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What is CPR? A Guide to Resuscitation

CPR or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation is a key part of all first aid courses. From the simplest Basic Life Support (BLS) course right up to the 3-day FAW, CPR is one of the first skills taught to all new or renewing first aiders.

In this easy-to-consume guide, we'll give you the information you need to understand what it is, and we'll give you the confidence that you know what to do, when and why.

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Act FAST – A Guide to Strokes

A stroke is a condition that affects your brain.  Globally, more than 15 million people are affected by stroke each year and approximately 6 million will die as a result. They can happen to anyone at any age, but are more likely to happen as people get older.

In this straightforward guide to strokes, you'll discover more about the condition: what strokes are, how many people they affect and how to recognise the symptoms. And if you do see someone who you suspect is having a stroke, what you should do.

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A New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year to you all.

So I hope that Christmas went well for everybody and that you have now made some New Year Resolutions for 2014.

Yes I know, the old ones trot out each year: lose weight, go to the gym more often, be more organised, tidy out the office/loft and three weeks into the New Year they get abandoned!

It’s a strange time of year really, still winter and cold out there but with a promise of spring around the corner. It is a good time to sort out things and get ready for the year ahead.

When I tell people what I do for  a living,  most say that’s a really good thing to do and that everyone should learn first aid. It is after all a life skill that most would agree ought to be taught form a fairly young age.

We all know illnesses and accidents happen to friends and families, and are often caught out when they happen.  There is nothing more awful, than standing by, feeling helpless, when a loved one is taken ill suddenly or becomes injured.

Wouldn’t it be good if you had the knowledge and confidence to be able to help?

I hope that this year you will take the time to add another skill to the list of Resolutions.  Make 2014 the year that you learn some first aid. You never know when you might need it!

At the very least when reviewing everything else, check your kit is up to date and fully stocked. If you last did a first aid course when you were a cub or brownie, it’s probably about time you went on another one as things change rather often.

First aid courses are not expensive, a day or three of your time  is all it takes and may make all the difference and help save the life of someone you love. What better way to start the New Year?

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Don’t let your organisation become a statistic

HSE Health and Safety Statistics 2012/2013

Health and safety is often given a hard press as it can be used as an excuse for preventing staff, customers and those in an organisation’s care from doing certain activities.

Think about bans on playing conkers, wearing glasses on bouncy castles, and more topically, workers being banned from putting up Christmas decorations around their desks.  In some cases, there may be good reasons for restrictions, but H&S is often used to mask the real thinking behind them.

However Health and Safety regulations do serve a useful purpose, and this is borne out when you review the accident statistics for the UK.

Despite a host of rules and regulations being in place an astonishing number of people become injured or are taken suddenly unwell whilst at work each year. Recent statistics from the HSE for the reporting year 2012 / 2013 show that during the year:

  • 148 were killed at work
  • 78,000 other injuries to employees were reported to RIDDOR
  • 175,000 over 7-day absence injuries occurred
  • 27 million working days were lost due to work related-related illness  and accidents

(source HSE annual statistics 2012/2013)

Obviously this costs both in the financial sense as well as the loss, pain, injury and discomfort for the individuals involved and their families.

Carrying out a thorough risk assessment, and putting in place the resultant safety measures, robust procedures and well trained first aiders is of paramount importance. In the event of an emergency you want to know that there are people around who can confidently help until the emergency services arrive.

As the New Year approaches you should be doing the following:

  1. Reviewing your risk assessments in light of changes to your organisation over the last 12 months
  2. Updating your first aid needs analysis to see whether your working practices / employees have changed
  3. Reviewing your first aid procedures
  4. Assessing whether you  have adequate numbers of first aiders to cover shifts/different buildings/annual leave etc
  5. Considering whether having a defibrillator on site might be of benefit to your workforce
  6. Checking that your first aid kits are correctly stocked, with in-date contents
  7. Checking whether your first aiders up to date with their qualifications and whether they are confident that they could deal with an emergency
Man completing a RIDDOR form

A Simple Guide to RIDDOR Reporting

RIDDOR, which stands for Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations is the legislation which controls which workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses you should report, and how you should report them.

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Important First Aid Regulation Changes

This October has seen the biggest shake-up of First Aid legislation since 1981, with the Health and Safety Executive withdrawing from the approval of first aid courses.

But do you know what it means for you?

In the past, you could be assured that your HSE-accredited training provider had gone through rigorous checks to ensure that they were fit to run first aid courses on your behalf.  In a sense, the HSE had already done due diligence on training providers, meaning that you didn’t have to.

As of 1st October, all that has changed.

Training providers can now choose their own path of quality control and accreditation, and you, as the employer, must decide which providers are good enough, and which are not.

Training providers will run courses which are either:

  • Voluntary Accreditation Scheme Courses
  • Voluntary Aid Society Courses
  • Unregulated Courses

Formally Regulated Qualifications

These are operated under rigorous accreditation schemes, recognised by regulators such as Ofqual, the SQA and the Welsh Government.
HTS Training opted to follow this route of accreditation, as we believe that it gives by far the greatest assurance of high standards of training for our customers.

Voluntary Accreditation Scheme Courses

As the name suggests, these are schemes that are operated by a variety of the first aid industry bodies.  These bodies have set up their own monitoring and quality control schemes which members are required to abide by.

Voluntary Aid Society Courses

The Red Cross and St John Ambulance continue to run first aid training courses which are considered to be of suitable quality for employers.

Unregulated Courses

It will be possible for trainers to set up unregulated, and carry out their own quality control.

It will be up to employers to investigate whether their training is of a sufficiently high standard in advance of the training, and to prove this level of due diligence should anything subsequently go wrong.

In all cases, the HSE remains the organisation who sets the syllabus in conjunction with Skills for Health for core first aid at work training courses.

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