Emergency first aid at work refers to the immediate assistance provided to a person who is injured or falls ill at the workplace until professional medical help is available. It involves the application of basic first aid techniques and protocols to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, and promote recovery. The primary objectives of emergency first aid at work are to assess the situation, provide initial care, and ensure the individual's safety and well-being.
The 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work course (and the 1-day EFAW re-qualification course) contains the following content, with the bolt-on of the training areas highlighted for *Category B:
- The Role of the First Aider
- Preventing Cross-Infection
- Recording Incidents
- Use of available equipment
- Action in an Emergency
- Primary and Secondary Assessment
- Secondary Survey
- Recovery Position
- Principles of Resuscitation
- CPR and AED
- Disorders of Consciousness
- Dealing with unconscious casualty
- Disorders of Respiration
- Choking casualty
- Disorders of the Circulation Shock, Anaphylaxis, Heart Attacks etc
- Ventrilular Fibrillation and Defibrillation
- Wounds and Bleeding -Types of wounds and treatments, bandaging
- Burns & Scalds
- Sprains and Strains
- Injuries to bones, muscles, and joints
- Protocol for CPR (young people and drowning)
*Category B: Where Coaches and Leaders are delivering athletic activities, and where the athletic activity takes place without a First Aider immediately available. UK Athletics recommends that existing Coaches and Leaders have an in-date First Aid Training Certificate as a minimum standard.
We would expect this to be at training locations where the expected response time for help is between 10 and 30 minutes.
Training content is based on guidelines published by:
- UK Resuscitation Council
- National Institute of Clinical Healthcare Excellence
- Joint Royal College of Ambulances Liaison Committee
- Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care
- Wilderness Medical Society
Currently accepted guidance and best practice from advisory bodies and published evidence for the treatment of First Aid in a remote or wilderness context.
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