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Updating your First Aid kit and procedures

First aid kit for the workplace

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, guidance on First Aid procedures has changed. In this guide we will set out what changes need to be made to your current First Aid equipment and outline the procedures and training that First Aid responders in your workplace need to be aware of.

Updating your First Aid kit

Current HSE guidance states that first aiders should wear additional PPE when carrying out first aid. Guidance states that when giving first aid to someone, you should use the following equipment if available:

 

  • a fluid-repellent surgical mask

 

3 ply surgical mask, £0.98

3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each 3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each

These masks are disposable and fluid resistant and made to a high standard. Please note, priced singly, but sold in boxes of 50.

Please note that there are discounts available on masks when ordering larger quantities when bought in boxes of 100 / cases of 1000. For more information, call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • disposable gloves

Powder free nitrile gloves, £0.88

Powder free nitrile gloves, £0.88 Powder free nitrile gloves, £0.88

These are useful for any first aid situation. Beaded cuff, ambidextrous disposable gloves with high tensile strength and optimum sensitivity.

Please note that there are discounts available on these gloves when ordering larger quantities. For more information, call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

Click here to see more of our disposable gloves

  • eye protection

XCEL lightweight safety spectacles, £3.06

XCEL lightweight safety spectacles, £3.06 XCEL lightweight safety spectacles, £3.06

These safety spectacles are close fitting and suitable for men or women.

Click here for our full range of eye protection

  • apron or other suitable covering

Disposable poly aprons (roll of 200) £6.26

DISPOSABLE POLY APRON ON ROLL, 27" X 46" BLUE, 1 ROLL OF 200, £6.26 DISPOSABLE POLY APRON ON ROLL, 27" X 46" BLUE, 1 ROLL OF 200, £6.26

Our range of light duty polythene aprons are packed perforated on rolls, each individually wrapped in a polybag to ensure they are clean and safe for use in first aid situations.

 

Other items to consider:

Rebreath pocket mask, £14.12

Rebreath pocket mask, £14.12 Rebreath pocket mask, £14.12

 

This pocket mask not only helps to prevent cross infection, it comes with a valve which allows the first aid responder to deliver the right amount of air with control and accuracy

Non contact thermometer, £79.79

 

Non contact thermometer, £79.79 Non contact thermometer, £79.79

This thermometer can detect a fever from up to 5cm away from the forehead, allowing for hygienic and non invasive testing to establish if someone has one of the key COVID-19 symptoms of a high fever.

MEDIANA HEARTON A15 ADULT/PAEDIATRIC AED DEFIBRILLATOR, £999.00

MEDIANA HEARTON A15 ADULT/PAEDIATRIC AED DEFIBRILLATOR, £999.00 MEDIANA HEARTON A15 ADULT/PAEDIATRIC AED DEFIBRILLATOR, £999.00

 

This automated External Defibrillator (AED) device comes with dual pads for adult and paediatric use. This durable unit is built to take the demands of professional use but is priced for the workplace, office or school. Operation is designed to be simple and fast, simply open the cover and select adult or paediatric and the voice commands will guide you through the rest of the actions with visual indicators to clarify next step. Pads are always connected and ready to use.

 

First aid procedures and training

Official advice is for all employers to review their first aid procedures and training requirements given the current coronavirus pandemic and to discuss this with your first raiders.

 

Click here to see a full guide from the HSE here.

 

Initial assessment: Keep your distance

Guidance is that first aiders should try to assist  at a safe distance and minimise the time where they share a breathing zone with the person who is sick or injured. If the person being helped is capable, they can be given verbal instructions to do things to help their situation, but treating the casualty properly is the first concern.

Follow the 3P model – preserve life, prevent worsening, promote recovery.

 

CPR

One of the key changes is the new guidance on giving mouth to mouth resuscitation and CPR. It’s essential that all First Aid officers in your company are trained and aware of these changes. Guidance is to follow the procedure set out in this guide by the Resuscitation Council UK:

https://www.resus.org.uk/covid-19-resources/covid-19-resources-general-public/resuscitation-council-uk-statement-covid-19

 

Here is a summary:

Preserve life: CPR

  • Call 999 immediately – tell the call handler if the patient has any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Ask for help. If a portable defibrillator is available, ask for it
  • Before starting CPR, to minimise transmission risk, use a cloth or towel to cover the patient’s mouth and nose, while still permitting breathing to restart following successful resuscitation
  • If available, use:
    • a fluid-repellent surgical mask
    • disposable gloves
    • eye protection
    • apron or other suitable covering
  • Only deliver CPR by chest compressions and use a defibrillator (if available) – don’t do rescue breaths

After delivering any first aid

  • Ensure you safely discard disposable items and clean reusable ones thoroughly.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser as soon as possible.

First aid qualifications

If because of coronavirus your first aider cannot complete training for their First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work qualification within the usual timeframe, training can restart at a later date as long as:

  • a full recap of training delivered before the interruption is done before moving onto undelivered modules
  • the awarding body is satisfied that you can show:
    • a full understanding of all aspects of the course content
    • the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training.

FAW or EFAW certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021

If you would like more advice or guidance on First Aid equipment for your workplace, our team are experienced and happy to help. Please call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

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