The recent review of a number of first aid protocols by the European Resuscitation Council suggests that there is a need in some circumstances for first aid kits to contain haemostatic dressings and tourniquets. The HSE say that the inclusion of these items should be based on your First Aid Needs Assessment.
Haemostatic dressings and tourniquets are used to treat major bleeds.
Stopping major bleeds is important and if it is not done quickly can lead to death. This is why a method of dealing with major bleeds has now been included into the role of a first aider on a risk assessed basis.
Where your needs assessment has identified a requirement for tourniquets and/or haemostatic dressings you should make sure:
- Your haemostatic dressings are always in date;
- Workplace first aiders are trained by a competent provider and know how and when to fit a tourniquet correctly.
- Workplace first aiders are trained in how and when a haemostatic dressing is used.
Examples of sectors that may benefit from additional training in the use of tourniquets based on RIDDOR data include: construction, agriculture, forestry and some aspects of the manufacturing industry.
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