Confidentiality of casualty records and information must be maintained in line with statutory and organisational policies.
Using good manual handling skills to avoid injury during first aid means to: lift without bending over; not lift something that is too heavy for you; ask for help; avoid twisting the body.
The Australian Resuscitation Council states that CPR should be completed by rotating 30 compressions and 2 rescue breaths. However; if you are unable or unwilling to do the rescue breaths, you can do compressions only CPR.
Once you start CPR, you should try to continue until help arrives or go for as long as you can.
A first aider should always ensure that their skills remain current, never go beyond their limitations and be aware of available stress management assistance if support is required.
It is NOT necessary to gain consent before providing first aid to a conscious injured adult casualty.
The chance of survival for a casualty in cardiac arrest increases when the ambulance is called urgently, CPR is performed, defibrillation and advanced care is carried out as quickly as possible. This is called the chain of survival.
Maintaining the casualty’s privacy, maintaining confidentiality of records and information, displaying a respectful attitude towards all involved and gaining consent from the conscious casualty are very important concepts in providing first aid at work or in the community.
It is unlikely for a first aider to be sued if they have provided first aid within the accepted guidelines and have not gone beyond their level of training
A first aider should be aware of the possible psychological effects, such as stress, when an incident happens. They should seek assistance when necessary and may find great benefit in attending a debriefing meeting with colleagues or a professional.
After providing first aid in a workplace, a first aider should always ensure that they report incident details as accurately as they can to their supervisor as soon as possible.
Having a defibrillator in a workplace or shared between a number of workplaces, is vital in giving a cardiac arrest casualty every chance of survival.
First aid has been provided. The first aider did not display respectful behaviour towards the injured casualty, or worry about privacy or confidentiality regarding the incident. This is considered an appropriate response by the first aider.
In Australia, the number to call for help in an emergency is triple zero (000)
There may be potential hazards when providing first aid such as, manual handling injuries, risk of infection, hazardous substances, fires, dangerous goods, chemicals, needle stick injuries, glass etc.
All unconscious breathing casualties should be placed on their side. This is to ensure that their airway and lungs are kept clear and do not fill up with fluid, especially vomit.
The Australian Resuscitation Council provides guidelines for how first aid should be delivered.
When providing first aid, you should ignore anything dangerous and don’t worry about protecting yourself. You must always help, even when the area is unsafe.
The First Aid Code of Practice includes the requirements for first aid training and first aid kits in the workplace.