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Can you use an AED on an infant?

Can you use an AED on an infant?
Automated external defibrillators, often referred to simply as AEDs, were previously only approved for use in adults and young children over the age of 8 years old, and who weighed more than 25 kgs. However, a number of manufacturers of AEDs have altered the adult AED equipment in […]

Use of an AED (defibrillator)

Regulations for the use of an AED

An AED also referred to as a defibrillator, is the name given to a device that allows members of the general public to try to restart a heart following cardiac arrest. AEDs are deliberately designed to be easy to operate. The device comes with a computer program that is capable […]

Children and a high temperature

What to do if your child has a high temperature
Between 36.5 degrees centigrade and 37.5 degrees centigrade is the normal temperature for the human body. While parents can often be worried by a rise in the temperature of their child, a fever is in fact often a good sign, because it shows that their body […]

Spotting Meningitis in babies and young children

Babies and Meningitis — the Symptoms
Meningitis is the term used for an inflammation of the membrane that covers the spinal cord and the brain, known as the meninges. There are a number of different kinds of meningitis, which are almost all extremely serious and can develop at a very rapid rate.

The most common type of […]

First Responder – Road Traffic Accident

What to do if you are a first responder at a road traffic accident
It can be very scary to be the first responder at a car accident, especially if the accident is a serious one and you are not sure how to proceed. The following is a quick guide that walks you through what to […]

Business Health and Safety issues

10 important business health and safety issues to consider
When running a business, it is very important that you pay attention to all health and safety issues that may present themselves in the workplace. As an employer, you are responsible for keeping your employees safe and for making sure that risks to their health are minimised. […]

Treating back pain

Treating back pain in a Patient
Treating back pain is one of the most difficult treatments as there are numerous reasons why a person may seek help for a sore back, but as a first aid provider it is your job to assess the situation, and offer proper treatment options. Firstly if a person has had […]

How to Put Someone in an Arm Sling

If you arrive at a scene and someone has injured their wrist or their forearm, then it may be a good idea to place an arm sling on the patient. Even breaks around the shoulder may require an arm sling, since you will need to stabilise and immobilise the arm so that further damage is […]

First Aid Kit Essentials

What Every First Aid Kit Should Include
You never know when an emergency might arise, and you also never know how long it will take for help to arrive if one does. For that reason you should have a first aid kit on hand, locked up in a high place that is out of reach of […]

Using a Public Defibrillator

Tips for Using a Public Defibrillator
Most people will never have to use a public access defibrillator (PAD), but they are available to people at large events because, in the case of an emergency, they can mean the difference between life and death. However, they are not going to be helpful unless you know how to […]