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Paediatric & Workplace First Aid Training covering Hampshire & Dorset
The First Aid Zone provides high quality training across Hampshire and Dorset. We train individuals, the general public, businesses and organisations in First Aid related subjects in Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, Weymouth, New Milton, Lymington, The New Forest, Southampton, Eastleigh, Winchester, Salisbury, Basingstoke, Farnborough, Andover, Fareham, Portsmouth and surrounding areas.
COVID -19 The First Aid Zone update statement 4/4/20
The following information is from the UK Resus website for anyone who is performing CPR/defibrillation in an out-of-hospital setting. Click here to view the British Resus Council website.
Whenever CPR is carried out, particularly on an unknown victim, there is some risk of cross-infection, particularly when also giving rescue breaths. Normally, this risk is very small and is set against the inevitability that a person in cardiac arrest will die if no assistance is given. The first things to do are shout for help and dial 999.
• First responders should consult the latest advice on the Government website. Click here to view the latest Government advice on their website.
• Those laypeople and first responders with a duty of care ( first-aiders in the workplace, sports coaches, dance teachers etc.) that may include CPR should be guided by their employer’s advice.
• This guidance may change based on increasing experience in the care of patients with COVID-19.
• Healthcare workers should consult the recommendations from the World Health Organisation and Department of Health and Social Care for further information, and advice by nation is at the conclusion of this statement.
Resuscitation Council UK Guidelines 2015 state “If you are untrained or unable to do rescue breaths, give chest compression-only CPR (i.e. continuous compressions at a rate of at least 100–120 min-1)”.
Because of the heightened awareness of the possibility that the victim may have COVID-19, Resuscitation Council UK offers this advice:
• Recognise cardiac arrest by looking for the absence of signs of life and the absence of normal breathing. Do not listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the patient’s mouth. If you are in any doubt about confirming cardiac arrest, the default position is to start chest compressions until help arrives.
• Make sure an ambulance is on its way. If COVID 19 is suspected, tell them when you call 999.
• If there is a perceived risk of infection, rescuers should place a cloth/towel over the victims mouth and nose and attempt compression only CPR and early defibrillation until the ambulance (or advanced care team) arrives. Put hands together in the middle of the chest and push hard and fast.
• Early use of a defibrillator significantly increases the person’s chances of survival and does not increase risk of infection.
• If the rescuer has access to personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g. FFP3 face mask, disposable gloves, eye protection), these should be worn.
• After performing compression-only CPR, all rescuers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water; alcohol-based hand gel is a convenient alternative. They should also seek advice from the NHS 111 coronavirus advice service or medical adviser.
It is known that paediatric cardiac arrest is unlikely to be caused by a cardiac problem and is more likely to be a respiratory problem, making ventilations crucial to the child’s chances of survival. However, for those not trained in paediatric resuscitation, the most important thing is to act quickly to ensure the child gets the treatment they need in the critical situation.
For out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, the importance of calling an ambulance and taking immediate action cannot be stressed highly enough. If a child is not breathing normally and no actions are taken, their heart will stop and full cardiac arrest will occur. Therefore, if there is any doubt about what to do, this statement should be used.
It is likely that the child/infant having an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest will be known to you. We accept that doing rescue breaths will increase the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, either to the rescuer or the child/infant. However, this risk is small compared to the risk of taking no action as this will result in certain cardiac arrest and the death of the child.
• COVID-19: guidance for health professionals [Public Health England]: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus
COVID -19 The First Aid Zone statement 23/3/20
ALL COURSES ARE NOW SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE WE HAVE CONTACTED EACH PERSON / SETTING WITH A SCHEDULED BOOKING INDIVIDUALLY BY EMAIL.
Thank you – we will continue to put updates here as they occur.
We offer a full range of courses and specialise in Paediatric First Aid training which meets the requirements for Early Years settings & OFSTED.
We can now deliver a combined Emergency First Aid at Work & 12 Hour Paediatric course – ideal for Nurseries, Pre-Schools and Primary Schools.
We also offer Family First Aid, Infant /Child Resuscitation and bespoke courses to suit your individual needs eg, courses for babysitters, fitness instructors and youth clubs.
First Aid Courses for:
➢ Early Years
Why choose the First Aid Zone?
We provide affordable, high quality and informative training. Our courses are usually delivered by accredited health professionals. We offer a full range of certificated first aid courses. Training at our venue, your workplace, or a location convenient to you. Courses are adapted to suit your individual needs.
We can provide annual refresher/online training as required.
On completion of courses individuals will be able to respond to an emergency situation confidently.