Having an effective and rapid response to potential medical emergencies relies on having highly skilled first aiders and competent employees available to provide immediate first aid response and advanced levels of interim care whilst emergency medical staff arrive.
Legally, under health and safety law, an employer is obligated to have appropriate arrangements for first aid provision, including a first-aid box, a safety officer and trained first aider to maintain the box and be the main point of contact for emergency services. All your employees must be provided with details of the first-aid arrangements.
If the employer operates a workplace with significantly higher levels of risk, such as working from height, confined spaces, fire, volatile chemicals or perhaps even within environments such as offshore, industrial, then it is likely that some members of your team will have been trained to deliver advanced first aid.
With several team members trained to an advanced level of first aid and medical response, the greater the opportunity for the delivery of effective interim care when required.
Here are some first-aid skills that are important to hold in the workplace.
CPR is one important first-aid skill to gain, understand and practice, as it is likely to be needed when potentially a person’s life is most at risk. Regular practice helps first aiders skills and confidence levels grow.
There are two forms of CPR first aid according to the NHS, with hands-only CPR as well as CPR which includes rescue breaths recommended for trained first aiders.
In many emergencies, one potential major life-threatening side effects that need to be looked out for is shock, where the blood fails to reach the organs, as the result of blood loss, infection or a heart attack.
When this happens contact the emergency services immediately, as well as keeping the patient warm, focused on you and raising and lie the patient down and supporting their legs (if injuries allow you to do so).