What is asthma?
What causes asthma?
What can trigger an asthma attack?
Why can’t I take tablets to treat asthma?
We recommend the website of Asthma UK as a great resource to answer these and other questions. On our first aid courses, particularly our paediatric first aid courses we are often asked about asthma and have found the Asthma UK website to be a great, easily accessible resource. It is frequently updated, for example it currently has information about fasting and asthma due to Ramadan.
Asthma UK is the UK’s leading asthma charity, and with approximately 5 million people in the UK having asthma, it is a busy organisation.
The need for first aid training in schools is well established, but finding the right course for your school isn’t as clear. Workplace first aid training is currently regulated by the Health and Safety Executive, but most is aimed at the average workplace, rather than the specific environment of a school. Whilst many first aid skills are universal, for example we all bleed the same way, providing first aid to a child has specific challenges. To reuse our example, a child’s body reacts differently to the effects of blood loss than an adult’s. To ensure that school staff are capable and confident to apply first aid to a child, the training must allow them to practice relevant skills, in an appropriate setting, with age appropriate manikins.
With the forthcoming changes to the structure of first aid training, schools will be able to dictate their requirements to their training provider. The HSE will set underpinning standards/requirements, but the emphasis is increasingly on schools satisfying themselves of the suitability of the training proposed.
Lazarus Training has a range of courses for schools that meet the current workplace requirements. Scenarios are relevant to the age range of schools, using our own videos and photos. Our staff are experienced and qualified in providing medical care and training, but Lazarus Training works with schools to ensure that its training is current, relevant and reliable. To find out more visit our primary schools first aid training website or our main site.
As Lazarus Training expands, we have opened a new office and training location in Leigh on Sea, Essex. We will still be running our first aid training courses at our Rayleigh and West Leigh training venues, but our first aid training department has a new regional office at Stephenson Road, Leigh on Sea, Essex.
The benefits of technology to health care are many and varied, but the obvious uses of scans and x-rays isn’t the focus of this post. On the BBC News website a story was recently posted about the use of a mobile phone app to raise awareness of the damage alcohol can have on the body. The original article can be found here.
The concept of being able to place medical information and educational content directly into the hands [and therefore potentially into the minds] of the public, is something which can only grow. With the mobile phone market expanding rapidly and the increasing proportion of smart phones, the medical community must embrace this avenue of promoting information and good practice, but also take advantage of this method of allowing the community to access services and to some degree educate itself. For many people their mobile phone is one of the first things they check when leaving their house, some feel almost naked when without their phone, making the mobile phone an obvious target on which to “lodge’ medical information or provide ready access to it.
Some good examples of access to information and advice are the Oxford Handbook range of apps, [such as Tropical Medicine- recommended on our MACE programme]. Aimed at medical care professionals, the information is easily accessible for anyone with medical/first aid responsibilities. With a wide range of titles it is easy to find a relevant app.
Another favourite of our first aid training team is the UKParaPack, this app features UK paramedic guidelines. Or for the more day to day questions that many of us have about our health there is the NHS Direct app [follow the links within the page for the different platforms] which we recommend on our courses, particularly our paediatric first aid courses.
All online sources of advice [such as the apps mentioned above] cannot replace professional medical advice, but may provide guidance and reassurance and in many cases work alongside existing healthcare provision. Where will the technology take us next?
Most of our first aid training courses are run at the clients’ premises, but we do also run what we call “open courses”. We host these courses and then you can book onto it individually or with your friends and colleagues. We have a number of training venues, our popular paediatric first aid courses are often run at Rayleigh at weekends.
Most of our first aid training courses are run at the clients’ premises, but we do also run what we call “open courses”. We host these courses and then you can book onto it individually or with your friends and colleagues. We have a number of training venues, our popular paediatric first aid courses are often run at WestLeigh Baptist Church.
The same great training as always, but now with the further confirmation that our paediatric first aid training has been audited and approved by Southend Borough Council as being appropriate paediatric first aid training.
The same great training as always, but now with the further confirmation that our paediatric first aid training has been audited and approved by Essex County Council as being appropriate paediatric first aid training.
Those of you looking for paediatric first aid training in Essex, will be pleased to hear that Lazarus Training has been approved by Essex County Council for its paediatric first aid training. So childminders etc can book our paediatric first aid training courses safe in the knowledge that we are approved by Essex Council.
For details of our paediatric first aid courses click here, or to discuss your needs call 0800 242 5210.
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