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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.

Can a First Aider Give Aspirin to a Heart Attack Casualty?

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by Gemma

 

 

As a general rule of thumb, the HSE state that First Aid at Work does not include giving tablets or medications to treat injury or illness, as trained professionals can only administer medications. If the casualty has their own medication, the first aider’s role is limited to helping them safely take their own medication. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, including giving aspirin to a casualty suffering from a suspected heart attack.

 

Provided that the aspirin is easily accessible and the casualty is not allergic, current first aid protocol allows the first aider to assist the casualty in taking up to 300mg of aspirin and asking them to chew it slowly. Aspirin has been proven to help limit the extent of damage to the heart muscle by helping to reduce clot formation, hence why this exception has been made.

 

However, there are a few limitations to this. Firstly, it is important to reinforce that aspirin should never be given to a casualty under the age of 16, due to the risk of a rare condition called Reye’s syndrome that causes potentially fatal damage to the liver and brain. It is also recommended that aspirin is not kept in a first aid box, so first aiders must be very careful when sourcing aspirin to give to a casualty

 

So next time you are asked a question about medication on a course, make sure you spare a thought for future heart attack casualties who will rely on those quick thinking first aiders and their knowledge of aspirin