Its not just The Lion King or scouts and guides who need to ‘be prepared’. We can all benefit from being prepared for things we least expect. Unfortunately we can become ill or have an accident suddenly and then preparation for such an event can really help the outcome. For us our ‘preparation’ has been helped by the provision of a number of AED devices, or automated external defibrillators in our area. These are situated in Wedmore village, Blackford and most recently in Theale. An AED is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyse the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
When a person collapses it is a frightening experience for all those concerned, but prior knowledge and training can improve the outcomes for all involved. There are accredited training providers, including Rich & Heather, Reflex First Aid Training Ltd at Mudgley, and they will teach us how to use an AED. With training we may feel more confident to act if someone had a cardiac arrest and this will give the person the best chance of survival. The British Heart Foundation has some very clear guidance. Click here
The British Red Cross has a helpful First Aid App, which can help with training and also guide you in an emergency. For more information click here
For less serious emergencies, we may just need to reach for our First Aid box. What should we keep in a First Aid box? The NHS has a suggested list, which includes the following:-
- Plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes
- Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings and at least 2 sterile eye dressings
- Triangular bandages, crepe rolled bandages and sticky tape
- Safety pins, tweezers and scissors
- Disposable sterile gloves
- Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
- Thermometer, preferably digital
- Skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula and cream or spray to relieve insect bites
- Antiseptic cream
- Distilled water for cleaning wounds
- Eye wash and eye bath
- Basic first aid manual or instruction booklet
For the complete list click here
COVID-19 and Flu vaccination programme
The Government has announced that the COVID-19 ‘booster’ and Flu vaccination programme will start form 1st September 2021. Stage One will begin with offering a COVID-19 third ‘booster’ shot to those most at risk, including those over 70 and health & social care workers. Stage Two will begin as soon as possible and will include adults over 50 years old and others at risk. In addition, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and NHS England have agreed that 50-64 year olds will be eligible for a flu vaccination again this year. It is anticipated that both vaccinations can be given at the same time but, depending on local delivery arrangements, they do not have to be given concurrently.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
Our GPs would like to increase our awareness of RSV, which can cause Bronchiolitis. This is a common lower respiratory tract infection that affects babies and young children under 2 years old. Most cases are mild and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, without treatment, although some children have severe symptoms and need hospital treatment.
For more information click here
There is also an App, ‘HANDi Paediatric’ to help. Download here