You never know when you might come across a first aid situation. You don’t have to be involved in a high risk activity or job. According to leading emergency expert Dr. Cliff Mann, “The reality is that you are more likely to die sorting out the Christmas lights by taking them out of the loft, or trying to fix the faulty plug or flex, than an electrician is on a building site.”
Statistics from ROSPA show that every year there are approximately 6,000 deaths as the result of a home accident, that’s why we believe everyone should attend a first aid course, as many of these deaths are preventable if you have first aid knowledge.
Government figures show that there were 289 deaths as a result of choking in 2016, a 17% increase on the previous year. Choking can lead to death within minutes, especially in children, and is the 4th leading cause of unintentional injury death in the UK. Choking is covered as part of all our first aid courses and we have specialised training equipment to help teach you the correct technique and boost your confidence in dealing with choking.
The latest figures, released by the two leading organisations in burn prevention and support, show that in 2016 more than 600 children a month required admission to an NHS Burns Service following a burn or scald injury. This figure only relates to the more serious injuries and does not reflect the thousands who were seen for more minor burns. Of the 600, over 50% were under the age of 5, that’s an average of 11 toddlers every day. Prevention is better than cure with a burn, but knowing what to do as part of the initial treatment pre-hospital will help minimise any scarring.
Wounds and Bleeding
In 2015 there were 338 people admitted to A&E with wounds caused by spiky or sharp plants, such as cactus!
In previous years, around 60,000 sought treatment for cuts caused at home, common injuries are caused by sharp edges when opening canned goods, and a large amount of injuries are caused when trying to open a package containing a knife…… with a knife!
However the increased use of glass in the home has led to more glass related accidents. Every year children die following an accident with architectural glass. Many children are also injured when glass tumblers and bottles break.
Blood loss can lead to shock, which is life-threatening, a few simple steps can help prevent excess blood loss until professional treatment is administered.
Recognition and correct treatment of all the above incidents and more are part of every first aid course provided Medsafe Consultancy. All courses meet the required standards set by health and safety legislation and are perfect for businesses, schools, creches, childminders, sports clubs, community groups or if, as an individual, you just want to learn skills for lifesaving.
We don’t just work 9-5, we can arrange times to suit you or your business, including evenings and weekends.
Contact us with no obligation if you would like advice on which course is the right one for you.