Can you help?

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Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, any time. Could you help?

You’re in the supermarket, enjoying a coffee, in your local café, on a night out with old friends or just walking down the street.

Suddenly, someone if front of you drops to the ground. They’re unconscious and not breathing.

What will you do?

Walk by and pretend you didn’t notice.

Get out your mobile phone and start recording what’s going on, better still take a “selfie”

Stand there, transfixed in panic

Or will you be the one with the confidence to do something.

Check for signs of response and confirm if the person is breathing? They may have had a cardiac arrest.

Can you instruct one of the bystanders to call 999 to call an ambulance and find out where the nearest AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is kept?

Can you start CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation). Compressing the casualty’s chest 30 times and then giving 2 rescue breaths, repeatedly, until professional help arrives makes a difference.

Do you know where your nearest AED is kept, would you have the confidence to open the box and use it? If you want to know where your nearest public AED is located here’s the Save a Life app to help.

Making a difference

You really can make a difference by starting CPR and defibrillation, immediately. Follow the Resuscitation Council Chain of Survival

Resuscitation Council Chain of survival
Resuscitation Council Chain of survival


Learning Basic Life support skills like CPR and how to use an AED are brilliant life skills which you really should know. Book one of our CPR First Aid Training Courses

Remember, it’s not always someone else lying on the cold ground, unconscious and not breathing,

it could be a close relative, a best friend or


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Acid attack first aid

household corrosive productsMalicious acid attacks using corrosive substances are, sadly, on the increase.

Although still a relatively uncommon weapon, acids and other corrosive chemicals create injuries that are life-changing for the victim.

Household cleaning products include toilet cleaners and bleach which are readily brought in supermarkets and hardware shops as well as battery acid contain these hazardous chemicals.

This is why, we all need to know what to do in the event of an attack

In August last year the NHS, the British Burn Association and the Royal College of Surgeons launched the Report, Remove and Rinse campaign

As soon as you’re aware of an acid attack taking place, shout for help and get someone to call 999 and explain what has happened, put the phone of speaker phone, so you can talk directly to the ambulance service.

Protect yourself from acid attacks

Make sure there is no continuing risk of attack and the assailant has either been immobilised or has left the scene.

But you must be sure that you’re not at risk, before attempting to administer first aid, additional casualties are not helpful.

Put on gloves

Every first aid box will have some form of protective gloves so make sure you use them.

Check the floor and adjacent surfaces for chemical spills before you kneel down.

acid and corrosive warnings

Take Action

Take immediate and appropriate action following acid attacks to remove the contamination.

If the chemical is a powder brush it gently off the skin before washing. Watch out for airborne particles.

Never wipe or rub the area.

Carefully cut away all clothing from the area, shears are usually in the first aid box.

Never pull T-shirts over the head, because chemical may get into the eyes.

Make sure not to pull any clothing stuck to the skin, cut away all contaminated clothing, with the shears.

Immediately after acid attacks start flushing the whole area with copious amounts of clean water and continue to do so for 20 minutes.

Rinsing within 1 minute of the event will reduce complications.

This makes the difference to the, pain, suffering, scarring and long-term recovery of the casualty.

Continue flushing for a further 15 to 20 minutes, if it’s still burning.

The best sources of water are a tap, hose or shower, drinking water bottles are insufficient for more than initial flushing, but several water cooler bottles can be used.

David Ward, President of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), said:

“BAPRAS surgeons specialising in burns and trauma have seen first-hand the devastating impact on patients admitted to A&E after vicious corrosive substance attacks. They cause severe pain, scarring which can be life-long, and can damage the sight, sometimes leading to blindness. Unfortunately these vindictive attacks are on the increase.

“The minutes after an acid attack are critical for helping a victim. This guidance BAPRAS has published with NHS England gives the important, urgent steps a victim or witness can take to help reduce the immediate pain and damage, and long-term injuries.”

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