Monday, 1st June 2020

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Save a life!

Save a life!

Many deaths could be prevented if first aid is given before emergency services arrive. - Sonia Fendley, director of STM Nummos Life S.L.

If someone is injured you should:

  • First check that you and the casualty aren’t in any danger, and, if possible, make the situation safe
  • If necessary, call for an ambulance when it’s safe to do so
  • Carry out basic first aid 

If a person is unconscious but breathing, and has no other injuries that would stop them being moved, place them in the recovery position until help arrives.

Keep them under observation to ensure they continue to breathe normally, and don’t obstruct their airway.

If someone is unconscious and not breathing If a person isn’t breathing normally after an incident, call an ambulance and start CPR straight away.

Use hands-only CPR if you aren’t trained to perform rescue breaths.



Reactions to insect stings or after eating certain foods. can be very fast, occurring within seconds or minutes of coming into contact with the substance the person is allergic to (allergen). During anaphylactic shock, it may be difficult for the person to breathe, as their tongue and throat may swell, obstructing their airway.

Check if the person is carrying any medication. Some people who know they have severe allergies may carry an adrenaline self-injector, which is a type of pre-loaded syringe. You can either help medication or, if you’re trained to do so, give it to them yourself.

After the injection, continue to look after the person until medical help arrives. All casualties who have had an intramuscular or subcutaneous (under the skin) injection of adrenaline must be seen and medically 
checked by a healthcare professional as soon as possible after the injection has been given.

Make sure they’re comfortable and can breathe as best they can while waiting for medical help to arrive. If they’re conscious, sitting upright is normally the best position for them.


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