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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.

So what did you do at work this week?

Some people might see Friday as a good day to reflect on what they have achieved at work this week. Others are just looking forward to the weekend. As we prepare our training room for this weekends paediatric first aid course [that’s how some of our team are spending this weekend], laying out the kit for our delegates to practice their life saving skills, we starting talking about what had we done this week, month and so far this year.

We’re not normally that philosophical on Fridays, but that’s what happened. The conversation turned to the merits [or not] of working weekends. With many of our training team having worked in the emergency services, weekend working isn’t new territory, but we appreciate that for some of delegates it’s not welcome news!

The achievement we’re most proud of is the number of people we are introducing to life savings skills. In February 2016 we trained 248 people in first aid, 232 in January. So that is a total of 480 people prepared to save a life and it’s only the beginning of March!

In many ways we hope none of these “480” ever need to use their life saving skills, but the law of averages means that someone, will use some of their life saving skills at some point.

Teenaider first aid training is back.

Teenaider first aid training is aimed at teenagers and other young people who may find themselves providing emergency medical care without immediate adult supervision. As teenagers discover their independence they might find themselves being the “grown up” in a medical emergency- perhaps a friends has had an accident, or a parent or carer has been taken ill, then it would be down to the teenager to summon help and potentially provide basic life saving help. Our Teenaider courses are designed to provide the skills and confidence that might be needed to help in these types of situations.

As with all the first aid training provided by Lazarus Training we believe training must be practical and aimed at the real life situations the delegates might face, two principles we sum up as #trainforreal and “first aid training is a contact sport”. On this course your teenager will receive instruction in:

Scene safety

Calling for emergency help

Casualty assessment

CPR

Airway management including choking and vomiting

Control of bleeding

All training is conducted in a life like manner and is designed to build the confidence of the teenager and ensure the principles are firmly in mind by the end of the course.

The main session is 3 hours long, with additional 3 hour sessions available for those that wish to really explore the topic and their skills and reactions. The training is currently run at our Leigh on Sea venue, but we can travel to groups such as schools, scouts etc.

All training is conducted by qualified instructors, most with a background in the emergency services. Training involves some physical activity such as laying on the floor and clothing may get slightly dirty. For full details of what should be worn, ask our office team for our “You want to be a Teenaider” leaflet.

Our Teenaider first aid training is normally run during school holidays, but can also be arranged for weekends on request.

Teenaider first aid training

To book the course, or to find out more call us on 0800 242 5210 or email us via info@lazarustraining.co.uk

Chainsaw operators first aid training

Imagine a catastrophic bleed from the neck, caused by a jagged piece of metal. The casualty is covered in their own blood, as their precious supply pumps out into the muddy ground beneath them. Their colleague is trying to fight through the protective body armour to get to the wound, but every second counts.

But this casualty isn’t in some far flung war zone, they are someone working in the UK, but they have been injured whilst using a chainsaw.

Every employer has a duty to provide the necessary safety equipment and training to ensure people can work as safety as possible, but hitting a nail or knot in the wood being cut could lead to the type of injured describe above.

Whilst running some recent Emergency First Aid at Work training for a local council, we meet some people worried about the above happening in front of them. They enjoyed our #trainforreal ethos and have gone away knowing that “first aid training is a contact sport”, but only as the course closed down did they admit the concern and that they had been provided with Celox dressings following their employer’s risk assessments.

Now first of all lets acknowledge that this is good- an employer thinking about their staff, but if highlighted an interesting question: should there be a chainsaw operators first aid training course covering the use of Celox and tourniquets?

We certainly believe so and those people we have spoken to also believe there should be some form of chainsaw operators first aid training course.

Lazarus Training specialises in working with industries and groups to develop specific first aid training solutions, rather than trying to make the “standard courses” fit into increasingly varied workplaces. We believe that the course should always contain the HSE required first aid content, but it should also be highly practical and focus on the real life situations the delegates might end up facing.

If you have any suggestions or comments on this topic, we would love to hear them. You can contact us on 0800 242 5210 or via info@lazarustraining.co.uk.

If you are interested in the one day and two day chainsaw operators first aid training packages we are currently trialing you can also contact us on the above.

Trauma training guidelines for our delegates

Trauma training guidelines are in place to ensure that trauma treatment is delivered in a recognised and reliable format. Most trauma training guidelines used on courses are based on a balance of medical and educational needs and ideas.

Much of our trauma training works to the following guidelines:

 

SAFE Approach

S- Shout for help

A- Assess the scene and approach with care

F-Find the casualty and free them from danger

E-Evaluate- the Mechanism of injury [MOI] and then the casualty

 

CABC assessment

C- Catastrophic bleeding- is there obvious catastrophic bleeding [normally compressible bleeding]?

A- Airway-is there a clear and open airway?

B- Breathing- is the casualty breathing normally? Check first for breathing, then if the breathing/ventilation is adequate.

C- Circulation and Shock- is there any other wounds? Perform a blood sweep and consider shock.

D- Disability- is there any sign of a head injury or lowered level of response? Remember AVPU- Alert, Voice, Pain, Unresponsive

E1- Expose- expose the casualty to assess fully for injuries- the best first aid is naked first aid.

E2- Environment- is the casualty getting cold or hot?

E3- Evacuate- how is the casualty getting to medical care.

 

MIST

When handing a casualty over to medical care you will only have a short period of time to impart what has happened. Depending on the medical staff you may have only 30 seconds to impress!

M- Mechanism of injury

I- Injuries seen or suspected

S- Signs and symptoms

T- Treatment given [or planned]

 

The MIST handover is sometimes enhanced with the pre-fix- AT ie AT MIST

A- Age

T- Time of incident.

These trauma training guidelines are not designed to replace training, more to act as a reminder for those that have attended training such as our Authorised Firearms Officer standard medical training or our media safety courses. Other trauma training guidelines are used [such as MARCH] and these will be covered on future blog posts.

We have deliberately keep this post as blank as possible to allow readers to copy and paste the guidelines is wished.

If you would like to know more about trauma training contact us on 0800 242 5210.

Media first aid training

Media first aid training is a specialist topic, in which Lazarus Training has years of experience. Having worked closely with large media organisations and regulating bodies, we can now offer a range of media first aid training courses covering all the requirements of the industry or sector.

 

The basic level is the First Aid in the Office or Studio course, this one day course is designed to meet the requirements of media staff in static locations, with medical help nearby but who may be mixing with the public.

 

Our First Aid on Locations course is just that, two days of practical media first aid training, covering the basics up to dealing with a road traffic collision. This course is highly practical, including the use of training scenarios with fake blood and injuries. This course includes the First Aid in the Office or Studio qualification.

 

Our First Aid in Remote Locations lasts three days and builds upon the First Aid on Locations course. Designed for groups working remote from medical assistance this courses includes travel health and prolonged care of someone injured or taken ill.

 

All our training is focused on the individuals attending the course and their likely working environment. We ensure that the training reflects the needs of the delegates and the first aid equipment they will have access to [or not as the case may be]. Our training is well known for its practical nature and is summed up in our #trainforreal ethos.

 

Assessment is carried out during the course, meaning there is no final written exam- as there isn’t in real life. Delegates need to be prepared for the physical nature of the training and need to wear older clothing which they won’t mind getting dirty!

 

 

If you want to know more about us visit the about us pages of this website, or view the training scenarios and simulations page to see about our training. Otherwise give us a call on 0800 242 5210 to discuss your media first aid training needs.

Casualty simulation ideas

Casualty simulation ideas come thick and fast in the Lazarus Training office. We like to include a lot of casualty simulation in our first aid training courses and this requires some practice and a few props.

The professionals providing this for the movies often have the luxury of time whilst preparing their “work”, whereas we are often rushed [to ensure our delegates get as much practice as possible] and often have to perform “on the scene repairs” after the casualty has been treated.

Our hard work making this work on our first aid courses, has lead to us being asked to help out some of our clients in making TV programmes. You can see an examples of this below, where one of our directors was asked to help our with casualty simulation and first aid treatment advice.

You can also see what this looks like from the delegates point of view in the following video, which was taken using a Go-Pro camera mounted on a helmet during these scenarios.

But as the season for fancy dress parties starts to approach we have started to share some basic casualty simulation ideas with you via our YouTube channel. We are trying to focus on ideas with a low or zero cost and using as many materials from round the house as possible.

Our first video covers how to make a hideous open wound, complete with exposed tendons and other bits! We must say at some point that no one was hurt in the making of these videos, although a few hairs were lost due to the PVA glue being used spilling out!

There are a number of organisations which can help you develop your casualty simulation ideas, but we are happy to answer questions posted either here on other on our Facebook page.

Remember that the above examples are to demonstrate what we do on our courses and to assist you with a bit of fun, but please do this responsibility and ensure the safety of yourself and your “victims”

Teenaider first aid training coming to Southend this half term

Teenaider first aid training skills

Teenaider first aid training is being run by Lazarus Training this half term, covering immediate life saving skills, this is the perfect way to “fill” a few hours this holiday. As parents ourselves we know the challenges of keeping your children occupied during school holidays, such as half term. Teenagers can be both easier and more difficult at the same time! Knowing all these problems, Lazarus Training has come up with a solution! Teenaider first aid training!

These 3 hour courses are designed to provide some key, potentially life saving skills for your teenager [and a few hours respite for you].

Full details of the course content can be found on our website page: Teenaider first aid training

The courses run on either a morning session [10am to 1pm] or an afternoon session [2-5pm] at our Southend, Essex venue. We can provide additional dates or travel to run the session for specific groups such as sports clubs, scouts, church groups etc.

Our trainers come from a variety of backgrounds, but all are qualified and experienced first aid instructors who know how to keep teenagers engaged in the training. By the end of the session they will have had the chance to practice a range of potentially life saving skills.

The course is run most school holidays, but this coming half term [October 2014] we are running the session at a specially reduced price of £15 per delegate. This covers the 3 hours training, refreshments during the course and a certificate of attendance.

 

To find out more about us a company you can view this website or give us a call on 0800 242 5210. You can also check out what people have to say about us on our Facebook page.

Meningitis information resource

Meningitis Trust logo on Lazarus Training website
Meningitis Trust logo on Lazarus Training website

Meningitis is a subject that we cover on our paediatric first aid courses, but such is the level of concern we are often asked for extra information or recommended avenues of support. In April 2013 the Meningitis Trust and Meningitis UK merged to form one larger and stronger organisation to further their shared aims. For those seeking information on Meningitis this means a single point of access to a wealth of information. So when asked for additional information on Meningitis or how to access help and support we don’t hesitate to recommend the Meningitis Trust website or point people towards its facebook page.

First aid training for parents

On a normal school day, most parents will drop their children off at school confident that their welfare will be catered for. Amongest the many welfare needs covered by the school will be provision for emergency first aid in event of an emergency. Most schools will have staff trained to various levels, such as Emergency First Aid at Work or with reception classes Paediatric first aid, all covering the basics of keeping a child alive until professional medical care arrives. Many courses also cover the more mundane bangs and blows of the playground, thankfully the more common of the two scenarios.

But come the school holidays, what first aid provision is provided for your children? Many parents will have received first aid training via their workplace, some will have attended first aid training when their child was a baby, but as the child grows and becomes more adventurous many parents let their first aid knowledge slide.

One quick easy fix is to access some online learning, the easiest being via Youtube, which contains countless videos on key topics such as CPR and the recovery postion. Just ensure you find one which relates to the area in which you live. If you wish to take it further many first aid training organisations offer short first aid courses aimed at parents, typically running for 3 hours or shorter.