WHAT IS FIRST AID AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
First aid is the provision of immediate care to a victim with an injury or illness. First aid is normally performed until the injury or illness is satisfactorily dealt with (such as in the case of minor cuts and bruises) or until the next level of care, such as a paramedic or doctor, arrives. The three key aims of first aid are to preserve life, prevent further harm and to promote recovery.
Thousands of people die or are seriously injured in accidents each and every year. Many of these deaths could be prevented if first aid is given before the emergency services arrive.
The importance of participation in and successful completion of an accredited first aid training course and having a well stocked and up to date first aid kit cannot be over emphasised to ensure qualified first aiders are on hand and are properly trained and equipped to act in a life-threatening situation or simply attend to minor incidents and injuries.
Vivomed is a first aid supply company and first aid training provider, specializing in sports first aid. We stock an extensive range of first aid supplies, first aid kits, first aid kit contents, defibrillators and resuscitation equipment at the very best prices. We can ship first aid supplies within the UK and Ireland, throughout mainland Europe and worldwide.
First aid kits
A well-stocked first aid kit is a must for every sports team, home, vehicle, school, college workplace, public place and when travelling overseas. A first aid kit contains a collection of equipment and supplies for use in administering first aid. We have a wide range of first aid kits for sale online.
As a sports medicine supply company we specialize in sports first aid. We manufacture our own good value brand of sports first aid kits and medical bags. These include: Vivomed Junior Medical Bag; Vivomed Bum Bag; Vivomed Deluxe Medical Bag; Vivomed Run-On Medical Bag; Vivomed Medical Run-On Bag (empty); Vivomed Trauma Care Kit Bag; and Vivomed Paramedic Box.
Our product range caters for the full spectrum of sports, ranging from junior kits to professional level sports first aid kits and medical bags. Our sports first aid kits and medical bags are available to purchase fully equipped off the shelf, they can be tailor made to meet the exact requirements of a particular sport or team, or purchased empty to allow team medics to stock their own as required.
We also stock first aid kits to cover a wide range of other uses, events and activities. These include: personal first aid kits, household first aid kits, family first aid kits, children’s first aid kits, workplace first aid kits, outdoor first aid kits, overseas first aid kits, travel first aid kits, catering first aid kits, HSE first aid kits, BS 8599-1 compliant first aid kits, first aid cabinets and accident books.
First aid kit contents
There is a great deal of variation in the contents of a first aid kit and this is based on the knowledge and experience of the person or organisation putting it together, the differing requirements of the individual or organisation who will be using it and the legislation or regulations of the jurisdiction it will be used in.
Some of the most common accidents and injuries needing emergency treatment include: anaphylactic shock, bumps, bruises, cuts and blisters, burns and scalds, bleeding, choking, drowning, electric shock, eye injuries, fractures, heart attacks, poisoning, shock, and stroke.
If you already have a first aid kit, you should check regularly that it is appropriately stocked and that are all the contents in date. Is it compliant with up to date regulations in the country or region it will be used in? Vivomed would recommend that customers based in the UK visit the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for the latest guidance on all aspects of first aid and to find out instantly what you, your organisation or workplace needs in terms of first aid provision http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/index.htm
Vivomed stocks a comprehensive range of first aid, medical emergency and trauma supplies to ensure your first aid kit or medical bag is always up to date and stocked with everything it needs.
We stock a full range of consumables for first aid kits. These include: plasters, tapes, bandages, dressings, wound care treatment products, eye wash station (e.g. saline solution, saline eye wash and saline eye drops), treatment for burns and scalds, nasal plugs, safety pins, thermometer, tweezers, scissors, trauma shears, safety pins, ear buds, infection control items and personal protection items (e.g. disposable examination gloves, aprons, pocket masks, face masks, hand sanitisers, dry antiseptic powder spray, antiseptic liquid, antiseptic cream, antiseptic wipes, bio hazard kits and bags, disinfectant cleaning solutions, sharps disposal boxes, and pandemic kits). We stock the HeartSine range of Automated External Defibrillators (known as AEDs, defibrillators or defibs). We sell medical emergency and resuscitation equipment such as airways, chest drainage kits, manual vacuum pumps, mini trachs, non breathing masks, chest seals, powdered emergency oxygen and refill packs and oxygen masks with tubes. Please contact us for further information and guidance.
First aid training courses
We are a first aid training provider and can run a range of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved first aid courses, sports specific first aid courses, and emergency first aid training. We can provide tailor made first aid training courses, also referred to as bespoke first aid training courses, for individuals and organisations to suit your exact requirements.
For further information on Vivomed’s HSE-approved First Aid Courses and Sports Specific First Aid Training Courses, please click here (WEBSITE AND YOUTUBE).
We run a number of other training courses, which you may be interested in. These include our Online Clinical Kinesiology Taping Course, our Clinical Kinesiology Taping Course, our Advanced Clinical Kinesiology Taping Course, and our Jeremy Lewis Shoulder Course. For further information, please click here.
Mobility and immobilisation equipment including stretchers, spinal boards, crutches, head immobilisers, fracture straps, cervical collars, splints, slings and foil blankets.
Resuscitation products including emergency oxygen, rebreather masks, airways, chest drains, chest seals, pulse oximeters, heart rate monitors and defibrillators.
Emergency medical equipment for use in EMS, first aid response and rescue to immobilise a victim of accident to prevent further injury, secure an injured area to promote proper healing, resuscitate and restore breathing in an unconscious patient, provide treatment for chest injuries and open wounds, and to help with mobility recovery.