What is a stroke? A stroke is a medical emergency where the blood supply to the brain is disrupted. Most strokes are caused by a clot in a blood vessel which blocks the flow of blood to the brain. However, some strokes occur due to a ruptured blood vessel causing bleeding into the brain. Strokes…Read More
Are you still peeing on people who’ve just been stung by jellyfish?! Save yourself some embarrassment and read this to get up to speed… What are jellyfish? Jellyfish usually live in the sea, although some types can be found in fresh water. They usually have an umbrella shaped body, with long thin tentacles hanging underneath.…Read More
What is a heart attack? A heart attack is a serious medical emergency where there is a sudden obstruction of the blood supply to the heart. This may be caused by a blood clot in a coronary artery and lack of blood to the heart can seriously damage the heart muscle. The main risk is…Read More
What is Angina? Angina occurs when the arteries that supply the heart with blood become hardened and narrowed. This means they restrict the amount of blood getting to the heart. Chest pain may be felt during exertion, excitement or stress. An attack forces the person to rest and the pain should ease soon afterwards. How do…Read More
On average, 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every day and it affects 600,000 people in the UK. That’s about 1 in every 103 people. Epilepsy is a neurological condition and can affect anyone, at any age. A seizure can consist of involuntary contractions of the many muscles in the body due to a disturbance…Read More
First aid has been around since the 11th Century, so why do so few people know what to do when someone becomes ill or injured in the UK today?
Let’s look at the stats. Approximately 95% of the population in Norway are first aid trained. In Germany and Austria, about 80% are first aid trained. Here in the UK, the figure is more like 5–10%. That’s right, 90-95% of people in the UK don’t know what to do when someone becomes ill or injured.…Read More
Cardiac arrest is one of the more life threatening conditions we teach you to recognise and deal with in our first aid training. In simple terms, cardiac arrest is where the heart stops pumping blood around the body. This can happen due to a number of different reasons but without intervention, this will lead quickly…Read More