Do you have first aid training?

How would you react in an emergency? Would you feel confident carrying out first aid or possibly using a defibrillator?

Every year in the UK, thousands of people die or are seriously injured in accidents. Many of these deaths could be prevented if first aid is given before emergency services arrive. What would you do?

If someone is injured in an accident at work or in everyday life:

  • First check that you and the casualty are not in any danger. If you are, make the situation safe.
  • When it’s safe to do so, dial 999 or 112 for an ambulance, if necessary.
  • Carry out basic first aid if you know how.
  • If a person is unconscious but is breathing and has no other life-threatening conditions, they should be placed in the recovery position until help arrives.
  • If a person is not breathing normally after an incident, call for an ambulance and then, if you can, start CPR straight away. Use hands-only CPR if you are not trained to perform rescue breaths.

Would you like to know how to deal with the following in an emergency:-

  • Poisoning
  • Stroke
  • Fractures
  • Drowning
  • Bleeding
  • Anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock)
  • Heart attack
  • Burns and scalds
  • Choking
  • Electricity

There is currently no legal obligation to ensure an AED is available in the workplace. Without common law making units mandatory, workplaces may feel reluctant to invest in an AED. However, there is good reason to consider a purchase if you have not already. Typically these units retail for around £1000, depending on the make, manufacturer and accessories included. If you have multiple workplace sites this can be a significant cost.

But you can’t put a price on a life.

If you would like to learn the basics or train to a higher standard in first aid, contact us.

 

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