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First Aid: What to do in an Emergency?

posted 1 Apr 2014, 04:30 by Unknown user   [ updated 8 May 2014, 02:41 ]
Each year in the UK, thousands of people die or are seriously injured in accidents. Many of these deaths could have all been prevented if First Aid had been administered before the Emergency Services arrived.

So, what to do in an Emergency?

In the event of an accident the first steps to take are:
  • Firstly, check the area - ensure that yourself or the casualty are not in danger, if you are try to make the area safe
  • If necessary, call 999 or 112 for an ambulance
  • Carry out basic First AidCPR
What if - 
They are unconscious and breathing?
If the person is unconscious but is still breathing and has no other life-threatening conditions, you should place them in the recovery position until help arrives.

They are unconscious and not breathing?
The first thing to do if the person isn't breathing is to call for an ambulance, then if possible administer CPR straight away. If you are not trained to give rescue breaths, use hands-only CPR.

Common Accidents and Emergencies
Below is a list of common accidents and emergencies which you may encounter in everyday life. 
  • Anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock)
  • Burns and scalds
  • Bleeding
  • Choking
  • Drowning
  • Electrocution
  • Fractures
  • Heart attack
  • Poisoning
  • Shock
  • Stroke
First Aid Courses
The information provided here is purely guidance on First Aid situations, it is not a replacement for doing a First Aid Course. 

SES run a selection of First Aid Courses and can provide bespoke courses to meet your needs. For more information on our First Aid Courses please click here.

It is vital that you gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to act in an Emergency. To book a First Course please call 01279 873354, we run regular courses from our Training centres in Essex and our instructor can also come to your premises to run on-site training.