Prompt, effective first-aid treatment can save a life – it’s that simple. It can also prevent a condition from worsening or a minor injury from becoming major. However, it can often be difficult to know when to treat a patient, and when to call the emergency services – but iFast’s professional first aid training courses will ensure that your staff are equipped not just to deal with a casualty, but to know when they should call the experts.
In the hopefully very rare event of a medical emergency in the work place, as well as treating a patient, or summoning the emergency services, there are also a few Golden Rules which can make a difference until help, if required, arrives:
Of course, we’re all now acutely aware that the Ambulance Service and A&E departments nationwide are under tremendous pressure, much of which could be alleviated if correct procedure was followed and everyone knew exactly when they should call 999 – and indeed, when they shouldn’t. Calling an ambulance should be only for for serious illness or injury and as a rule of thumb, certain symptoms will always require an ambulance, no question, as these can be life-threatening:
The key is ‘life-threatening’. However, even if it’s not immediately apparent that a casualty is in real difficulty, an experienced, well-trained first-aider’s instinct can be a reliable indicator. If there’s any doubt at all it’s usually best to be on the safe side – or at the very least to consult 111, a doctor or pharmacist – or, if it’s not a life-threatening emergency but requires medical help fast, visit A&E. The more staff who attend first aid courses, the better and the more staff will benefit.
Health and Safety at work are your responsibility and you have a duty of care to your workforce, as well as a legal obligation to provide a safe and healthy environment for their employees. Don’t leave it to chance – equip your staff with the knowledge and skills to make a difference – or save a life.