FIRST AID AT WORK

There was an uplifting (*1) story in a foreign newspaper about a volunteer First Aider, who heard over the Volunteers’ Rescue Radio that a man had collapsed on a football field, whilst out exercising. Fortunately, the young student reached the man very quickly and performed CPR, while focussing on the mantra “I want to get this man breathing again.” Thankfully, he succeeded in saving the man’s life and his First Aid skills were praised by his School’s Deputy Director.

This is an example of how important it is to train in First Aid at Work in order to develop the First Aid skills, which very often can help to save a person’s life, whether we are at work or at home. Since we spend many hours at work each day, it makes sense to prepare ourselves in the case of accidents or medical crises. Every workplace has employees from a variety of age-groups and medical conditions, which means that medical emergencies can happen when you least expect them. Certainly, nurses and doctors are only too aware of how important it is to be able to utilise First Aid skills, when they are most needed.

After all, the worst case scenario is when you come across an unexpected situation in which a co-worker in his own office, tucked away from the main office, has stopped breathing. You have no idea how long he has stopped breathing and what has caused this. If you are not trained to respond quickly, you could make matters worse by becoming very anxious and panicky – in other words, by doing nothing. This is a perfect example in which time is of the essence. A trained First Aider knows to always acts speedily and confidently, with the knowledge of exactly what to do in any medical crisis.

Let us now consider the range of situations, requiring prompt First Aid, that can occur at work and in fact, anywhere, as follows:-

Coming across….

  • A person who is unresponsive and breathing
  • A person who is unresponsive and not breathing
  • Someone who is feeling faint
  • Someone who has suffered a head injury
  • A person who has eaten something and is choking
  • A person with a head injury (caused by an accident at work)
  • Someone who is bleeding
  • Someone who has hypothermia or heat exhaustion
  • A person with an injury to a bone, muscle or joint
  • A person who has suffered burns
  • A person suffering from shock
  • Someone having a seizure
  • A person having a heart attack or suffering from angina
  • A person suffering from a stroke
  • A person undergoing an asthma attack
  • Some suffering from anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
  • A person experiencing a diabetic emergency

This is a good time to ask yourself – Would you know what to do to help someone, who is experiencing an anaphylactic reaction, after eating peanuts? What about the person, who is hyperglycaemic and goes into a coma?

These are all pertinent questions that one should consider. As we discussed initially, First Aid is a skill that can save lives, so we would encourage you to review our fully-accredited First Aid at Work (Highfield) course, which is conducted over a 3-day period to cover all of the previously mentioned emergency situations. By the end of the third day, you will undergo an examination, which when you pass, means you are a fully-trained First Aider. The training is the same type of guidance as nurses go through, so you will be able to administer First Aid as safely and as effectively.

We certainly hope we have given you food for thought, even perhaps by provoking your interest in acquiring a life skill that will serve you well and as first mentioned in this Blog, may even translate into your saving the lives of your work colleagues, family, friends and even strangers. To help you further, our First Aid at Work (Highfield) course is described on our website, so please visit us at the link below:-

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

Please note that our Instructors have worked either in the military or in emergency services, so they have plenty of experience in dealing with First Aid crises. Our First Aid at Work (Highfield) course combines the relevant teaching of knowledge with the experiential situational role-play, which together helps you to react to any First Aid scene with confidence and skill. Therefore, please feel free to email or call us, should you have any questions, or if you wish to reserve a place on our First Aid at Work (Highfield) course.

E: info@staffdefence.co.uk

T: 0203 997 7900

Finally, we also have a Refresher First Aid at Work (Highfield) training course, which is shorter (2-day course) and other First Aid courses, all of which may suit the needs of your employees. We are here to help you and your company become fully compliant with First Aid in the workplace.

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(*1) – Supapong Chaolan (9/01/2019) The Bangkok Post