Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive disease which attacks motor neurones in the body. Eventually this leads to wasting of the muscles, which makes it harder and harder to move limbs and causes difficulty with swallowing and breathing.
Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month takes place each June and its purpose is to help raise awareness of this disease.
The event is organised by the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The group was formed in 1979 by volunteers who wanted to offer support and advice to those affected by the illness.
Now with over 3000 volunteers the association is stronger than ever and here to help anyone affected by the condition. And with Eddie Reymayne’s success in winning the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, which he dedicated to “all of the people around the world battling motor neurone disease” it can only help to raise awareness.
There are lots of ways to get involved during the month to help raise money to support people suffering from this awful condition. You can simply donate, become a member of the group to show your support, or you can take part in fundraising events. From sponsored runs at home, to trekking the Great Wall of China, there are lots of ways to take part!
We are happy to announce that Frenchay First Aid are working with Blueprint Marine to provide first aid training specifically for the marine environment. These courses fulfil the requirements needed for professional skippers working up to 60 miles offshore, Boat Masters, ISAF offshore racers and is recommended by the MCA and HSE. The next course is Saturday 20 June 2015 in Bristol. Contact Blueprint Marine for details.
February is National Heart Month. There are about 2.6 million people in the UK living with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). Every single one of us has a heart which means every one of us is at potential risk.
Understanding heart conditions isn’t an easy task – there are lots of different types and knowing how the heart works is more helpful when trying to learn about these conditions. But looking at the facts will benefit yourself and the people you love in the long run.
That time of year again where we gather around fires and enjoy the fireworks. Normally things go without a problem, but the chances of a burn happening are increased. So what should you do if someone gets a burn?
First make sure it’s safe for you to help, start to cool the burn with plenty of cold water, if it’s a big burn (bigger than their hand or very deep) call 999/112 for an ambulance. Try to cool the area for ten minutes with cold water, but be careful with young children (you don’t want to drop their body temperature to low). Don’t touch the burn but if you can, try remove rings, watches, belts, burnt or smouldering clothing before the tissue begins to swell. Don’t remove clothing that is stuck to the burn! If you can, cover the burn with cling film, this helps to protect the wound from infection.
We’re running a combined classroom and e-learning 12-hour paediatric first aid course on Saturday 7 December in Downend, Bristol. All you need to do is complete a six hour e-learning package prior to the one day course.
Visit our webpage for more details and alternative dates including evening classes.
Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 3 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 850,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood becomes too high because your body cannot use it properly. This is because you can’t produce any insulin, or not enough insulin. Insulin is the hormone produced by the pancreas that allows glucose to enter the body’s cells, where it is used as fuel for energy so we can work, play and generally live our lives. It is vital for life.
What to do in an emergency
There are two types of diabetic emergency, hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar level) and hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels)
1. First aid for high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia)
High blood sugar in someone suffering from diabetes can result in them becoming unconscious. Those who suffer from diabetes may have a warning bracelet or medallion letting the first aider know of their condition. Things to look out for include:
Warm dry skin
Rapid pulse and breathing
Fruity sweet breath
Feeling very thirsty
Drowsiness that can lead to unconsciousness if not treated.
If you think someone is suffering from hyperglycaemia, call for an ambulance and tell the 999 operator what you suspect. Do not give them insulin.
2. First aid for low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
Low blood sugar is often brought on by a diabetic missing a meal or taking too much exercise. It is characterised by rapidly deteriorating levels of response. It can also result in someone becoming unconscious. Things to look out for include:
Weakness, faintness or hunger
Confusion or irrational behaviour.
In this instance your aim is to raise their blood sugar levels. The easiest way to do this is to give them a sugary drink, sweet food or sugar cubes. If they have their own glucose gel help them take it. If they respond quickly, give them more food until they feel better. If they have a glucose monitor, get them to check their blood sugar levels. If they don’t improve, call 999.