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First Aid: Five Ways To Save A Life

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Unless you’re a paramedic, doctor or nurse, you probably don’t go to work expecting to save a life. But anyone might be called upon to administer First Aid in the workplace or even out on the street ...

First Aid skills are valuable wherever you are!

First Aid skills are valuable wherever you are!

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Could you rise to the challenge? Would you know what to do in those vital first few minutes? It only takes a little training to learn the basics, which could make a huge difference.

"At Picaw, we want all our staff – especially engineers who are on the road a lot – to know what to do in an emergency!"

We encourage everyone to do the one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course and anyone who wants to take it a bit further is able to do the three-day First Aid at Work course. There are lots of local and national training providers, but we prefer to work with St John Ambulance.

Here are some basic tips which I have taken from the St John Ambulance first aid training manual, and which I expect will be covered in more detail on the course I am booked on next month.

What to do if someone is unresponsive:

  • Open their airway

  • Tilt their head back

  • Check for normal breathing for up to 10 seconds

  • If they’re breathing normally, put them in the recovery position then call 999 or 112 for emergency help

  • If they’re not breathing, call 999/112 for emergency help and start CPR

What to do if someone is unresponsive and not breathing normally:

  • Get help - tell someone to call 999/112

  • Pump – 30 chest compressions at a rate of 100-120 per minute

  • Breathe – give two rescue breaths

  • Continue to pump and give rescue breaths until help arrives

What to do if someone has a heart attack:

  • Call 999/112 for emergency help

  • Sit the casualty down, with their back supported and knees bent

  • Give them 300mg aspirin to chew

What to do if someone is choking:

  • Cough it out – encourage the person to keep coughing

  • Slap it out – give up to five sharp back blows between their shoulder blades; check their mouth

  • Squeeze it out – give up to five abdominal thrusts

  • If that doesn’t work, call 999/112 for emergency help

What to do if someone is bleeding:

  • Put pressure on the wound

  • Call 999/112 for emergency help

  • Secure a dressing with a bandage to maintain pressure

  • Treat for shock

Make sure you always have life-saving knowledge at your fingertips, as I am. Get some training or at least download the brilliant (and free) St John Ambulance first aid app.

Until next time ...

PETER WILLIAMS


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More about Peter Williams ...

While working with Volvo in the late 70’s I realised the way forward in international component distribution was computing. I created a company distributing components for several international manufacturers using the 'new' computers of the day. I quickly realised we needed our own programs so started writing distribution software. I grew the company by developing the software until I eventually sold my shares 20 years later, but retaining the rights to the software. I continued developing the software and supplied it to several similar companies where the software is still used today.

During 1999, I was asked by a friend to develop a facility to video the live sea conditions on the south coast accessible on the internet. Working with a Linux software developer I created our first remote video application. The internet boom of 2000 allowed me to develop a commercial application forming the basis of our systems today.



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