Childhood scrapes and grazes: what is the right first aid?

KarynChildhood, First Aid, injuries, Parents

The holiday season is here!!  The weather is warm, kids are playing, the bikes, scooters and skates are out….  some might even be learning to ride a bike for the first time.  Unless you wrap them in cottonwool, wounds, grazes and scrapes are a part of childhood that can’t be avoided.  Instead, it’s best to keep up to date with the best way to manage them. Over the years the first aid advice for wound … Read More

Ambulances: why are we so hesitant to call them?

Karyncommunity, emergency, First Aid

In my capacity as a Nurse and First Aid Trainer, I have been noticing something worrying within the community. It may not be a new trend, but it is certainly one that could cost lives….   I am faced with this hesitation/reluctance several times a month in my capacity as a nurse in the community. I have seen the uncertainty amongst people when I have attended incidents within the community. I even hear the reluctance … Read More

First Aid Myths… Fact or Fiction??

KarynFirst Aid

First aid: fact or fiction?

At most of my first aid or parent first aid courses an old wives’ tale or remedy comes up.  They often cause a chuckle and often someone will absolutely swear by them.  We all have those “first aid cures” that we were bought up on…. I remember my mother putting something blue form the laundry on my bee stings.  I can’t even tell you what it was but she swore by it.  Whilst I am … Read More

How Head2toe First Aid was “born”

KarynFirst Aid, Parents

As a nurse, I am fairly confident with being in a first aid situation. Don’t get me wrong, depending on the situation I still get a burst of adrenaline, I would worry if I didn’t. But I can think clearly, I can make logical decisions and I can take appropriate action. To top this off, I had spent years working with children…. I was totally ready to be a parent and deal with the little … Read More