What Are the Responsibilities of a First Aider?

A first aider is someone qualified to give first aid treatment in the event of an injury or illness. First aid aims to preserve life, prevent the situation from worsening and promote recovery.

This blog will discuss the responsibilities of a first-aider and the qualifications to become a first-aider.

What is a first-aider?

A first-aider is someone who has undertaken training appropriate to the circumstances. They must hold a valid certificate of competence in either:

  • First aid at work
  • Emergency first aid at work
  • Any other level of training or qualification that is appropriate to the circumstances.

There are two levels of Health and Safety Executive recommended first aid courses:

  • First Aid at Work
  • Emergency First Aid at Work.

NOTE: First raiders should be trained to deal with possible injuries or illnesses identified in the first aid needs assessment, so if the need for First Aid at Work (3 days) training is identified. It is not acceptable to provide Emergency First Aiders.

What are the responsibilities of a first-aider?

The responsibilities of a first aider include:

Assessing the situation

  • Work out what has happened
  • Count the number of casualties
  • Look for history, signs and symptoms.

Protecting from danger

  • Assess for further dangers
  • Protect yourself first, then protect others.

Getting help

  • Ask bystanders for assistance
  • Work out what help is needed
  • Call for help (or ask a bystander to call)
  • Recognise your limitations.

Prioritising treatment

  • Treat the most urgent thing first
  • Treat the most urgent person first
  • Offer support and comfort.

Minimising infection risks

  • Wash hands before and after giving help
  • Wear disposable gloves
  • Wear protective clothing if needed
  • Cover your cuts with a plaster
  • Dispose of contaminated waste carefully
  • Use sterile, undamaged, ln·date dressings.

What skills does a first aider need? 

The selection of a first aider depends upon several factors. The person best suited to be the first aider will volunteer and will have:

  • A good disposition, communication skills, and be reliable
  • An aptitude and ability to absorb new skills and knowledge
  • An ability to cope with stressful and physically demanding emergency procedures.
  • Confidence in the skills and techniques learnt during training and be able to apply these to a real-world emergency.
  • Good attention to detail.

What is the first thing to do in case of an emergency as a first aider?

As a first aider, these are the things you need to do in an emergency:

  • Assess the situation quickly and calmly.
  • Safety: check whether you or the casualty are in any danger. Is it safe to approach them? (Are you wearing protective equipment?)
  • Scene: find out what caused the accident or situation and how many casualties there are.
  • Situation: find out what happened, how many people are involved, are there any children or elderly.
  • Protect yourself and others from any danger.
  • Always protect yourself first – never put yourself at risk.
  • Only move them if leaving them would cause them more harm.
  • If you can’t make an area safe, call 999 or 112 for emergency help.
  • Comfort and reassure.
  • Stay calm and take charge of the situation.
  • Introduce yourself to them to help gain their trust.
  • Explain the situation and anything you’re going to do before you do it.
  • Treat the casualty with dignity and respect at all times.
  • Assess the casualty and give first aid treatment.
  • If there’s more than one casualty, ensure you help those with life-threatening conditions first.
  • Use the primary survey to deal with any life-threatening conditions. When these have been dealt with successfully, move on to the secondary survey.
  • Arrange for help if needed.
  • Call 999 or 112 for an ambulance if you think it’s serious.

How do I become a first-aider?

To become a first-aider, you must hold a valid certificate of competence in either: first aid at work or emergency first aid at work. You should also keep your basic skills up to date.

Certificates for first aid at work last for three years. Before their certificates expire, first-aiders must undertake a requalification course to obtain another three-year certificate. Once credentials have expired, the first aider is no longer considered competent to act as a workplace first aider.

Where can I find online first aid training courses, qualifications and programmes?

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

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