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Summer 2018: Current news & updatesSummer safety - heat waves, dehydration and sunburn
Helen and Steven
Thank you to those of you who sent through messages and cards to congratulate us on our wedding - we had an absolutely amazing day and were blessed with a glorious sunny day which enabled us to make full use of the beautiful outdoor areas at Weetwood Hall.
It's hard to believe how quickly the last 8 weeks has flown and we are just starting the school summer holidays. As such to enable us to spend more quality time with family we are about to embark on our usual skeleton office cover for the school holidays. Emails will be checked twice a week and the best number to phone for any urgent queries is the mobile. Thank you for bearing with us. We hope that you too enjoy a summer break.
Best wishes,
Helen and the rest of the team at Underwood Training
 
Office Summer Shut-Down
The office will be closing on Friday 27 July 2018 from 2pm and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 4 September 2018.
Emails will be checked twice a week excepting during our family holiday - thank you for bearing with any delay in response. For any urgent queries please call 07971 298 265 - Helen's mobile.
 
Summer safety - heat waves, dehydration and sunburn
With the current high temperatures we've been experiencing looking to continue, a reminder of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and sunburn and the first aid needed should they occur.
 
Heat Exhaustion occurs when the electrolytes in the body are out of balance but core body temperature is still close to the normal range. The casualty may complain of a headache, 'feeling rubbish' or finding it hard to concentrate. A rest in a cool, well ventilated/shady environment with e.g. a packet of salty crisps and a drink of squash or an isotonic sports drink usually sorts them out quickly. If the casualty does not improve within 30 minutes seek medical advice. Water alone will not aid hydration as salts from having been sweating and sugars lost from using energy also need to be replaced.
 
Heat Stroke occurs when the body is very dehydrated and is no-longer able to sweat. Core body temperature will rise and this is a life-threatening emergency. It can cause a loss of consciousness or seizures (a fit). Remove excess clothing (leave decent), provide shade if in the sun, cover with a sheet or shirt that is soaked in water at roughly air temperature and keep re-wetting if necessary (avoid freezing cold water); monitor vital signs and call 999/112 for an ambulance. If they loose consciousness roll them onto their side to protect their airway.
 
Sunburn - large areas of sunburn mean that the skin cannot sweat effectively and the risk of heat injuries above is increased. Encourage friends and family to regularly apply sun cream, avoid the sun during peak times, cover up including a hat and stay hydrated. If sunburn does occur a long cool shower will help to take some of the heat out; cover up from the sun; re-hydrate and check with a local pharmacist what to put on the sunburn. Usually they recommend Aqueous Cream as this is non-perfumed and won't irritate damaged skin like many 'after-sun' products.
MHRA Drug Safety Updates
Pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDI): risk of airway obstruction from aspiration of loose objects.
Remind those using asthma inhalers (or similar) to check and remove the mouthpiece cover properly before inhaling a dose and to shake the inhaler to remove loose objects that may have become trapped in the inhaler during storage. See here for info.
 
SAM XT Extremity Tourniquet – Recall due to the risk of tourniquet failing in use due to error in sewing operations. See here for batch information
Upcoming First Aid Training courses
Emergency First Aid at Work: 11 September 2018; 18 October 2018; 8 November 2018;
11 December 2018
First Aid at Work 3 Day : 25 September, 2 & 9 October 2018; 22& 29 November & 6 December 2018
First Aid at Work Requalification 2 Day: 26 & 27 September 2018 ; 15 & 16 November 2018
Paediatric First Aid: 6 & 13 September 2018; 16 & 23 October 2018; 13 & 20 November 2018
Outdoor Incident Management First Aid: 29 & 30 September 2018 ; 17 & 18 November 2018
Further course dates are available to view on our website; in-house courses for groups available on request.