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

Bonfire night

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.

Enjoy the fireworks and keep safe.

Struggling with stress?

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Today is National Stress Awareness Day organised by ISMA UK. Most of us recognise the physical and mental effects of being stressed. Too much stress can cause serious health problems, such as high blood pressure. Mental health issues, including stress, anxiety and depression, are the reason for one-in-five visits to a GP.

With an average of 40 days unpaid overtime a year, Britons work the longest hours in Europe. Long hours and a heavy workload can cause stress. In 2010/11 about 400,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress at a level they believed was making them ill.

Are you stressed by your job? Take the stress test or scroll down to the tips below.

Workplace stress test

Go to NHS Choices homepage

Here are a few tips from the International Stress Management Association to help reduce your stress:

Learn to manage your time more effectively

  • We waste a lot of time doing unimportant tasks, especially when stressed, so prioritise your day and do the important jobs first. The unimportant ones can wait, and often they will disappear completely leaving you time to do other things.
  • Also, do not put off the unpleasant tasks – avoidance causes a great deal of stress.  Give unpleasant tasks a high priority and do them first.

 Adopt a healthy lifestyle

  • If we eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and ensure we get adequate sleep and rest our body is better able to cope with stress should it occur. If this is not the case, then this may be a warning sign so don’t ignore it.
  • Engaging in some form of physical activity may help you by working off the biochemical and physical changes that occur within your body due to stress. Relaxation also helps your body return to its normal healthy state.
  • Good relaxation techniques include breathing exercises, massage and a variety of complimentary therapies.

 Know your limitations and do not take on too much

  • We can cause ourselves a great deal of stress because we do not want to let people down.
  • We then end up doing more than we should. Learn to delegate effectively and be assertive so that you can say ‘No’ without upsetting or offending.

Find out what causes you stress

  • Take time to discover what is worrying you and try to change your thoughts and behaviour to reduce it.  A stress assessment can help you to fully understand the causes, the implications to your health and how to manage, cope and make necessary changes.

Avoid unnecessary conflict

  • Do not be too argumentative. Is it really worth the stress? Look for win – win situations. Look for a resolution to a dispute where both parties can achieve a positive outcome. Find out what the real cause of the problem is and deal with it.

 Accept the things you cannot change

  • Changing a difficult situation is not always possible. If this proves to be the case, recognise and accept things as they are and concentrate on all that you do have control over. Managing change effectively is essential or else performance will be reduced.

Take time out to relax and recharge your batteries

  • You will perform more effectively during work if you regularly take a short 10/15 minute break, easily making up the time you used relaxing.  Alongside this, at least one annual break of at least 10 – 14 continuous days is recommended.

Find time to meet friends

  • Friends can ease work troubles and help us see things in a different way. The activities we engage in with friends help us relax and we will often have a good laugh. It boosts the immune system that is often depleted during stress.

 Try to see things differently, develop a positive thinking style

  • If something is concerning you, try to see it differently. Talk over your problem with somebody before it gets out of proportion. Often, talking to a friend/colleague/family member will help you see things from a different and less stressful perspective. You may also need to consider professional help in order to achieve the desired outcome and prevent ill health and /or burnout.

Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine as coping mechanisms

  • Long term, these faulty coping mechanisms will just add to the problem. For example, caffeine and nicotine are stimulants – too much and the body reacts to this with the stress response increasing or even causing anxiety symptoms. Alcohol is a depressant.

For more information on what stress is, how to identify and manage it have a look at the NHS Choices pages on stress. Or take the stress test.

Basic life support (BLS) for dentists, doctors, nurses etc 19 August 2013 Bristol

Ideal for medical professionals for your annual update for continual professional development. Friendly, hands on course. Latest resuscitation guidelines covered.

“This is an excellent course for everybody including the medical professional. I enjoyed the training which was run in a friendly atmosphere.”  Dr T.V. Rajasekhar, March 2013

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