Things To Remember When

Performing First Aid

Here at First Aid Accident & Emergency, we provide all our students with the very latest in first aid and CPR training to ensure they’re prepared for all kinds of medical emergencies. We’ve put together a few important tips to keep in mind when managing some of the most common first aid situations that occur here in Australia.

To learn more, we encourage you to consider taking part in one of our many first aid and CPR courses on offer.

DRSABCD Action Plan:

One of the essential things you’ll learn when completing your first aid and CPR training is the DRSABCD Action Plan. If you’ve never heard of ‘DRSABCD,’ it stands for:

  • Dangers
  • Responsive
  • Send for help
  • Airways
  • Breathing
  • CPR
  • Defibrillator

The main purpose of the DRSABCD Action Plan is to put in place the correct order of steps that must be addressed when identifying if a patient is suffering from a life-threatening condition and determining what action needs to be taken to manage the injury or illness.

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Bleeding:

One of the other important first aid topics you will learn is the best ways to manage bleeding—including severe and life-threatening bleeding. Any severe bleeding should be managed immediately and medical help should be contacted. Some of our top tips to remember when you’re managing bleeding includes:

  • Have the patient lie down
  • Ask the patient to apply pressure to the wound. If possible, squeeze the edges of the wound together and apply a clean pad
  • Secure the pad by using a bandage
  • If the bleeding still isn’t controlled, a second pad and bandage should be applied over the top of the first one
  • Ensure that you continue to check the patient’s breathing throughout the process, particularly if the bleeding is severe or life-threatening

 

Fractures:

Another common injury you may have to manage at some point is a fracture (broken bone). Here at FAAE, some of the top tips we recommend when assisting with a fracture includes:

  • Have the patient remain as still as possible
  • Control any bleeding and check the patient for any additional fractures
  • Attempt to immobilise the broken limb by using a padded splint
  • If it’s a leg fracture, be sure to remember to also immobilise the foot and ankle
  • Always check that any bandages haven’t been applied too tight and that there are no signs of a loss of circulation
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Book a first aid course today:

Is it time to refresh your first aid and CPR skills? Sign yourself up for one of our first aid courses via our online booking system.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn the most accurate and up-to-date methods for managing a complete range of injuries and illnesses.

To further prepare for a medical emergency—take a look at the extensive range of defibrillators on our online shop. We recommend that all workplaces consider investing in an AED because you never know when Sudden Cardiac Arrest could strike. Contact the experts at FAAE today for more information on any of our courses or to learn more about our portable defibrillators and defibrillator packs.

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