First Aid

First aid is an issue that can often be overlooked and ignorance of even basic procedures can result in unnecessary trauma and serious situations becoming worse.

Emergency SMS
You can Pre-register your mobile phone, information here Once registered you will be able to send texts to 999 - useful when the phone signal is poor or you can't hear or speak freely.

Smartphone Apps
Download the excellent free St John Ambulance app First Aid available for iPhone or Android.  They also do a First Aid for Cyclists app, which focuses on cycling accidents only. 
Health conditions
You should also be able to recognise and know first aid for other health conditions such as heart attackstroke and epilepsy, as these can happen when out cycling.    

First Aid for Cyclists Presentation
Steve Evans, a Paramedic and cyclist has created a first aid course which is aimed specifically at cyclists. He is distributing the course as widely as possible and at no charge.  

CPR section - for heart attacks
This part of the presentation deals with resuscitation and is essential viewing for dealing with a heart attack.  CPR First Aid Course - Slideshow 
Think you know how to do it?  Then test yourself with this short online course from USA:

The full first aid course
Accident scene
This interesting presentation deals mainly with road accidents.  Cycling First Aid Course - SlideshowIf it’s an area that you haven’t looked at for a while – or even if you have – then the course is freely available to download and use. 

Copyright of the presentation belongs to Steve but the course can be circulated and used freely by all cyclists and first aiders.

For more first aid advice and details of first aid training see the St John Ambulance website.