What is the role of the first aider?

What if someone collapsed right in front of you? Would you know what to do? Sadly, most people wouldn’t. Most people would likely call for help and then let someone else (who also probably doesn’t know what to do) deal with it, meanwhile the casualties life is at risk.

 Unfortunately, we rely on too few people who know first aid to step up, whether it’s dealing with a crisis or just a minor injury. Therefore, knowing even the basics of first aid will benefit you greatly when dealing with a casualty. So, where do you start? Well, any first aider should know their role when dealing with a casualty, therefore in this blog we will be defining a first aider’s duties and responsibilities, as well as what makes a good first aider.

What is the role of the first aider?

The role of a first aider is to provide help that a sick or injured person requires until full medical treatment is available. Being able to perform first aid is a simple skill that can have an incredibly positive impact – from providing a casualty with reassurance to saving their life.

It encompasses a wide range of help, from simply applying a plaster on a cut to performing CPR.

What are the responsibilities of a first aider?

Being a first aider, carries a range of different and incredibly important responsibilities. If you are a trained first aider and you think someone needs your help, there are numerous responsibilities that you should adhere to. 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 a bystander for assistance
  • Work out what help is needed
  • Call 999 (or ask a bystander to call) if it’s a serious or life threatening injury or illness
  • Recognise your own limitations.

Prioritising treatment

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

Minimising infection rates

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

What are the duties of a first aider?

The duties of a first aider is to provide immediate, temporary care to someone who is ill or injured. In the case of basic life support procedures, such as CPR, using an AED or putting someone into the recovery position, first aid may be life-saving.

What are the qualities of a good first aider?

There are a whole range of skills that are beneficial for a first aider to have in order to deal with situations in the best way possible. Some qualities of a good first aider are:

  • Communication skills
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Initiative and leadership
  • The ability to work in a team
  • Positivity.

What's the difference between an appointed person and a first aider?

When an employer's first-aid needs assessment identifies that a first-aider is not necessary, the minimum requirement is to appoint a person to take charge of first-aid arrangements. The role of this appointed person includes looking after the first-aid equipment and facilities and calling the emergency services when required. They can also provide emergency cover, within their role and competence, where a first-aider is absent due to unforeseen circumstances (annual leave does not count).

To fulfil their role, appointed persons do not need first-aid training. However, emergency first-aid training courses are available.

Appointed persons are not first-aiders and should not attempt to give first aid for which they have not been trained.

Where can I find first aid training courses and qualifications?

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.

Alternatively, you can contact our helpful Support Team byclicking hereto tell us about your statutory and mandatory training requirements for a first aider.

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