It's been a busy summer so far with more in-house courses booked for the month of July and our final open courses prior to the August break coming up - if you have any staff/friends requiring Paediatric First Aid, Emergency First Aid at Work or Outdoor Incident Management First Aid, please contact me directly for the last few places on each course.

Thank you to Mark Smith for all the work he's done on our website over the past few years - due to increasing family commitments Mark has stepped down... as a result we're changing where our website is hosted, and there have been some issues with the transfer so apologies if you've struggled to find our website - it does still exist (!) and we hope to get everything resolved this week.
Hope you have a great summer, and I look forward to hearing from you.
  Best wishes,


Allergic reactions - what to watch out for

Bee on flowerWith summer and more meetings in outdoor coffee shops and fun outside at the weekend with the family - do you know how to treat bites and stings? When is an allergic reaction life-threatening?

Bites and stings

Local pharmacists tend to be good at recognising what plant has caused the 'random localised rash' and they are able to prescribe topical creams  or medication to treat itching and inflammation. For a more serious reaction where e.g. an insect bite has caused a large, swollen area on a limb, antihistamines may be necessary - again a pharmacist can prescribe these and can ensure that the ones they recommend will not interfere with any other medication that the casualty is taking. First-aid wise, first aiders cannot prescribe, but a cold compress may help ease some discomfort whilst locating the nearest pharmacy.

For bee stings, the stinger is left behind by most species of bee; if tweezers are used then the venom sac will inject more poison into the casualty, so they should not be used. Instead, swipe with a blunt edge such as a credit card to push the sting out.

Anaphylaxis: life-threatening allergic reactions

Where a person has previously has an Anaphylactic (life-threatening) allergic reaction, they are often prescribed an Adrenaline auto-injector (e.g. Epipen).

A life-threatening reaction can include problems with the Airway (swelling of the face or tongue) and/or Breathing (wheezy, struggling) and/or Circulatory system (low blood pressure - pale and looking like they are about to faint).

It has been recommended by the MHRA that two adrenaline auto-injectors should be carried where prescribed and that an ambulance should be called (even if symptoms are improving), whilst the individual is kept laid down with their legs raised (or sat on the floor if they have breathing problems and find this more comfortable); stay with them until help arrives. For the MHRA advice to patients who carry adrenaline auto-injectors click here.


MHRA  Medical Device Alerts and H & S notifications

Updates and alerts from the HSE and the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) :  


HSE Bulletins: 

Leisure activities - updated website and guidance

Updated website to help operators and managers of leisure activities to work out their health and safety duties and how to comply with them - includes guidance on running amateur sports clubs


Firms fined for child's death in electric sliding gate  


Firm sentenced after worker paralysed in fall 

Fall of only 3 metres - from back of a gritter

Asbestos firm's errors exposed workers to hidden killer


Fabric store would not allow work experience due to scissor risk  



MHRA Alerts:

25 Jun 2014 | Medical Device Alert: HeartStart MRx defibrillators/monitors manufactured by Philips (MDA/2014/024)  - risk of possible delay in starting CPR

 09 Jun 2014 | Medical Device Alert: Accu-Chek home use blood glucose meters manufactured by Roche (MDA/2014/021)  - this device may give falsely high readings which may result in patients taking an inappropriately high dose of insulin.


Useful Links: 

We're regularly getting asked for links to things on training courses, so will build up here a resource for anyone who has trained with us!


The SMS Emergency calls - or text 999 - must be registered for before use and you can do so here.


BCU coaches - for an update on first aid requirements for coaches click here


L24 - Workplace health, safety and welfare: ACOP and guidance (revised)  


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