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Contents of an Individual First Aid Kit – aid worker version

When we run our medical training courses we are often asked “what should the contents of an individual first aid kit aid worker ‘s seem to ask this question a lot!

We understand the pressures we are all under when it comes to equipment. Budgets and then the practicalities of carrying the stuff around, on and off planes and across borders often informs our decisions on the contents of an individual first aid aid worker version.

So where do we begin? Something to carry it in I guess. You can buy all sorts of different first aid kit bags, but we have some favourites [pictured]  but it needs to be tough enough for your life and either needs to blatantly a first aid kit, or taking it in the opposite direct look like a camera bag or similar.

Contents of an individual first aid kit Aid Worker

So what goes in? We believe it’s best when an item has more than one use, but understand that sometimes this isn’t possible. For some of our media clients we even went as far as limiting the individualfirst aid kit to five items. We called it our desert island first aid kit [you need to be of a certain age to get that reference!], you might find some [poor quality] YouTube videos on our channel on this topic.

We have decided that we can squeeze in a few extra items for our aid work first aid kit, so here’s the headlines:

contents of an individual first aid kit aid workerTourniquet [our kits have a CAT-Combat Application Tourniquet]

Celox Gauze

Gauze [for wound packing]

Nasopharyngeal airway[s]

Nightingale Dressing

Olaes Dressing

Tuff cut shears

Sharpie Pen

SAM Splint

Tri-angular bandage

Space blanket [foil type]

Small role of gaffer tape/gorilla tape

There is normally some vinyl gloves, but the kit I picked up for this article was missing those, but that’s about it.

Now obviously we could add stuff, take some away, but most of the items here are easy to use [get some training to make sure you can use under pressure] and don’t have expiry dates, or they are long or it doesn’t really matter- I mean can a bandage expire?

So what’s it all for? If you have done a first aid or hostile environments courses [like our ones here] then it should all make sense, but hopefully the video below will make some sense of what the items are and why we have chosen them.

Recently when we ran some training for aid workers in Senegal we hit the problem that there was no budget to buy first aid kits, so we had to put out thinking caps on. If you would like to know what improvised and/or low cost first aid equipment we came up with drop me a line: alistair[at]lazarustraining.co.uk

We hope to post some more video content soon, for example a first aid kit on a budget.

 

First Aid Training in Uganda

According to the World Health Organisation [WHO] Uganda has a road traffic mortality of 27.4 per 100,000 people, placing it higher than Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. With 12% of deaths in Uganda being the result of injuries, there is a clear need for first aid training in Uganda.

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Lazarus Training is based and registered as a first aid training company in the United Kingdom, but also provides first aid training in Uganda. Able to deploy our staff to Kampala, we can provide a wide range of our #trainforreal training courses in Uganda and East Africa.

In the last year we have run a number of first aid training courses in East Africa and aim to increase this number during 2018.

Many of our most popular courses would be suitable for delivery in Uganda and across East Africa. With the wide range of industry and government agencies and non-governmental organisations in Uganda, it is likely our training can provide a first aid solution for Ugandan businesses or organisations and with our international oversight, many international businesses or agencies can be reassured by our training courses such as:

First Aid at Work

First Aid in Remote Locations

First Aid in Hostile Locations

Hostile Environments training

Our training is always highly interactive and is adapted for each individual client group to ensure the training is relevant and reliable. The delegates are placed under stress within our safe training environment to help them prepare for the day when the emergency is real, hence our motto of #trainforreal

 

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Courses are mapped to international standards and ensure that the delegates received only the best, empowering training to help them cope in safety and medical situations.

If you would like to know more about our first aid training in Nigeria, or anything about us as a company, you should be able to find the basic information on this website, but obviously you can contact us at our main office on info[at]lazarustraining.co.uk

You might also want to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and YouTube to get a better idea of Lazarus Training and its approach to safety and first aid training.

 

First Aid Training in Kenya

According to the World Health Organisation [WHO] Kenya has a road traffic mortality of 29.1 per 100,000 people, placing it higher than Ethiopia, Ghana and South Sudan. With 11% of deaths in Kenya being the result of injuries, there is a clear need for first aid training in Kenya.

first aid training in nigeria

Lazarus Training is based and registered as a first aid training company in the United Kingdom, but also provides first aid training in Kenya. With staff regularly visiting Nairobi, we can provide a wide range of our #trainforreal training courses in Nairobi and across Kenya and East Africa.

In the last year we have run a number of first aid training courses in Kenya and aim to increase this number during 2018.

Many of our most popular courses would be suitable for delivery in Kenya and across East Africa. With the wide range of industry and government agencies and non-governmental organisations in Kenya, it is likely our training can provide a first aid solution for Kenyan business or organisations and with our international oversight, many international businesses or agencies can be reassured by our training courses such as:

First Aid at Work

First Aid in Remote Locations

First Aid in Hostile Locations

Hostile Environments training

Our training is always highly interactive and is adapted for each individual client group to ensure the training is relevant and reliable. The delegates are placed under stress within our safe training environment to help them prepare for the day when the emergency is real, hence our motto of #trainforreal

first aid training in nigeria first aid training in kenya

Courses are mapped to international standards and ensure that the delegates received only the best, empowering training to help them cope in safety and medical situations.

If you would like to know more about our first aid training in Kenya, or anything about us as a company, you should be able to find the basic information on this website, but obviously you can contact us at our main office on info[at]lazarustraining.co.uk

You might also want to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and YouTube to get a better idea of Lazarus Training and its approach to safety and first aid training.

 

Paediatric first aid training available in Southend on Sea, Essex

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Paediatric first aid training is required by many working with children, but the good news is that paediatric first aid training available in Southend on Sea now with Lazarus Training. Using our modern training venue in Leigh on Sea, we are running our always popular paediatric first aid training courses. You can see how good the venue [and our training!] is in the photos on this page.

Want to hear what people who have attended the training think? Lazarus Training has started to interview [willing] delegates on our courses to let you know more about how we run our paediatric first aid courses.

This 12 hour course is designed for people who have responsibility for children within their work duties. Updated to reflect both the latest medical practice but also the current guidance from EYFS and OFSTED, this course is essential for childminders and those working in early years settings.

Hopefully an emergency will never arise, but if it where to occur the confident application of basic skills in the first few minutes can make a drastic difference.

What do you cover on Paediatric First Aid Training Available in Southend on Sea, Essex?

The delegates receive instruction in:

Developing and maintaining an emergency plan;
Communication with the emergency  services;
How to perform Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation;
First aid for the unconscious casualty;
First aid for the wounded or bleeding;
Choking;
Head injuries;
Dealing with foreign bodies in the eye, ear and nose;
Problems caused by extremes of  temperature;
Medical conditions such as Asthma and Meningitis;
Anaphylactic shock;
Caring for the unwell child;
Basic record keeping.

Need your paediatric first aid training to be recognised by the local council?

Lazarus Training’s paediatric first aid training is recognised by Essex County Council and Southend Borough Council.

For more detail or to discuss your training needs call 0800 242 5210 or email: info@lazarustraining.co.uk

Want to know the latest news in Paediatric first aid or paediatric first aid training?

First Aid Training in Nigeria

According to the World Health Organisation [WHO] Nigeria has a road traffic mortality of 20.5 per 100,000 people, placing it higher than Egypt, India and Afghanistan. With 9% of deaths in Nigeria being the result of injuries, there is a clear need for first aid training in Nigeria.

first aid training in nigeria

Lazarus Training is based and registered as a first aid training company in the United Kingdom, but also provides first aid training in Nigeria. With staff based in Lagos, we can provide a wide range of our #trainforreal training courses in Lagos and across Nigeria and West Africa.

In the last year we have run a number of first aid training courses in Nigeria and aim to increase this number during 2018.

Many of our most popular courses would be suitable for delivery in Nigeria and across West Africa. With the wide range of industry and government agencies and non-governmental organisations in Nigeria, it is likely our training can provide a first aid solution for Nigerian business or organisations and with our international oversight, many international businesses or agencies can be reassured by our training courses such as:

First Aid at Work

First Aid in Remote Locations

First Aid in Hostile Locations

Hostile Environments training

Our training is always highly interactive and is adapted for each individual client group to ensure the training is relevant and reliable. The delegates are placed under stress within our safe training environment to help them prepare for the day when the emergency is real, hence our motto of #trainforreal

first aid training in nigeria first aid training in kenya

Courses are mapped to international standards and ensure that the delegates received only the best, empowering training to help them cope in safety and medical situations.

If you would like to know more about our first aid training in Nigeria, or anything about us as a company, you should be able to find the basic information on this website, but obviously you can contact us at our main office on info[at]lazarustraining.co.uk

You might also want to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and YouTube to get a better idea of Lazarus Training and its approach to safety and first aid training.

 

Lazarus Training in Africa

At Lazarus Training we all love to travel, but at the moment it’s almost all about Lazarus Training in Africa. Since September 2016 we have been delivering a training programme to Law Enforcement staff in Nigeria, as well as a bespoke first aid training programme to the EU delegation in Sudan, but Ethiopia is our next destination, with Tim and Alistair arriving there next week for a series of meetings with NGOs and international companies based in Addis Ababa.

Our work has previously taken us across Africa, with first aid and safety training delivered in Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Kenya and Egypt but this will be our first visit to Ethiopia.

Lazarus Training in Africa

Thankfully we have a number of “friendly faces” to visit, meeting with companies, NGOs, or international organisations with which we have worked before, but it is an exciting time and as a company we are looking forward to bringing our #trainforreal ethos and training programmes to Ethiopia.

With our wide range of training courses to act as a framework, or perhaps the skeleton, we have started to develop some Ethiopia specific training which we will then need to adapt further to meet each clients’ exact requirements.

When working in Senegal we identified that the delegates would benefit from carrying tourniquets, but couldn’t budget from them immediately. We therefore included an improvised tourniquet workshop and helped the delegates produce some improvised first aid kits [to find out more about this- contact our office on info@lazarustraining.co.uk- as we have some video content describing it in more detail].

On some recent training in Nigeria it was identified that some delegates wouldn’t be able to rely on getting an ambulance to the casualty, but would instead need to take them to hospital [something common across Africa], so an additional training package was designed and delivered including casualty evacuation and monitoring.

As always our training programmes include plenty of practical sessions and our #trainforreal ethos comes out in the training scenarios that really improve the delegates learning experience and therefore confidence. You can find out more about our scenarios here. 

If you want to discuss your training needs, or want to try and catch up with Lazarus Training in Africa, whilst Tim and Alistair are in Ethiopia give the office a call on +44 800 242 5210 or contact info@lazarustraining.co.uk

 

First aid training workshops for schools

We should all know first aid right? So we have starting running first aid training workshops for schools as a method to increase the number of people who know some basic first aid.

Our 6 hr First Aid Workshops are aimed at preteens -tween’s  aged 7-11.  Workshops are designed to teach basic life saving first aid skills to children in a  fun informative manor.

Often being at home with parents, careers or guardians,  preteens may find themselves having the overwhelming task of acting as the “grown up” in a medical emergency- if their  parents, careers or guardian were to have an accident, or to be taken ill. This is where our training comes in , courses are designed to provide the skills and build confidence to help in these types of situations.

The 6 hour workshop are broken down into 60 minute Bite size First Aid Sessions covering the following:

Scene safety

Calling for emergency help

Casualty assessment

CPR

Airway management including choking and vomiting

Control of bleeding.

After each session children will receive a worksheet, the worksheets are designed  to improve their knowledge and understanding of the subject taught on that particular session. Worksheets contain useful information word searches and First Aid Questions.

All Trainers & Assistants have current DBS  Certificates.

If you are interested in our first aid training workshops for schools, or any of our training give us a call on 0800 242 5210 or email us on info@lazarustraining.co.uk

If you want to know more about our schools first aid training click here, or explore the website for more details.

First Aid in Remote Locations- course feedback

First Aid in Remote Locations

Around a month ago, I received an email from BECTU, offering members a First Aid in Remote Locations course, which had been subsidised by Creative Skillset. Being a film maker and having a particular interest in working in hazardous environments, there was no way I was letting an incredible opportunity like this pass me by.

The course took place in the house and gardens of the beautiful East Hampstead Park and fortunately for us, we had decent weather. There were 12 people on the course, all working in the film industry and all with a variety of skills and talents. The training was run by Lazarus Training whose belief and focus was that we should ‘‘train for real’, meaning that training must reflect the reality of what people may actually face and the resources they may have access to.

The first day consisted of getting to know the basics, such as pressure points, and learning about the items in our first aid kit & how to use them. I was most fascinated by the Tourniquet – which became a vital tool in many of the scenarios we faced.

For the first situation we faced, Leroy played the role of the unlucky casualty. He played his part so realistically, that I felt quite weak at the knees. I was completely engaged throughout. The session ended when we were able to help in saving Leroy’s life after he ‘accidently’ stabbed himself in the leg with a knife.

On the second day, (even better than the first), we had to deal with six scenarios, some in groups of two and some in larger groups. We faced everything from campfire explosions to Leroy falling out of a tree and Paul (another trainer) shooting himself in the leg. One of the most fascinating parts of the day was learning how to make a stretcher out of coats, emergency splints and what to do if someone falls unconscious.

The final day was even more absorbing and we were faced with travel health, unconscious casualties in complete darkness, hypothermia, spotting the signs of heat exhaustion before it becomes Heat Stroke and rescuing casualties from car accidents.

My fellow course members were all fascinating people in their own right, with such a diverse range of talents and film skills. Working with them made the course even more enjoyable and I very much hope that I get to work with all of them sometime again in the future.

First Aid in Remote Locations group

At the beginning of the course, I was enthusiastic, but slightly apprehensive; by the end I was confident, a little less scared of blood and completely exhausted.

I must give a massive thank you to BECTU and Creative Skillset; without them, I wouldn’t have been able to have taken the course and to Lazarus for their training, endless skills and knowledge. I never knew that First Aid training could be so rewarding and enjoyable.

 

Charlotte Austwick.

Charlotte is a freelance filmaker.

When #trainforreal becomes “it is real”

Those that have attended one of the many Lazarus first aid training courses, really appreciate the “trainforreal” scenarios. Equally, they understand the importance of those soft, reassuring skills, that can really make a difference to somebody that has suddenly become critically ill.

Last Monday morning whilst preparing the training room for 18 people, who were joining us for a first aid at work course, I was suddenly overwhelmed by excruciating chest pain. After spending many years in the NHS ambulance service and having past experience of a heart attack, I knew that I was in a serious condition. At that very moment, I was lucky that members of the Lazarus team were at the office. They sprang into action, as if they were playing out a “train for real” scenario. Except this wasn’t role play and as a team, they hadn’t rehearsed. They seemed to know instinctively, what was expected of them.

Alistair, knowing that the office was a safe environment, moved quickly onto assessing my response, airway, breathing and circulation. At that time, I was alert (remember AVPU). I clearly had a patent airway but my breathing was rapid and uncomfortable. He then took the first radial pulse. These actions were repeated continuously until the Paramedic arrived.

After a 999 call was made, Riana went to reception to await the arrival of the emergency services. For those of you that have been to our training centre, you’ll know that it’s a bit of a labyrinth and without Riana’s assistance, the Paramedic would have wasted valuable time trying to locate the office.

Paul, with whom I was sharing the training duties and had first realised that something wasn’t right had the difficult job of explaining to and calming down 18 people who had arrived for their first aid course only to discover that one of the trainers was in a potentially life threatening condition and was in fact receiving first aid. Although I suspect that being a retired sub-officer from Essex Fire & Rescue, he was calculating the best way to remove the roof.

Whilst all of this was happening, of course I was petrified and this is where two special ladies, Alison and Samantha stepped up. They both held my hand, reassured me, kept me calm. They made me smile, they made me laugh. Their presence and demeanour,  took my mind off what was a scary situation. Those soft skills, which were a massive part of my own ambulance service training, were of equal importance as the clinical assessments being undertaken by Alistair.

I must have drifted into semi consciousness because for those of you that remember AVPU, Alistair was noting my response to pain by pressing firmly on my clavicle. When the Paramedic first administered morphine and asked me to score my pain, I gratefully confirmed that the chest pain had subsided to a manageable 5 but Alistair’s interpretation of P, hovered stubbornly at around the 9 mark. Those army guys must be made of iron.

Alison accompanied me in the ambulance and whilst the crew were attending to my medical needs, she continued to keep me smiling. When my wife and daughter arrived at the hospital, it was Alison who greeted them with a reassuring smile and hug.

In truth, I needed to undergo diagnostic tests that could only be carried out in hospital using equipment that costs hundreds of thousands of pounds but had it not been for the actions of Paul, Alistair, Riana, Alison and Samantha, I might not have been in such a good condition when the emergency services took over and that, is what good first aid is. That, is what you will learn from a Lazarus first aid course.

My family and I owe a big, big thank you to the Lazarus staff that were in the office that day but I know that had it been any of the others that weren’t there, they would have acted in just the same professional and caring manner. So I’d like to big up each and everyone of them.

Claire, Kelly, Natalie, Mick, Mark, Minty, Tony, Barry, Chris, Leeroy, Tom and Thomas.

Garry- first aid trainer at Lazarus Training.

We are happy to confirm that Garry is fine and has returned to work, at the time of writing he is in Glasgow providing trainforreal scenarios for a media client.

If you would like to know more about our # trainforreal approach to our first aid training call us on 0800 242 5210 or visit our training scenarios page.

Workplace first aid training requirements

Workplace first aid training requirements are something many businesses forget to consider or are unsure of. Basically workplace first aid training is often a requirement of even the smallest of workplaces, which must make arrangements for action in event of an emergency, provide a first aid kit and possibly provide trained workplace first aiders.

The focus is now on the employer to decide their own requirements following an assessment of their workplace, workforce and activities. To assist with this assessment you may want to use our handy first aid requirements calculator, which can be accessed by clicking the logo below.

Workplace first aid requirements calculator
Workplace first aid requirements calculator

The calculator asks a small number of questions about your workplace and work activities and then generates a report which may act as the framework for your own assessment. For many workplaces the report will be sufficient to decided on your workplace first aid training requirements, but it can be updated and amended as required by the user. The report is available in PDF format and information is provided on what first aid training, if any, is required.

Each report is different, but it is likely to refer to courses such as First Aid at Work courses, Emergency First Aid at Work, Basic Life Support and Defibrillator training sessions.

You might find it useful to read our article about the due diligence for first aid training that employers should consider before selecting their training provider.

Our range of workplace first aid courses meet the Health and Safety Executive recommended content for first aid courses, covering every ones’ needs. We run First Aid at Work courses, Emergency First Aid at Work, Basic Life Support and Defibrillator training sessions.

Lazarus Training provides a number of workplace first aid courses, all run in a highly practical and interactive way, by training staff with relevant qualifications and experience. All our first aid courses are aimed at making you confident to provide first aid at work when required.

 

These are supported by our more general health and safety courses, such as Fire Marshal’s and our popular Fire Safety- Basics.