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This First Aid blog has been copied from the gov.uk website address

I have copied this page because I am not a qualified First Aid Instructor although I am a qualified First Aider. I do not want to be responsible for giving you any incorrect information.

DO NOT move casualties still in vehicles unless there is the threat of further danger. DO NOT remove a motorcyclist’s helmet unless it is essential. Remember the casualty may be suffering from shock. DO NOT give them anything to eat or drink. DO try to make them warm and as comfortable as you can. Protect them from rain or snow, but avoid unnecessary movement. DO give reassurance confidently and try not to leave them alone or let them wander into the path of other traffic.

Remember the letters D R A B C: when providing First Aid

D – Danger Check that you are not at risk.

R – Response Try to get a response by asking questions and gently shaking their shoulders.

A – Airway If the person is not talking and the airway may be blocked, then place one hand under the chin and lift the chin up and forward. If they are still having difficulty with breathing, then gently tilt the head back.

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If the casualty is unconscious and breathing, place them in the recovery position until medical help arrives

B – Breathing Normal breathing should be established. Once the airway is open, check breathing for up to 10 seconds.

C – Compressions If they have no signs of life and there is no pulse, then chest compressions should be administered. Place two hands in the centre of the chest and press down hard and fast – around 5–6 centimetres and about twice a second. You may only need one hand for a child and shouldn’t press down as far. For infants, use two fingers in the middle of the chest when delivering compressions and don’t press down too far.

Bleeding

First, check for anything that may be in the wound, such as glass. Taking care not to press on the object, build up padding on either side of the object. If there’s nothing embedded, apply firm pressure over the wound to stem the flow of blood. As soon as practical, fasten a pad to the wound with a bandage or length of cloth. Use the cleanest material available. If a limb is bleeding but not broken, raise it above the level of the heart to reduce the flow of blood. Any restriction of blood circulation for more than a short time could cause long-term injuries.

Burns

Check the casualty for shock, and if possible, try to cool the burn for at least 10 minutes with plenty of clean, cold water or other non-toxic liquid. Don’t try to remove anything that’s sticking to the burn.

Be prepared

Always carry a first aid kit – you might never need it, but it could save a life. Learn first aid – you can get first aid training from a qualified organisation. Such as St John Ambulance and Brigade,  British Red Cross Society, or any suitably qualified body.

To Find out more about the BTEC Level 1 please follow this link

 

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