Defibrillator in the community – how does it work?

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

You have probably heard of a defibrillator, you might even have seen them in the community? Coded cabinets often yellow with a coded lock where access is given from the ambulance service to use the lifesaving equipment inside.

Public Access Defibrillator cabinet
Community public access defibrillator cabinet with 24/7 access

Most of all…… Do you know what a defibrillator looks like and how to use one?

Car First Aid Kit, big enough to make a difference

Small enough to fit in the door pocket, big enough to make a difference! Our Car first aid kit is essential for every car Our highly popular car first aid kit is a must for any car. Filled with essential items that can make a difference if you come across an accident while out and about. Ideal for families, commuting and even

In Case of Emergency Children’s Party Contact List

Planning and hosting a Childs party can be a stressful time. Before you know it everyone has arrived and the party is in full swing. As parents we don’t always think about what will happen during an emergency. It could be a child with a food allergy, an asthma sufferer or a serious accident happens and you are left

Choking, It’s not just the food!

When it comes to choking we usually think of food as the primary cause. Choking on food is a risk as food is something we usually eat on a daily basis, however understanding other causes that would make someone more prone to choking is also important.

What is Choking?

Choking is defined as either a partial obstruction (mild) or complete obstruction (severe) of the airway.

The two key factors are:

  1. Recognition
  2. First Aid

Who is at risk and why?

Generally, the risk of choking is increased in the following:

  • Babies and children
  • The elderly
  • Those with certain medical or health conditions

Babies and children tend to want to put everything in their mouth. Items including:

  • Coins
  • Small batteries
  • Small balls
  • Grapes (especially whole ones!)
  • Hot dogs
  • Bottle tops
  • Other small objects

Generally anything that is small enough to choke on is a risk.

The elderly could choke on food, medications or hard boiled sweets. It would always be wise to watch and be more aware of Babies, Children and the elderly when they are eating.

Medical or health conditions that can affect the way someone swallows, chews or their ability to maintain a good upright posture will all be an additional risk factor for choking.

Those with certain medical or health conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, History of Strokes, Dementia or anything else that may affect their swallowing, chewing or ability to control how much food they are eating at once also need to be considered when looking at risk. This would be particularly useful for care setting staff and those who work or live with anyone listed above.

Choking Treatment

Early recognition of choking is important to reduce the time someone’s airway is obstructed for

ADULT & CHILD (over 1 year)

Book your 2 Hour Essential First Aid Awareness course, Thursday 14th January 2016 at Lincoln City Football Club

Essential First Aid Awareness – Thursday 14th January 2016 LOCATION: Travis Perkins Executive Lounge, Lincoln City Football Club, LINCOLN LN5 8LD Join our team for a 2 hour session – you can be the difference for 2016 and beyond Sessions start at 11:00, 13:30 and 16:00 Each session is just £5 per person, You will

Effective First Aid Training and knowledge saves lives – how important do you value basic first aid skills?

Effective First Aid training can make all the difference. Getting the basics right is key to all first aid.

Recently Octagon Technology sent their employees on one of our 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work training courses in Lincoln. Mastering the basics creates Effective First Aid.

Effective First Aid Training and knowledge saves lives – how important do you value basic first aid skills?

We never know exactly when an injury or illness may happen to us or the people around us. So is it important to know how to cope with a medical Emergency? All employers have a legal duty to arrange for the immediate care of employees if they become ill or suffer an injury when at work.

Octagon Technology sent their employees on a first aid courses run by Nick Hargreaves. Nick is a valuable client of Octagon Technology who they provide IT support and backup services for.

Effective First Aid Training

Lack of first aid skills can kill

Thousands of people are dying each year in situations where first aid could have made the difference. This includes 29,000 who die from a heart attack, 2,500 who asphyxiate from a blocked airways and nearly 900 people who choke to death. It is estimated that every year 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. These events may occur at any time often without any warning and may affect your employees, yourself or even your customers.