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Archive for October, 2014

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

December First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work Course

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014 by Gemma


Our November Level 3 First Aid at Work and Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work are now fully booked. Don't despair we have an open Level 3 First Aid at Work and Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work in December in the Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, area.  The details of the course are as follows:


Level 3 First Aid at Work


Dates: 2nd, 3rd and 4th December 2014

Location: Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

Price: Special offer of £130.00 per person


Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work


Dates: 2nd December 2014

Location: Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

Price: Special offer of £65.00 per person


If you would like to book onto any of these courses please email info@a1trainingsolutions.com or telephone 01782 915475.  All of our courses can be delivered in your workplace with a minimum of 6 delegates attending each course.


The Law has changed for emergency inhalers in schools

Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by Gemma


After almost four years of campaigning, the law has changed to keep children with asthma safe at school. From today, the 1 October, schools will be allowed to hold spare emergency inhalers. Thousands of campaigners have kept up the pressure to change the law, and together they have made a change happen that will help keep more than one million children with asthma safe.


We know that 86% of children have been without their own inhaler because it was lost, forgotten, broken or had run out. Previous legislation meant it was illegal for schools to have a spare emergency inhaler to use in the event of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack, even though exemptions existed for organisations like the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the armed forces. Now schools will be able to hold spare emergency inhalers if they choose to.


Guidance for schools


For schools in England, the Department of Health has issued guidance which can be found here, setting out how schools should safely keep and administer spare emergency inhalers.


In Scotland, the Government is reviewing guidance for schools on managing medicines. 


In Wales, we are expecting guidance to be issued shortly.


In Northern Ireland there is a need now to revise the existing guidance on supporting pupils with medication needs.