 2017 paediatric first aid qualification changes. This is relevant to schools, preschools and nurseries and childcare settings.

The QA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) will still consist of 2 units (their titles have not changed): • Emergency Paediatric First Aid
• Managing Paediatric Illness, Injuries and Emergencies

The QA Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) will still consist of 1 unit: • Emergency Paediatric First Aid.

Please contact for further information.

Who are we working in Partnership with ?

We are proud to say that we have a very good working relationship with our customers. This year has seen us embark upon a working relationship with Hampshire Academy Training for whom we deliver the Paediatric first aid at work course for the Youth Team staff aboard the P&O and Cunard cruise liners. We recently went aboard the Azura to meet staff and take photographs of their work environments to be able to show the new staff what it will be like and it helped us to be able to Bespoke the training specifically to them being onboard.
We also work very closely with Sparsholt and Andover College assisting with the deliver of all First Aid courses for their staff and Apprentices.
Each month we train the School Escort Staff for Hampshire County Council too in their very special role travelling with the Special Needs children to and from school each day.
As well as being Qualsafe Awards approved training centre delivering all First Aid at work courses to industry around the Hampshire areas.
Variety is the Spice of life. :)

June & July 2016 - What’s been going on?

This June has seen us being busy completing our Qualsafe Awards
E-Learning course for Tourniquets and Haemostatic Dressings.
We are now approved to deliver the accredited Forestry First Aid + F course.
We are committed to always Continuing Professional Development to ensure that most up to date training is delivered to our customers.

Variety is the Spice of life - March 2016

They say Variety is the Spice of Life-
To give you an idea of who First Aid Angels teach …….
Some of the companies so far this month :
We met The Groundwork South Trust in Hook and taught the teenagers a bespoke first aid course- a very LIVELY group !
We also taught the British Triathlon coaches at the QMC - an inspirational group. We felt very humbled meeting them.
Then on to Alton College to teach Sport Hampshire & IOW sport coaches , everything from bowls coaches to boxing coaches ! We were able to bespoke their training for the skills they individually needed.
Off to Southampton to teach the 2 day Paediatric first aid course for the YOUTH TEAM who work on the P&O and Cunard ships- great fun group and hard workers.
Then an outdoor training - IN THE COLD - for Treerunners in Andover and then off to MOD Andover to teach the bespoke Parents course.
Nearly ready for the Easter holidays !!
Better get off to clean the manikins ready for an Amazing April !
If you need any kind of First Aid training , please contact us
Don’t forget to Pass Your Knowledge on!
Hope you all have a super safe Easter .

The January 2016- flu blues?

Main symptoms
Flu can give you any of the following symptoms:
a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above
a dry, chesty cough
a headache
tiredness and weakness
aching muscles
limb or joint pain
diarrhoea or abdominal (tummy) pain
nausea and vomiting
a sore throat
a runny or blocked nose
loss of appetite
difficulty sleeping
Is it flu or a cold?
It can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have flu or just a cold, as the symptoms can be quite similar. The main differences are:
Flu symptoms:
come on quickly
usually include fever and aching muscles
make you feel too unwell to continue your usual activities
Cold symptoms:
come on gradually
mainly affect your nose and throat
are fairly mild, so you can still get around and are usually well enough to go to work
When to visit your GP
If you are otherwise fit and healthy, there’s usually no need to visit your GP if you have flu-like symptoms.
You should just rest at home until you feel better, while keeping warm, drinking plenty of water and taking painkillers if necessary. Read more about how to treat flu.
Consider visiting your GP if:
you’re 65 years of age or over
you’re pregnant
you have a long-term medical condition – such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease or a neurological disease
you have a weakened immune system – for example, because you’re having chemotherapy or have HIV
you develop chest pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or start coughing up blood
your symptoms are getting worse over time or haven’t improved after a week

World Diabetes Day- 14th November

World Diabetes Day
14 November is World Diabetes Day, which aims to raise awareness of diabetes – a condition which affects around 3.2 million people in the UK.

A person with diabetes may have problems with their blood sugar levels which can soar too high (hyperglycaemia) or drop too low (hypoglycaemia). Though it can be difficult to know if their blood sugar is too high or too low, if a person with diabetes feels unwell, giving them a small amount of sugary food or drink can help rapidly correct their blood sugar levels.

Resuscitation Council Guidelines Oct 2015- 3 subtle changes for First Aid training

Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines

Whilst the updates to resuscitation were minimal, there are three subtle changes that will impact on how first aid is taught in the future:

1. ‘Shouting for help’ is no longer a step to be taught on its own. The guidelines now state that the first aider should ‘ask someone to call 999’ after checking for normal breathing.

The guidelines now only instruct the first aider to ‘ask someone to call 999’ after checking for normal breathing. This further simplifies the guidelines, making accurate recollection of the sequence even easier. It also acknowledges the frequent availability of mobile phones as the new guidance also says to use the speaker function on mobile phones for ease of communication.

2. Increased emphasis on seizure as a possible presentation of cardiac arrest

Immediately following cardiac arrest, blood flow to the brain is reduced to virtually zero. This may cause a seizure-like episode that can be confused with epilepsy. Bystanders should be suspicious of cardiac arrest in any patient presenting with seizures. It is also extremely important to teach first aiders how to recognise agonal gasps.

3. Teach first aiders to activate the speaker function on their phone when calling 999 to help communication.

A common feature on modern mobile phones, this addition helps the first aider to communicate with the Emergency Medical Despatcher at the same time as assisting the casualty. Guidance says that it is reasonable to show the first aider how this can be done on their own mobile phone

Resuscitation Council Oct 2015 Guidelines- To be implemented by early 2017

European Resuscitation Council (ERC) First Aid Guidelines-Oct 2015

For the first time in history, the ERC have published guidelines on first aid. This follows an ILCOR led review of evidence in specific first aid topics. The ERC first aid guidelines are based on a worldwide expert consensus of best practice following an international evidence-based review, making them an extremely important addition to first aid practice in Europe.

Below are the key changes that will affect how first aid is taught:

4. Elevation and Indirect pressure points are no longer recommended for the treatment of bleeding.

Elevation and indirect pressure have been removed due to a lack of evidence that either is effective in stopping bleeding, particularly life-threatening bleeding.

5. Haemostatic dressings and tourniquets are to be used when direct pressure cannot control severe bleeding.

Following extensive use and research in combat, there is a wealth of evidence that tourniquets are effective, save lives and have a relatively low rate of complications following application. Similarly, haemostatic dressings have also undergone significant improvements in recent years, have low complication rates and have saved many lives.

The balance of complications versus possible outcomes if not used have led to both tourniquets and haemostatic dressings being introduced into main-stream first aid. Of course, a small office workplace is unlikely to find that catastrophic bleeding is a significant risk to their employees, so they wouldn’t necessarily have to rush out and buy this new equipment. A waste recycling plant or tree surgeon on the other hand may wish to consider having these available.

The good news is that the guidelines are very clear that “training is required to ensure application is safe and effective”.

6. Sucking chest wounds should be left open to the environment - Three sided dressings are no longer recommended.

Due to clinical experience of both improvised and purpose made dressings inadvertently becoming occlusive, the ERC guidelines recommend to ‘leave the wound in open communication with the environment’. This means that there is no longer a requirement to cover it with a dressing. The main emphasis on providing care should be to ‘do no harm’, and the risk of dressings becoming occlusive is significant.

7. For the treatment of Asthma, first aiders should be taught how to administer an inhaler and how to use a spacer device.

The exact wording is “First aiders must be trained in the various methods of administering a bronchodilator”. In the UK, that includes assisting a casualty to take their own prescribed inhaler and how to take it using a spacer device.

8. Hypoglycaemia – first aiders should aim to give 15-20g of glucose.

This has been in diabetes hospital management guidance for a while so it’s good to see more clarification on quantities in first aid guidance. The updated Paediatric First Aid Made Easy book will also include some further guidance for children, as this is the adult requirement.

9. Oral Carbohydrate-electrolyte beverages (sports energy-rehydration drinks) now recommended for exertion related dehydration.

Specific sports energy-rehydration drinks have proven to be more effective than water as they also replace lost body salts. Evidence also suggests that semi-skimmed milk and tea can also be as effective as water.

10. Burns should be cooled with water for a minimum of 10 minutes, as soon as possible.

Whilst Qualsafe have always advocated this, it’s fantastic to see that ERC guidelines have clarified it. We hope that this change will encourage others to come into line with this guidance.

What’s next?

Whilst the Resuscitation Council (UK) have asked that the new guidelines are implemented by early 2017, we understand that our Centres will be keen to start teaching the above subjects as soon as possible. As such, we are currently in the process of reviewing our assessments to make sure they correspond to the 2015 updates, and we will be launching these in early 2016. However, rest assured that assessments related to tourniquets or haemostatic dressings will not be introduced until all Trainers have had sufficient time to update their knowledge and feel confident to deliver this change in guidance. This will likely be introduced in late 2016 and we will provide Centres with plenty of notice for any changes. In the meantime, we would like to reassure our Centres that the current guidance is not incorrect and is safe to be taught until these changes are implemented.

The guideline changes will also be discussed at The Qualsafe Future of First Aid Conference on 27th November by key members of the Resuscitation Council (UK), the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and the ILCOR , including Dr David Zideman who authored the ERC First Aid Guidelines. There will also be a special guest who will be discussing tourniquets and haemostatic dressings, making this event ideal for those who would like some clarification on these devices!

Qualsafe Awards Quality Assurance Visit 2015

We recently had our annual External Quality Assurance Visit to ensure we are continuously delivering the quality training that is expected for a Qualsafe Awards approved centre.
This is what the report said:
“The centre has excellent communication with all training staff and I am confident that this centre will continue to maintain the high standards of communication and standardisation demanded by Vicky.
The Trainer observed delivering the training in a relaxed and when appropriate comedic style.
His personal experience of various first aid situations was used to supplement the course content.
The style of delivery immediately put the learners at ease; he answered all questions from the learners correctly and in line with current medical opinion.
The support during the practical sessions was excellent with the trainer remaining in the background and only getting involved with the practice when necessary.”

We are very proud to have another super report- Well done to our trainers and thank you for your support.

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