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First Aid Training Co-operative Course Reviews April 2019

Thank you to each of our students who took the time to complete their post course review & evaluation form. We are always happy to look through these and respond to any comments made.

Each month we post these (good and bad) in a blog, so you can get a sense of how we are performing in realtime. Below is a sample of the comments and first aid course reviews from April 2019.

What Did You Like About Your Course?
  • The course was very well adapted our situation (i.e. nature conservation work)
  • Trainer was very knowledgeable, there was good pace to the day. Ive been on several First Aid courses over my career but this was the best.
  • I thought the course, was very informative, fun, expertly delivered and thought provoking.
  • I liked the practical nature of the course, the trainers were both experienced in relevant outdoor activities and the scenarios were targeted to our Club needs and individual interests.
  • Everything 
  • Anne’s knowledge of first aid as it relates to the outdoor experience was perfect for us
  • Anne’s knowledge of first aid as it relates to the outdoor experience was perfect for us
  • Paced  well with plenty of time for appropriate questions and discussion.
  • Great weather
  • Leaders knowledge of the subject matter and method of delivery including practice and feedback sessions.
  • Assessment throughout the course works well. It works better than a test at the end.
  • Assessment throughout the course works well. It works better than a test at the end.
  • The trainer made all the difference, she was just great! The content is what it is but she made it memorable and fun (if that’s appropriate for first aid?!) 
  • Trainer and the skills I left the course with.
  • Instructor was amazing!
  • Relevant content with lots of practical exercises made the course enjoyable. Everything was clearly explained, and questions answered well.
  • I liked the drilling technique of learning. By learning small peices at a time which are repeated and built upon to form a more complex procedure really appealed to my way of learning.
What Did You Think We Could Improve?
  • More time to discuss specific situations. –Thanks for this comment. It is indeed tricky to fit in all of the content and discuss specifics for each individual, particularly for a large group. Our Trainers are always available for discussion at break times etc if you would like to chat something through in more detail.
  • The training experience was excellent as a majority of the candidates had prior experience, making the discussions and stories very interesting.
  • There were lots of people on the course who had done several previous courses (incl myself). At times I felt the instructors had to fend off a lot of questions along the line of ‘oh but on my last my course it was this way…’ or ‘has that changed then?’ etc. I thought this impacted the pace at times but the guys did an admirable job handling it. Perhaps it’s just worth mentioning at the start that it’s recognised that people may have done previous courses, it’s possible some things have changed and that everything they are teaching is the most current advice – it’s possible you’ve learned something different in the past but this is what we’re teaching now.
  • Perhaps effective management of the know it alls – maybe something in the course joining instructions to suggest only meaningful contribution and not test the patience or understanding of the course leaders. – All of the above comments came from the same course, showing how different people’s perception of a situation is. We try our best to manage everyone’s needs and facilitate discussion where it is relevant, although sometimes there simply isn’t time to get into the detail of an individual situation. We’re always happy to chat outwit the standard course time though.
  • The other thing is that we paired off with a partner for the 2 days to practice but we were pretty much always with the same person. I got on very well with my new friend but I think from a learning perspective it’s better to work with someone different each time. – Thanks, that’s helpful feedback. We do try to mix people up and will try and improve on that next time.
  • Little bit more of the basic 1st aid. People with 0 knowledge of the subject might attend this course. – Thanks, again helpful feedback. Unless otherwise stated, all of our courses are suitable for people with no prior experience, and we try to always ‘start at the beginning’
  • I don’t think any improvements could be made. – Excellent!
  • The only thing I would add is that the experience of being a casualty while everyone is practicing is indicative of what a real casualty may be experiencing. Lots of noise, hard to hear first aider, not knowing what is happening. This is a very minor suggestion as I felt that the standard of the course was already outstanding. It’s just something that I noticed personally. Great feedback and really good to hear. We hope that the practical scenarios are as experiential as possible and it seems that yours were!

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Is the Apple Watch the Future of First Aid? Blog updated 2 May 2019, from first edition November 2017

We’ve left our original blog in here as context – someone at Apple was possibly listening to our requests! Jump to the bottom to read our initial thoughts on the Apple Watch Series 4.

As well as being this years must have gift, the Apple Watch has some serious health functionality.

In its current form, the Apple Watch gathers the heart rate and activity of the wearer.

In the future, Apple hopes it will do more.

“Healthcare providers can deliver the best care when they have powerful, intuitive tools. The result is care that becomes more efficient, more personalized, and ultimately more human.”
Apple.com – https://www.apple.com/healthcare/

Apple and Aetna (an American insurance giant with 23 million customers) held secretive talks back in August 2017 to discuss the future of the Apple Watch, with features such as passive blood glucose monitoring discussed.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple highlighted the health market as “the biggest one of all,” According to Cook, devices like the Apple Watch and services like Research Kit and the Health app are part of a market that’s “significantly underestimated.”

The hope (or hype) is that wearables and digital technology will transform healthcare by passively monitoring, proactively advising and even contacting a first aider in a medical emergency.

Technology and First Aid Today

Apple’s focus on healthcare has already saved lives.

It used to be the case that we were encouraged to add an “In Case of Emergency” or ICE number to our contact list. This would be the person we would want to be called if we were found unconscious or otherwise incapacitated.

However, as smart phones have taken over, that hold increasingly sensitive data, it is usual for them to be locked, and only accessible with a passcode, fingerprint or similar. So this renders the ICE number in your contact book useless.

We’ve published two blogs explaining how to get around this problem by adding Emergency Contact Information to your smart phone.

This one for Setting Up Emergency Contact information on iPhones, and this one for Android devices

Our First Aid Feature Requests (Nov 2017)

Increasing numbers of people are now wearing smart watches. Most now include accurate heart rate monitors, temperature sensors and more, as these become more reliable over time, we’d like to see some intelligent features added via the associated App:

  • Displaying a recent heart rate graph could show how a casualty’s pulse is behaving over time, a very useful indicator of a vital sign that is notoriously difficult to measure accurately as a lay person.  Shown in the Medical ID App, alongside temperature over time would put all the important information in one place.
  • Detecting a lower or stopped pulse rate and automatically displaying the Medical ID on the phone screen after a double check alert to ensure that the user hadn’t simply removed their watch.

These and many other potential features will be incredibly difficult to create in a reliable way, but the technology is mostly there, or will be soon.  Watch this space…. (Pun fully intended!)

So with the new release of Apple Watch Series 4 at the start of May 2019, much of the above has become reality.

Real-time heart monitoring and ECG readings

The watch now claims to be able to give a live ECG reading on your watch or phone, via an ECG app. It does this through a new sensor in the ‘Digital Crown’ which along with the existing HR sensor on the wrist, completes the circuit between a wearer’s heart and both arms.

It claims to be able to show signs of Atrial Fibrillation, or normal Sinus Rhythm, which if true, and accurate, could be big news.

It also includes heart health notifications, which allow continuous monitoring and alerting the wearer to any irregularities.

Emergency SOS call with Fall Detection

The other big addition is what Apple are calling Fall Detection, which uses the accelerometer and gyroscope to detect if the wearer has had a big fall – or more accurately, come to a sudden stop.

The watch will ask you if you are OK, and if you don’t respond within 60 an emergency call will automatically be made.

The Emergency SOS call function will call the emergency services, notify your emergency contacts, send out your current location, and display Medical ID badge on the screen. All this from the watch if it is network enabled, otherwise via your phone.

With both of these new additions, the proof will be in the use, and in time we’ll know how reliable they turn out to be. However the simple act of adding a Medical ID badge to the screen in the case where the watch suspects a fall could be a real help for the first aider.

Will this Medical ID then show a live HR reading on opening? That would potentially be very clever.

As with any technology, it won’t replace regular high quality training, and consistent practice. And it can’t become something that we as first aiders rely on.

But if it can make the job of the by-stander or irregular first aider a little easier, then it has to be a good thing. We’ll continue to ‘watch’ this space!

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First Aid Training Co-operative are the preferred provider of first aid courses for Forestry and Land Scotland

This is news that we’ve been waiting to make public for a while, and now we can! We’re delighted to announce that following a lengthy and rigorous competitive tender process, the First Aid Training Co-operative have been awarded the contract to deliver all first aid training to Forestry & Land Scotland staff over the next 3 years.

This will involve training staff from all Forest Districts of Scotland in standard workplace first aid, and ‘+F’ forestry specific courses for those that work out on site.

Forestry Commission Scotland becomes Forestry and Land Scotland, and Scottish Forestry

Forestry and Land Scotland are one of the two newly devolved parts of the former Forestry Commission Scotland. The devolution of forestry to Scotland was completed on 1 April 2019, and the splits the Forestry Commission Scotland into:

  • Forestry and Land Scotland, which is responsible for managing the Scottish Ministers’ land known as the National Forest Estate
  • Scottish Forestry, which is responsible for regulatory, policy, support and grant-giving forestry functions

Courses we’ll be delivering will include:

  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Emergency First Aid at Work ‘+F’
  • First Aid at Work / First Aid at Work Refresher
  • First Aid at Work ‘+F’

We’re delighted to have been awarded the contract from a competitive list of 20 tender applications. Especially as the award criteria were weighted heavily towards quality over price.

To have been recognised in this way as an expert training provider, by an organisation as large and thorough in their contracting procedures as Forestry and Land Scotland is really pleasing. It’s great that our hard work and efforts to deliver consistently high quality training is appreciated at the top level as well as by our students themselves.

What is ‘+F’ first aid?

‘+F’ stands for ‘+ Forestry’ and is a set list of extra content that forestry workers and contractors must have included in their first aid qualification prior to working on Forestry and Land Scotland sites.

‘+F’ courses add the following content to a standard workplace first aid course:

  • Hypothermia recognition and treatment
  • Lyme disease recognition and treatment
  • Major bleed management
  • Crush injury treatment
  • Emergency Action Planning

Our ‘+F’ courses all cover this extra content in a course tailored to the sector, and our Outdoor First Aid courses also cover the required ‘+F’ content.

If you’d like to find out more about forestry first aid, a series of blogs are listed below.

You can also sign up to our free email course which gives more information on the ‘+F’ content here.

Alternatively, to find out more about our ‘+F’ first aid course dates or how to book one for your squad, click the button below.

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Exhibiting at the Scottish Dental Show 2019

First Aid Training Co-operative Director Cory Jones, attended the Scottish Dental Show on 26th and 27th April 2019. Around 2400 delegates from a range of NHS and private practices attended over the course of the two days. Delegates were able to participate in a series of CPD workshops and lectures, as well as visiting over 100 exhibitor stands. 

The event at the Braehead Arena is hosted by Dental Magazine who organise over 50 educational and CPD sessions for dental practitioners annually. The programme also includes The Scottish Dental Awards which celebrate the best of dental practice and patient care in Scotland. 

The show aims to help to deliver excellent patient care, to develop and enhance the dental profession and, ultimately, to improve oral health in Scotland.

The First Aid Training Co-operative was involved as a leading provider of Basic Life Support (BLS) first aid training which all dental practices are required to undertake annually.

This training includes airway management, ABC incident protocols, recovery position, the use of AEDs and dealing with medical emergencies such as heart attacks.

These requirements are laid down by the UK Resuscitation Council and the General Dental Council (GDC). 

In addition to BLS and AED training we were also offering discounts on Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 AEDs. Produced by Cardiac Science, global leader in developing Automated External Defibrillator (AED) technology, the Powerheart AED G5 has 100+ patents and 20+ years of engineering excellence inside it.

It’s the first AED to combine shock delivery, dual-language functionality, variable escalating energy and fast shock times, to help save a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s life.

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First Aid Training Co-operative Will Be Exhibiting at the Scottish Dental Show 2019 in Glasgow, on 26 & 27 April 2019

Cory Jones, one of our Directors will be at the Scottish Dental Show 2019, speaking to Dentists, Dental Practitioners and Practice Agents about their first aid requirements.

Dental Care Staff are required to do annual CPR & AED training as part of their Medical Emergency CPD. Cory will be helping Dentists and Dental Care staff understand their responsibilities, and how best to go about satisfying the requirements.

As well as this, Cory will be carrying out live AED demos using a training version of one of the fantastic Cardiac Science Powerheart C5 AEDs that we sell to our clients.

These demos will help attendees get a sense of how easy it is to use and AED. They will also help to dispel some of the myths around AED use, and remove the fear of getting it wrong.

Using an AED promptly can drastically improve the chances of survival in cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. By helping to make AEDs more readily available in the community, and by training more people how to use them, the survival rates will improve.

If you are a Dentist, or work in a Dental Practice, why not head along to the Scottish Dental Show at Braehead in Glasgow, on 26 & 27 April 2019 to find out more.

You can also register for a free copy of our Digital First Aid at Work manual while you are there!

Alternatively, contact us directly to find out about purchasing an AED, or doing some CPR & AED training at your practice.

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We’re excited to share some exciting news from the First Aid Training Co-operative. We have agreed with Jay Nicholson from Xtreme Emergency Training (XET) to deliver all of their private first aid training courses.

Jay has built up a great business in XET while also working full time as a firefighter. He has now taken on a full time position as a H&S Compliance Manager for a large hotel chain, and so the time has come to pass XET to someone else.

XET are based in Edinburgh, Scotland and are mostly for their pre-hospital care training, such as FREC L3/4 and FPOSi. They have also delivered close protection training and H&S training courses. XET also offer many standard first aid course clients across East and West Lothian, and Scotland.

After vetting many different companies, Jay felt that the First Aid Training Co-operative would best serve the needs of his clients. We are easily able to deliver high-quality training in the same course types as XET, and our robust quality assurance procedure and company ethos provided encouragement that we are dependable and ethical organisation.

Many clients have built strong working relationships over the last few years with XET and we are delighted to provide them with the same great service and high quality training that we pride ourselves on.

The XET brand and company is passing to it’s new owners,  who will continue to focus on pre-hospital care and close protection courses, from their new base in the Western Central Belt.

First Aid Training Co-operative officially took on the management of all private course clients from XET on April 6th 2019. We look forward to meeting all these new clients in the coming months!

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Injuries during sporting activities are common but they are avoidable. Follow this regularly updated guide (last updated April 2019) to prevent the most common golfing injuries.

Although golf is widely classified as a low impact sport, poor form and a lack of stretching can lead to injury. The five more common injuries are:

    1. Low Back Pain
    2. Golfer’s Elbow
    3. Plantar Fasciitis
    4. Knee Pain
    5. Shoulder Pain
How to Prevent Lower Back Pain When Golfing

The repetitive action of the golf swing is the number one cause of low back pain in golfers, so golf swing faults should be corrected by a professional. A ‘Reverse Angle’ swing fault is a common cause of back pain that occurs when the spine deviates from the vertical during the swing.

But what can you do to prevent Low Back Pain? Research has shown that specific back exercises, known as core strength and stability exercises, can be effective in the prevention of low back pain.

How to Prevent Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow is inflammation of the tendons of the forearm at the point where they insert into the Humerus (upper arm) bone. This inflammation is caused by forceful gripping activities such as when gripping the golf club. Typically the pain is made worse by gripping activities and in some cases, simple things like picking up a bag can cause intense pain.

Gripping the golf club too hard can bring on the Golfer’s Elbow pain. If you play golf for the first time in a long while make sure that you regularly stretch the muscles which work over the wrist by doing ‘limp-wrist’ and ‘policeman halting traffic’ type stretches. Some helpful hand and wrist exercises are linked here.

Prevent Plantar Fasciitis

This is inflammation of the Plantar fascia (a fibrous sheath under the sole of the foot), at its attachment to the heel bone. It is a common cause of heel pain in golfers that typically comes on when walking around the golf course. Plantar Fasciitis is particularly prevalent in those golfers with poor footwear.

Inappropriate footwear plays a major role in the development of Plantar Fasciitis. Golf shoes that have a lack of support for the sole of the foot are the biggest cause. Research has shown that orthotic insoles that support the arch on the inner side of the foot can be helpful.

You can also try stretching and strengthening your muscles. To do this, following this simple routine:

  1. While sitting, place a towel on the floor. Use your toes to pull the towel towards you. Hold the squeeze for 30 seconds, or less if uncomfortable.
  2. Continue sitting and grasp your toes, gently pulling them towards you until you feel a slight stretch in the arch of your foot. Hold the squeeze for 30 seconds, or less if uncomfortable.
  3. From a standing position, lean face-forward with both hands against a wall. Stretch your back leg straight and bend your front leg, keeping both heels on the floor. Move your hips slowly forward until you feel a stretch in your calf. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and do not ‘bounce’. Switch legs to complete the exercise.
  4. Return to step 1 and repeat.
Prevent Knee Pain when Golfing

During your golf swing, your knees are under rotational and movement pressure. Often, the knee pain is not initially caused by golf, but an existing condition is aggravated by the golf swing movement, causing knee swelling and pain.

But what can you do to prevent knee pain? Pain in the knee joint can lead to weakness of the Quadriceps (thigh) muscles. This leads to a vicious circle of further knee joint instability and more pain, leading to more inhibition and muscle weakness. Exercises to maintain Quadriceps are encouraged to provide support for the affected joint.

To stretch quadriceps:

  1. Take a standing position and find a stable surface to lean on
  2. Bend back one knee by grasping your ankle with one hand
  3. Bend your knee back as far as is comfortable
  4. Maintain the position for 30 seconds
  5. Return to standing and repeat for the other leg
  6. Repeat 3-5 times for each leg.
Shoulder Pain from Golfing?

The ‘Rotator Cuff’muscles can become damaged during the repeated stresses of the golf swing, particularly if there is a swing fault such as ‘Chicken Winging’ (bent elbows at ball contact) or a ‘C-Shaped Posture’ (rounded lower back) that can put too much stress on the shoulders.

Shoulder pain is always a complicated injury, but we recommend preventing this by maintaining flexibility, strength and endurance of the shoulder muscles with regular exercise. Various stretches and exercises are available here.

First Aid Responsibilities of Golf Clubs

Do you know about your Duty of Care towards your members and players?

Definition of Duty of Care: In essence, a duty of care means that a sports business needs to take such measures as are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that individuals will be safe to participate in an activity to which they are invited.

There is no general duty of care upon members of the public towards the public at large. If there is a formal relationship, however, for example between a club and a club member, or a coach and an athlete, there is a duty of care.

When children and young people are involved in organised sports activities and are to any extent under the care and/or control of one or more adults, the adult(s) have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure their safety and welfare.

Legal Duty of Care: In many sports activities, it is recognised that a sports business or individual (e.g. coach) owes a duty of care to its members. However, it is also understood and recognised that accidents can and do happen, and that it is not possible to predict every eventuality. Liability for the legal duty of care would only arise when an incident occurs and it can be demonstrated that the risk was foreseeable but no action had been taken to remedy it.

We offer specialist first aid courses for golf clubs, staff members and interested members  –

Courses are tailored to the needs of clubhouses, green staff and course professionals. When someone takes a tumble and isn’t getting up, you need to know what to do!

  • If someone is injured or had a bang to the head, do you know what to do?
  • If someone has a cardiac arrest or heart attack would you know what to do?

Our courses are designed to help you make these important decisions quickly.

Learn more about our ‘Emergency First Aid at Work for Golf’ course.

Update: We now offer First Aid Courses for Golf
  • Over 12000 students – 95% rate us ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ 
  • Approved and promoted by Scottish Golf
  • Course developed by our golf experts in tandem with Scottish Golf in St Andrews
  • Meet your legal requirements in just 1 day with our specialist course – learn more here. 

Questions? Our friendly team are always happy to help! Call us now on 0333 43330 731 or .

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Thank you to each of our students who took the time to complete their post course review & evaluation form. We are always happy to look through these and respond to any comments made.

Each month we post these (good and bad) in a blog, so you can get a sense of how we are performing in realtime.  Below is a sample of the comments and first aid course reviews from March 2019.

What Did You Like About Your Course?
  • The Teacher
  • Engaging presenter
  • Very engaging making things easier to remember
  • Trainer was friendly, flexible and knowledgeable
  • I acquired all the current protocols and techniques needed in a well presented and relaxing way
  • Knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic trainer covering all topics
  • The reason we returned was the quality of the instruction. The last one is the best first course i’ve ever attended since going on them since 2000. You finish the course being far more empowered to deal with real world remote situations.
  • I do like how the teaching is very layered, always starting in the same place
  • Very informative and I feel confident to deliver necessary first aid
  • The training was very through and detailed with lots of information over the 2 days.. The course content was delivered and spread out well… The trainer made it fun at intervals and i thought a mixture of practice, discussion, and group work was evenly spread which eased the intensity.. The trainer was excellent
  • The course used real outdoor situations and the patient was not always on their back and you had to think about what you would do to help the injured person
  • A Forest School based first aid course for Forest School leaders/practitioners means this is the most relevant 16hour course for us to take.  Like-minded participants with the same needs and questions makes for a very worthwhile 2 days, particularly as we considered contents of first aid kits for our situations and settings and received plenty of expert advice
  • The practical aspect of the course. It was great to have the opportunity to use knowledge recently acquired in simulations of real life situations
  • Enjoyed that it was very hands-on – this really helped the retention of information
  • He (the trainer) was able to manage all different kinds of knowledge
  • Fast moving, provided relevant examples, instructor obviously very good at working with groups and conveying information
  • Training/trainer was accessible not intimidating. Ethos was ‘enabling you to succeed and self reflection’ They didn’t overlook ‘mistakes’ but supported you to recognise them yourself & advise what you’d do differently next time. Good balance of classroom:practical, delivery of info was clear and not over laboured, with key points reminded frequently. Trainer took feedback and adjusted throughout as to what was relevant – tailoring the experience so we got the most out of it
  • To be honest if it wasn’t for our trainer being the way he was then I would  have been so nervous and would have held back from a lot, but he made us all feel so welcome and comfortable with what we were doing i left very confident! He was amazing! He helped us with any questions we had and was very patient when we were lacking confidence in certain parts, big thank you!
  • The structure and order of coverage and practice
  • Learning different skills and what to do in different situations
What Could We Improve About Our Courses?
  • Venue should be clean and warm. Training materials available.

The venues supplied on private courses are beyond our control, we always specify our requirements, but this doesn’t always translate into the venue on the day unfortunately.

  • It would be really useful to add a third day to cover paediatric first aid too.

This is certainly possible on Private courses, please ask if you have bespoke requirements like this!

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Risk to Pregnant Women During Lambing Season

This blog describes risks to pregnant women during lambing season, what to watch out for and how to avoid the hazards.

When is Lambing Season?

Around Easter time – Little lambs appear in the fields and families are out enjoying a range of easter events on farms or farm parks.

Whilst we’re all out enjoying the spring weather, pregnant women should be aware of the additional risk to them. Pregnant women should especially avoid close contact with animals that are giving, or have recently given birth. This advice also applies to cattle, goats and pigs.

Farm livestock carry infections such as chlamydiosis, toxoplasmosis, listeriosis and Q-fever. These are all known as zoonotic infections. Zoonotic infections are those that jump between species. 

What are Zoonotic Infections?

Zoonoses are caused by micro-organisms, which are subject to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH). The landowner or farm manager should carry out Risk Assessments, and take steps to prevent such infections being transferred to humans. Especially pregnant women who may be visiting their premises. 

What Diseases can Zoonotic Infections Transmit?

Chlamydiosis is a bacterial disease from infected sheep or goats. In most humans it leads to mild flu like disease.

However, in pregnant women it can cause severe life threatening disease in the mother. It can also lead to stillbirth or miscarriage of the unborn child.

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease. For most healthy people there are no disease symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms. However, it can be a serious disease in pregnant or immune-compromised people. It can be transmitted from sheep, birds or cats.

Listeriosis symptoms are a temperature of 38 degrees or above, aches and pains, chills, vomiting and diarrhoea. If it’s not treated, severe listeriosis can cause serious infections like meningitis in babies, and possible miscarriage.

Q fever is a bacterial disease. In most people it only causes a mild flu-like illness, but it can lead to more severe disease in pregnant women. It is transmitted by sheep, goats and cattle.

What Should we do if we are Worried?

These infections are uncommon but although the risks are low, pregnant women should still be aware of them. Seek medical advice if they experience fever or flu-like symptoms. Or if concerned that they could have picked up an infection from a farm environment.

Some symptoms may only appear 2-3 weeks after infection.

How can we Avoid Infection?

As with many outdoor risks the best protection is awareness and avoidance of risky areas. Infections are generally spread by handling farm animals, their afterbirth, faeces or urine.

This means farmyard bedding, lambing equipment, fencing and farmworker’s dirty clothing, can all pass on the infection.

To avoid the possible risk of infection, pregnant women should:
  • • Not help to lamb or milk ewes, or to provide assistance with a cow that is calving or a nanny goat that is kidding
  • • Avoid contact with aborted or new-born lambs, calves or kids or with the afterbirth, birthing fluids or materials (e.g. bedding), that may be contaminated by such birth products
  • • Not handle (including washing) clothing, boots or any materials that may have come into contact with animals that have recently given birth, their young or afterbirths. Potentially contaminated clothing will be safe to handle after being washed on a hot cycle
  • • Ensure contacts or partners who have attended lambing ewes or other animals giving birth take appropriate health and hygiene precautions. This includes the wearing of personal protective equipment and clothing, and adequate washing to remove any potential contamination
What Else Can We Do?

Everyone visiting a farm, farm park or zoo should regularly wash their hands. Also cover up any cuts, and don’t eat, drink or smoke in the ‘contact’ areas with the animals.

Farmers and livestock keepers have a responsibility to minimise the risks to pregnant women, including members of their family, the public and professional staff visiting farms. 

Most responsible farm parks, petting zoos and open farms will have signs out warning of the additional risks during lambing time. 

At this time of the year, it’s great to see a new generation of farm livestock in the fields. Stay safe out there and look after yourself and your own new generation inside you!

This is just one of the environmental risks we cover in our 2 day Outdoor First Aid courses along with others such as Ticks & Lyme Disease, Rats & Leptospirosis, and others – not all exclusive to pregnant women though!

Being aware and prepared is the first step to being protected. To gain confidence in the outdoors, have a read through our other blogs related to the outdoors, or click the button below to join one of our Outdoor First Aid courses.

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How to Perform Adult CPR and Use a Defibrillator (AED)

In this video, we show you how to perform CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on an Adult casualty you suspect has suffered a cardiac arrest.

If a casualty is unresponsive, AND is NOT breathing effectively, the statistical likelihood is that they have suffered a Cardiac Arrest.

Over 30,000 people suffer an ‘Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest’ every year in the U.K.  Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by up to 10%.

Performing CPR can more than double the chances of survival, in some cases.

Interested in learning more?

All of our first aid courses include practical training in CPR and practice using an AED

We offer a AED Defibrillator short courses. Defibrillator (AED) training short courses are designed for companies or individuals who wish to take the initiative to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on their premises, and realise the benefits for the welfare of staff, as well as customers.

This allows organisations to demonstrate best practice, and give all members of staff the confidence to use a defibrillator if they have to.

Contact us to learn more.

How to Perform CPR And Use a Defibrillator (AED) - YouTube

Hi, this is Cory from the First Aid Training Cooperative and today we’re going to show you a video clip of how we deal with a non-breathing casualty if we have an AED available.

So we’ve got a mannequin on the floor which is going to be our non-breathing casualty and a colleague Tom who’s going to help us with the AED demonstration.

If this was a real incident and you came across a casualty the first thing you do is to stop and assess the danger to make sure the accident scene is safe.

I’ll be thinking about putting on my gloves and then i’ll be checking to see if the casualty is alert.

“Hello? Hello can you hear me my name is Cory I’m a First Aider, can you hear me? Open your eyes. I’m going to put my hands on your shoulders. Wake up can you feel this? Wake up!”

No response. Now, shout for help.

“Help is anyone there? Can I have some help?”

You need to open the casualties airway with a head tilt chin lift and I need to check for breathing.

“One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten”

“Tom I’m glad you’re here so I need you to call the emergency services you need to dial 999 or 112 and tell them where we are, and to tell them that our casualty is not breathing and is unresponsive.”

“I know there’s an AED downstairs, so when you have finished your call make sure you go and get that defibrillator, bring it back upstairs as quickly as you can.”

And in the meantime while Tom does that I’m going to start our CPR process.

So to start with compression. My hands go in the center of the chest, my arms are straight, and my shoulders over my hands.

I’m going to do 30 deep compressions, five to six centimetres deep.

Counts 1-30, at a rate of about twice a second. Gives two rescue breaths.

“Ok Tom, can you set it up for me?”

Counts 1-30, at a rate of about twice a second. Give two rescue breaths.

*AED Reads Instructions*

Counts 1-30, at a rate of about twice a second. Give two rescue breaths.


*AED Reads Instructions - Do Not Touch the Patient - Shock Advised. Charging.*

Stand Clear.

*AED Reads Instructions - Deliver Shock Now, Press Orange Button, Shock Delivered, Begin CPR*

Counts 1-30, at a rate of about twice a second. Give two rescue breaths.


So to summarize using a defibrillator is an essential skill in first aid these days. If a defibrillator is available, use it.

By watching this video you can now have enough skills to be able to apply a defibrillator.

It’s a box, you turn the box on, the box has pads attached, you attach the pads to the casualties bare chest. You’ll have seen Tom in the video using scissors to cut through clothing to put the pads on to bare chest.

If it was a man and he had a hairy chest or shoulders, a razor would shave the casualty so the pads went directly on the casualties bare skin. If the casualty was wet/sweaty, we have a cloth just to dry the skin before the pads go on.

Once the pads are on the box takes over, listen to the voice and just do exactly what you are told. These boxes are lifesavers, they are so simple to use.

If a defibrillator arrives on scene, please have the confidence to use it – it is a lifesaver

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