Santa’s first aid guide to the Christmas Season!
Christmas is upon us!
The nights are getting cold and snow could well be on its way! The Christmas party season is well underway but each year over 80,000 people require hospital treatment for falls, cuts and burns during the festive period. I am sure you have lots of exciting plans and parties to attend over this festive period, but have a quick read of the tips below so ensure this Christmas is all about santa, stockings AND ‘safety’!!
We all love mince pies but remember your ‘RICE’
The festive period often leads to more snow, sleet, ice and rain, which can lead to increasingly slippery floors. If you or one of your colleagues falls resulting in a sprained ankle follow the RICE procedure:
R - rest
I - ice
C - comfortable support
E - elevation
Minor cuts and grazes are common, but can be easily treated:
• Make sure the wound is clean by running it under cold water or using an alcohol free wipe. When cleaning, wipe away from the wound to help minimise infection.
• Raise and support the injured area and apply gentle pressure to minimise the bleeding.
• Apply a plaster or sterile dressing.
Would you know how to help a choking colleague?
Many people will enjoy Christmas dinner at an office party this year, but would you know what to do if one of your colleagues started choking?
• If the casualty is breathing, encourage them to continue coughing and remove any obvious obstructions from the mouth.
• If the casualty cannot speak or stops coughing or breathing, carry out back blows. Support their upper body with one hand and help them to lean forward. Give them up to five sharp blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. Stop if the obstruction clears. Check their mouth.
• If the back blows fail to clear the obstruction, try abdominal thrusts. Stand behind the casualty and put both arms around the upper part of their abdomen. Make sure that they are bending forwards. Clench your fist and place it between the navel and the bottom of their breastbone. Grasp your fist firmly with your other had. Pull sharply inwards and upwards up to five times.
• Check their mouth. If the obstruction has not yet cleared, repeat steps two and three up to three times, checking the mouth after each step.
• If the obstruction still has not cleared, call 999/112 for emergency help. Continue until help arrives or the casualty loses consciousness.
That’s’ all from us here at Meducate Training, we aren’t meaning to be stooges and hope everyone has an exciting Christmas but always good to ‘think safe’!
Merry Christmas to you all!
Make sure your fireworks night goes off with a bang!
Everyone loves fireworks night, and there will be hundreds of events across the UK for us all to enjoy! Or maybe, you are feeling a little adventurous and thinking of putting on your own display at home for family and friends.
Without putting a dampener on the evening as its bound to be great fun, but just a few tips and reminders to make sure it’s a night to remember for the right reasons! So here are a few fireworks first aid tips and advise just in case something does go wrong on the night!. Always be prepared!
Firework First Aid:
Burns or scalds tips and reminders:
Run it under cold water for at least 10 minutes. You need to completely cool their skin to prevent pain, scarring or further damage
If the burn is on a child, or if you think it’s a serious burn (for example, if it’s deep, larger than the size of their hand, or on the face, hands or feet) call 999/112 for an ambulance
Remove any jewellery or clothing near the burn (unless they’re stuck to it)
Don’t pop any blisters or apply ice, cream or gel – this can make it worse
Once cooled, cover the burn with cling film or a plastic bag
If necessary, treat them for shock, by laying them down with their legs raised and supported above the level of their heart
Debris in the eye tips and reminders:
• Tell them not to rub it, so they don’t make it worse
• Pour clean water over their eye to wash out what’s in there and/or to cool the burn
• If this doesn’t work, try to lift the debris out with a damp corner of a clean tissue
• If this doesn’t work either, don’t touch anything that’s stuck in their eye – cover it with a clean dressing or non-fluffy material. Then take or send them straight to hospital!
Smoke inhalation tips and reminders:
• Move them away from the smoke so they can breathe in some fresh air
• Help them sit down in a comfortable position and loosen any tight clothing around their neck to help them breathe normally.
If they don’t recover quickly, call 999/112 for an ambulance.
So all that we have left to say is have a fabulous fireworks night, on behalf of everyone here at Meducate Training!
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Meducate Training Ltd employs a bid writer - 04/09/2015
We are pleased to announce that we have now employed a full time bid writer to help grow our expanding business by tendering for large contracts in the public sector.
Geoff brings a wealth of experience in bidding for and winning public sector tenders so we are excited that he will be able to contribute massively to our ambitious plans for expansion over the next few years.
"Employing a professional bid writer will help us get out there and bid for larger contracts as well as maintaining our excellent service to smaller clients. We have experienced amazing growth over the last 3 years, mainly down to the professionalism of our team of trainers. I look forward to Meducate Training Ltd tendering and hopefully winning new public sector contracts in the future" - Mark Wigley, Director.
New Training Centre Opening in Colchester Essex - 30/03/2015
Meducate Training Ltd is pleased to announce the opening in April of its new bespoke training centre in Colchester Essex.
This facility has a large training room; big enough to accommodate up to 24 delegates in one go as well as office and storage space for training equipment.
A full diary of training courses has been scheduled for 2015 which you can take a look at by clicking here
Meducate Training Ltd has been offering first aid, health and social care and personal safety courses on-site at client locations since 2009
"After 5 years of providing high quality training to our customers at their location it is very exciting to be in a position to offer our range of training courses to smaller groups and also the individual person that wishes to develop their skill's and knowledge. Being able to provide the open course offering I feel is a natural progression for the company which has grown steadily since 2009. All are welcome on our courses but in particular we are keen to offer excellent rates for any business in the Peartree Road area of Colchester" - Mark Wigley MD
The facility is based behind Hatfields off Peartree Road in Stanway Colchester, our postcode is CO3 0NW.
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