Strapping Correctly

  • By Tracey O'Connor
  • 04 Apr, 2016
Man strapping his foot to prevent injury

Sport Strapping and Preventative Measures

  When the winter sports season starts we all begin enjoying the footie, rugby and hockey, and many other outdoor activities. Properly strapping yourself to prevent injury might be the furthest thing from your mind but taking the time to protect yourself is essential for ongoing fun on the sun.

Don’t Let An Injury Ruin Your Holiday!

We’re all afflicted with a minor to moderate injury at some point in our life and these injuries can also take many other forms besides a sprained ankle (jarred fingers, hyperextension in knee joints etc.). The real question is what can be done to avoid such injuries from occurring? Wrapping yourself in cotton wool isn’t the answer and it’s just a fact of life that these injuries to kids, teens and those involved in various sporting teams are more prevalent during the warmer months in Australia. In this case, prevention is better than a cure.

How to Correctly Strap

At Assist First Aid we can help educate you on the correct strapping tape to use for certain injuries and how to actually strap so you adequately support the specific area. We also understand that when your keen to get out and exercise or play sports, strapping is often overlooked, but really the question you need to ask yourself is would you prefer to take 10 minutes of your day to strap or take 10 days out of your summer with injury? In addition to our strapping courses, we stock a wide range of high quality strapping tape available for sale.

 Prevent serious sports injuries – give us a call or email us today and ask about strapping services and products we provide.

By Tracey O'Connor 11 Oct, 2016

First aid in education

Assist First Aid provides a comprehensive first aid course for responders in an education setting. Our course, entitled Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care setting equips you with the skills to respond to infants, children and adults. Ideal for educations and support staff in an education and care setting, our course covers first aid emergencies including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. Ensure your staff and support team members are confident in administering top quality first aid care to all persons in an education setting.

Course content

To comprehensively prepare you for first aid scenarios and situations in an education setting, our course covers the most essential skills for first aid providers. Our course gives you the confidence to take control of a first aid situation and make the best decisions for the student in your care or the affected person. Covered content includes:

  • DRSABCD action plan
  • Managing the unconscious casualty
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Use of an automated external defibrillator
  • Trauma
  • Emergencies
  • Medical emergencies
  • Bites and stings
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis

 

Book a course

Speak to one of our first aid professionals to find out more about the benefits of our first aid in education course and whether it would suit your staff members. Course duration is 8 hours with a completed pre-course workbook. Booking into a course is easy - simply get in touch with one of our experienced first aid team members.

Be confident and equipped in an education setting. Call 1800 091 451.

By Tracey O'Connor 11 Oct, 2016

Our first aid team

Thanks to the experience and expertise of our first aid team, we’re able to provide a range of comprehensive first aid services to small, medium and large scale sporting and community events across Queensland. We also provide a number of training courses and supplies to keep your workplace, personal or community first aid skills at their best. Find out more about our first aid team and what makes us industry leaders.

Tracey O’Connor

Tracey has been our Managing Director since she started the business in 2005 under the name Sunshine Coast Sports Aid. Tracey’s determination and passion for excellence has been a driving force behind our expansion, success and calibre of services.

Holding a range of qualifications, including a Master Degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition plus numerous emergency medical technical qualifications, Tracey has played an important part of keeping Queensland safe at community and sporting events since 2003. With strong alliances with sporting clubs, schools, event organisers and community members Tracey pioneers first aid services in all types of events at any size.

Annie Belcher

Annie is our awesome Coverage Manager. She oversees all things development, implementation and expansion of our services and coverage. Starting with us in 2008 as a first aid responder, her background in business administration and business development saw her bring her skills and experience into the office.

With a range of first aid qualifications combined with business prowess, Annie brings a unique mix of skills, perception and understanding to her role. Alongside business development and strategic partnerships, Annie delivers first aid courses and training programs.

Find out more about our friendly first aid team. Call 1800 091 451.

By Tracey O'Connor 13 Sep, 2016

Keeping you safe and healthy at The Colour Run

Assist First Aid has proudly been a part of bringing you The Colour Run since 2013. We’ve provided expert medical and first aid services in collaboration with a number of quality stakeholders and service providers. From minor injuries like bruises and scrapes to major, life-threatening situations, our first aid responders and our experienced team assist in keeping The Colour Run a safe event. We’re committed to ensuring the safety of all participants at this exciting event for years to come.

Working with authorities

Our first aid professionals work with a number of authorities and care providers including emergency services, event management, first aid coordinators, doctors, the Royal Flying Doctors Service, paramedics, physiotherapists, security services, police, ambulances, SES, Surf Life Savers and dedicated volunteers. Alongside our partners, we provide a comprehensive care service to all participants of The Colour Run.

Expert training

We’re proud to boast a team of extensively trained and qualified first aid responders. Our team members are experienced and flexible, ready to deal with whatever situation head on. For The Colour Run, our major sporting and community event training helps us ensure that you have access to the expertise and care you need when you’re injured.

Our first aid team is trained in Advanced First AId/Injury and Incident Management and is fully covered under a combined Medical Malpractice and Public Liability insurance policy. With our experienced team on site, we work with authorities and emergency services to keep all participants at The Colour Run safe, happy and injury-free.

Find out more about our first aid event services. Call 1800 091 451.

By Tracey O'Connor 13 Sep, 2016

When it comes to taking care of your family’s health, ensuring you have a well -stocked first aid kit in your home is important when dealing with minor injuries and accidents.

First Aid kits should be kept in a cool and dry location, out of the reach of small children.

And whilst there is an endless list of items that you could include in your kit, we’ve compiled a list of the most common, basic items that you should consider including in your homes’ first aid kit.

A basic first aid kit may contain:

·        Band-Aids in a variety of different sizes

·        Sterile gauze dressings in small, medium and large sizes

·        Bandages

·        Safety pins

·        Disposable gloves

·        Tweezers

·        Scissors

·        Alcohol cleansing wipes

·        Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings

·        Antiseptic cream or powder

·        Sterile water sachets for cleaning wounds

·        Disposable cold/heat packs

·        Thermometer

·        Hand sanitizer

·        Painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen

·        Antihistamine tablets

·        Anti-nausea medication

It is also important to think about any special needs in your family, such as those of a child or elderly person, as well as any allergies or medical conditions. Add supplies for these conditions and it is important to regularly check your kit, replace missing items and medicines that may be past their expiration date.

Remember, for your first aid kit to be useful, you need to know how to use it. You may want to consider taking a first aid course or purchasing a manual to learn first aid basics.

By Tracey O'Connor 26 Aug, 2016

Myths of First Aid

When it comes to first aid, it is vital to understand when not to do something, and to dispel some of the popular myths.

 

Myth – Tipping Your Head Back to Stop a Blood Nose

FACT – It’s more effective to press the fleshy part of your nose (not the part where your glasses sit) firmly for ten minutes. If a nosebleed lasts for longer than fifteen minutes or is the result of a serious injury it is advised to seek assistance from your GP.

Myth – Sucking Venom from a Snake Bite

FACT –By applying a splint to the bitten limb and seeking immediate medical attention is the only effective treatment. It is important to avoid anything that thins your blood or accelerates your heart-rate whilst awaiting treatment.

Myth – Urinating on a Jellyfish Sting

FACT – Experts advise that vinegar is the best treatment for most jellyfish stings, including box jellyfish and Irukandji. But it should not be used for bluebottle stings. Official advice for a bluebottle sting is to gently wash off the stingers with sea water and immerse in hot water for 20 minutes.

Myth – Buttering up a Burn

FACT – The key to treating a burn is getting cold water onto it and hold it under the tap for at least 20 minutes and covered with a clean cloth or cling wrap to prevent infection.

Myth – Squeezing Out a Bee Stinger

FACT – Removing the stinger as quickly as possible is the best option and scraping the area with a finger nail, credit card or item with a dulled edge will prevent more venom being released.

Remember, you can make matters worse if you follow wacky, old wives’ tales and outdated advice.

By Tracey O'Connor 26 Aug, 2016

Keeping Warm & Safe This Winter

With a little preparation and some simple suggestions, we can help ourselves and our family to stay healthy, safe and comfortable during the cold winter months.

Coughs, Colds and the Flu

During winter there is always an abundance of coughs, colds, influenza, stomach bugs and alike making the rounds. The following is a list of ways we can prevent illness in your life this winter.

-        Drink lots of water

-        Wash your hands

-        Get plenty of sleep

-        Avoid sick people

-        Take vitamins and supplements

-        Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

Winter Injuries

Injury prevention is a year-round task but winter presents a unique set of challenges for injury prevention. So we’ve identified some tips for preventing winter injuries.

-        Walk on footpaths that have been cleared and avoid shortcuts

-        Take smaller steps and remember to bend your knees

-        Avoid carrying heavy loads

-        When exercising have adequate warm-up and cool-down sessions

Winter Driving

Whether you are driving to work, taking the kids to school or heading out to do the weekly shop, it’s important to take extra care on the roads and pay particular attention to the hazards of winter driving. Inspecting your vehicle to determine if they are working correctly can include.

-        Checking brake fluid levels

-        Inspecting all exterior lights

-        Ensure that your battery is fully charged and connections are clean

Finally, the colder your home, the higher risk to your health.

By Tracey O'Connor 26 May, 2016
As an event organiser, event planner or member of venue management, it is your duty of care to provide a point of first aid for guests and partygoers that is easily accessible, in plain sight and of course, fully equipped. Assist First Aid can help offer advice on practical solutions to first aid plus connect you with reputed companies that can insure your event.

When Alcohol Is Involved, First Aid and Insurance Are Critical
As a responsible organiser or manager, we are sure you are already well aware that you are responsible for your guests, but it is also even more crucial at an event where alcohol may be involved, In addition to proper on the ground first aid coverage, it is also necessary to obtain insurance for all events. This is for peace of mind as much as it for practical and legal protection.

Let Us Help You
At Assist First Aid, we can help educate you on the necessary steps you need to take to ensure you’re 100% covered. We do this by connecting you with companies that offer comprehensive insurance for a wide range of different events and to suit varying budgets. Parties and social events are a time for celebration and your guests have a right to feel safe and secure if a situation does arise.

Give us a call or email today and let us help you establish party coverage or event insurance for your next get together, no matter how big or small.
By Tracey O'Connor 26 May, 2016
In this day and age, there is no reason why all workplaces shouldn’t have a fully equipped first aid kit that is readily accessible in critical situation. Have a look around your workplace right now, can you see one with your line of sight? If not you may be short handing yourself of the ability to treat injuries and illnesses, from minor occurrences to more serious threats. It’s no exaggeration that in every situation where somebody requires medical attention, time is of the essence.
By Tracey O'Connor 04 Apr, 2016

Don’t Get Caught in the Wrong Place without the Right Qualification

If you’ve considered investing in formal first aid training then consider this. You can’t always help being caught in the wrong place, but you can make sure you have the right skills to resolve a situation. No matter what industry, sport or activity you’re involved in, you’re always better off with the right skills and the right qualifications. At Assist First Aid, we believe that prevention is better than a cure and that with the proper direction and training you can become the point of difference in situations where somebody requires medical attention.

Nationally Recognised Accreditation

We offer a nationally recognised accreditation that covers everything from basic first aid knowledge to CPR and involves practical, hand-on experience, as well as written tests. These courses won’t just provide you with knowledge and information for life, they will also put you in the position to treat injuries, make a difference and even save someone’s life. Whether it’s to help a stranger, a colleague, or even a family member, these are skills that are undoubtedly worth having.

Be the Point Of Difference

You can be the difference in an emergency situation. Start your journey on becoming a nationally recognised first aid certificate holder. We’re more than happy to help you with any questions you may have about the course and can facilitate training for yourself or a group of your friends and family.

Call us today or email Assist First Aid Brisbane on the provided details.

By Tracey O'Connor 04 Apr, 2016

Sport Strapping and Preventative Measures

  When the winter sports season starts we all begin enjoying the footie, rugby and hockey, and many other outdoor activities. Properly strapping yourself to prevent injury might be the furthest thing from your mind but taking the time to protect yourself is essential for ongoing fun on the sun.

Don’t Let An Injury Ruin Your Holiday!

We’re all afflicted with a minor to moderate injury at some point in our life and these injuries can also take many other forms besides a sprained ankle (jarred fingers, hyperextension in knee joints etc.). The real question is what can be done to avoid such injuries from occurring? Wrapping yourself in cotton wool isn’t the answer and it’s just a fact of life that these injuries to kids, teens and those involved in various sporting teams are more prevalent during the warmer months in Australia. In this case, prevention is better than a cure.

How to Correctly Strap

At Assist First Aid we can help educate you on the correct strapping tape to use for certain injuries and how to actually strap so you adequately support the specific area. We also understand that when your keen to get out and exercise or play sports, strapping is often overlooked, but really the question you need to ask yourself is would you prefer to take 10 minutes of your day to strap or take 10 days out of your summer with injury? In addition to our strapping courses, we stock a wide range of high quality strapping tape available for sale.

 Prevent serious sports injuries – give us a call or email us today and ask about strapping services and products we provide.

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