5 Basic First Aid Skills For The Workplace

Nov. 29, 2021, 4:53 p.m.
First Aid is one of the most valuable skills that you can hold. Having the knowledge and experience to implement life saving treatment or response in an emergency, can make a fantastic impact on your workplace if any incidents were to occur.

Below, our team has shared 5 basic First Aid skills that would be valuable to know whilst in the working environment.

1. CPR

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and it refers to the life saving action which is performed on someone who is in Cardiac Arrest, and their heart has stopped beating. CPR provides air ventilation that supports blood circulation, brain functioning, and the breathing process in the body. CPR is one of the most valuable life saving skills that could be needed at any time. Learning CPR is an easy task, and training is offered on the majority of First Aid courses.

2. Knowing how to prevent choking

Choking occurs when a foreign object lodges in the throat or windpipe, blocking the flow of air. In adults, a piece of food often is the culprit. Choking can cause a cut off of the oxygen to the brain, and an individual who is choking can quickly become very unwell if emergency treatment is not provided. Knowing how to spot the signs of choking, and being able to perform the treatment to prevent choking can also be a life saving skill which could be needed at any time.

3. Stopping heavy bleeding

In the workplace, heavy bleeding can often be caused by accidents. If someone has tripped, fallen or injured themselves with a sharp object, having knowledge on how to stop heavy bleeding can be extremely helpful - enabling you to prevent the patient from worsening their health. If a heavy bleeding isn’t controlled, a person can bleed out within 15 minutes, meaning this could be a life saving skill. Treating bleeding after an accident can also prevent infection, pain and heavy blood loss.

4. Treating a burn injury

Depending on the severity of the injury, you are required to treat burns differently. Burn injuries are measured by First, Second and Third Degree burns. If someone within the workplace has experienced a first degree or second degree burn, basic treatment can prevent infection, further health problems and reduce pain. Experiencing a third degree burn will often come from a major incident like a fire, and if a patient can become extremely unwell if they haven’t received treatment from a Doctor. Knowing how to recognise the difference in burn injuries within the workplace will support how you register treatment and whether the injury should seek further medical treatment.

5. Using an AED

An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator, which is a piece of equipment which is used to help those experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. This medical device can analyse the heart's activity, and if necessary, can provide an electrical shock or defibrillation to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. Having the knowledge and practise to use an AED in an emergency situation can save a life and support a casualty until medical support arrives. This training is provided on the majority of First Aid courses, and there is a growing number of AED devices available within public places.

If you wish to learn the skills mentioned above, you can attend one of our First Aid courses either in person or online. Visit the Commercial Training section on our website to find out more.