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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.

New dates for FPOS I courses near London

Looking for FPOS I courses near London? Good News- Lazarus Training which is based in Essex has begun to release its dates for 2016.

Due to demand we will be adding more FPOS I courses near London over the coming weeks, but the first course with spaces is currently the 8th-12th February 2016.

Covering the required syllabus, but in the highly practical #trainforreal way that Lazarus is know for, those successfully completing the course gain the BTEC/Edexcel IHCD First Person on Scene Intermediate qualification- popular in the maritime security and close protection industry. To find out more about our style of training visit the training simulation page of this website.

Lazarus Training is a training company, but our training team is still “out there doing it”- with trainers from [or still serving] as paramedics, fire and rescue, law enforcement, maritime and military backgrounds.

Our team has recent experience in Afghanistan, Turkey, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Europe, Kenya, Pakistan, so know what it is like to be on the ground.

FPOS I courses near London

8-12th February 2016- Lazarus Training, Southend on Sea, SS9 5LY. The course costs £350 + VAT including certification. Discounted rates are available for our premier customers.

More dates will follow, but if you have a group of people needing this training we can arrange a bespoke course. Call us on 0800 242 5210 or email info @lazarustraining.co.uk [remove the space between info and @] to get a specific quote.

The FPOS I course is near Southend on Sea, at our Eastwood training centre.

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There are many local hotels, many of our delegates stay in the local Premier Inns. The nearest train stations are Rayleigh [approx 40 mintues from London] on the London Liverpool Street-Southend line and Leigh on Sea [approx 35 minutes from London] on the London Fenchurch Street-Southend line.


Call us on 0800 242 5210 or email info @lazarustraining.co.uk [taking out the space between info and @] to find out more.

Please note to attend this course you will need to be physically fit and able to confirm your identity with photographic ID, contact us to find out more.

Asthma in the news and on our courses.

Asthma is a medical condition which is currently in the media a lot, but what is it and why the recent news coverage?

What is Asthma?

As a medical training company we are often asked “what is asthma?” Strangely there are a number of answers! Most definitions focus on the air passages that allow us to breath, the airways. Commonly in asthma the person experiences a narrowing or restriction in air flow through these airways. As asthma varies from person to person, there can be a number of causes of this: bands of tissue around the outside of the airways can constrict, tightening the airway; the inner lining of the airway can become inflamed, thereby narrowing the airway; mucus can build up inside the airway. For many sufferers it is actually a combination of this that causes the symptoms they experience.

Common symptoms of Asthma

Different people have different symptoms [how they feel] when affected by asthma, but common symptoms are: wheezing, coughing – often at nighttime, tightness of the chest.

What causes Asthma?

This also varies a lot from person to person, as there are many different “triggers” [what causes the symptoms] which can cause the person to have an “attack”. Common triggers are: pollen [which is why the story is currently in the news]; smoke; exercise; mould/fungi; stress; pollution; dust mites but this is not a definitive list. Testing is available to find out what might be an individual’s triggers as if the person can avoid these it should reduce the risk of an attack.

What to do is someone is having an Asthma attack.

Any suspicion that someone is having an asthma attack should be taken seriously, sadly 3 people per day die in the UK from asthma attacks and in around 2/3rd of those cases the person could have been saved with appropriate and prompt care.

Try and keep the person calm.

Get them to sit up, not lay down.

If they have a “reliever” inhaler, normally coloured blue, then they should take one puff as per the instructions.

If this doesn’t make them feel better you can repeat the use of the inhaler every 30-60 seconds. It is sometimes necessary to use the inhaler a few times, but if using the inhaler isn’t helping, or the person starts to feel worse call 999 for an ambulance.

If you have recently been diagnosed with Asthma, know someone who has, or are just seeking further information we would urge you to visit the website of Asthma UK. Here you can find a wide range of materials, guidelines and topical information such as asthma during Ramadan. Their website is linked to the name above or can be found at this address: http://www.asthma.org.uk/Default.aspx

International first aid training by Lazarus Training

Lazarus Training has been running a series of international first aid training across Europe this year.

After running some of our #trainforreal first aid training for a company based near London, we were asked about running the same programme for other parts of the company based across Europe. Being part of the the “big” european community should make this simple! However there are somewhat different first aid guidelines for each country.

We began by confirming with each local office the legal requirements they had to meet, then mapped these against the original course programme. The original programme had been written to meet the UK workplace requirements for first aid training and this was then used as the framework.

Allowing for the differing workplace first aid training requirements and the differences in first aid kit contents took a bit of mapping work, but was fairly easily solved. International first aid training by Lazarus Training doesn’t just happen, after the drafting of the scheme of work, timetables and lesson plans we visited the client’s premises to get a better feel for the working environment of the delegates. This lead to a change in the plans to include more practical scenarios once areas had been identified, but it also lead to more subtle changes- old work uniform being provided for the casualty and mannikins- all aimed at personalising the training for the client/delegates.

With the experience of delivering international first aid training by Lazarus Training many tasks are almost second nature: selecting equipment which can withstand the rigours of transport yet not exceed baggage allowances [or rules]; insurance; using plain English etc.

Lazarus Training has experience of delivering training internationally which has lead to us updating our training materials, having keywords translated into French, German, Czech and Arabic- both in script that delegates would recognise, but into a format that our training team can use during our #trainforreal scenarios.

If you would like to know more about our first aid training, or our international travels get in touch via info@lazarustraining or on [+44] 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.

Freelancer safety training- a view point on National Freelancers Day

Media from hostile environments is increasingly gathered by freelancers, as the bigger organisations take a more risk adverse outlook. Often the freelancer finds themselves plunged into the situation and reporting within hours of making the decision, typically lacking any form of freelancer safety training.

As we approach National Freelancers Day on 21st November 2014, it is fitting to reflect on the risks to freelancers aiming to make their name in hostile environments.

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INSI records the tragic casualty figures for media workers, including freelancers. Their casualty counter [at time of writing] sits at 99, almost awaiting to “click over” to the horrific landmark of 100 media worker deaths. Where is the most “dangerous” place to work in media? INSIs figures suggest that Pakistan sits ahead of Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, with shooting being the main cause of these deaths. For full figures from INSI click here.

So if the leading cause of death is shooting, is there anything that can be done? Bullet proof vests- are only fully bullet proof in the movies, those offering the highest levels of protection, often simulatenously providing the greatest limitation to movement. Should a freelancer hinge their safety on the ballistic properties of their body armour? Or is a wider approach required?

Many of the larger media outlets invest in providing their media staff traveling to warzones and disaster areas with safety training, typically called Hostile Environments Training. This training commonly focuses on the complete approach from pre-deployment planning, via risk assessment, critical decision making, kit selection and typically first aid training. These courses are extremely worthwhile, but can often be too costly for the freelancer to access.

If time allows the freelancer can often cover a number of these topics themselves, gathering resources from a number of sources, INSI has a wide range of resources and advice [including risk assessment templates] which can be downloaded from their safety pages.

Health issues can be researched via websites such as the American Centre of Disease Control, with many training providers offering remote area or hostile environments first aid training [including us] but there are also a number of useful books and apps. This will be the subject of another post to come shortly.


Dehydration is defined as when the body loses more fluid than it is taking in. It is easy to imagine this happening with someone is exercising hard, or is in a hot environment, but can you get dehydrated in the normal workplace?

The body sheds fluids in a number of ways, including the obvious toilet stuff, such as sweating but also in your breath [but only tiny amounts]. So even in the office or workplace it is likely that our fluid levels are decreasing, additional factors such as air-conditioning or heaters can accelerate this process. As long as the fluid levels are regularly topped up this is fine, but if for any reason our fluid intake drops [or stops] then we can begin to become dehydrated.

On some of our travel medicine courses we are asked how much should my fluid intake be?

Repeated studies have failed to reach clear answers on recommended fluid intakes, as the physical characteristics of the individual are key, but the UK Food Standards Agency recommend drinking 1.2 litres each day. This is based on the the “average” person, living in the UK, during “normal” weather. People traveling or working in hot environments, or in other situations which increase the speed where fluid is lost, need to increase their fluid intake. Some militaries working in hot environments have increased the individual fluid intake to around 11 litres per day.

How to recognise dehydration

Two of the earliest signs of dehydration are thirst and dark urine. Thirst is probably the easiest [and more pleasant] one to monitor in the office, but it also has a flaw: the thirst sensation is removed before the required amount of fluid has been replaced. Knowing this we can ensure that we continue to take fluids on board past the point of quenching our thirst.

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Our favourite “what colour” image from ultrarunning.com – which explains the spelling!

Symptoms of dehydration may include:

dizziness or light headedness

confusion and difficulty with concentration



dry mouth, eyes and lips

passing small amounts of urine infrequently- this means less than three or four times daily

If the dehydration becomes severe it can result in:

not passing urine for eight hours

dry skins that slowly returns when pinched upwards

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sunken eyes




Treatment of dehydration

Individuals with have their favourite “fluids”, but the recommended fluids to help treat or prevent dehydration are: water, semi-skimmed milk, diluted squash or diluted fruit juices. In the case of treating dehydration, there are commercially available re-hydration solutions which work to replace not just the fluids lost but the additional salts and minerals.

You should resist the temptation to gulp the fluid, no matter how thirsty, as this can lead to a reflex form of vomiting, which will further dehydrate. People planning to carry out long periods of physical activity in hot environments should plan breaks and their fluid intake. For those on the move, products such as water bladders which can be worn on the back or carried in bags are recommended.

Treatment of babies and children

Plenty of fluids is the treatment of choice in dehydration, but with babies it is often wise to avoid fruit juice as this can make diarrhoea and vomiting worse. In children it is often helpful to supplement water with diluted fruit juices or squash. Giving water alone could further dilute already low levels of minerals in the child’s body.

Most cases of simple dehydration can be simply dealt with by re-hydrating, but a visit to the doctor or hospital may be required if you see signs of severe dehydration [as outlined above] or if symptoms continue. If a baby has six or more diarrhoeal stools or vomits three or more times in 24 hours you should contact your GP or out of hours medical advice provider.

False widow spider bites

False widow spider bites is a topic that has been raised a few times on our first aid training courses, particularly our paediatric first aid courses. There has been many reports, most including horrific pictures of the resulting “injuries”, about people in the United Kingdom that have been bitten by the false widow spider.

False widow spider bites
False widow spider bites

The spider can be recognised by their shiny, black bulbous bodies, thick legs and a skull like pattern on the “back’. Whilst the spider has been in the UK since the late 1800s, there is an increasing number of reports of spiders bites and according to Stuart Hines of the Natural History Museum’s Identification and Advisory Service, they account for the most reported spider bites in the UK.

The false widow spider is probably implicated in so many bites, due to sharing our habitat and an increased knowledge of its distinctive appearance. It is however commonly mis-identified.

If you, or someone with you, is unfortunate enough to be bitten, try not to panic! According to Stuart Hines, no one in the UK has died from a spider bite. Most of the horrific images are caused by secondary problems such as bacterial infections.

You can check the signs and symptoms using the NHS website, but obviously if you are concerned you should seek medical advice.

Lazarus Training- about us.

Lazarus Training is a UK based training organisation, specialising in first aid and medical training, but you probably want to know a bit more about us.

One of the main things that makes us “different” from other first aid training organisations is our #trainforreal ethos. We believe that training should be as close to real as possible: real settings; real cases and most importantly really hands on. In a real first aid situation you don’t normally get offered four options to choose from [like in a multiple choice question paper]. You need to be able to make assessments and decisions despite the pressure you will be under. First aid training matters- it could literally be a matter of life or death.

Our experienced team of trainers, assessors and support staff are linked by their passion for practical, realistic and empowering training. We believe that we should #trainforreal meaning that training must reflect the reality of what people may actually face. You can find out more about our approach/scenarios here. With a variety of professional backgrounds, but united by our standards and commitment we aim to make your delegates confident in applying their emergency skills in the real world.

The range of courses run by Lazarus Training is wide, but covers paediatric first aid, workplace first aid, first aid for police officers, hostile environments training, automated external defibrillator, fire safety and travel health courses. Lazarus Training completed HSE approval, is a Qualsafe training centre, is a member of the Association of First Aiders and is approved by the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons [Edinburgh] for its police medical training.

More detail about our courses, or about Lazarus Training as a company, can be found on this website or by contacting us on 0800 242 5210.