What can you do about flu?

Its that time of year, we think we’re past the worst of things and along come the flu.  Influenza is a common viral infection spread by coughs and sneezes, but what can you do about it?

NHS Choices have a really useful website that answers most of the questions people ask.  http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Main thing to take away from the website is antibiotics don’t work on a virus and bed is the best place to be!

Royal Yachting Association First Aid

We have just sorted out dates for next years RYA First Aid Course with Blueprint Marine in Bristol.  This one day course focuses on the first aid skills you need to know to deal with unexpected accidents and emergencies in or around water. It fulfils the requirements for professional skippers working up to 60 miles offshore, Boat Masters, ISAF offshore racers and is recommended by the MCA and HSE.  Blueprint Marine, is an RYA approved training centre in Bristol’s Underfall Yard.

Dates for 2016 are:

  • Wednesday 20 January
  • Saturday 13 February
  • Friday 18 March
  • Saturday 16 April
  • Saturday 14 May
  • Monday 20 June
  • Saturday 20 August
  • Tuesday 22 September
  • Saturday 19 November.

Please book directly with Blueprint Marine


Winter is here – asthma

The start of the cold weather is always a worry where asthma is concerned.  Na asthma attack is a very traumatic experience for the casualty. Do you know what to do is you come across someone suffering from an asthma attack?

  • Help them sit upright, leaning on a table or chair if necessary
  • Help the casualty to use their reliever inhaler (the blue one).  This can be repeated every few minutes if the attack continues
  • Help take their mind off the attack – be calm and reassuring
  • If the attack is prolonged, severe, appears to be getting worse or the casualty is becoming exhausted call 999/112 for emergency help

Remember that in the UK, one person dies from asthma every eight hours!

You can learn more about first aid for asthmas on one of our first aid courses.  Our one day Emergency first aid (next one is 9 December) and paediatric first aid (9 January) cover this and other topics to help you cope in an emergency.

November courses

Both our Paediatric First Aid and our Emergency First Aid at Work courses for November are now full.  Our next Paediatric First Aid course is Saturday 12 December 2015.  The next Emergency First Aid at Work course is on Wednesday the 9 December 2015.

Outdoor first aid

Just drying off from this weekends Outdoor First Aid course.  Again the priority was on managing the ABC’s – air must go in and out, blood must go round and round.  IMG_20151108_142207But also remember, keep them warm and don’t ever forget glucose!IMG_20151108_142147

Winter is coming

As we get ready for the clocks to go back we’ve had the first signs that winter is on its way. We’ve already had a few cold nights so it’s time to think about the some of the problems winter can bring.  Remember that cold weather can have a significant impact on people’s health. NHS Choices has some good advice so please follow the link – http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth/pages/keepwarmkeepwell.aspx



Family first aid – what to do in an emergency – 11 August Bristol

We run short friendly first aid courses with KudaCan just off the Gloucester Rd in Bristol every month.

Dates coming up

All sessions run from 10:30-12:00 and cost £15.

Please book direct with KudaCan (hello@kudacan.co.uk or call 0117 942 2877).

  • Tuesday 11 August 2015
  • Thursday 24 September 2015
  • Wednesday 28 October 2015
  • Wednesday 11 November 2015
  • Thursday 3 December 2015

You will learn essential basics that we hope you’ll never need to use:

  • what to do if a baby or child is unconscious
  • how to deal with emergencies such a choking or head injuries.

Try our flexible paediatric first aid course – half online & half in the classroom, Bristol

We’ve had great feedback about the flexibility of doing half of the 12-hour recognised paediatric course in your own time and the rest in the classroom.

“Excellent course, excellent instructor! Love the way you can do half the course online and the rest in a classroom.” Veronique – May 2014

Next classroom date: 25 July 2015 – ONLY ONE SPACE LEFT

See our webpage for more information, booking and future dates.