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What Should I Put On A Burn?

When the skin is burnt (by a hot liquid, hot vapour, a chemical, friction etc), the skin may be open, weeping or charred. After adequately cooling the area of injury with cool running water, it is important to put the right type of dressing on…

E Is For Ear Infections

With the wind whipping up and the cold mornings truely here, so do the middle ear infections. These infections can caused by a virus or bacteria and are called otitis media, in medical terms. Often the bacteria or viruses travel up the tube from the…

Mountain First Aid Course – Geneva

Could you help someone who broke their leg whilst you were skiing together? Do you know what number to call for Mountain Rescue in Switzerland? When do you need to worry about a head injury? Come and find the answers to these questions and many…

N Is For Nosebleeds

One of the downsides of living in such a beautiful mountainous country as Switzerland is that the air can dry out the inside of the nose.  This can make us, and our children, more vulnerable to nosebleeds. Do you know what you should do if…

Fighting Fevers

With the temperatures outside dropping, we are at the start of the season of colds, coughs and other feverish illnesses.  And as our bodies, or the the bodies of our children, react to these illnesses, so our temperature rises. Any body temperature above 37.5 degrees is classified as…

C Is For Chest Compressions

At HealthFirst, we continually update the content of our courses according to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) guidelines. This organisation fosters the production, collation and dissemination of evidence based information on the best resuscitation practices round the world. One of the emerging facts…

Mummy, Where Do Babies Come From?

If you haven’t already had those questions, they will come… Children will find the answers one way or the other, whether from you, the playground, the internet. It can be an uncomfortable subject but take a listen to Rachel Melville-Thomas, Child Psychotherapist, talking to Dr…

R Is For Response

So you have checked for Danger (to yourself and any third parties) and it is safe to approach someone who has had an accident or become unwell – What’s next? Check for a Response from the person. Firmly rub their collar bones on both sides…

Coughs And Sneezes Spread Diseases

This was the health promotion slogan from 1948 to encourage people to use handkerchiefs to sneeze into and then disinfect them afterwards. These days we tend to use disposable tissues and disinfect our hands afterwards but the principles are still the same. If you would…