What is the duty of care of a trained first aider or trained volunteer in a first aid situation? (In 30-50 words).
First aid is the immediate help given to someone who is ill or injured. A first aider gives this immediate help to the casualty, while making sure that the casualty and those around the casualty (including themselves) are safe.
Sometimes an injury is minor and a workplace first aider can manage this without further help. For example, injuries such as minor burns, cuts and bruises.
For more serious injuries, the first aider must reassure the the casualty while they are waiting for medical help to arrive, either by a doctor, a medical professional or going to hospital.
In an emergency, first aider responsibilities are:
The first aider is to provide immediate, potentially lifesaving, medical care, before the arrival of further medical help. This could include performing procedures such as:
A first aider’s overall priority should be to preserve life. Other aims of first aid include preventing the worsening of the patient’s condition and to promote recovery.
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