In first aid training, people should be taught the basics of how to use certain items in their kit but the problem that so many people face is that they do not have a first aid kit handy when they really need one... read more...
Hands up how many people carry a kit in their car...mines up. OK so not many. Why is that? Is it that you haven?t thought about it or they are too expensive or something else? I have a kit in my boot ready to go just in case. It has all the normal first aid items but I have also put in some others for my personal use such as aeroguard and paracetamol. I know what you are thinking...I shouldn?t put paracetamol in a first aid kit. Well that is only partly true. I can certainly stock what I want in my personal first aid kit but if it was a workplace first aid kit, well, that?s a different story. As a workplace first aider you are not allowed to supply medicines to a patient.
This gets a little hazy though, for instance if you work at a child care centre that has a generic adrenaline auto injector and some poor child is suffering from all the signs of anaphylaxis (even though they haven?t been diagnosed or have their own auto injector) you can provide the necessary medication to that child. You cannot give paracetamol though (unless authorised by parent/guardian etc) I digress. I?m sure most of you will have seen at some stage the after effects of a motor vehicle accident and driven past ?rubber necking? to make sure all is well or at least emergency services are in attendance. But what happens when you witness an accident right in front of you? You can?t avoid stopping and maybe even try and assist. Now most motor vehicle accidents do not result in major injury. Most are nose to tail with bumper and light damage but a few result in some injury to one or more occupants as can be seen on the news on a fairly regular basis. What should your first aid kit contain that will enable you to help someone with let?s say, a cut over the eye.
As any first aider should know start with DRSABCD. D for danger to yourself first. Don?t go leaping out of your car and running over to the wreckage in some blind dash. Check that traffic has stopped behind you before getting out of your vehicle. Perhaps even turn your steering wheel to the left so that if your car is shunted from behind, it may move left out of the way of the wreckage and not into you. While on the subject of danger, car accidents generally happen on the road, not brain science to realise that this is a dangerous environment, team that with night time, poor visibility due to rain or fog and it makes for a very dangerous situation.
So traffic and weather notwithstanding, what else is going to be of danger to you? Glass, sharp objects, petrol, oil etc. OK those are the ?environmental? dangers, but what about the patient(s) Blood is a carrier of disease so this may give you a hint as to what to grab first from your first aid kit. Gloves are a good idea. Grab these from your first aid and put them on. Here?s a thought for you. If there is more than one patient to look after, perhaps double glove. It is important not to cross contaminate. This just means that if you have blood on your gloves, don?t touch the other patient until you have remove the soiled gloves. It is quicker to remove gloves than to put them on so double gloving is a good idea and then you are better equipped to deal with the patient with a bleed. I?ll go into bandaging in the next article.