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  • Face Coverings

    The government and the World Health Organisation are now recommending the wearing of fabric face coverings in certain circumstances i.e. on public transport or in shops. 

    Fabric face masks can be washed and re-used making that one purchase quite cost effective.  We are going to look at the two main types, and how to fit and use them.

    Fitted face masks

    These masks are shaped to fit the face and have either ear loops or ties that can be fastened around the back of the head and neck. This mask wants to be quite fitted to the face, you do not want it to be too loose. Often the fit can be adjusted by tightening the ear loops or ties.  They can have two or three layers of fabric and are usually made of cotton.  They may have a nose wire that enables you to mould the mask around the bridge of your nose and get a closer fit, some have a filter pocket inside so that you can place filters inside of them.

    These masks, available from TylermadeCo, come in sizes small, medium and large, cater for adults and children and contain a filter pocket and a nose wire.  The elastic is adjustable as it threads through a casing rather than being stitched into the sides. They also come with a cotton bag that you can attach to your bag, keyring etc using the exterior loop.

    To put on place onto face so that it fits over the bridge of the nose and under the chin, then put ear loops on.  Press the nose wire to mould the fit to your face (the wires are removable so if you didn’t want it you could easily take it out).  To remove, without touching the front of the mask unhook the ear loops.  Holding the ear loops pull mask away from your face, fold up inside out touching only the inside that was against your face and put into the cotton bag.  The mask can then be laundered inside the bag. Minimising your contact with it until it is clean. Ensure that you wash your hands after handling the soiled mask.

    Pleated masks

    These masks are designed to work in a similar way to the medical masks that we see.  They can be worn over a medical mask if you have to change masks often, extending the life span of the medical mask i.e. care workers.  They extend through the pleats to fit from nose to chin and will have either ear loops or ties. They may have a nose wire.

    These masks, from TylermadeCo, again come in sizes small, medium and large.  The medium and large are both big enough to fit over a medical pleated mask.  They have a nose wire (which can be removed) and open at the bottom so that a filter can be placed inside if required.  They are washable and re-usable and come with a cotton bag for hygienic handling.

    To put them on, place in front of the face across mouth and nose and fit the ear loops.  Ensure that the top is at the bridge of the nose and press the wire to get a closer fit.  Hold the mask still at the top while pulling the lower edge down under the chin; the pleats will open to give space.

    To remove, take off the ear loops and pull mask away from the face.  Fold inside out and put into cotton bag.  Ensure that you wash your hands after handling the soiled mask.

    If you are looking for face masks for yourself, work colleagues, friends and family members, the masks featured here are available at

    www.etsy.com/shop/TylermadeCo ,

    where you will find a range of colours and patterns to choose from.  Whatever masks you choose, ensure that you apply and remove them safely. 

    *Fabric masks are non-medical and you should still follow government guidelines on distancing and hand washing.

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    New Infection Control Measures

    As we are starting to think about training again I thought it would be good to talk about everything that we are doing at Nightingale First Aid Training Ltd to minimise the risk of infection on our courses, from July 2020.

    As a company we already ensure that all of our manikins and equipment are cleaned before and after every training session.  We sterilise pocket masks that we use in training sessions for CPR practise and have antiseptic wipes on hand during the sessions.

    In future sessions, in line with new guidance from Awarding Body Organisations, we will be implementing the following procedures, for the safety of candidates and trainers:

    • Class sizes will be kept low wherever possible, larger groups may be spread over several sessions.
    • Screening process – we will be asking COVID related questions and temperature check; anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend and can transfer to another date.
    • Hand sanitisers will be available and MUST be used on entering the training room and before and after every practical activity.
    • Face coverings will need to be used at certain points during the training where distancing may be difficult.  The candidate may bring their own or one can be made available for them.
    • Dressings, gloves and bandages required for the training will be issued, packaged, to each candidate.
    • Where possible, virtual testing will take place, to minimise paper and pens being passed out.
    • No pens/paper will be available, students will be required to bring their own if they wish to take notes.
    • Risk assessment will take place prior to the training to ensure that the room and facilities are suitably clean and able to maintain hygiene during the training.

    These measures, plus the procedures we already had in place, will show that we are taking serious steps towards infection control and give candidates the confidence they need to attend a training session.  We also deliver blended training courses which mean that part of the training is done online and less time is required in the classroom.  Some of our courses can also be taught one-to-one and on site.  If you have any questions regarding training please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to answer your questions.

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    Be Summer Safe

    As summer is approaching, and we are all hoping for some good weather for our holidays and activities in the sun, let’s be keep safe as well as happy. With this in mind, we have put together 5 things to watch out for, and hopefully avoid, whilst enjoying yourselves.

    1. Sunburn

    Sunburn is skin damage caused by the ultraviolet rays in sunshine. The skin will be red, sore and hot to the touch.  It may be also blistered. Applying a high factor sun cream before going outside, and re-applying regularly; wearing a hat and sunglasses; can all help prevent sunburn.

    To treat mild sunburn:

    • Get out of the sun as soon as you can. Cool the area with water.  Put a t-shirt on and wet the affected area to keep it cool, or lay a wet flannel over the area.
    • Apply after sun cream, or lotions containing aloe vera will help.
    • Get them to drink plenty of water to help prevent dehydration.
    • If the skin is badly damaged or blistered, seek medical advice.


    Over exposure to heat, or exercising in hot weather i.e. running can lead to heat stroke and heat exhaustion. children, elderly and people with long term medical conditions can be at more risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

    1. Heat exhaustion

    Heat exhaustion can appear as headache and excess sweating, temperature between 38-39C, dizziness, nausea and  extreme thirst.

    To treat heat exhaustion:

    • Get them to into the shade/cool.
    • Give water to drink.
    • Remove excess clothing to help them to cool down.


    1. Heat stroke

    When the temperature is >40C.  The skin will be hot and dry, no sweating, cramps, vomiting and they may be confused, have shortness of breath or have a seizure.

    To treat heat stroke:

    • Remove from the source of heat.
    • Cool with water i.e. place a wet towel over them or sponge them with water.
    • Lay them down, elevate their legs.
    • Do not give anything to drink.
    • Call 999 and get medical help.


    1. Insect bites

    With the sunshine and good weather come the wasps and bees, hoping for a bit of your ice cream. When they sting they cause a painful red swollen lump.  The time this last varies per person but be wary in case there is an allergic reaction.

    To treat insect bites:

    • Remove the stinger – brush down it with credit card or similar – do not squeeze or use tweezers as this may push more venom in to the wound.
    • Apply a cold compress for 10 minutes to help with the swelling.
    • Raise the affected area to help reduce swelling.
    • If the sting is in the mouth, give an ice cube to suck.
    • Look for signs of an allergic reaction i.e. Anaphylactic shock.


    1. Anaphylactic shock

    This is a severe allergic reaction which can be life threatening.  Common allergies are bees and wasp stings but also latex, seafood and nuts to name a few. Signs and symptoms include swelling of the face, lips and neck, red skin or rash, difficulty breathing, itchy skin.

    To treat anaphylactic shock:

    • Dial 999 immediately, tell them “anaphylaxis”.
    • Get the auto-injector medication prescribed to the casualty.
    • Follow instructions on the auto-injector.
    • Monitor the patients breathing and level of response, begin CPR if necessary.


    If you’ve got to the bottom of this and are still looking forward to your summer adventures, we hope you have fun!

    If you want to be more prepared, consider taking a first aid course.  We have lots of different courses available, if you’re not sure contact us and we can advise on the best one for you.

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    Business of the Month


    We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen by Northampton Business Network as their October Business of the Month!

    As a member of the popular networking group based in Northampton I have met many talented and successful  professionals with a diverse range businesses worthy of this title, so to be picked for Business of the Month is an honour. 

    The article, written by Peter Jones of Alert PR, can be found using the link at the bottom of the page, an extract is shown below: 

    Hands up – metaphorically – all those of you with working knowledge of First Aid, and the confidence to cope if someone near you suddenly collapsed. If this question was asked at a business meeting, one suspects that not too many hands would go up.


    Your correspondent is among those whose hands would stay down. And frankly I am embarrassed to admit that if someone who I was working with, or in a pub, at a railway station, wherever, suddenly collapsed to the ground, I would panic.

    I often wonder how many people in any one office or industrial environment are trained in First Aid. There’s normally someone delegated the responsibility, but what would happen if they were on a day off?


    Since meeting Angie Tyler at a Northampton Business Network event, this subject has been energising me. I know I must do better, and therefore enrolling on one of the First Aid courses run by Nightingale First Aid Training – Angie’s business – is high on the agenda before the end of the year.

    Read full article here


    Nightingale First Aid work hard to assist businesses in meeting  requirements for Health and Safety and First Aid provision to help protect staff members and keep businesses thriving.

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    Defibrillators in Schools

    The department for Education, in their recently updated document DfE Automated external Defibrillators – A guide for Schools,  are encouraging schools to purchase a defibrillator as part of their first aid equipment.

    It says that, in cases of out of hospital cardiac arrest, survival rates range from two per cent to 12 per cent.  They are reported to be as high as 75 per cent where cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation are delivered promptly.

    They recognise the benefits of having this life-saving equipment on hand in an emergency, for both the pupils and the staff.  To support schools they have negotiated an arrangement with NHS Supply Chain for schools to purchase AEDs from them at reduced cost. Replacement consumables will also be available at a reduced cost.  It is not compulsory for schools to purchase from this source and are free to purchase from any stockist, however the discounted price makes it much more affordable, particularly for larger schools or schools spread over multiple sites that may require more than one unit.

    The DfE recognise that the use of an AED is only part of the chain of survival and that good quality CPR also plays a part, and recommend training in CPR and AED use that goes through the school, including all staff and also pupils.  This is a fantastic opportunity to develop people’s confidence and ability in delivering emergency first aid to others, which is a skill that can be utilised not just within the school environment but also in their communities too.

    If you need more information on training and defibrillators, we are here to help.  Give us a call and  can talk through your requirements.

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