Almost everyone with a social media account has seen the famous scene from “The Office”, during which the eccentric paper salesman Dwight Schrute tries to help out with demonstrating CPR, only to end up wearing the dummy’s face in an attempt to mimic Hannibal Lecter. As a top provider of security training in Malta, the team at Signal 8 Security takes First Aid a little more seriously, so we’re sharing our top tips that everyone should be aware of.
1. Treating Shock
A person usually experiences shock because of a lack of blood getting to the brain; it can be a result of an accident or an allergic reaction, as well as severe blood or fluid loss. Victims of shock may look very pale and experience feelings of dizziness and disorientation.
Ask the person to lie down with their feet elevated, and cover them with a blanket to make sure that they are warm. If they vomit or bleed from their mouth, change their position so that they are laying on their side – do not let them drink anything as they might choke. Seek medical assistance straight away.
Use a sterile cloth or gauze to cover the wound, and prevent blood loss by applying direct pressure. Add more layers of cloth if needed – the material will help to form clots which will also stop blood seeping out from the injury.
Always look out for signs of arterial wounds, which pulsate when bleeding, oozing blood which is bright red in appearance. Apply pressure immediately, and do not remove the cloth until paramedics or medical professionals arrive.
Help the person sit up straight, and tell them to drop their head slightly forward. They should then pinch the nostrils shut for about ten minutes while breathing through their mouth, which will allow the broken vein in the nose to close. Loosen any tight clothing around the neck, and place a cold pack on the forehead.
Drowsiness, slow breathing, uncontrollable shivering and bad co-ordination are all symptoms of hypothermia. Get the victim to a warm, dry place, remove any wet clothing and wrap them in blankets. If you give them any warm drinks, make sure they are caffeine and alcohol free.
Do not use ice to treat a burn – instead, run the affected area under cool running water for several minutes. Apply a light gauze bandage, and take paracetamol or any other painkiller to relieve the pain, if necessary.
Are You Looking for Professional Security Training in Malta?
Signal 8’s sister organisation, The Security Academy, runs a 14-hour Basic First Aid Course which is delivered by a qualified First Aid instructor. Our syllabus covers wounds and bleeding, heart problems and CPR, sports injuries and much more, including medical emergencies and injury prevention. Look no further than Signal 8 and The Security Academy when it comes to quality security training in Malta.
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