Improve first aid capability and compliance


PEACE OF MIND:  Safety is at the core of everything that you do. So when we place our children into the care of a youth organisation, we assume that you'll do everything possible to keep them safe and looked after. And if an accident were to happen we expect that the trained adult staff or other trained youth leaders will know exactly what to do.  Anybody can deal with cuts and scrapes, but parents actually assume that you've had extensive first aid training and that you could pretty much deal with any medical emergency, competently.


THE REALITY: The majority of youth leaders have only had a days training.

  • Even if you've had extensive first aid training, you'll suffer skill fade, in fact you'll start to forget stuff the moment that the course ends and without constant revision and the maintenance of skills, that skill fade will only get worse.
  • So are youth leaders actually prepared and competent? Probably not as well prepared as we think.
  • Also; a real emergency might just be the most terrifying and overwhelming situation that they've ever experienced and even with support from others, nobody can predict what actions they might take or forget to take.
  • When a child dies, or ends up in an intensive care unit, how will you know that everything that could have been done was done? The answer, you won't... and nobody wants to find themselves in a situation where they spend the rest of their lives asking the question, did I do everything that could have been or should have been done.


Until now; there has been no real alternative; but our unique Emergency step-by-step guides improve First Aid compliance and capability. They work by helping the user to unlock knowledge and ensures that you will rapidly carry out the correct actions, competently, with confidence and without omission, first-time, every-time. Our system reduces your organisations responsibility to facilitate the retention of skills and it mitigates your overall risk. The system is so simple that a 12 year old can use it to start saving a life in under 60 seconds and it provides both you and your parents with peace of mind. It’s an easy system to integrate and requires no additional training. The books are self explanatory, just issue them to your first aiders and ask them to familiarise themselves with the new system.


First aid training in its current form is an outdated and inadequate system that too often fails the first aider when they need their skills most, during an actual emergency. Your organisation may have ticked the box of compliance by providing basic training, but you cannot guarantee corporate peace of mind, because you can't predict competence.


As soon as the course ends,  legal responsibility for revision, maintenance of skills and the ultimate performance of the first aider is passed to the youth organisation. A first aid certificate is just like a vehicle MOT; valid on the day of issue, but if your brake lights fail while the certificate is valid, the owner will be held responsible and accountable, not the garage who conducted the MOT, or in this case, the company that provided your first aid training.


The benefits: Update your risk assessment and direct your first aider to use our guide to assist them   during an emergency and...


  • The guide helps the first aider to focus and unlocks knowledge when they need it most; during an actual emergency. No first aid manual or app can do this.


  •  The guide provides peace of mind for the organisation, the first aider and the casualty, that everything that can be done, will be done.


  • Making our guides available reduces the need for revision and reduces your responsibility to facilitate the retention of skills. It ensures that the first aider will carry out the correct action, without omission, competently and with confidence for over 40 otherwise complex medical emergencies.


  • Provided that you make it mandatory for everybody to carry a pocket sized book on their person and there is a step-by-step book in every first aid box, you can guarantee robust and full compliance with 2015 first aid guidelines, which reduces your overall liability.


First Aid should be a core subject in the syllabus of every youth organisation.

Our books provide your instructors with an opportunity to:

  • Easily integrate the Step-by-Step Guides into your lesson plans or course syllabus. A first class training aid.
  • No special instructions required, it's so intuitive.
  • Perfectly suited to scenario based casualty simulations. Make them as simple or complex as you like and If every member carries a book in their pocket as an integral part of their kit, an instructor can spring a first aid scenario on members at any time and in any situation.
  • our guides cover more than 40 of the most common medical emergencies.
  • Eliminate student frustration as they no longer forget what they were taught only 10 minutes ago.
  • Eliminate lesson inertia, because you don't have to suffer the constant stop/start to the flow of a lesson, having to repeat the same information over and over again.
  • Teach more content in less time.
  • Convenient too... If your stuck for ideas, pick any medical emergency and watch even novice first aiders respond to the challenge with confidence and enthusiasm.
  • The more that students use the Guide, the more confident they become.
  • The flow diagrams help students to create a mind map and skills soon become embedded.
  • Suitable for students as young as 12 years of age.


Your current first aid arrangements; do not guarantee even the medium term competence or capability of the first aider. Here are just some of the fundamental flaws of your current first aid training arrangements and how they are failing you, while costing a small fortune...


  • Because first aid is not something that people do every day, they will suffer “skill fade”. It is inevitable. In fact; they’ll start to forget stuff, sometimes important stuff the minute that they finish the course. Until now; without constant revision, their first aid at work certificate might merely be evidence that they once knew something.


  • First aid is ordinarily taught in a benign classroom environment. This does not and never could prepare the first aider for the potentially overwhelming emotional impact of a real emergency.


  • Under the pressure of a real medical emergency, nobody could predict what information the first aider might remember, what wrong action they might perform or what they might fail to do.


  • In a UK survey of 300 FAW trained people aged 18 to 55 conducted by us; we found that 68% of our sample group admitted to lacking confidence in their ability to deal with any situation other than basic CPR, choking, bleeding, burns and stroke. All had done an annual refresher course within 7  months of the survey. These results are consistent with the findings of national first aid charities.


  • First aid is not just CPR and basic bleeding breaks and burns. It includes a wide range of medical conditions and sometime complex variations of a condition that requires rapid diagnosis and rapid treatment. Without constant revision and practice, your current first aid training arrangements do not adequately prepare lay people to retain sufficient knowledge to effectively deal with these complex situations and do not guarantee a reduction to the organisations liability.


  • Since the deregulation of first aid training in the UK, a whole industry of self appointed “first aid bodies and trainers” has emerged. The way that the subject is taught has remained largely unchanged for decades and rather than collaborating to make improvements to the system, each independent entity concentrates its efforts on competing for market share, while conveniently ignoring and often defending the inbuilt deficiencies and failings of the training that they actually deliver.


  • Responsibility for revision, maintenance of skills and the ultimate performance of the first aider continues to be passed to the employer or organisation the moment that the course ends. It’s just like a vehicle MOT; valid on the day of issue, but if your brake lights fail while the certificate is valid, the owner will be held responsible and accountable, not the garage who conducted the MOT.


  • The first aider may be protected by the “law of the good Samaritan” because after all, doing something is probably better than doing nothing. However; where it can be proven that the employer/organisation did not adequately assess the risk or indeed, where the employer/organisation did not make adequate provision for facilities and equipment or time and resources to enable the first aider to keep up to date, simply having  a “qualified” first aider on site will not necessarily deliver corporate protection for the business.


  • Current first aid training cannot mitigate the sometimes overwhelming emotional impact that a first aider may experience during a real medical emergency and it does not unlock knowledge or create focus when the first aider finds themselves in a panic and in need of assistance.


  • Our Ambulance Service is under constant pressure and unreasonable demand, so increasingly; there will be times when expert help might not be 10, 20 or even 40 minutes away. Therefore; providing your first aiders with a system that works, which unlocks their knowledge and that improves their competence and confident to deliver extensive life saving skills, is more important today than it ever  was.




When your first aiders knowledge lets them down and it inevitably will, our unique step-by-step guides won’t. It is a proven concept, tested on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan for over a decade. Compliant with International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, American Heart Association, European Resuscitation Council and UK Resuscitation Council first aid guidelines 2015.


Our unique guides are available as a standard publication in any quantity, or as a bespoke, corporately branded publication with a minimum order of 5,000 books. They are waterproof and grease proof, tear resistant and hand made in Britain.


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.



In the past five years, 28 US Boy Scouts, adult leaders and invited guests have died in outdoor activities. The list was compiled from news accounts, law enforcement reports, lawsuits and other public records. It excludes other deaths that involved occupational accidents, heart failures that occurred during non-strenuous activities and transportation accidents.


1. Ian Joshua Miller, 2010, Coudersport, Pa. Sledding: head injury


2. Corey Buxton, 2010, Zion National Park, Utah. Hiking: Hypothermia.


3. Anthony Alvin, 2010, Gemini Bridges, Utah. Hiking: fall


4. Michael Sclawy-Adelman, 2009, Big Cypress National Preserve, Fla. Hiking: heatstroke


5. Timothy Nunn, 2009, Philmont Scout Ranch, N.M. Hiking: heart failure


6. David Campbell, 2009, Arkansas River, Colo. Rafting: drowned.


7. Craig McCuistion, 2009, Snake River, Wyo. Rafting: drowned


8. Daniel Fadrowski, 2009, Peach Bottom Township, Pa.  Heart attack


9. Luis Alberto Ramirez Jr., 2008, Yosemite National Park, Calif. Hiking: fall


10. Payden Sommers, 2008, Tar Hollow State Park, Ohio. Hiking: hypothermia


11. Finn Terry, 2008, Clackamas River, Ore. Canoeing: drowned


12. Sean Whitley, 2008, Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation, N.J. Camping: burns from campfire


13. Caleb Williams, 2008, Little Sahra National Recreation Area, Utah. Camping: tunnel collapse


14. Tyler Shope, 2007, Hidden Valley Boy Scout Camp, Penn. Camping: hit by falling totem pole


15. Thomas Fogarty, 2006, Portsmouth, N.H. Parade: fell off float


16. Paul Ostler, 2005, Camp Steiner, Utah. Camping: struck by lightning


17. Jeffrey Lloyd, 2005, Adams County, Idaho. Camping: fell from zipline


18. Luke Sanburg, 2005, Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Backpacking: drowned


19. Chase Hathenbruck 2005, Animas River, N.M. Rafting: drowned


20. Ronald Bitzer 2005 Ft. A.P. Hill, Va. Camping: electrocution


21. Mike Lacroix 2005 Ft. A.P. Hill, Va. Camping: electrocution


22. Michael Shibe 2005 Ft. A.P. Hill, Va. Camping: electrocution


23. Scott Powell 2005 Ft. A.P. Hill, Va. Camping: electrocution


24. Ryan Collins 2005, Sequoia National Park, Calif. Backpacking: lightning


25. Steve McCullagh 2005, Sequoia National Park, Calif. Backpacking : lightning


26. Kelly Beahan, 2005, Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation, N.J. Camping: hit by falling tree


27. Nicholas Johs, 2005, Atlantic Ocean, N.J. Boating: struck by propeller


28. Matthew Johnson, 2005, Chugach National Forest, Alaska. Backpacking: hit by falling tree


Not all of these injuries will have been survivable, In reality; supervising adults will always do their best, but the current system of first aid is inadequate and flawed.  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 organisation and the family of the casualty could be reassured that everything that could have been done, had been done...



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