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  • Can I be sued?
    a casualty in an emergency Recognising Treating an Asthma Attack How to use an adrenaline auto injector like Epipen Jext and Emerade Can I be sued One of the questions people ask most frequently on courses is whether they can have a claim bought against them as a result of their treatment of a casualty There are many factors which need to be taken into account when considering this question however no legal precedent has been set in the UK where a casualty has sucessfully sued an individual who gave him treatment in an emergency resuscitation situation In the case of resuscitation the casualty would almost certainly die without intervention meaning that the risk of being found to be liable for causing injury following a resuscitation attempt is very small In the UK the Resuscitation Council UK publishes or endorses guidelines to assit those attemtping resuscitation They have an excellent article on their website entitled The legal status of those who attempt resuscitation which discusses this very grey area in detail All React First courses are taught in accordance to the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines which are available for download here React First Ltd 12 Cadogan Gardens London SW3 2RS

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  • Heart Attack Recognition
    a severe pain in the centre of the chest to having mild chest discomfort that makes you feel generally unwell The pain often feels like a heaviness or tightness which may also spread to the arms neck jaw back or stomach Or it may affect only the neck jaw arms or stomach You may also sweat feel light headed feel sick or be short of breath Symptoms can be very mild and produce little discomfort In some cases people mistake the pain of a heart attack for indigestion and may never report it to their doctor If you experience any of these symptoms don t ignore them Call 999 immediately Very common typical heart attack symptoms Central chest pain Pain in your arms neck or jaw Feeling sick or sweaty Feeling short of breath Less common less typical symptoms A dull pain ache or heavy feeling in the chest A mild discomfort in the chest that makes you feel generally unwell The pain in the chest can spread to the back or stomach A chest pain that feels like a bad episode of indigestion Feeling a bit light headed or dizzy as well as having chest pain More information on

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  • Should you take asprin if you think you are having a heart attack?
    risk of bleeding associated with taking aspirin every day its best to check with your GP if you really need it Why is a heart attack an emergency A heart attack is an emergency because the sudden loss of blood supply to the heart muscle causes two problems It increases the risk of having a life threatening irregular heart beat Sadly three out of every ten people who have a heart attack will die before they reach hospital because of an irregular heart beat It causes their heart to stop and without emergency resuscitation they will die That s why it s important to call 999 immediately and why the British Heart Foundation has trained people in the community how to respond appropriately to emergencies It kills your heart muscle Your heart needs a constant supply of blood and oxygen to keep it alive and healthy Once that blood supply gets interrupted your heart muscle will start to die If a large part of your heart muscle dies then it can have significant implications for your quality of life in the future You could become very limited by chest pain and breathlessness Every second counts If you think you are having a heart attack dial 999 immediately it could save your life and your heart muscle What is the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest A heart attack occurs when one of the coronary arteries becomes blocked by a blood clot stopping the blood reaching the area of heart muscle that it supplies The muscle is starved of the blood and oxygen that it needs and can be seriously and permanently damaged unless the blood flow is restored That s why it is important to call 999 immediately when you think you are having a heart attack

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  • Watch out for Weevers!
    the sand at low tide If you are unfortunate enough to step on a weever fish and allow it to discharge its venom through its spines and into your foot you are likely to experience intense pain The pain will be at its worst for the first two hours and your foot may become red and swollen and you may be left with some irritation and pain for up to two weeks after the sting If a spine has broken off in your foot you might need to visit a doctor to have it removed Death is extremely rare The only recorded death in the UK occurred in 1927 when a fisherman off Dungeness suffered multiple stings There is some suspicion that the victim may have died of other medical causes exacerbated by the stings 1 Treatment for Weever Fish stings The affected limb or wound should be immersed in water as hot as can be tolerated comfortably for 15 minutes but as a rule of thumb the longer the delay before heat is applied the longer the treatment should be continued Some cafes in Cornwall and other surfing areas keep a bucket for this purpose This deactivates the venom

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  • How to Remove a Ring Stuck on a Finger
    the thought of having it cut off then read on for a little trick that works when all else has failed It may be a little bit painful but it could save you a costly trip to the jewellers and all you need is some dental floss tape and a paper clip If you suspect that the finger could be fractured or if there is any neurovascular compromise or any obvious deformity DO NOT use this method instead you must seek immediate medical attention Step 1 Open up the paper clip and tie one end of the dental tape around the paper clip Use the rigidness of the paper clip to pass the tape under the ring Leave the long end of the tape on the finger tip side of the ring Step 2 Take the long end and wrap it quite firmly around the finger Contine wrapping and spiralling down the finger towards the knuckle This can be a little bit uncomfortable so try to do it as smoothly and quickly as possible Step 3 Holding the end that you have been wrapping in place take hold of the other end of the tape which should be between the

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  • How to Remove a Tick
    held Lift the hook very lightly and TURN IT screwing or unscrewing The tick detaches by itself after 2 or 3 rotations DO cleanse the bite site tweezers and or tick removal tool with antiseptic before and after removal DO wash hands thoroughly afterwards DO save the tick in a container in case you develop symptoms later and label itwith date and location DO NOT squeeze or twist the body of the tick This may cause the head and body to separate leaving the head embedded in your skin DO NOT use your fingernails to remove a tick Infection can enter via any breaks in your skin DO NOT crush the tick s body This may cause it to regurgitate its infected stomach contents into the bite wound DO NOT try to burn the tick off with cigarettes or matches apply petroleum jelly nail polish or any other chemical Any of these methods can cause discomfort to the tick resulting in regurgitation or saliva release Other tick removal methods If you do not have one of these tools use a pointed set of tweezers Grasp the tick firmly and as close to your skin as possible In a steady motion pull the tick s body away directly outwards without jerking or twisting It may put up quite a bit of resistance If you have no tools at all do not delay removing the tick Take a loop of cotton thread tie it around the tick s mouth parts and pull gently upwards Lyme Disease Tourist information offices are not obliged to warn tourists if there are holidaying in areas where TBE or Lyme disease are prevalent The Tick Alert campaign aims to raise awareness of tick borne diseases both at home and abroad Tick Alert warns UK holidaymakers and travellers

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  • Treating an Adder Bite
    venomous snake is the Adder or European viper vipera berus Adder bites are uncommon and only normally occur if the snake is provoked Do Calm and reassure your patient Do Wash the surface of the wound to remove any venom left on the surface Do Immobilise the limb which has been bitten Do Transfer patent to hospital quickly by ambulance if possible Bites may cause significant discomfort and medical problems

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  • Treating a Nose Bleed
    Treating an Asthma Attack How to use an adrenaline auto injector like Epipen Jext and Emerade Treating a Nose Bleed A nose bleed like any other bleed needs firm direct pressure to be applied for 8 10 minutes for clotting factors to form and the bleeding to stop Remember this is going to seem like a very long time to the person you are treating DO sit the person down reassure them and pinch the nose at the tip If it hasn t stopped after 8 10 minutes reapply pressure for a further 8 10 minutes you can use this time to ask the casualty if they are taking any medication If people are using medication such as warfarin which thins the blood it will take longer for clotting factors to form If the person becomes unconscious you need to lay them on their side in a safe airway position and check regularly that they are still breathing DO NOT treat a nose bleed by tilting the head back and pinching the nose Tilting the head back means that blood will run down the back of the throat and possibly into the stomach which could cause vomiting React First Ltd

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