The Importance of First Aid Kits in a Fitness Environment

Posted by admin on September 15, 2013 at 8:59 am. Filed under: First Aid

Accidents can occur anywhere and at any time, especially in gyms and during sports classes or games. The quick movements, raised heart rates and perhaps sweaty surfaces can lead to incidents such as slips and trips, to those of a more serious nature. It is the people who work in the gym’s responsibility to make sure that everyone is as safe as they can be, and if an accident or illness was to happen, then they would know what to do.

First of all, first aid equipment should be stored in the gym within easy access for anyone needing it in a hurry. It is a good idea to plan for all eventualities so evaluate the gym and what kind of exercise people do there, and the possible injuries or illnesses that could occur. Obviously, no one is expecting the gym instructors to be able to deal with every medical emergency – they’re not doctors after all – but sufficient equipment and training should be to hand to deliver first aid, quickly and efficiently until emergency ambulance crews arrive.

All coaches and instructors should be able to react quickly when an incident occurs, and not hesitate when it comes to deciding what to do. However, someone’s readiness cannot be tested until they are actually in that situation; they may panic and their mind goes blank, and there isn’t anything anyone can do to stop that from happening. The only way around it is to properly train more than one person so even if one person can’t remember what to do, there will be someone else who does.

First aid manikins are an excellent tool to practice first aid on. Coming in adult and child sizes, coaches are able to practice clearing airways and performing CPR on life like training manikins. With the training, and practice on the manikins, if they are faced with a real life situation, they will instinctively know what to do. As well as completing CPR training, coaches should be competent at dressing wounds for cuts and burns, the recovery position and how to deal with sprains, strains, fractures and breaks of the bones and muscles.

Of course, coaches should be confident to deliver first aid when it is needed, but taking steps to avoid needing it is best for everybody. By taking simple steps, many accidents and injuries can be avoided. Things such as removing hazards by putting equipment away once it is finished being used and mopping up spillages to avoid slip and trip hazards. Also, properly supervised sessions should take place to ensure that everyone who is using the gym and its equipment knows how to use it properly and safely. Improper technique is a common cause of injury, so by teaching the correct technique and proper supervision, the risk of injury can be reduced.

First aid training is important in any line of work, but in gyms especially where slips, trips, breaks and sprains can be a common occurrence, then adequate training must take place so that both major and minor illnesses and injuries are dealt with quickly, this may mean the difference between someone living and dying.


Stay Safe at Festivals

Posted by admin on September 10, 2013 at 8:56 am. Filed under: First Aid

Life is unpredictable and you never know what is going to happen next. That is why it is a good idea to ensure that you are always stocked up with emergency first aid supplies in case disaster strikes. With the summer festival season well and truly underway, there are a number of items which every person should consider taking with them when they go camping for the weekend. After all, when you are away from home for a few nights you won’t have access to your normal medical supplies. As such, it is best to make sure that you take the right type of equipment and medicine with you when you are going to a festival.

T in the Park is the biggest music festival in Scotland. However, at this year’s 2013 event there was almost double the number of reported injuries compared to the amount recorded at the 2012 festival. This can in part be attributed to the hot weather conditions and people becoming more dehydrated than usual. People with allergies and hay fever are also more susceptible to health problems if they are camping outside with their normal medication.

Indeed, with the expected hot weather this summer it stands to reason that people will be at greater risk of receiving heat related injuries. If you have never been to a festival before you may be unsure of what type of medical supplies to take with you. An HSE first aid box will cover you with all the basic essentials that you may need before seeking further medical help. If you do have an existing medical condition make sure that you carry a list of your regular medication with you at all times. This will be useful information for professional medical staff in case you do suffer a bad injury or health attack.

One of the best things about sleeping in the great outdoors is the fact that you can have a lot of outdoor food! Barbeques are especially popular at festivals. There is nothing quite like sitting round in a circle with your friends and listening to the bands in the distance whilst cooking your own food on the barbeque. However, outdoor cooking can be dangerous and it is easy to get burned if you don’t pay full attention. That is why it is a good idea to ensure that you have a tube of burn gel in your kit to deal with any accidental minor burns.

If you have first aid supplies with you at a festival, the best way of avoiding having to use them is by using a good old dose of common sense. Yes, that giant mud pool may look like a thoroughly tempting proposition, but if you jump into it you could easily hurt yourself in the process by accidentally slipping. What is more, you will probably stink all weekend too! The vast majority of people manage to survive going to festivals without any problems, but it is always best to be prepared.


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