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A wider knowledge of simple first aid techniques could save thousands of lives each year, the St John Ambulance charity has said. It is focusing a new campaign on five health emergencies which account for 150,000 deaths each year in England and Wales. These include heart attacks, choking and severe bleeding. Research shows that many people first onto the scene of an accident did not know what to do, and would wait for help to arrive before helping themselves. The first 5 minutes after an accident are often the difference between life and death. The charity is offering a free pocket booklet which it feels will boost the survival chances of many more patients. It believes that if confident first aiders were present on more occasions, many lives would be saved.
Although we rarely have to use it all personal trainers at Diets Don’t Work are highly qualified and hold a relevant first aid certificate. A qualified first aider must know how to recognise and deal with life threatening problems, to administer artificial ventilation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to control bleeding, to protect injuries from infection and other complications and to arrange for professional medical attention and transportation in the shortest possible time. The first aider must take control of the situation, organise bystanders and most of all keep calm while working under pressure.
Some points to remember if you are faced with an emergency:
Then do your ABC’s:
Airway: place hand on casualty’s forehead to open the airway and check for obstructions. Place two fingers under the casualty’s chin and lift the jaw to bring the tongue away from blocking the trachea.
Breathing: place your cheek close to the casualty’s mouth and at the same time look at the chest for movement, look listen and feel for breathing for at least 10 seconds. If breathing, place in the recovery position, but DO NOT move if you suspect back or spine damage, leave in the position as you found them.
Circulation: check this every 10 seconds, look, feel and listen for signs of life, check the neck or wrist for a pulse.
So hopefully that will help, remember that we will not push you to the point of first aid in any of our personal training sessions!! It’s just important that if you are thinking about having some sessions with a personal trainer be sure that they are properly qualified, as the industry is fairly unregulated and many claim to be a trainer without the requisite knowledge. All our personal trainers in London, Windsor, Maidenhead and the Thames Valley are qualified to REPS level 3, including first aid.