5 First Aid Tips for Common Injuries

Although workplace injuries are extremely common, recent research found that just 45 per cent of employees receive first aid training. Review these tips for five common injuries to ensure that you’re able to provide first aid in the event of an emergency:

  1. Unresponsive or lack of breathing
    • Check for breathing by tilting the head back, then looking and feeling for breaths.
    • Push firmly downwards in the middle of the chest and then release. Repeat this at a regular rate until help arrives.
  2. Chocking
    • Perform the Heimlich manoeuvre of hit the person firmly between the shoulder blades to dislodge the object from the throat.
  3. Heavy bleeding
    • Put pressure on the would to stop or slow down the flow of blood. Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.
  4. Burns
    • Place the burn under cold, running water for at least 10 minutes. Loosely cover the burn with a clinging film or a clean plastic bag.
  5. Broken Bones
    • Have the person support the injury with their hand, or use a cushion or items of clothing to prevent unnecessary movement. Continue supporting the injury until help arrives.

 

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