As the situation with COVID-19 has developed, we have summarised some of the current processes, advice and guidelines on both first aid training and conducting first aid.
First Aid Training From Radmoor Training
We have currently suspended all training, and will review the situation as any government advice changes.
Our office is still open, but response times may be delayed.
We are still able to supply most of the our usual range of first aid equipment, although lead times have been greatly increase. A number of items (e.g. hand gel) will probably not be available for a number of weeks.
If training is classed as absolutely essential, then we may still be able to deliver on site training, but this will need to discussed at length before hand. Please also see the statement below from the HSE & DfE.
Advice For First Aid Training
There is still a requirement from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) that First Aid Training should include a face to face element. No online only training is currently recognised for First Aid Training. If you have training that is due we would recommend reading the statement from the HSE & DfE below and not try and complete any online training as an alternative.
Statement From HSE & DfE
Both the Health & Safety Executive and the Department for Education have released a statement with regard to the validity of First Aid Certificates. Both will currently accept any certificate with an expiry date on or after the 16th March 2020 for a further 3 months past the expiry date. This will be reviewed and updated as appropriate in the future.
We will also be accepting certificates under the same parameters for First Aid at Work Re-Qualifications, once we are able to relaunch face to face training sessions.
You can read the full statement from the HSE and DfE here.
Advice From Resuscitation Council on First Aid
The Resuscitation Council have issued guidance on CPR and Resuscitation in First Aid and Community Settings. They have recommended the following
- Recognise cardiac arrest by looking for the absence of signs of life and the absence of normal breathing. Do not listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the patient’s mouth. If you are in any doubt about confirming cardiac arrest, the default position is to start chest compressions until help arrives.
- Make sure an ambulance is on its way. If COVID-19 is suspected, tell them when you call 999.
- If there is a perceived risk of infection, rescuers should place a cloth/towel over the victims mouth and nose and attempt compression only CPR and early defibrillation until the ambulance (or advanced care team) arrives. Put hands together in the middle of the chest and push hard and fast.
- Early use of a defibrillator significantly increases the person’s chances of survival and does not increase risk of infection.
- If the rescuer has access to personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g. FFP3 face mask, disposable gloves, eye protection), these should be worn.
- After performing compression-only CPR, all rescuers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water; alcohol-based hand gel is a convenient alternative. They should also seek advice from the NHS 111 coronavirus advice service or medical adviser.
You can read the full statement from the Resuscitation Council here.