First Aid Policy

Skateopia updated First Aid Policy June 2020

Advice taken from Health and Safety Executive HSE Website
First aid during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (First aid in non-healthcare settings)
First aid needs assessment. On 26th June 2020 we have reviewed our risk assessment to include working practices during the outbreak and have refreshed our risk assessment to cover concerns regarding Covid.

Please see below for a list of what equipment is available to minimise risk of infection transmission.

Guidance for first aiders
Try to assist at a safe distance from the casualty as much as you can and minimise the time you share a breathing zone.
If they are capable, tell them to do things for you, but treating the casualty properly should be your first concern. Remember the 3P model – preserve life, prevent worsening, promote recovery.

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

• a fluid-repellent surgical mask
• disposable gloves
• eye protection
• aprons

· Only deliver CPR by chest compressions and use a defibrillator (if available) – don’t do rescue breaths
Prevent worsening, promote recovery: all other injuries or illnesses
· If you suspect a serious illness or injury, call 999 immediately – tell the call handler if the patient has any COVID-19 symptoms
· If giving first aid to someone, you should use the recommended equipment listed above
· You should minimise the time you share a breathing zone with the casualty and direct them to do things for you where possible

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