Welcome to FirstAid4Free

Welcome to my first aid site. I'm a first aid trainer and assessor. I've been teaching first aid for about 10 years now. Everyone should have some first aid knowledge for in the home and work place. Not everyone has the chance to attend a full first aid course so I'll provide some key first aid points every week.

Important Notice

The information on this site is for guidance only. The first aid procedures are those in the current edition of the First Aid Manual at the time of inclusion on the site. Attendance on a first aid course to practice these procedures is always recommended.

Quick Review: Methods of Healing

Before and after.

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As most people will know smoking is a dirty, disgusting, filthy affliction which is only surpassed by leprosy as far as I'm concerned. Every draw on a cigarette fills a smoker's lungs with hundred of carcinogenic chemicals the constant erosion of which can quite easily come to haunt you in later life. Every time a smoker exhales their noxious cocktail they are doing untold damage to innocent non-smokers who just happen to be nearby. It's not good, but I'm told it's damn addictive and a difficult habit to break - the trick is not to begin in the first place.

If you happen to be a smoker and want to escape from future years are breathlessness and lung disease there might be an answer with Nicocure. Nicocure is a herbal mix that claims to help smokers with nicotine addiction, withdrawal symptoms and nicotine intoxication (whatever that is). If you order Nicocure you'll also receive a free e-book and hypnosis audio track to help you on your journey to quit smoking. Might be worth a shot if the nicotine patches don't work.

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Foreign Object in the Ear

If a foreign object becomes trapped in the ear it can cause temporary deafness by obstructing the ear canal. If the object goes deep into the ear it may damage the ear drum. Young children in particular like to experiment by pushing objects in their mouth, nose and ears. Sometimes insects can fly or crawl into the ear and cause alarm.

Pain in the ear.
Sensation of ear being blocked.

Prevent injury to the ear.
In the case of a live insert: remove insect from ear.
Other obstructions: do not attempt to remove the object.
To get the casualty to hospital if you're unable to remove the object.

In the case of a live insect: Tilt the casualty's head to one side with the obstructed ear uppermost. Try and 'float' the insect out of the ear by gently flooding with luke warm water.
In the case of other obstructions: Pad over the ear and seek medical attention. Don't attempt to remove and object stuck in the ear.

Quick Review: Benatural

Benatural is an indispensable electronic guide to alternative medicine. It is a concise information resource, which explains about a wide range of vitamins, minerals, diets, herbs and alternative therapies. It doesn't try and sell and there are no advertisements - just solid, impartial comment about the ever increasing range of natural remedies out there.

If, like me, you want to lose a few pounds of weight but don't know where to begin then there is a very useful article on dieting and weight loss. Particularly interesting is the piece about the South Beach Diet, which concentrates on 'good fats' and 'good carbs' from natural sources like nuts, grains and pulses. There is a baffling array of essential trace metals and other minerals that feature in everyone's diet. If you don't know your Cobalt from your Copper, both essential trace metals in the diet, than Benatural is the place to go.

Alternative therapies are another area covered by Benatural. There are articles explaining the finer points of homeopathy, colour therapy, meditation and reiki to name but a few. If you want to enjoy a natural diet and a healthy lifestyle then Benatural is a good site to guide you on the way.


Fainting is a brief loss of consciousness caused by temporary reduction of blood flow to the brain. It can be caused by pain, exhaustion, lack of food and stress. Fainting often occurs after long periods of inactivity, when blood has pooled in the lower body and isn't fully reaching the brain. When a person faints their pulse becomes very slow, but this quickly returns to normal as they recover.

  • A brief period of unconsciousness.
  • A slow pulse.
  • Pale, cold and clammy skin.
  • To improve blood flow to the brain.
  • To reassure and make he casualty comfortable.
  • If the casualty feels faint ask them to lie down (before they fall). Kneel next to them and raise their legs, supporting their ankles on your shoulders. Alternatively support the legs on a chair etc.
  • Make sure the casualty gets plenty of fresh air by opening a window etc.
  • As the casualty recovers gently get them to sit up gradually. If they feel faint ask them to lie down once again.
  • Be prepared to resuscitate if the casualty stops breathing. In this call for an ambulance quickly.

Quick Review: phlawfirm.com

This post is sponsored by Paglialunga & Harris. To view my policy on sponsored entries click HERE.

... AKA 'Ambulance chasers are us!'

Paglialunga & Harris is a top Seattle and Washington DC law firm who specialise in personal injury claims. Since I've written a few articles about first aid and the law recently, I guess I've been targeted by these guys to talk about their services. I'm not into personal injury claims myself - I think all the hype in television commercials about 'where there's blame there's a claim' encourages people to find loose paving stones and deliberately trip over them Kamikaze style. However, even I recognise there may be times when someone is genuinely injured through no fault of their own and they require recompense to help them recover from their misfortune. If you're in the US and you fall into this genuinely needy category you might like to try these guys out. As their tag line says they're righting wrongs, rebuilding lives. How refreshing.

For all your personal injury claims consider seeking advice from Paglialunga & Harris.

Quick Review: Labor Law Posters

Essential safety information for the work place.

This post is sponsored by the Compliance Poster Company. To view my policy on sponsored entries click HERE.

A while ago I wrote about the legislation surrounding UK first aid training, certification and provision. What I didn't mention too much was the numerous health and safety posters that were available to supplement this information. It is a statutory requirement that some of these posters are displayed in the work place. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) are responsible for enforcement in the US. The Compliance Poster Company is a leading provider of OSHA posters to the US market.

They have a wide selection of informative safety notices to choose from, specially tailored to your line of work. This includes a range of industrial posters, office posters, safety training posters and human resource forms. Keeping right up to date with the latest work place risks CPC also have a range of training material about Avian Flu. Did you know it was mandatory to display choking safety notices anywhere food is served in 12 US States? No? Me neither, but CPC have just the right poster for the job. Many of the posters can be customised to match your own corporate identity.

Safety in the work place really is everyone's responsibility, so make yourself aware of the current regulations and keep on the right side of the law by displaying the right posters in the right locations.