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Covid-19 and First Aid

Posted on: March 18th, 2020 by Gemma

As you will be aware, the UK Government have issued further advice for the public and workplaces in relation to COVID-19


The government have advised against ‘social gatherings’ for people to work from home ‘where possible’.  Also the advice for those who should self-isolate has been increased


We should note that first aid training is not a ‘social gathering’.  First aid training is essential training that is needed particularly by workplaces where it is not possible for staff to work from home, and particularly when there are severely extended ambulance response times due to the crisis. As such it is NOT a ‘social gathering’.


We have implemented a 10 step plan to ensure hospital-grade infection prevention and control in your classroom.  More information available on request


We will be teaching learners about COVID-19 infection prevention and control and this included in the course free of charge – it is the FIRST lesson on the course!


At A1 Training Solutions, we are also taking precautionary measures to ensure that we can still support your business while keeping our own staff safe and healthy. We can assure you that while this situation develops, we will be maintaining full business continuity and our usual high level of customer service.


If you have any further questions at all, please call us on 01782 901070 or email info@a1trainingsolutions.com.


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.



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


1 day EFAW    


3 day FAW     


Bleeding - Minor



Bleeding - Major






Choking - Adult



CPR - Adult



Primary Survey











Allergic Reactions


Bone, Muscle and Joint Injuries


Eye Injuries


Heart Attack


Low Blood Sugar


Secondary Survey


Spinal Injuries






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

First Aid For Hot Weather and Fasting

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by Gemma


If you have the opportunity to enjoy this hot summer weather you need to keep cool and stay hydrated.  Fainting and nosebleeds are common problems during this weather and surviving the warm weather can be a difficult particularly if you are fasting.




Nosebleeds are frequent problems in hot weather as the small blood vessels in noses can dilate and burst when they get warm. They are particularly prevalent for small children, pregnant ladies and also when undertaking sport or additional exertion in the heat. 
If someone has a nose bleed:


Sit them down.


Grab something to catch the blood.


Lean them forward pinching the bridge of the nose. Leaning them forward whilst applying pressure to the nose will allow you to see when the bleeding has stopped and will avoid the blood trickling down the back of their throat which could make them sick. You should apply pressure to try and push the leaking blood vessel against the inside of the nose to stop it bleeding.


Keep changing your grip until you have got to a point where no blood is coming out.


Keep applying pressure for at least 10 minutes.


Release pressure slightly and if it starts to bleed again hold for another 10 minutes and then another.


If it really won’t stop bleeding you will need medical help. 
Advise them not to pick, poke or blow the nose. If it starts again you will have to apply pressure once more. 
Special situation! 
If the nosebleed has been caused by trauma, or a punch in the face, controlling the bleeding may be difficult but you need to try, as loss of blood is dangerous. You should apply a wrapped ice pack, keep applying pressure and get medical help immediately.




Fainting is a brief loss of consciousness caused by a temporary reduction to the blood flow of the brain. 

Lie them down and raise their legs on a small box or a couple of cushions. 
 Fainting can be a reaction to pain, lack of food, exhaustion or emotional stress. People often feel faint because it is warm or they have been exercising and then stop; the small blood vessels in their skin have become dilated and the blood begins to pool in their feet. Lying down and raising the legs will improve the circulation and redirect the blood to the brain. They should begin to feel better or regain consciousness quickly – if they don’t, you will need to put them into the recovery position.


They may need to eat and drink something in order to recover completely. If you are concerned that the collapse may be due to anything other than a faint (such as a stroke), or they have injured themselves when they fell – get medical assistance.


Health advice for people fasting in hot weather: 


Hot weather brings additional challenges to people wishing to observe their fast during Ramadan. The key advice is to be sensible and don’t put your health at risk. The following articles contain really helpful advice in remaining healthy whilst fasting


NHS advice for people fasting in the heat during Ramadan


We strongly recommend that you attend a practical first aid course to ensure you understand what to do in a medical emergency.  For more information click on to www.a1trainingsolutions.com or email info@a1trainingsolutions.com


Can You Recognise the Symptoms of a Mini Stroke?

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by Gemma


Doctors call it the ‘warning stroke’ – a terrifying episode that nonetheless gives people time to take action before a fatal emergency occurs.


Gary Kubiak is an athletic guy. Aged just 52, the Houston Texans head coach, a former player himself, is in pretty good shape.


And yet, at a major NFL game in November  – with millions watching live on TV – he suddenly dropped to his knees, held his head in his hands, then collapsed.


Kubiak had suffered a mini stroke – or ‘transient ischemic attack’ (TIA), to use its proper, medical name.


Sudden attack


What actually happened to the coach was that a tiny clot temporarily blocked the blood flow in part of his brain, starving it of oxygen.


Just as during a full stroke, he very likely experienced numbness, weakness, visual disturbances, speech problems or confusion. The key difference is that TIA episodes usually only last a few minutes.


And here’s the important bit: crucially, they don’t generally cause permanent brain damage or loss of motor function. Most people make a full recovery.


Warning sign


In short, a mini stroke is a warning: a big, blue-lights-flashing alert that someone is at serious risk. (A recent study found 10 to 15 per cent of TIA patients will go on to have a full stroke within a month.)


But it’s not all doom and gloom. Such a warning gives a patient a good chance to get some medical treatment that will hopefully prevent a future stroke from occurring.


It also helps if people know what to look for. Both a stroke and a TIA manifest the same initial symptoms, which anyone can easily recognise by using the simple FAST test.


F – Facial weakness. Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
– Arm weakness. Can the person raise both arms?
S – Speech disturbance. Can the person speak clearly or understand what you say?
T – Time to call 999.


‘Healthy’ victims


It’s especially important to recognise stroke symptoms because – unlike conditions such as heart disease, where there is often a causal relationship with factors such as lifestyle or weight – a mini stroke attacks indiscriminately. Lifestyle offers no clue.


Stood out there on the football field in front of scores of flashing cameras, there’s no way Gary Kubiak could have known he was seconds away from a medical emergency.


As one American doctor told CBS News: “It can certainly happen to people who otherwise appear to be completely healthy. That’s the irony of it.”



Posted on: October 2nd, 2013 by Gemma


Nearly two years after Professor Loftstedt’s report was first published, the HSE approval system for first aid training providers has now come to an end.

Here at A1 Training Solutions we have been a registered Qualsafe centre since January 2013 in readiness for this change.  A1 Training Solutions are delighted with the transformation and we can offer a wide range of Ofqual Regulated (QCF) and Qualsafe Awards Recognised (QAR) Qualifications.

First Aid And The Great British Summer

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Gemma

Now the glorious sunshine is here let’s hope it will stay, because we have tided the garden and cleaned down the BBQ’s ready for a jam packed summer of alfresco entertaining.  Here are some handy first aid tips to keep you prepared this summer:


Summer Peril Number 1 – BBQ Burns


Step 1: Cool the burn

Cooling the burn will reduce pain, swelling and the risk of scarring. The faster and longer a burn is cooled, the less the impact of the injury.


Step 2: Protecting from infection


Loosely cover the burn with cling film or a clean plastic bag. This helps prevent infection by keeping the area clean. It’s an ideal covering because it doesn’t stick to the burn and reduces pain by keeping air from the skin’s surface.


Summer Peril Number 2 – Cuts


Step 1: Put pressure on the wound

You can do this with whatever is available to stop or slow down the flow of blood. You are acting as a ‘plug’ to stop the blood escaping. The pressure you provide will help the blood clot and stop the bleeding.


Step 2: Call 999

And keep the pressure on the wound!


If you are interested in finding out more email info@a1trainingsolutions.com for course information.


Posted on: April 28th, 2013 by Gemma


They’re both deadly, but would you know which was which in an emergency?


Of all the medical conditions, cardiac arrest and heart attacks are perhaps the best known and least understood. Here’s the problem:


1. Both can quickly prove fatal

2. They each require radically different treatments.

3. Most people don’t know the difference between them.


To help explain things, let’s think about it like a car analogy. Imagine you’re driving a car and the fuel pipe feeding petrol to the engine becomes blocked, leading the car to splutter and not work properly. This, basically, is a heart attack.


Now, imagine you’re driving the same car and the whole thing breaks down entirely. There’s no engine turnover, no electrics working, nothing. That’s a cardiac arrest.


Serious emergencies


In simple terms, a heart attack is a basic plumbing problem – a blocked artery is stopping blood and oxygen getting through to the brain, damaging the heart muscle.


By contrast, cardiac arrest is most frequently an electrical problem, where a ‘short circuit’ prevents the heart from pumping blood around the body. (Although actually, just as a car with no petrol will eventually cut out, a heart attack can sometimes lead to cardiac arrest.)


They really are very different conditions. Daft as it may sound, confusing them is a bit like mixing up how to help a burn casualty and someone who was drowning. (For reference, just imagine someone being pulled out a swimming pool then having cold water poured over them for ten minutes.)


Given that the treatment for each condition is so wildly different, it’s vital that you can recognise the symptoms and act accordingly.


Cardiac arrest


If someone suddenly collapses, and is unconscious and not breathing, there is no time to lose.


1. Call 999 as soon as possible, or get someone else to do it.

2. Push firmly downwards in the middle of the chest and then release.

These are called chest compressions. This keeps blood pumping around their body and helps keep the vital organs, including the brain, alive.

3. Push at a regular rate until help arrives.


Heart attack


The casualty has a persistent, vice-like chest pain, which may spread to their arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach.


1. Call 999 immediately or get someone else to do it.

2. Make sure they are sitting in a comfortable position.

This will ease the strain on the heart. Sitting them on the floor means they are less likely to hurt themselves if they collapse.

3. Give them constant reassurance while waiting for the ambulance.


With both these very serious conditions, prompt action can literally mean the difference between life and death. Spend just a minute reading over these instructions now, and one day someone might really thank you for it.


Shocking Numbers Dying From Lack Of First Aid

Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by Gemma


 Up to 150,000 people a year could be given a chance to live if more people were trained in first aid.


Thousands of people are dying each year in situations where first aid could have made the difference. This includes


  • 900 people who choke to death, 
  • 2,500 who asphyxiate from a blocked airway
  • 29,000 who die from heart attacks


First aid could make a huge difference in these situations, either through direct intervention, in the case of choking, or by recognising life-threatening signs, such as a heart attack, and caring for someone until medical help arrives.


You can make the difference by contacting A1 Training Solutions to find a First Aid Course that suits your needs.  Contact us by email (info@a1trainingsolutions.com) or by telephone (01782 901070).