Keeping safe at an RTC

Keeping safe at an RTC

A road traffic collision (RTC) is potentially a very dangerous scene. We have moving traffic, chemicals, fuels, passive bystanders, patients who are injured, upset and angry. All these things can present a danger to us. My advice is before you even get out of your car or approach the scene just take a second to […]

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Helping the paramedic

Helping the paramedic

People are people, and we have different personalities, different characters, and sometimes they clash and that makes our job quite difficult. Providing we are aware of that and we can use communication strategies to break down those barriers, then we will have a more successful relationship with our patients. A particularly annoying thing which is […]

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Can children learn First Aid?

If we consider what the aspects of first aid are, then it’s possible for any age of a child to do something, even if that is alerting the emergency services in the first place. Soon as they recognise that a parent or a sibling or anybody that they are with at the time has become […]

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Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy patients are people who have had problems with their airway in the past, meaning a tracheostomy has had to be put in place. This could be due to things like cancer, trauma, or being in intensive care for a long period of time where the patient had to have assistance with their breathing. The […]

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AVPU scoring system

The method to use for assessing the level of a patient’s disability or mental capacity is a system called AVPU or A-V-P-U. When using this acronym properly, you can accurately assess how alert a patient is. If done early on, you can give yourself an indication of how the patient is doing at that moment, […]

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Recovery Position

It might be an office situation where someone’s unconscious and you first walk in. Maybe you’ve been called as a first aider, so you’ve already got your first aid kit or you may need to ask somebody to get that for you. As you approach the scene to start with, you’re going to want to […]

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Adult Choking

Adult Choking

One first aid skill that you may well have to use at both work and home is dealing with someone who is choking. Choking is a life-threatening problem and can involve basic airway management. In Wales and England, in 2016, over 250 deaths were reported from choking alone. Over 60% of these cases occurred whilst […]

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