We all work in busy jobs and frantic workplaces these days and it is hard enough coping with our increasing workloads, let alone to think about becoming more aware of our colleagues’ health and well-being. Do you ever wonder what you would do, if someone at work, suddenly and unexpectedly presented with an emergency health problem? From a nurse’s perspective, there are many different types of emergency that can occur at work including a heart attack, seizure, choking, a person unresponsive and breathing, bleeding heavily, or suffering from a stroke – to name but a few. Due to nurse-training, one’s awareness of ill health in all of its different forms is present at work and at home. However, with this in mind, the only way for non-medical people to deal effectively with an emergency at work is to develop an increased awareness of the different symptoms. To illustrate the importance of first aid, let’s take a look at an emergency situation brought about by one of your work colleagues, who, by way of example, is having a stroke.

Did you know that in USA, having a stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, while it is the number one cause of disability? This fact alone highlights just how serious a stroke can be. Also, the British Heart Foundation confirms that 38% of people suffering from a stroke are middle-aged (40 – 69) and getting younger. Therefore, in order to spot the warning signs of a stroke, it is useful to understand better what a stroke is. A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery and cuts off blood flow (Ischaemic Stroke), or when a blood vessel breaks inside the brain (Haemorrhagic Stroke). Often, a stroke is described as a “brain attack”, which means that a sufferer can present with any of the following symptoms:-

  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Facial droop
  • Weakness to an arm or leg
  • Sudden problems with vision
  • Sudden trouble with balance
  • A sudden severe headache

A stroke could happen anywhere and at any time, so being aware of the signs of a stroke will prepare you for this type of emergency, should a colleague at work present with any of the above symptoms. The one factor of extreme importance, if someone at work is having a stroke, is that you need to react quickly by dialling 999 for the emergency services. In fact, using the acronym F.A.S.T., when confronted with a person having a stroke is the best thing you can do, as explained below:-


FFacial drooping

AArm weakness

SSpeech difficulties

TTime to call emergency services

The earlier you recognise the above-mentioned symptoms, the earlier your colleague can be attended to by emergency services and the better is the outcome, because the damage to the brain cells is then effectively reduced. How good is that feeling when you see your work colleague after his/her recovery, knowing that you actually helped his/her return to good health? You don’t need to be a doctor or a nurse to help someone, when such episodes take place. There is no doubt that dealing with an emergency at work is something anyone can do, especially if you make the time to participate in an accredited training course for Emergency First Aid at Work.

At Staff Defence, we can provide you with a fully-accredited Emergency First Aid at Work (Highfield) Level 3 training course that will enable you to confidently administer Emergency First Aid at Work to any of your work colleagues. It takes just one day’s training for you to become a competent Emergency First Aider. All you need to do is review our course details by visiting our website at the following link:-

W: https://staffdefence.co.uk/course/emergency-first-aid-at-work/

Once you decide that you wish to reserve a place on our Emergency First Aid at Work course, you can then either call or email us, as below:-

T: 0203 997 7900

E: info@staffdefence.co.uk

We are convinced that you will be fully satisfied with our course, and furthermore, you will be very pleased that you have empowered yourself to deal with any emergency at work.