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Three things your first aider must know about helping in an emergency

by , 09 September 2014
Your first aider is a vital part of your workplace emergency plan. You have to include her in the procedures for helping anyone with injuries.

But what if your first aider doesn't have any experience? The pressure could be enough to cause her to make a life-threatening mistake.

That's why you must ensure your first aider knows these three things about helping in an emergency...

 

Here are the three things your first aider must know about helping in emergencies

 
1: How to deal with the pressure
 
You must ensure your first aider understands the pressure involved in emergency situations and how to deal with it. She needs to know how to work quickly and calmly. If she panics, it could result in an even worse situation.
 
The right training will help her deal with these kinds of situations.
 
*********** Hot off the press  ************
 
If there was a fire, violent strike or explosion in your company, would your first aider know what to do?
 
Do your first aiders know what it is?
 
 
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2: How to use other employees to work effectively
 
Your first aider should use the other employees to fetch and carry equipment from the first aid kit so she can focus on helping your injured employee. If she keeps running back and forth fetching stuff, it'll waste valuable time.
 
3: How to deal with serious injuries
 
Your first aider must have the right training and be prepared to deal with serious injuries. She may have to keep an employee stable until paramedics arrive and she needs to know how to do this.
 
Remember: Extensive training sometime isn't enough to prepare a first aider to deal with life threatening injuries. Brief her on what she may need to do in emergencies so she can be prepared.
 

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