Despite the preventative measures you take, accidents can occur anywhere, anytime. Knowing how to deal with such incidents is imperative. Your reaction to these unforeseen incidents can make the difference between life and death.
Workplace incidents are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in Canada. For this reason, we recommend every working individual to acquire basic first aid knowledge.
Even with appropriate first aid knowledge, most people panic during such situations, causing more harm than good. Here’s what you need to keep in mind while you’re offering first aid to an injured co-worker.
1. Victim’s Safety
The sole purpose of providing first aid is to keep the injured individual safe from further injury and harm. In case of an accident, your first priority should be to move the individual away to a safer environment until the paramedics arrive. If they have sustained an injury that’s bleeding, your first step should be to stop the blood loss. However, only attempt to provide first aid if you’re absolutely sure of what you’re doing. If you’re unsure of what to do in case of a particular injury, it’s better to ask someone for help.
2. Your Safety
While giving first aid to the victim, don’t forget to keep your safety in mind as well. When dealing with bleeding wounds, ensure that your hands are well-covered to prevent the transfer of infection. When pulling an individual out of a fire, make sure you’re not inhaling the smoke yourself.
3. Environmental Safety
Once you’ve pulled out the individual from the hazardous environment and have given them appropriate medical care, your next step should be to eliminate the cause of damage to avoid further risks.
4. Take Notes
Most people don’t know about this even though it plays a critical role in the victim’s treatment. When giving first aid to an individual, always remember to write everything down or take mental notes of the medical care that was given to the victim.
Paramedics often ask about the first aid treatment that was given to the individual as it helps them identify the victim’s condition. In case you’ve accidentally given the wrong treatment to the victim, the paramedics will be able to take immediate actions to minimize its effects.
If you’re an individual looking for a company that offers comprehensive first aid training courses, get in touch with Metro Safety! With our detailed training sessions, you’ll be able to provide immediate medical attention to the victims around you.
In addition to that, we also offer workplace safety courses to educate your staff about the various hazards in your workplace and how they can be avoided.
Contact us today for details!