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First Aid

Everyday First Aid | British Red Cross

The British Red Cross wants you to feel confident and willing to give first aid. Everyday First Aid makes it easy to learn the skills you'll need to help in an emergency.

Learn first aid skills for...

Bleeding heavily
Stroke
Heart attack
Broken Bone
Head injury
Choking
Unconscious and breathing
Unconscious and not breathing
Burns
Seizures/epilepsy
Diabetes
Asthma attacks
Poisoning
Distress
Strains and sprains
Hypothermia
Meningitis
Allergies / anaphylaxis

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First aid advice

Everyone should learn basic first aid techniques. You never know when you might need them - you could be at home, at work, at school or on holiday.

Unconscious and not breathing
Unconscious but breathing
Heart attack
Stroke
Shock
Fractures
Breathing problems
Wounds and bleeding
Severe allergic reactions
Other medical emergencies
Head injuries and seizures
Effects of heat and cold
Poisoning

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Videos

We have selected a range of videos to help deal with everyday First Aid Emergencies

Videos

Adult CPR
Child CPR
Infant CPR
Adult/Child Choking
Infant Choking
Epilepsy
Stroke
Asthma
Heart Attack
Recovery Position

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First aid advice

We have lots of useful information on dealing with the most common incidents which happen in and around the home.

You can listen to the files by clicking on the following links. You can also download mp3 for each of these topics.

  • Burns - explains the immediate treatment for burns and scalds
  • Fits - how to deal with fits (convulsions/seizures) in adults and young children
  • Wounds - immediate actions for wounds, bleeding, and bleeding associated with fractures
  • Unconscious patient who is breathing- how to deal with an unrousable patient who IS breathing - includes recovery position
  • CPR for adults - adults who have collapsed, unrousable and NOT breathing
  • CPR for babies - babies who are unrousable and NOT breathing
  • Collapsed patient in detail - explains the complete scenario including checks for breathing, circulation, etc
Source: secamb.nhs.uk
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First Aid - NHS Choices

First aid | After an incident | Recovery position | CPR

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Lifesaver

The Resuscitation Council (UK) has combined forces with award-winning production company UNIT9 to develop Lifesaver. Lifesaver combines interactivity with live-action film to teach how to save someone's life. It throws you into the heart of the action - You learn by doing: do it wrong, and see the consequences; do it right, and sense the thrill of saving a life. Lifesaver is completely free.

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Resuscitation Council (UK)
Posters for Resuscitation Guidelines 2010

The following posters contain the algorithms from the Resuscitation Guidelines 2010.

poster

  • Adult Basic Life Support
  • Adult choking treatment
  • Paediatric Basic Life Support
  • Paediatric choking treatment
Source: resus.org.uk
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Emergency life support

This information will help you to learn how to carry out emergency life support.

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First Aid for Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It normally occurs after someone with a severe allergy is exposed to the substance they are allergic to (normally a food, insect sting or medicine). Always treat anaphylaxis as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment.

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What are the symptoms of stroke? | Stroke Association

The FAST test can help you to recognise some of the most common symptoms of a stroke

Source: stroke.org.uk
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Stroke - Act F.A.S.T

A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. So recognising the signs of stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. The sooner somebody who is having a stroke gets urgent medical attention, the better their chances of a good recovery.

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Heart attack

This two minute film lets you experience what it's like to have a heart attack first hand. Take the time to watch it then you'll be prepared if and when it happens for real.

Source: bhf.org.uk
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What to do in an asthma attack

The following guidelines are suitable for both children and adults and are the recommended steps to follow in an asthma attack

Source: asthma.org.uk
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First aid for seizures

First aid for tonic-clonic seizures

Source: epilepsy.org.uk
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First aid for seizures

Useful step by step first aid to hand to friends, family and colleagues

Source: epilepsyscotland.org.uk
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Take epilepsy action video - First aid for seizures

Take epilepsy action is a campaign to raise awareness among the general public of different kinds of seizures and appropriate first aid.

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What to Do When Someone Has a Seizure

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First aid for seizures

Find out how to help someone during and after a seizure.

Knowing how to help someone during and after a seizure may help you to feel more confident if a seizure happens. How you can best help someone depends on the type of seizure they have, and what happens to them.

Source: epilepsysociety.org.uk
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First aid advice
Epilepsy services

In the event of a seizure the following actions should be carried out:

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Hypos & Hypers

Either blood glucose drops too low and hypoglycaemia (a hypo) results, or blood glucose rises too high and hyperglycaemia (a hyper) occurs. No matter how much you know about diabetes or how careful you are, if your diabetes is treated, you are likely to experience some hypos or hypers.

Source: diabetes.org.uk
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Addison's Disease - Emergency injections

How to give an emergency injection

  • Efcortesol® injection illustrated instructions
  • Solu-Cortef® injection illustrated instructions
Source: addisons.org.uk
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Baby and Child First Aid | British Red Cross

Here's a simple and easy way to learn basic first aid skills to help keep children and babies safe.

Choose a first aid skill to learn more about:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Asthma attack
  • Bleeding heavily
  • Broken bone
  • Burns
  • Choking baby
  • Choking child
  • Croup
  • Epileptic seizure
  • Febrile seizure
  • Fever
  • Head injury
  • Meningitis
  • Nosebleed
  • Poisoning / harmful substances
  • Unconscious and breathing baby
  • Unconscious and breathing child
  • Unconscious not breathing baby
  • Unconscious not breathing child
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
Source: redcross.org.uk
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Meningitis signs and symptoms video

What is meningitis? What are the main signs and symptoms? And what should you do if you suspect someone has meningitis? Find out in this short video.

Source: meningitisnow.org
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Meningitis and septicaemia can kill in hours - Know the Symptoms

Source: meningitis.org
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Burns & Scalds

Local damage to the skin and tissues following a thermal injury varies considerably in severity.

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Burns and Scalds

Following a burn or scald, make sure you and the affected person are safe from further burns or danger - then cool a burnt or scalded area immediately with cool water (preferably running water) for at least 20 minutes. This leaflet also gives further advice.

Source: patient.co.uk
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STOP the Burning - First Aid for Burns

The Burn Unit at Sheffield Children's Hospital have developed a first aid poster for burns.

Source: nbcn.nhs.uk
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Sprains and Strains

Following a sprain or strain the usual advice is to pay the PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) and avoid HARM (Heat, Alcohol, Running, and Massage) for the first 48-72 hours after injury.

Source: patient.co.uk
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Insect Stings and Bites

If you are stung by a bee and the stinger remains in the skin, then scrape out the stinger as quickly as possible. Do not pluck it out as this may squeeze more venom into the skin. Insect bites (not stings) rarely cause serious allergic reactions but can cause small itchy lumps to appear on the skin.

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Nosebleeds (Epistaxis)

Having a nosebleed (epistaxis) is common in children. Nosebleeds are usually mild and easily treated. Sometimes bleeding can be more severe. This is usually in older people, or in people with other medical problems such as blood disorders. Get medical help quickly if the bleeding is severe, or if it does not stop within 20-30 minutes.

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Nose Injury

The nose, is a very prominent feature of the face and is very easily injured. Any injury to the nose is likely to result in very noticeable swelling, which can lead to significant bruising and occasionally back eyes.

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Removing a Speck From the Eye

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Bleeding

Butterfly Bandages
Direct Pressure for Bleeding and Pressure Points for Bleeding
How to Stop a Nosebleed

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Broken Bones

How to Make a Sling
How to Splint a Fracture

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Choking

Heimlich Maneuver on an Adult
Heimlich Maneuver on a Child
Heimlich Maneuver on an Infant

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Choking in adults - first aid

If the person is conscious but not able to breathe or talk, remove any obvious obstruction from the mouth.

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Choking in children (first aid)

Choking can be a medical emergency. If a child or infant is choking, the first aid steps to take depend on how old they are and whether they are unconscious or not.

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Emergency multilingual phrasebook

The Emergency Multilingual phrasebook, produced and updated by the British Red Cross Society with advice and funding from the Department of Health and endorsed by the British Association for Emergency Medicine (BAEM) is translated into 36 languages. It covers the most common medical questions and terms to help first contact staff communicate with patients who do not speak English and make an initial assessment while an interpreter is contacted

Source: webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk
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