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SUMMER ISSUE 2012

You kiss them every day. If you had to give the kiss of life, would you know how?

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This issue we want to recognise the First Aid Stars of 2012. Nominate today and give someone the chance to win a Scottish First Aid Award.


Why choose St Andrew's First Aid? Experience

Reputation

For over 100 years we have been teaching skills to help deal with a First Aid emergency. You can trust in us.

As the official First Aid organisation for some of Scotland's most exciting events like T in the Park, we are known for consistently delivering the highest standards of First Aid cover and training.

People We teach life saving techniques to over 20,000 people each year and have some of the most experienced and highly qualified Trainers in the country, known for their professionalism and approachability.

Community We are deeply rooted in the Scottish community and our services are available to everyone, everyday and everywhere. We bring everything First Aid to the people of Scotland.

Your first call for First Aid

www.firstaid.org.uk St Andrew's First Aid, St. Andrew's House, 48 Milton Street, Glasgow, G4 0HR Charity No SC006750

0300 4 666 999


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We are looking for the First Aid Stars of 2012 Do you know an inspiring First Aid champion who deserves the recognition of a Scottish First Aid Award? They could be a First Aid volunteer, a child, or an adult who has displayed remarkable courage. Or perhaps you know a quick thinking neighbour or colleague who has saved someone’s life with their First Aid skills? We want to hear about them. Nominate now. Nominations are open until Friday 28 September 2012. Our panel of judges will announce their shortlist in October and successful entries will be invited to join us for a prestigious black tie awards event on Thursday 29 November 2012, at the City Chambers, Glasgow.

www.firstaid.org.uk/awards St Andrew's First Aid, St. Andrew's House, 48 Milton Street, Glasgow, G4 0HR Charity No SC006750

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Nomination Form 2012 Supported by: The Herald and Glasgow City Council

Thank you for nominating your First Aid Star of 2012. Please fill in this form and return in the envelope provided. Award category Name of Nominator (person recommending the award) Title

First name

Surname

Address of Nominator

Postcode

Contact telephone number

E-mail address

Name of Nominee (person deserving of award) Title

First name

Surname

Company name or St Andrew’s First Aid Division

Nominator's connection to the nominee

Please give a brief explanation why you think this person deserves a Scottish First Aid Award (continue on a separate sheet if necessary)

Signature of Nominator

Date


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The Scottish First Aid Awards have been created to champion First Aid in Scotland and recognise those individuals and businesses that are leading the way in its provision. We would like to encourage everyone to get involved. The awards are open to all, regardless of whether you have received First Aid training with St Andrew’s First Aid or another provider. We welcome nominations from individuals, businesses,

public sector organisations, shops, schools and many more. Entry to any of the awards categories is free and nominations will remain open until Friday 28 September 2012. In October, our eminent panel of judges will announce their shortlist.

THE AWARD CATEGORIES:

CATEGORY 1: The Workplace First Aid Award

CATEGORY 2: First Aid Volunteer Awards

CATEGORY 3: The Herald Community First Aid Award

Do you know someone in your workplace that deserves recognition for their First Aid skills? This category has been created to recognise such individuals or organisations that are championing First Aid training to their staff, the public and their customers. • Public/Not for Profit Sector Award • Private Sector Award

Volunteers are the lifeblood of a non-profit organisation. The Volunteer Awards category has been created to celebrate courageous volunteers who have demonstrated an excellent use of their First Aid skills in Scotland. • Young First Aid Volunteer of the Year (up to 15 years of age) • Youth First Aid Volunteer of the Year (16-24 years) • First Aid Volunteer of the Year (25 years and over)

As nominated and voted for by the readers of The Herald. This category has been created to recognise courageous individuals, valiant First Aid advocates and those who have excelled in using their First Aid skills in the community. We are seeking nominations from anyone, anywhere in recognition of a particularly inspirational First Aid achievement. • Young First Aid Champion (up to and including 15 years of age) • Community First Aid Champion (16 years and over)


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St Andrew’s First Aid officially launch a new commercial division

In June 2012 St Andrew’s First Aid officially launched a new commercial division, with the aim of consolidating our position as Scotland’s leading First Aid provider by increasing our share

of the work related training market in Scotland. This market is currently worth approximately £6 million a year.

We are here to help for all your First Aid training and supply needs. You can find out more and purchase both online.


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DO YOU WANT TO LEARN THE SKILLS TO SAVE A LIFE? Log on to www.firstaid.org.uk to find training courses near you

The new division will employ 25 people and will aim to generate a turnover of £1.4 million in the first year of operation.

The move is designed to equip the charity to deal with any potential changes to First Aid at work legislation, following the .. outcome of the Lofstedt Review - the Westminster government’s independent review into health and safety. The newly appointed Managing Director of the commercial division, Mary McLuskey said: “We don’t .. yet know what the outcomes from Lofstedt will be but we and our partners, the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance are all participating in regular meetings with the HSE. We have been a trusted and reliable provider of education, training and supplies for some years but by forming our commercial division now, we will set the standard in Scotland in workplace First Aid for the future.” There were 10,135 reported injuries to employees in Scotland last year and 2.1 million working days were lost due to work related injury and ill-health. Fifteen workers were fatally injured at work but this figure does not include deaths of people who became ill at work and could have been saved by First Aid intervention.

All profits from the commercial division will support the wider aims of the charity which are to increase Scotland’s First Aid skills and save lives. In line with these aims, St Andrew’s First Aid believe that work related training has a much wider impact on society than simply meeting legislative requirements. Mary McLuskey explains: “First Aid skills are transferable and can save lives outside of work, making communities more ‘resilient’. First Aiders can come to the assistance of anyone who suddenly falls ill or is injured by applying life saving techniques and the role of trained First Aiders at the scenes of natural disasters, accidents and terrorist attacks is well documented.

“ We believe companies should view First Aid training of employees not as a legislative burden but as part of their commitment to corporate social responsibility and community resilience. After all, what can be more socially responsible than helping to save a life?”

Recent research has shown that four in five businesses admit shortcomings in their First Aid training and cover, resulting in over 1,000 fines being issued last year alone.

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Thousands of people came from far and wide to attend the 165th New Deer Show which took place in Buchan, Aberdeenshire. Our local First Aiders were providing First Aid cover and fortunately the rain kept at bay as the weather held out for most of the two day agricultural event. The crowds of people attending were treated to a packed programme, including animal judging, scores of stalls, the Industrial tent and the food and craft fayre.

Younger visitors weren’t left out either, with lots of activities on offer. The centrepiece of the programme was the arrival of Jason Smyth, who wowed the audience on both days of the show with quad bike stunts as part of his Adrenaline Tour. First Minister Alex Salmond was present at the show and before he left he asked to be photographed with representatives from St Andrew’s First Aid.

First Minister for First Aid

Pictured with First Minister Alex Salmond is: Richard Walker, Bob Thomson, Ann Stewart and Sarah Wordie.

WHO WILL RISE TO THE CHALLENGE WHEN THE TORCH COMES TO TOWN? ST ANDREW’S FIRST AID EventScotland announced that more than 400,000 people turned out to wave on the Olympic Flame as it passed through towns, villages and cities across Scotland taking in some of our most iconic landscapes along an epic 846 mile journey. To ensure First Aid cover was in place, St Andrew’s First Aid had the honour to be on duty as it reached many of its destinations throughout Scotland. Among the 715 inspirational Torchbearers who carried the flame in Scotland was mountain bike World Champion Tracey Moseley, and Joseph Foster who helped to recreate the legendary Chariots of Fire scene on St Andrew’s West Sands beach. We managed to capture a few of our own very special pictures to commemorate our involvement with the Torch Relay, which has now been hailed a resounding success with Sport Minister Shona Robison describing it as “truly spectacular”.

Pictured with 2012 Olympic gold medalist Katherine Grainger are Gemma Kerr, Clydebank Company (left) and Shirley McNee, Stanley Company (right).


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We taught some First Aid skills to children this summer - FOR FREE Skills covered: Managing an incident Priorities of First Aid CPR Disorders of the airway Disorders of circulation Control of bleeding Burns and scalds Certification

Teaching children basic first aid skills

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This summer St Andrew's First Aid piloted our first FREE summer school First Aid courses for children. The 4 hour Emergency First Aid course was developed to teach children basic First Aid skills and the pilot courses were delivered in the community thanks to funding granted from a Trust. “We provided these courses free for children in the Glasgow, Dundee and Stirling areas,” said Sheila McPherson, Corps Development Manager at St Andrew's First Aid.

“They were tremendously successful and next year, if we secure enough additional funding, we hope to roll out similar courses throughout Scotland.” The courses were designed to help children make friends, develop confidence and obtain a sense of achievement in learning basic but essential First Aid skills in a fun and safe setting. All children who successfully completed the course were awarded a medal and certificate which is valid for three years.


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Together, we can save lives Scottish First Aid Week is all about raising awareness of First Aid and the role of St Andrew's First Aid in Scotland. Each year around 34,000 Scots are admitted to hospital as a result of burns, falls and choking; common accidents that require emergency attention. Yet research shows that 77% of people lack the knowledge and confidence to administer basic First Aid, and go straight to dialling 999. This is not only putting unnecessary pressure on our emergency services, but is also putting individuals at risk. Many everyday accidents cannot wait for the emergency services. It takes just four minutes for choking to prove fatal without appropriate action and, while it may take only seconds to dial three digits, the target response time for an ambulance to arrive is eight minutes. Remember First Aid can be life saving – literally - so during Scottish First Aid Week take the time to learn a little bit about First Aid.

You kiss them every day, but if you had to give the kiss of life, would you know how? In a crisis it’s vital that First Aid is delivered with confidence and at St Andrew’s First Aid, we want to teach you how. We care for the sick and injured and teach as many people as possible First Aid skills in Scotland. Our campaign theme for the launch of Scottish First Aid Week 2012 is “You give kisses every day”. Watch out for our campaign which will launch in September in the run up to Scottish First Aid Week.

Our wee box saves more than just change To support our aim to train as many people as possible with First Aid skills in Scotland, we have created our very own wee savings box. If you would like your own collection box, please e-mail fundraising@firstaid.org.uk, call 0300 4 666 999 or just drop us a note with your name and address and we will arrange for one to be delivered direct to your door. Please help us raise as much money as we can to support Scotland’s life savers.


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Scottish First Aid Week Raffle 2012 To help raise vital funds for our organisation we have organised a raffle for 2012. We have enclosed a raffle book in this edition of Response. Would you please support St Andrew’s First Aid and sell the tickets in this book? To enter just fill in the details on the counterfoils and return in the reply paid envelope along with a cheque or postal order made payable to St Andrew’s First Aid. If you would like to purchase more tickets then just give us a call on 0141 332 4031 or email fundraising@firstaid.org.uk and we will sort it out. With your help we can raise an outstanding amount of money to support our First Aid work in Scotland.

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We’re on the Check Out! We are delighted to have been chosen by ebay to be their Check Out Charity for our Scottish First Aid Week. For one week only, buyers will be asked if they would like to donate £1 or more to St Andrew’s First Aid to support our charity. This feature is part of the ebay for charity programme, which provides an easy way for buyers and sellers to support us. Sellers can choose to donate a percentage of any sale to St Andrew’s First Aid and add Gift Aid to their donation. So please remember to CHECK US OUT on ebay.


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First aider celebrates 50 years in voluntary sector Just over fifty years ago Robert Burns received his first certificate in First Aid. Since then he has been a very valued volunteer First Aider with St Andrew’s First Aid. Commenting on his service with the charity, Robert said: “It has been a great honour and privilege to be involved with the organisation for so many years. It has given me so many happy memories. I remember being on duty when Queen Elizabeth officially opened Glasgow Airport. We then had to pile into the back of ambulances that took us over to Clydebank for the launch of the QE2. When you consider the number of events that I have been to it makes me appreciate how lucky I have been”. Robert first became involved with St Andrew’s First Aid at the age of 17 when he decided to expand his knowledge of First Aid. He had been a member of the Boys Brigade which was what sparked his interest. Remembering his youth, Robert said: “As young boys we were all offered the opportunity to progress the training which we had received through the BBs. Not everyone did but it was something which I was interested in so I went along”. Two years later Robert joined St Andrew’s Ambulance Corps (now known as St Andrew’s First Aid). By now he was a 19 year old man in full time employment with British Rail, an organisation which had strong links with St Andrew’s First Aid at that time. In fact so strong were the links that Robert joined Queen Street BR Company - a Company mainly made up of members of British Rail. Robert said: “British Rail was great and really supportive of its members who volunteered with St Andrew’s First Aid. They would even give you time off to attend public duties (events).” This was the start of a long and distinguished association for Robert with St Andrew’s First Aid, one of the highlights of which was the award of an MBE in 1999. He was awarded the title by Her Majesty the Queen in 2000 and Robert recalled: “I had left for work early that morning and had missed the post. It wasn’t until I arrived at work that my wife Vivian called me to say I had received a letter from the Cabinet Office and she had opened it by accident.

Of course the letter only says that you have been nominated and asks if you will accept the award. In order to find out if I had been awarded an MBE, I had to wait until the honours list was published and then go out and buy a newspaper to see if my name was in it”. In 2012, Robert will have completed 50 years voluntary service with St Andrew’s First Aid. Commenting on this outstanding achievement, Stuart Callison, Chief Executive Officer with St Andrew’s First Aid said:

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of St Andrew’s First Aid and Robert’s half century of service to the organisation is a unique achievement. I would like to congratulate him on behalf of everyone at St Andrew’s First Aid.”

“ In a crisis it is critical that First Aid is delivered with confidence and without dedicated volunteers such as Robert we simply could not deliver First Aid in Scotland, which helps thousands of people every year.” To find out how you can be a St Andrew’s First Aid volunteer please visit our website: www.firstaid.org.uk/volunteering or e-mail us at: volunteering@firstaid.org.uk


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F Forget orge ett b brushing rru ushing u up p on on yyour our F French rench b before effore you e you ggo o aaway way HOW’S H OW’S YOUR YOUR FIRST FIRST AID? AID? 1. Keep this leaflet handy It’s always a busy time getting ready for a holiday and you might think you’ve thought of everything, rything, but haavve you considered what could happen if someone becomes ill while you are away? Knowing some essential First Aid skills can prevent you having to spend time in hospital. With our partners St John Ambulance and the British Red Cross, we have put together put together this handy leaflet with advice on dealing with some of the most common medical problems you may face when you go away. Dehydration

Sunburn

Heat exhaustion

Insect stings

Vomiting and diarrhoea

Pull out this leaflet and take with you when you go away

2. Feel more prepared – get the book Feel more prepared and pack the First Aid Manual , the only guide written and authorised by the UK’s leading First Aid providers. Includes information on the laattest life-saving procedures, basic First Aid techniques, and step-by-step photographs helping you treat over 100 medical conditions and injuries – always haavve it to hand. www.firstaid.org.uk/shop

3. Gain confidence with a course Why not book yourself onto a First Aid training course. We have designed our courses to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to manage life’s little – and sometimes big - emergencies. There is a choice of programme structures that can fit around the busiest of diaries, so there really are no excuses. Book your course today. www.firstaid.org.uk/training ww w ww w w.firstaid.org.uk k//training

‘Know Before You Go’ is an a ongoing campaign with over 500 travel industry partners to help Brits stay safe and healthy abroad. Visit w ww ww w w.fco.gov.uk k//travel

Content taken from the First Aid Manuall, the UK’s only fully authorised guide


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DEHYDRATION R ECOGNITION There may be: Drryy mouth and drryy eyes; Drryy and/or crraackeed lips; Headaches (lightheadedness); Dizziness and confusion; Dark urine; Reduction in the amount of urine passed; Cramp, with a feeling of tightness in the most used muscles, such as the callvves. In babies and young children, pale skin with sunkeen eyes. In young babies the soft spot on the head (the fontanelle) may be sunkeen.

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Reassure the casualty. Help him to sit down.

Give him plenty of fluids to drink. Water is usually sufficient but oral rehydration solutions can help with salt replacement.

YOUR AIMS To replace the lost body fluids and salts

SUNBURN R ECOGNITION Reddened skin. Pain in the area of the burn. Later there may be: Blistering of the affecteed skin.

YOUR AIMS To move the casualty out of the sun as soon as possible. To relieve discomforrtt and pain.

C AUTION If there is extensive blistering, or other skin damage, seek medical advice.

Cover the casualty’s skin with light clothing or a towel. Help her to move out of the sun or, if at all possible, indoors.

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Encourage the casualty to haavve frequent sips of cold water. Cool the affffected skin by dabbing with cold waater. If the area is extensive, the casualty may prefer to soak the afffected skin in a cold bath for ten minutes.

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If the burns are mild, calamine or an afftter-sun lotion may soothe them. Advise the casualty to stay inside or in the shade. If sunburn is severe, seek medical advice.

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If the casualty is suffffering from cramp, stretch and massage the affeccted muscles. Advise the casualty to rest.

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Monitor and record the casualty’s condition. If he remains unwell, seek medical advice straightawaay.

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HEAT EXHAU STION R ECOGNITION As the condition develops, there may be: Headache, dizzinessss and confusion; Loss of appetite and nausea; Sweating, with pale, clammy skin; Crraamps in the arms, legs or abdomen; Rapid, weakening pulse and breeathing.

Give him plenty of water to drink. Oral rehydration salts or isotonic drinks will help with salt replacement.

Help the casualty to a cool, shady place. Get him to lie down and raise and support his legs to improve blood flow to brain.

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Monitor and record vital signs – level of response, breathing and pulse. Even if the casualttyy recoverss quickly, advise him to seek medical help.

If the casualty’s vital signs cy worsen, call the emergency serrvvices for help . Monitor and record vital signs – level of response, breathing and pulse – while you are waiting for help to arrive.

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YOUR AIMS To cool the casualty down. To replace lost body fluids and salts. To obttaain medical help if necessarryy.

INSECT STING Raise the affected parrtt if possssible, and apply a cold compress such as an ice pack to minimise swelling. Advise the casualttyy to keep the compress in place for at leasstt ten minutes. Tell her to seek medical advice if the pain and swelling persist.

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R ECOGNITION Pain at the site of the sting. Redness and swelling around the site of the sting.

Y OUR AIMS To relieve swelling and pain. To arrraange removal to hospittaal if necessary.

CAUTION Call the emergency services for help if the casualty shows signs of anaphylactic shock, such as breathing difficulties and/or swelling of the face and neck. Monitor and record vital signs – level of response, breathing and pulse – while waiting for help to arrive.

Reassure the casualty. If the sting is visible, brush or scrape it off sideways with the edge of a credit card or your fingernail. Do not use tweezers because you could squeeze the sting and inject more poison into the casualty.

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Monitor vital signs – level of response, breathing and pulse. Watch for signs of an allergic reaction, such as wheezing.

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If a casualty has been stung in the mouth, there is a risk that swelling of tissues in the mouth and/or throat may occur, causing the airway to become blockeed. To o help prevent this,

give the casualty an ice cube to suck or a glass of cold water to sip. Call the emergency serrvvices for help if swelling starrtts to develop.


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VOMITING AND DIARRHOEA R ECOGNITION There may be: Nausea; Vomiting and later diarrhoea; Stomach pains; Fever.

YOUR AIMS To reassure the casualttyy. To restore lost fluids and salts.

Reassuree the casualttyy if she is vomiting and give her a warm damp cloth to wipe her face.

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Help her to sit down and when the vomiting stops give her waater or unsweetened fruit juice to sip slowly and offtten.

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When the casualty is hungry again, advise her to eat easily digested foods such as pasta, bread or potatoes for the firsst 24 hours.

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C AUTION Do not give anti-diarrhoea medicines. If you are concerned about a casualty’s condition, parrtticularllyy if the vomiting or diarrhoea is persistent, or the ccaasualty is a young child or an older person, seek medical advice.

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Make sure your First Aid supplies are up to date St Andrew’s First Aid is here to help. St Andrew’s First Aid offers high quality First Aid products at very competitive prices. Whether its for the workplace, at home, travelling or training - we are here to help for all your First Aid training and supply needs. You can find out more and purchase both online. Call us today or visit our online shop to see the full range.

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On 7 June 2012, Cameron House, Loch Lomond played host to an amazing event as we held our first ever Scottish Legends Golf Day.

A huge thank you to all who supported our first Scottish Legends Golf Day that took place on 7 June 2012 at The Carrick, Cameron House, Loch Lomond and a big well done to trophy winners St James’s Place Wealth Management. In all, the event raised just over £12,500. WOW!

18 teams of three competed with each team joined by a Scottish sporting celebrity. Our thanks to: Dougie Donnelly, Billy Dodds, Stuart Dougal, Rab Mackinnon, Alan Combe, Alex Totten, Jack Ross, Stuart Lovell, Howard Haslett, Andy Walker, Colin Shaw, Calum Forrester, Peter Cormack, Liam Craig, Jock Brown, George Allison, and Euan Kennedy for taking part in support of St Andrew’s First Aid.

Our host for the day was Sports Presenter, Peter Martin, and our guests thoroughly enjoyed the after dinner entertainment provided by Scottish Football Legend Jim Leishman.

Golf clubs from around Scotland supported the event with the donation of highly prized 4-balls for the tombola.We send a special note of thanks for support to Colin Montgomerie, Cameron House, The Herald, Cooper Golf, Boutique Bubbly, Glenapp Castle, Prestwick Golf Club, Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club, Bedlam Paintball, The Sheraton Hotel, Royal Troon Golf Club, The Machrihanish Golf Club, Craigard House Hotel, AWD Building Products, Tiso, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Taggarts for contributing superb auction and raffle prizes.


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EMPLOYEES EMPLOYEES RAISE RAI THOUSANDS TO SUPPORT SUPPOR OR RT FIRST AID IN SCOTLAND Employees from Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES), one of the UK UK’s ’s largest mechanical and electrical building services businesses, recently took part in the ‘Mugdock Challenge’ and so far they have raised an impressive £2,664 for the R Renfrew enfrew branch of St Andrew ’s First Aid. Andrew’s The 85 participants ranged from two weeks to 70 years in age and included volunteers from St Andrew ’s First Aid. Andrew’s

Park, ten miles The challenge took place at Mugdock Country Park, Glasgow gow w,, and consisted of either a two, six or twelve north of Glasgow, mile walk through woods, along lochs, past reservoirs and a castle in what is one of the most picturesque parts of the country. The event was one of many taking place as part of country. Beatty ’s Sustainability Month. Balfour Beatty’s ower Systems, Directorr,, BBES P Mark Griffiths,, Managing Director, Power attended the event along with seven members of his family and said:

“ Following a cardiac arrest at work, prompt First Aid and the availability of a defibrillator saved my life. Hence support for this event was very close to my heart. heart.” If you would like to contribute please go to: www w.justgiving.com/BBESMugdockChallenge .justg www.justgiving.com/BBESMugdockChallenge

Please play a part in the future of St Andrew’s First Aid Please consider making an investment in future generations of First Aiders by remembering St Andrew’s First Aid in your will. We occasionally receive legacies which are very gratefully received and the gifts make such a big difference to our work.

work of St Andrew’s First Aid you would like to support and how you would like your legacy to be recognised.

You may wish to give a general purpose bequest or you may like to specify how you wish your legacy to be spent and we shall do our best to fulfil your requirements. We would be happy to arrange a confidential consultation to discuss which areas of the

By remembering St Andrew’s First Aid in your will, you will be helping to maintain our long history and heritage of teaching First Aid skills in Scotland. We are also most grateful for donations of any type at any time and welcome any contribution, however large or small.

When making a will, we advise using a solicitor to ensure everything is in order. If you have already made a will, and wish to add a further bequest to it, you can add a codicil to your will. You may wish to leave a specified amount or item, or a percentage of your estate. If you do intend to leave a legacy to St Andrew’s First Aid in your will, please include our name and address: St Andrew’s First Aid, 48 Milton Street, Glasgow, G4 0HR.


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MORRISONS BUCKET COLLECTIONS ECTIO BAGGED GGED O OVER VER £27,500 WE BA AGGED G A massive thank you to all those who donated to St Andrew Andrew’s ’s First Aid during our recent national Morrisons bucket collection. W e’ve bagged an amazing ama We’ve £27,500 to support our work in Scotland.

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East Kilbride volunteers fundraise for a new vehicle

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Our East Kilbride volunteers have embarked on a fundraising drive to secure new funding for their First Aid vehicle.

East Kilbride Company Commandant, Susan Adamson, said: ““The The mobile First Aid vehicle is a key part of any duty that we attend in the local area.

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“It allows us to transport our vast range of equipment to events, while providing First Aiders and casualties with somewhere warm and sheltered should the need arise.

to fundraise specifically to maintain and upgrade our vehicle to provide an even better service to our local community. community. This also includes new equipment to provide even better care to casualties who need our help.

R ecently the Company was w raising Recently funds at Morrisons’ Lindsayfield and Stewartfield stores and raised £900 over three days.

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“Thank you to everyone who has “Thank farr.. Every p supported us so far. penny really does make a difference to our work in Scotland.”


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VOLUNTEERS FROM ACROSS SCOTLAND PRAISED FOR FIRST AID WORK We are part of T in the Park - Scotland's much loved and biggest music festival. This year, 135 of our volunteers from across Scotland not only delivered a high level of First Aid in adverse weather conditions, they also played a major part in the larger medical response team. Our volunteers were on hand to help the 75,000 people who visited the festival each day, and attended to the campers who needed First Aid assistance at night. The high quality of First Aid and customer care delivered by all of our volunteers did not go unnoticed. The Scottish Ambulance Service praised their efforts and team work that helped administer First Aid to approximately 1,800 individuals over the course of the festival. Commenting on this effort, Sheila McPherson, Corps Development Manager said: “I would like to pass on a huge thank you for the sterling effort and commitment shown by our volunteers. The weather conditions did not make the duties at this event easy. When helping out at various First Aid posts I was proud of the enthusiasm and professional approach that every volunteer practiced. It was a pleasure to see such a high standard of volunteers representing St Andrew’s First Aid”.

FREE FESTIVAL FIRST AID KIT To be in with a chance of receiving a Festival First Aid Kit just write down your name and address on a piece of paper with the words 'Festival Draw' on the top and send to St Andrew's First Aid in the envelope provided with this magazine. The first 100 pulled from the bag on 28 September 2012 will win one of the kits featured opposite GOOD LUCK!


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Free First Aid kit for festival goers

This summer, Scottish festival goers had the opportunity to request a free Festival First Aid Kit from St Andrew’s First Aid. New for 2012, the pack is designed to help treat minor accidents that can happen while enjoying Scotland’s festival and events and we’ve reserved 100 of them to give away to readers of our RESPONSE magazine. We created the pack to treat minor injuries often sustained whilst camping, walking long distances and being in very crowded places, typical situations at festivals and events. The Festival First Aid kit contains essential items including sterile dressings, swabs and tape, and is safe to take into festivals and event arenas as it contains no sharp items. Smaller than an A5 piece of paper, the waterproof pack easily fits in a rucksack, bag or large coat pocket.

To support the give-a-way we also revealed the five most common types of festival injury or complaints our volunteers deal with at festivals and events, such as the one shown on the opposite page. The most common incidents involve excessive alcohol, extreme sunburn, drug abuse, sprains and strains from walking on uneven ground, and cuts, grazes and bruises from discarded litter. Our volunteers provide support at many Scottish festivals and events, including T in the Park, where they provide First Aid support to hundreds of revellers. Stuart Callison, Chief Executive, of St Andrew’s First Aid commented, “Every year thousands of people enjoy Scotland’s music festivals, but occasionally things go wrong and accidents happen. A little preparation can prevent a ruined weekend, and this pack can help festival goers deal with minor injuries while they seek trained help”


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Top five accident situations at festivals Too much alcohol: Prevent over-consumption of alcohol by drinking in moderation, don’t drink on an empty stomach and drink plenty of water. If someone becomes ill through drinking too much alcohol stop them from drinking any more. If they are losing consciousness or are unresponsive, lay them on their side in the recovery position in case they vomit so their airway is clear and they can’t choke.

Sprains and strains:

Sunstroke:

Cuts, scrapes and bruises can often be caused by litter on the ground and wearing inappropriate clothing. Treat by applying direct pressure to the wound. Keep the wound clean using an antiseptic wipe but if there is something stuck in the wound do not remove it. Seek medical assistance as soon as possible if bleeding has been substantial or continues.

To avoid sunstroke, even on overcast days, apply plenty of sun tan lotion, and stay hydrated. If you find someone feeling flush and overheated, take them to a place out of direct sunlight. Cool them down slowly and provide them with water to drink. If symptoms persist take them to the First Aid centre.

Influence of drugs: Don’t take non-prescription drugs. Remember, outside of your normal environment the effect of drugs on your body may be greater than normal. If you see someone who is feeling unwell from drug use, keep talking to them and if they don’t respond call for assistance immediately. If they drift in and out of consciousness, lay them on their side in the recovery position to maintain an open airway.

To avoid sprains and strains, make sure you wear appropriate footwear. If you or a friend suffers a sprain or a strain, stop what you are doing and move away from the crowds. Rest and take any weight off the limb. Apply a cold compress if possible and then seek medical assistance.

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Assess the situation, make sure it is safe to help. If you can’t move them to somewhere safe, clear some space around them.

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Check airways, breathing, responsiveness and for bleeding.

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What to pack? Waterproof jacket or poncho:

Send someone to contact a member of staff or phone 999.

If the person is unconscious, put them in the recovery position and monitor their situation. If they are conscious, stay with them, and reassure them until help arrives.

Event the sunniest weekend in Scotland can turn to showers quickly. Make sure you have packed a waterproof jacket.

Sunscreen: Long exposure to even low levels of sun can cause you to burn. If the sun comes out, make sure you apply a generous amount of sunscreen to avoid sun stoke and re-apply regularly.

Spare pair of socks: You will spend a long time on your feet and wearing damp socks is not good for your wellbeing. Always pack extra pairs of socks in case one pair gets soaked.

Suitable footwear:

A torch is vital for finding your way around the site at night. Falling over guide ropes and tent pegs can lead to a serious injury.

If it’s raining, make sure your footwear is waterproof. If it’s sunny, make sure they are made from a breathable fabric. Under no circumstances wear high heels. There is lots of litter underfoot so a solid sole is important, flip flops and open sandals can lead to cuts and scratches.

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Torch:

Free drinking water is often provided around the campsite and arena. Take a bottle and keep yourself hydrated.

Take a small First Aid kit with wipes, swabs and bandages to deal with minor injuries while you are camping.

Spare change of clothes: Don’t try to wear only one pair of clothes all weekend. Take a change of clothes for each day as wet clothes can lead to hypothermia.


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