Are you prepared for an Emergency within your workplace?
Are you prepared for a medical emergency in your business? What would you do if your staff member is unconscious, not responding, or breathing at your workplace?
Under the Work Health Safety (WHS) laws, employers have a legal duty to maintain reasonably safe work environments. The WHS laws require employers to provide workers access to first aid equipment and be equipped when dealing with medical emergencies.
In the event of an employee being unconscious, not responding or breathing it is vital to stay calm and follow the following procedure:
- Call 000 for an ambulance.
- Perform CPR
- If required, shock using a defibrillator as soon as possible to restart the heart.
What is CPR - Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a technique of chest compressions combined with rescue breathing. This can help keep the brain and vital organs alive. CPR can save a life. It can be used if someone is not breathing properly or their heart has stopped.
- You do not need to be a health professional; everyone can learn CPR.
- Try to stay calm if you need to do CPR.
- Performing CPR may save a person’s life.
- If you know CPR, you might save the life of a family member or friend.
How to perform CPR?Watch this video from Royal Life Saving Australia about how to perform CPR on an adult-
What is Defibrillator - A defibrillator (known as an automated external defibrillator or AED) is a small, portable device designed to deliver a controlled electrical shock to a person experiencing certain cardiac arrhythmias. Defibrillators must be used in conjunction with CPR.
- Compact in Size. Big on Ability. Easy-to-Follow Visual and Voice Prompts
- It is easy to use and effective when saving lives.
- You cannot hurt someone by using a defibrillator.
- A defibrillator only shocks a person who is in cardiac arrest.
- Anyone can use a defibrillator – they have verbal and visual instructions to guide you.
The DRSABCD action plan is a useful tool in first aid. One can manage it better if they have training in how to perform each action correctly.
|Letter||Representing||What to do|
|D||Danger||Ensure that the patient and all people in the area are safe from any further harm.|
|R||Response||Look for a response from the patient – ask their name, squeeze their shoulders.|
|S||Send for help||If there is no response, phone Triple Zero (000) or ask another person to call and ask for the Ambulance. When connected with the local Ambulance Operator, they will give you instructions on what to do to help the injured person.|
|A||Airway||Open mouth – if foreign material is present, place in the recovery position and clear airway with fingers. Open airway by tilting head with chin lift|
|B||Breathing||Check for breathing: look, listen, feel.|
|C||CPR||If not normal breathing, start CPR, 30 chest compression’s (100 per min):2 breaths. Continue CPR until help arrives or patient recovers|
If there is no heartbeat, turn on a defibrillator if available and follow the verbal prompts