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Volunteers Keep Scotland's Rockers Safe at AC/DC

Volunteers Keep Scotland's Rockers Safe at AC/DC

Posted on: Monday 29th June 2015

Our volunteers were at Hampden on Sunday 28th keeping Scotland's rock fans safe at AC/DC. Our First Aid volunteers provide a vital service to events like this and ensure that those at the concert would have access to First Aid if they need it. 

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First Aid Tips for Treating Children - Child Safety Week

First Aid Tips for Treating Children - Child Safety Week

Posted on: Thursday 4th June 2015

It’s Child Safety 2015 Week – would you know what to do if a child in your care hurt themselves?  First Aid really is easy to learn and even just knowing the basics can stop unnecessary trips to your GP or A&E.  St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd work all year round to teach first aid and this week is no different with over 100 people being taught essential first aid skills.   Whilst it is great to know the basics, there is never any substitute for hands on First Aid training and St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd has a wide range of courses such as our Baby and Child First Aid course which is suitable for families who wish to learn essential skills such as our Baby and Child First Aid course. We all want to keep Scotland’s children safe and healthy and we have put together some quick and easy First Aid tips for parents and carers to follow if an accident should occur. Here are some of our top tips: Cuts Cuts and grazes are common amongst most children and in most cases are easily treated. Typically a wound will self heal in a matter of days and a plaster is all that is required. Please follow these steps: If the wound is dirty, clean it thoroughly, either under running water or using alcohol free wipes. Dry the wound by patting it with a dry gauze. If possible raise the injured area. Ensure the area around the wound is clean. Apply a sterile dressing or plaster. Nose Bleeds Whilst nosebleeds are not very frequent they can occur most during childhood. A nosebleed occurs when tiny blood vessels inside the nostrils are ruptured.  A nose bleed can happen after sneezing, picking or blowing the nose. Please follow these steps: Tell the casualty to sit down and tilt their head forward, this allows for blood to drain from the nostrils. Ask him/her to pinch the soft part of their nose for up to 10 minutes. Advise the casualty not to speak, swallow, cough, spit or sniff. Give them a clean cloth to clean up any blood. After 10 minutes tell the child to release the pressure. If it has not stopped advise them to continue this for a further two, ten minute periods. If the nosebleed continues for over 30 minutes arrange for them to go to hospital. Burn There are varying degrees of burns, this advice applies specifically to minor burns and scalds. Most burns in this category are caused by very limited exposure to heat, such as touching a hot iron or oven shelf. Please follow these steps: Flood the injured area with cold water for at least 10 minutes. Remove any clothing, bands, watches, jewellery that might be in the affected area. When the burn is cooled cover it with a kitchen film or clean plastic bag.  If you are in any doubt then seek medical advice. Foreign Object in the ear or nose This is a common injury for children. Depending on the object there is potential for harm, particularly with sharp objects or button batteries. The risk here is that efforts to clear the blockage could make things worse. Please follow these steps: Keep the casualty calm, reassure the child and ensure they do not aggravate the injury such as poking or trying to clear it themselves. Seek medical help, arrange to take them to hospital as soon as possible. More information on courses available can be found at

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