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Training and Education for First Aid Kit Management 

 May 21, 2024

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Whether it’s for an office or other workplace, a school, a restaurant, or a home, having a properly stocked first aid kit is of critical importance. Illnesses and injuries crop up unexpectedly, and having the right supplies in place before they’re needed can save time, minimize absences, and even save lives. 

But while it’s important to have the supplies on hand, it’s a good idea to have one or more individuals on-site who have been trained in first aid so they can respond quickly and effectively in the event of an injury or an illness. Training employees onsite is a valuable service that minimizes time from the work or school schedule and ensures that there is always someone available who can dress cuts or treat more serious injuries or burns, respond to minor illnesses, and provide life-saving care before an ambulance arrives. 

With workplace safety training for first-aid, participants will learn several skills, including:

CPR. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation can make an enormous difference in survival rates for individuals suffering from a cardiac event. In fact, If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival of a cardiac arrest. If you learned CPR years ago, chances are that your skills are outdated. Best practices have been updated in the last five years: the mouth-to-mouth portion has been replaced by hands-on chest compression; therefore, if you learned CPR more than five years ago, it’s a good idea to take a new course.

Stopping bleeding. Serious injuries can and do occur in the workplace. In the case of bleeding, an individual will need gloves, compression bandages, and persistence: simply putting pressure on a wound for a short time isn’t effective. It will be necessary to keep pressure on the area until professional help arrives. 

Wound care. To prevent infection, even minor wounds need to be cleaned and dressed properly and ideally checked to ensure that they aren’t infected with bacteria. Professional first aid services will train employees how to care for all manner of wounds to ensure they are cleaned properly and will heal well. 

Making a splint. In the case of a suspected bone break, a temporary splint is necessary to keep the injury mobilized until the individual can consult with a professional. The splint puts the bone in a “rested” and immobilized position, which promotes comfort and prevents further injury. Putting a splint in place correctly, however, requires some basic education. 

Treating burns. Burns can vary in severity but are equally important to address immediately when they occur as infection or other problems can occur with the burn. It is critical to treat the burn properly to minimize further damage to the skin. 

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