SCHOOLS & FIRST AID
ROBUSTLY IMPROVE FIRST AID COMPLIANCE AND CAPABILITY
PEACE OF MIND: All responsible schools pay special attention to health and safety compliance. And if an accident were to happen you expect that your first aid trained staff will know exactly what to do. But they probably won't:
THE REALITY: The problem with first aid is; people have jobs to do and lives to live. First aid isn’t something that they practice every day and it’s not something they revise on a regular basis. So they suffer “skill fade”. It’s inevitable. In fact; they’ll start to forget stuff the minute that they finish the course and at that moment, legal responsibility for revision, maintenance of skills and the ultimate performance of the first aider is passed to the you the employer.
Also: first aid training has remained largely unchanged for decades, usually taught in benign classroom conditions, it’s an outdated and inadequate system that could never prepare the first-aider for the potentially overwhelming emotional impact of a real emergency. In fact, in any situation, nobody could predict what information the first aider might remember or what they might fail to carry out. It's an outdated and inadequate system that can leave the first-aider ill-equipped to perform their role and employers exposed to a minefield of risks and liabilities. All really critical issues that training organisations have subtly and conveniently ignored for far too long.
Emergency First Aid Step-by-Step Guide
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Baby & Child Emergency First Aid Step-by-Step Guide
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Everybody should learn first aid because some knowledge is better than none, schools should continue to train first-aiders, but simply ticking the box of compliance has never guaranteed you corporate peace of mind. Unfortunately, you’ve always, maybe unwittingly, carried the responsibility for the maintenance of the first-aiders skills and remained liable for any incompetence. A first aid qualification is like an MOT certificate, valid only on the day of issue and thereafter, your school will be held responsible and accountable for any failings, not the trainer who conducted the course and certainly not the first-aider.
So What? We’ve replaced an outdated and inadequate system with one that actually works.
A system that delivers corporate peace of mind, a concept that was proven on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. It mitigated risk, reduced liability and improved capability for the MOD and it can do the same for you. It’s simple to implement and it guarantees that the first-aider will carry out the appropriate actions, with competence, with confidence and without omission first-time every-time. No first aid book, manual or app can do that.
Our unique, pocket size, waterproof, greaseproof and tear resistant little flip books are so simple that a 12yr old can use them to start effective treatment in under 60 seconds. It’s an easy system to implement. Simply issue them to your key workers/first-aiders and put them in your first aid kits. In minutes everybody can familiarise themselves with the new system, no training required and no time away from work. Then update your first aid needs assessment.
OUR BENEFITS: Our system is easy to integrate and requires no additional training or time away from work because the books are self explanatory. You can simply issue them to your teachers or nominated first aid personnel and ask them to familiarise themselves with the new system and update your risk assessment.
HOW TO BUY OUR BOOKS: Our books can be purchased in any quantity up to 50 books from AMAZON, there is a 35% discount applied at checkout for orders over 10 books. Alternatively; you can buy our books direct from us in quantities over 50 books at £5.50 per unit. Take a look inside CLICK HERE.
WHEN THE FIRST AIDERS KNOWLEDGE LETS THEM DOWN
OUR UNIQUE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDES WON'T
The step-by-step guides were born out of a need for change:
In the UK 140,000 people who could have survived, die every year because there wasn't somebody available who had either the confidence or competence to deliver effective first aid.
Parents at schools in Lancashire have been paid nearly £800,000 in the last few years after winning legal cases against the local council and schools. The awards include £12,519 to a pupil who fell while climbing a tree on school grounds and another who won almost £50,000 after hurting his hand climbing a gate. A Freedom of Information request revealed there were 100 successful claims over injuries sustained while on school property between 2006-07 and 2011-12. Figures show a total of £783,831 was paid by Lancashire County Council in public liability payments to parents who have sued over trips, falls and similar incidents involving pupils. The largest single injury payout was £100,000.
1. A five-year-old was eating lunch at School when he began to choke. While someone should have been on hand to administer blows to the back, the Heimlich, or CPR. During a situation that was fraught with panic and emotion, nobody had either the confidence or competence to provide effective help. He collapsed. An ambulance was called to the scene and he was rushed to hospital. Sadly, it was already too late. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, He was pronounce dead.
2. Boy chokes to death at Hull school during dinner break.
3. A 12-year-old boy has died more than a week after falling from a staircase at a school in Norwich.
4. Londonderry teenager collapsed and died in front of his school friends.
5. 15 year old boy, stabbed to death outside school in north-west London.
6. A 60 year old male teacher became suddenly breathless with chest pain. students ran to the next classroom for assistance.
The teacher rapidly lost consciousness and started to fit. The school first aider and an ambulance was called for. The first-aider treated the casualty for an epileptic fit and even when the seizure had stopped, the first aider failed, for several minutes more, to recognise that the casualty was in cardiac arrest. The ambulance took 15 minutes to arrive.
In all but one of the cases presented, everybody had received assistance from somebody who had been first aid trained and qualified, but every first aider, either lacked the confidence or competence or both, to carry out effective and immediate first aid that may have saved a life. This is not uncommon and to some extent, under current arrangements it is understandable, given that it's not something that these people deal with on a daily basis. However; for the casualties and their families, inaction or incompetence would be neither understandable or acceptable. We do not suggest that effective first aid would have definitely resulted in a life being saved or further injury being prevented. But in all of these situations, knowing that everything that could have been done, was done, provides peace of mind for everybody.
There are certain people in society who are not medical professionals, but who we rely on to be capable of providing effective and immediate help during a medical emergency. These people include school teachers, nursery workers and people who have specific workplace roles as a trained first aider. We expect them to be confident and competent in their skills. When their actions or inaction falls short of our expectations, we often feel let down, vulnerable or even angry. Angry to the point of bringing a law suit.
In reality; most of these people are only doing their best, even when their best falls short of our expectations. So we decided that we could help them to do more, to unlock their knowledge, to guide them step-by-step, so that even if the worst happened and the casualty didn't survive, both the first aider, their employer and the family of the casualty could be reassured that everything that could have been done, had been done...
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