2nd anniversary First Aid For Everyone and a special offer to mark the occasion

It is two years ago since we started training people in First Aid. Since then over 1.700 people enjoyed one of our courses. These courses ranged from 1:1 sessions for new parents, classes in parents homes to First Aid training for schools and creches as well as Occupational First Aid courses to our popular 1 day Basic First Aid classes.

We want to thank all of you who filled in our feedback forms as your opinion is invaluable to us. We used your comments to “fine tune” our course contents, its structures and the way it is delivered.

A highlight in the past 2 years was when Siobhan taught a group of local scouts. RTE sent a camera crew and professional makeup artists. It was aired in September 2010 as part of RTE’s Nationwide.

Another memorable occasion was in June 2010 when Siobhan attended our school’s Sports day and one elderly visitor fell acutely sick. She had to deliver First Aid. As a result the subject of First Aid training came to the agenda of many local schools.

We delivered many classes for teachers, parents and 5-6th class pupils. Let’s celebrate To mark our 2nd anniversary each participant of our Basic First Aid courses in May 2011 will receive a family size First Aid kit valued at €25 for free.

Any group booking made in May will also receive a free First Aid kit. The course can be held at a later date.

This offer is by far the best in May in the greater Dublin area for a 1 day Basic First Aid course. So make sure you book early as there are only 24 places available!

Are you at risk from anaphylaxis?

As part of our First Aid tip of the month we focused on the dangers of anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis is an extreme and severe allergic reaction. The whole body is affected, often within minutes of exposure to the allergen but sometimes after hours.
Are you at risk from anaphylaxis?
If you have suffered a bad allergic reaction in the past – whatever the cause – then any future reaction is also likely to be severe. If you have suffered a significant reaction to a tiny dose, or have reacted on skin contact, this might also be a sign that a larger dose may trigger a severe reaction.
If you have asthma as well as allergies, getting seen by an allergy specialist is particularly important because asthma can put you in a higher risk category.
Where foods such as nuts, seeds, shellfish and fish are concerned, even mild symptoms should not be ignored because future reactions may be severe.

Meningitis

Meningitis and Septicaemia

Meningitis and septicaemia are very dangerous and can kill in hours.

People who are faced with meningitis and septicaemia have to act fast to save a life – a race against time.

What are meningitis and septicaemia?

Meningitis is inflammation of the meninges, the linings that surround and protect the brain.

Septicaemia (blood poisoning) is caused when bacteria enter the bloodstream and multiply uncontrollably.

Signs and symptoms:

Meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) are not always easy to recognise, and symptoms can appear in any order. Some may not appear at all. In the early stages, the signs and symptoms can be similar to many other more common illnesses, for example flu.

Trust your instincts. If you suspect meningitis or septicaemia, get medical help immediately.

Early symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea (feeling sick), vomiting (being sick), and muscle pain, with cold hands and feet.

Please find a very useful chart supplied by the Meningitis Research Foundation.

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Meningitis and Septicaemia – Know the Symptoms
Meningitis Research Foundation patron and GMTV presenter Dr Hilary Jones presents a short video explaining about meningitis and septicaemia, how to spot the diseases – including how to perform the tum…

First Aid treatment:

Bacterial meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia are medical emergencies and need immediate treatment with antibiotics, together with admission to hospital.

As mentioned earlier meningitis is a race against time. Should you be in any doubt bring your child to the hospital. Do not be afraid to call an ambulance! It could save your child’s life.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in booking a place on one of our First Aid classes in Dublin please contact us.

Watch out for our next topic in May which will be Head Injuries.