The new 2021 guidelines have today been published by the Resuscitation Council (UK). From tomorrow these will be incorporated in all Med-Star courses and classes.
There seems to be an increasing number of training providers who are advertising Paediatric First Aid qualifications which can be gained on-line.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT OFSTED DOES NOT ACCEPT THESE QUALIFICATIONS FOR EITHER PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID OR EMERGENCY PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID CERTIFICATION.
In order to qualify in Paediatric First Aid, a minimum of 6 hours (50% of the course) must be completed in the classroom with a trainer, and for Emergency Paediatric First Aid, all 6 hours (100 of the course) must be completed in the classroom.
“Zoom”, and other on-line platforms are not an acceptable substitute for the required classroom hours.
On-line first aid training courses can be useful to refresh first aid knowledge, but do not result in a formal first aid qualification, and usually also incur a fee.
At Med-Star, our qualifications are all delivered 100% in the classroom and free “core skill” refreshers are available in-house at the school or childcare setting with a trainer for all customers' first aiders as and when required so that first aiders can be confident in their competence over their 3 year PFA/EPFA certification. Please see our Courses section for further information.
Please be aware that In order to keep students safe on our courses we have introduced enhanced safety measures including social distancing, increased hand washing\use of hand gels and have increased the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including the wearing of gloves, masks and (for some of the practical elements), visors. All PPE is supplied by us, but students may elect to use their own PPE as long as it conforms to current UK government and Resuscitation Council (UK) requirements. Please let us know if you require further information.
As part of our risk assessments, we contact settings prior to the start of each course for details of the training room (size, ventilation, layout etc) and to ensure that we are aware of your specific covid-19 precautions that we need to comply with when visiting your school or setting.
Due to the extensive "hands on" nature of the practical day of our new blended learning Paediatric First Aid course, we are not currently taking bookings for the blended course at the moment. Unfortunately our practical day on this course consists almost entirely of students "putting theory into practice" with trainer demonstrations, skill stations and rollover "incidents". Even with enhanced safety precautions to prevent covid-19 spread, the very high frequency of student-student contact on the day renders this training inappropriate for the time being. As soon as we are able to offer the blended course again we will let you know.
We are now using Laerdal QCPR manikins for our resuscitation training, including the new QCPR Little Baby on all of our courses and classes. These contain state of the art electronics that provide very accurate feedback on the quality of resuscitation being provided during training. If you would like a trainer to come to your setting and demonstrate how these can help to provide the highest quality training for your staff, please let us know.
Sepsis is the most common preventable cause of death in children in the UK. In 2017/18 alone, over 38,000 children 4 years old and under were admitted to EDs with sepsis. To support the work of the Sepsis Trust, we are holding a "CPR Drop-In Day" on Friday 13th September (World Sepsis Day) in the Eco Hub in Poole's Dolphin Centre where shoppers can learn more about Sepsis and if they want to, learn CPR as well!
If you are a Childminder, or qualified in Paediatric First Aid (PFA or EPFA) in your childcare setting, your Paediatric First Aid training provider should have already ensured that you are aware of the changes to First Aid “best practice” published in May. If not, please let us know and we will be able to help.
We have had a received a number of bookings from nurseries and pre-schools wishing to host our 2 hour “First Aid for Baby” sessions and 3 hour “First Aid for Toddlers” sessions for parents of children at their setting.
This is a brilliant way of helping parents and others who look after the little ones outside of the childcare setting to learn basic, but potentially lifesaving paediatric first aid. Don’t forget that we do not charge the setting or the participants for these session (although we are always very grateful for a small donation towards the cost of the certificate and paediatric first aid book given to each participant). Why not host a session at your setting “after school” or at the weekend? – or if you are a parent why not ask your child’s childcare setting if they could arrange a session?
Please note that we do have to fit these sessions around our professional childcare practitioner first aid courses so would appreciate flexibility regarding dates and times to ensure we have a trainer available.
Despite vaccinations being available to protect against some types of meningitis, there are still thousands of cases of meningitis every year, and babies and young children are those most at risk. Childcare providers can now register on-line with Meningitis Now to enable them to register as a “meningitis aware” setting and be awarded the Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark.
In addition to reinforcing and complementing staff Paediatric First Aid training, the mark shows parents (and prospective parents!) that all staff at the setting know what meningitis is, know the signs and symptoms, and know what to do if they suspect a child may have meningitis. Meningitis can kill within 4 four hours of onset of symptoms so this knowledge can literally be lifesaving. Details on our facebook page or on the Meningitis Now website.
What is the best way to cure painful sunburn?
Director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York Ciity, Joshua Zeichner advises that a bowl of cold milk is perhaps the most effective way to cure sunburn.
How does it work?
The “Home Remedies for Life” website advises that protein found in milk reduces pain and discomfort. The fat content in milk locks the moisture in the cells to keep the skin hydrated. The cold temperature of the liquid will also help cool and sooth the inflamed skin. Skimmed milk is best as is has a relatively high protein level.
How to apply it
Soak a cloth in the refrigerated milk and use as a cold compress without rubbing or causing friction.
Once the skin has been cooled and nourished by the milk, its essential to keep the skin moisturised without trapping in the heat.
When to seek medical advice
If you are suffering from severe sunburn or are feeling unwell seek medical advice. Severe signs and symptoms include blistering skin, fever, dizziness, nausea, headaches and heat exhaustion.
If you are taking a self-catering holiday this year, don’t forget to check that your apartment, chalet or caravan has a carbon monoxide detector (or better still, pack your own). This is especially important if holidaying abroad, as not all countries have the same gas safety standards as the UK.
The DofE has just updated its guide to the use of AEDs in schools, and their scheme whereby schools can purchase AEDs at a discounted price has now been extended to include maintained and independent nursery schools, playgroups, pre-schools, out of school clubs and holiday clubs. If you want to obtain an AED for your childcare setting you can do so at a discount using the arrangement that the DofE has with the NHS Supply Chain. You can download a copy of the guide from the government website www.gov.uk Just enter DFE-00568-2014 AED in the website search box.
We now offer optional 6 monthly CPR refresher training for our customers to overcome “skill-fade”. It’s free and only takes a few minutes per person. Training is held at your setting and all we ask is that for each refresher session you have a minimum of 4 participants who hold either Paediatric First Aid or Emergency Paediatric First Aid certificates. Don’t worry if you have new staff in the last 6 months who’s current qualifications are from a different paediatric first aid training provider - we can include them as well! Settings who use Med-Star for their 3 yearly PFA/EPFA training and who’s staff undertake our 6 monthly refreshers are provided with laminated Med-Star GOLD display certificates confirming their CPR training commitment. See “COURSES” tab for more information
This year, European Restart a Heart Day is on 16th October. and aims to teach basic CPR skills to as many people as possible. The day is mainly aimed at secondary school children, so if you have childen of that age, why not check with their school to see if they are participating. Last year, over 100,000 children were trained.
Please note that we have now amended the title of the FIRST AID FOR NEW PARENTS course to "FIRST AID FOR BABIES" to reflect that this couse is open to all ho may look after babies in their first 12 months (i.e. parents,grand parents, babysitters etc).
We are delighted to confirm that from the end of June, we will be holding our 2 hour First Aid For New Parents course every fortnight on a Monday morning (9.30 - 11.30am) in the Community Room at Tesco, Tower Park, Poole.
YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING YOUR BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN WITH YOU. Please contact us to reserve a place.
The DfE have finally today published the new statutory framework for the early years foundation stage which becomes effective on 3rd April and affects the required learning outcomes for both the 1 day EPFA and 2 day PFA courses . Please check our course information pages for the revised criteria.
A lot of everyday items (including Christmas items /presents – toys, smartphones, watches , flameless candles, nightlights, key fobs etc ) contain button batteries, and children continue to be admitted to Emergency Departments having swallowed them. Lithium batteries (which are higher voltage) and batteries > 20mm diameter seem to be the most dangerous. After swallowing a button battery you cant wait for nature to take its course. This type of battery can become trapped in the folds of the oesophagus (food tube), setting up an electric current which causes a build up of sodium hydroxide (like toilet cleaner!).This will cause severe burns, and if these extend to involve major blood vessels it can result in catastrophic bleeding which could be very difficult to stop. In the UK we have strict safety regulations for items with button batteries (i.e. battery compartment must be secured and closed with a screw) but items brought from markets or temporary shops etc may not comply with these regulations.
If you have the slightest suspicion that a child may have swallowed a button battery, take them straight to your local Emergency Department – you could save their life.
The government’s Chief Medical Officer has written to nurseries to raise awareness of the child flu immunisation programme. Young children are well known to be “super-spreaders” of ’flu viruses. Children who were 2,3 or 4 years old on 31th August 2016 are eligible to receive the vaccination free from their GP.
We are still waiting for the new rules for paediatric first aid for newly qualified staff to be implemented (they were due to be implemented at the beginning of September). Despite this delay we have already updated our one day Emergency Paediatric First Aid course syllabus so that it complies with the new requirements .(See our courses page for more details).