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Dealing with Accidents and Sudden Illness: First Aid Procedures

Understanding Potential Accidents

While basic life support is essential, it's also vital to be prepared for other accidents and sudden illnesses you may encounter.

Risks in the Workplace

Workplaces should conduct risk assessments to identify potential hazards and measures to mitigate risks.

Potential accidents could include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Sharps injuries (e.g., needle or blade penetrations)
  • Burns and scalds
  • Injuries from machinery or equipment
  • Electrocution and accidental poisoning

Sudden Illness Situations

The nature of health and social care environments means individuals may experience sudden illness, such as:

  • Diabetic coma
  • Food poisoning
  • Epileptic seizure
  • Burns
  • Fainting
  • Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Choking
  • Fractures
  • Stroke or heart attack

First Aid Procedures

In the event of an accident or sudden illness:

  • Ensure Safety: Prioritize the safety of all individuals involved and follow workplace health and safety procedures.
  • Know Care Plans: Be familiar with individuals' care plans, especially if they have pre-existing conditions.
  • Understand First Aid Levels: Recognize the three levels of first aid training: first aider, emergency first aid at work, and appointed person.
  • Seek Help: If not trained in first aid, seek help immediately rather than attempting first aid without proper training.

Emergency Response Steps:

  • Remain calm and call for help.
  • Observe and reassure the individual, avoiding unnecessary movement.
  • Stay with the casualty, noting any changes in condition.
  • Stabilize the casualty until qualified help arrives.
  • Document the incident and inform relevant parties according to established procedures.