First Aid Policy for Health and Safety

Untreated injuries and illness are main causes of death in children and young adults’ therefore immediate treatment for sudden cuts, burns and accidents is important. Usually, First Aid Training is offered by different institutions so that you can provide initial medical assistance to needy people at workplace, or in your community. First aid is an immediate care to the persons who get cuts, burns or any other injury. Usually, candidates are taught to provide initial care to stop bleeding, to dress wounds and to provide support to broken bones. Outcomes of first aid treatment are based on the quality of first aid training and expertise of person providing first aid. There are some standards and policies for the health and safety of people in each state and following are some common standards:

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Permissible Characteristic of First Aid

You have to check legal aspects before providing first aid to anyone, because first aid is not required in “no legal” duty areas. Legal duty may exist in following cases:

  • First aid training is an important requirement of your employment.
  • You are responsible to provide extra care because of your relationship including parental relationship, or driver-passenger relationship.
  • You have previous experience in providing first aid services, because once you have started providing these facilities, no one can stop you.

Standards of Care

You have to consider basic standards of care while providing first aid services to anyone. You should know about proper first aid techniques, and for this purpose, complete first aid training is required to the person who is providing first aid. You should know about all recommendations of emergency care including CPR “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation” procedures of American Heart Association are important to know for first aid provider.

Obtain Authority to First Aid

It is important to get actual-consent from the victim for first aid before rendering your services. Actual consent is provided by victim to perform first aid procedures, and this permission provides you protection against any legal issue. If the victim is unconscious, then you can work with implied consent because this is also accepted by default.

Good Samaritan Law

Some states use “Good Samaritan Law” for the protection of first aid providers and according to this law, if you are working with good faith without any misconduct or obstinate inattention.

In short, every state has its own rules, regulations and procedures for First Aid Training, therefore it is important for you to check policies of your own state to avoid any problem.

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