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ACCIDENTS AT HOME ARE A FACT OF LIFE – 41% happen at home

Posted on: May 11th, 2018 by Gemma

Make sure you’re prepared!

 

The unfortunate truth is that home can be a dangerous place to be: more accidents, including fatal accidents, take place in the home than in the workplace or on the roads.

 

One NHS study showed that in two hospitals, 41% of injuries treated took place in the home, and 25% took place during leisure activities like hiking, mountain biking or horse riding. The most recent countrywide data showed that, across the UK, millions of hospital visits and thousands of deaths (more than those resulting from traffic accidents) result from home accidents. Although falls and strikes against objects were the most common cause of injury, the home is full of potential dangers, from burns and knife cuts in the kitchen to crushed fingers or major lacerations from power tools during DIY.

 

If you have children, there’s even more reason to be ready for an accident: Around 59,200 children attend A&E each year after being accidentally poisoned, burnt or scalded, falling on stairs and falling from windows, and that’s just a few of the potential causes of home injury.

 

Despite all this, only a quarter of people have a first aid kit at home that they check regularly to ensure the contents haven’t expired. If you don’t have one, we strongly advise that you purchase one. Having first aid supplies at home can save you from a painful trip to a pharmacy and help lessen the impact of serious injuries while you wait for an ambulance or travel to hospital. A good home first aid kit will contain:

 

  • a variety of wound dressings
  • plasters
  • burn treatments
  • bandages
  • accessories like scissors and safety pins.

 

We also recommend you stock antiseptic cream, which can prevent infection and help with insect bites and stings too.

 

If you’re planning on doing outdoors activities in the countryside, we also strongly recommend that you take a small first aid kit with you. If bag space is a problem, you can buy small personal issue first aid kits that don’t take up much space, or can even be attached via a loop onto your bag or your belt.

 

First aid training ‘should be a mandatory part of the driving test’

Posted on: March 8th, 2016 by Gemma

First aid training should be made a mandatory part of the driving test, a Tory MP will say today. Will Quince believes all new drivers should have to undergo the training before they are granted a licence in a move which he believes has the potential to save lives.

 

Just shy of 2,000 people were killed on the UK's roads last year and the Colchester MP insists the "simple step" of introducing a first aid element to the driving licence process would "reduce road deaths and increase knowledge in Britain of life-saving skills".

 

A number of European countries already do something similar with Switzerland requiring that prospective drivers prove they have received 10 hours of certified first aid training in order to qualify for a driving theory test. Mr Quince believes that doing something similar in the UK would give drivers the tools to be able to act at the scene of an accident.

 

He said: "The sad reality is, in Britain, knowledge of first aid is patchy. "Through no fault of their own, many people do not feel confident enough to intervene and provide first aid in crash and accident situations.

 

"Mr Quince is advocating a four hour practical first aid course run by an approved provider as the minimum requirement. He said: "Put simply, this change will give many more British people the chance to learn life-saving skills and potentially save a life. "Mr Quince will present his Driving Licence (Mandatory First Aid Training) Bill using the 10 Minute Rule Motion procedure which allows any MP to bring forward draft legislation.

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FAW vs EFAW – THE COMPARISON

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by Gemma

 

At A1 Training Solutions we always get asked "What's the difference between the 3 day Level 3 First Aid at Work course and the 1 day Level 2 Emergency First Aid Course?"

 

Well here it is, a simple straight forward EFAW/ FAW comparison table to let you know.  Most companies opt for the 3 day course as it is more in depth and covers more first aid scenarios.

 

 

First Aid

Module

1 day EFAW    

Course

3 day FAW     

Course

Bleeding - Minor

YES

YES

Bleeding - Major

YES

YES

Burns

YES

YES

Choking - Adult

YES

YES

CPR - Adult

YES

YES

Primary Survey

YES

YES

Seizures

YES

YES

Shock

YES

YES

Asthma

YES

Allergic Reactions

YES

Bone, Muscle and Joint Injuries

YES

Eye Injuries

YES

Heart Attack

YES

Low Blood Sugar

YES

Secondary Survey

YES

Spinal Injuries

YES

Stroke

YES

 

 

On our open courses the 1 day Emergency First Aid At Work course is priced at £70pp and the 3 day First Aid At Work course is prices at £140.00pp, ALL IN, NO FURTHER COSTS TO BE ADDED!  Our open course can be found here.