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First Aid

  • As a "Good Samaritan" Render Emergency First Aid

    I thought about writing a new blog as I was walking to the office the other morning. Winter in Wisconsin has been brutal this year. We’ve got enough cold, snow and ice to last until July. Slips, Trips, and Falls, might be a good topic. Suddenly my thoughts were interrupted by an acrobatic twist worthy of a panel of judges awarding me a “9”, the landing wasn’t so perfect. While on the ground, looking up, I hoped no one was watching. I don’t know what hurt more, my body or my pride. While uttering a few expletives I struggled to get to my feet and brushed myself off; I looked like nanuk of the north, and continued my walk in. Not more than one hundred yards from the scene is the local Catholic church parking lot where a few church goers were huddled over a person lying on the ground, she wasn’t as lucky. I was able to assist using some acquired first aid skills and getting emergency help. “Slips Trips and Falls” is not a winter sport. As a “Good Samaritan”, render emergency first aid.

    We often preach safety regarding “Slips, Trips and Falls” and it’s a topic worth repeating, and we will soon.. What happens however if you find a victim? Now what?

    1st: Assess the situation is the victim conscious? Bleeding? 2nd Do the injuries if any appear to be life threatening, is he/she breathing, does he/she have a pulse? 3rd Call 911 or your local emergency number 4th Render CPR if necessary 5th treat for shock keep the victim quiet and warm

    Whether you are trained to render additional aid or not, please proceed without fear until more qualified emergency help arrives. Do not abandon the victim as you are protected by “Good Samaritan” laws. Wikipedia explains it this way:

    Good Samaritan laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. In some cases, Good Samaritan laws encourage people to offer assistance (duty to rescue).The protection is intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death. Good Samaritan laws take their name from a parable found in the Bible, attributed to Jesus, commonly referred to as the Parable of the Good Samaritan which is contained in Luke 10:25-37. It recounts the aid given by a traveler from the area known as Samaria to another traveler of a conflicting religious and ethnic background who had been beaten and robbed by bandits.

    What is your knowledge and comfort level regarding first aid? Don’t feel helpless, Here at safetyinstruction.com we highly recommend that you seek, enroll, and participate in an accredited first aid and CPR course. Perhaps your local Red Cross or Community College, or your employer can help by viewing first aid training materials, videos and more. You could be the answer to someone’s prayer today. “Slips, trips, and falls”, is not a winter Sport. As a “Good Samaritan” render emergency first aid.

  • First Aid Safety Training After All What Could Possibly Happen?

    My Dad was a wire weaver for “Wisconsin Wire Works” These wires were used on the paper machines to carry the pulp slurry from the wet end of the paper machine to begin the paper making process. He Later retired from The “Appleton Wire works” where he would build the boxes to house the large rolls for shipping. The chances of getting a puncture or a laceration were pretty good, so he was prepared to deal with those small inconveniences which didn’t require a company nurse. Dad was also a WWll Naval Veteran, a quartermaster in the south pacific. So he was no stranger to the need for First Aid Safety Training.

    There were seven boys in our family so you can imagine the “stuff” we would get ourselves into, including a few occasions, well ok more than a few occasions, where we would need some patching up. Dad always carried a band aid or two in his wallet. He would just say let me take a look and whip out his wallet for the band aid, if it was bleeding bad enough or would just say, you’ll be fine, run it under some cold water then we’ll put on a band aid. We always trusted dad, if the cut was large enough he would just hold it together and fashion what he called a butterfly to hold it together so he could fix it up. Yes there was also the dreaded “Mercurochrome antiseptic” @#$%^! Did I also mention I had five sisters as well.

    So how prepared are you when it comes to providing first aid to the victim of an accident? OSHA has its own requirements for First aid, and the responsibilities of the employer including the reporting and documentation of any incidents that require medical treatment or result in loss time. OSHA does provide a guide https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3317first-aid.pdf. I’ve always felt that Safety should be the responsibility of the individual person, and should hold himself or herself accountable for themselves for not just their employer but also to their Families!! OSHA, both state and federal are there to make sure Employers feet are held to the fire. They do not teach first aid courses, or certify first aid training courses or teachers.

    In many instances an employer or their Workman’s compensation insurance carrier will provide the proper “First aid safety training” based on the hazards in their business. Of course along with that will be CPR, Blood borne pathogens, possibly the use of AED’s (Automated External Defibrillator). Get involved in the training, find out what’s in the first aid kits and where they are located, and the nearest phone to call 911. If your employer does not have such a program, challenge the company to start one for all employees. They could even realize a savings in their insurance premiums. The “American heart Assn.” can help, as well as the ‘Red Cross”. Don’t have a first aid kit? The American National standards Institute (ANSI) provides minimum requirements for first aid kits. See ANSI Z308.1-2003 You can also find “ First Aid On Line safety training”

    Well what are you waiting for? You could save a life. That life could be your own child, or someone who is loved by another. So now I’m a dad and a grandfather. Yes I carry band aids in my wallet. I do find First Aid Safety Training to be a very important part of being a responsible Dad, Grandfather, Employee, and person.

  • Effective First Aid Takes More Than a Kit

    We don’t often think about the idea that First Aid preparedness means more than having a kit ready. NewsDay Zimbabwe highlights other necessities, such as the importance of training employees to administer First Aid and keeping detailed records of injuries. It is also important to use good judgement when you give employees that responsibility. Find out what factors to consider and other useful information here.

  • Workplace Safety Training and Preparation

    Employers take on a number of responsibilities the moment they hire other people to work for, or with, them. Employees are expected to receive the appropriate financial compensation in return. Apart from this, employees are also bound by law (which varies in every country, state, or territory) and ethics to provide the necessary workplace safety measures. The legal implications and obligations of all employers are set by law. These can include fire training, medical training, and first aid preparation, among many others.

    In this training Arnold Anderson’s five elements that are key in covering with all employees are set out in The Top Five Things to Train Employees on in Safety. These are:

    -Procedures - ensuring they are well defined and practiced on a regular basis -Evacuation - the identification of every escape route and every individual within a building when the emergency services are called in -Identification - of issues that may cause harm to your employees in the workplace, down harassment and verbal abuse -Personal Responsibility - in understanding and being aware of all employees of safety issues and being proactive in dealing with them -Impact - making employees aware of the full impact of the financial burden and destabilizing results of safety issues that can possibly occur

    While the scope of safety instruction and training will be different depending on the setting of the work or industry, there are many general areas that must be covered. There are many training courses and specialists who offer these kind of services. Chris Robertson helps out employers and companies narrow down their choices with his article, How to Choose the Best Safety Training and Environmental Consultants.

  • What’s in Your First-Aid Kit?

    Even if a person has adequate knowledge of safety measures, accidents can happen. This is because there are incidents that are just out of his or her control, and accidents don’t only happen in the workplace, along the street, or anywhere outside the house. In fact, one can also be injured while at home. To prevent injuries from becoming life-threatening, it is very important to always keep a first-aid kit. The Federal Occupational Health (FOH) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides a list of basic first-aid kit items.

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