Ok guys, this will be the first in a series of updates based on frequently asked questions, not just from course dates but general telephone enquiries.
This week I would like to focus on being the first person on the scene of an accident, and would like to state that you do not have to stop and you do not have to give first aid, but imagine if you did and you saved a life.
Personally, I carry a kit in my car which contains a high visibility vest and coat, warm clothing including a hat and gloves, bottles of fresh water, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and a tool kit, in some countries, some of those items are compulsory.
When you arrive at the scene, always check for danger by assessing the site, DO NOT PUT YOURSELF AT DANGER. Look around, is anything likely to collide with you? Can you safely access the injured victims? Are there any hazardous goods involved including fuel leaks?
Call the emergency services, and stay calm. One of the first pieces of information they will need is your location, take a look around, can you see any sign posts or land marks? Relay your investigation to the emergency service operator – don’t worry, they will have already dispatched help to you and this information will be relayed to the professionals while they are on route.
Assess the victims, are they conscious, bleeding and/or breathing. Would you know what to do if they are suffering? If not, maybe you need to consider a First Aid course, the next victim may be a close loved one.
Provide as much first aid as you possibly can, comfort the injured and reassure them. you will never be sued for giving first aid, this is a common question asked in our courses. Ask others for help if you are unsure about anything.
First Aid saves lives, and we believe everybody should do this course at least once per year. Should you have any questions or be interested in this kind of course, you can reach us on 01942 826133