First Aid during COVID-19 Pandemic
Guidance on providing First Aid during COVID is available on the Risk Assessment Sharepoint site.
The Resuscitation Council has advised that CPR can be performed without giving rescue breaths. It is essential that the emergency services are called (999) if CPR is required, and that a defibrillator is used.
For futher details, refer to the HSE site on First Aid during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Defibrillators (AED) on campus
There are 8 automated external defibrillators (AED) on campus. A defibrillator is used in circumstances where a person’s heart goes into ventricular fibrillation (VF) which is a disruption to the heart’s electrical activity causing the heart to beat chaotically preventing it from pumping blood around the body. A person in VF can suddenly collapse and lose consciousness. A defibrillator is used to deliver an electric shock to restore the heart to normal rhythm.
The defibrillator units are located in the following areas:
1. Old Building – Security store next to reception counter
2. NAB – store behind Security reception (LIF side)
3. Library – behind main reception counter ground floor (in security cabinet)
4. Pankhurst House (previously called Tower 1) – Security reception – (in cupboard behind reception desk)
5. Saw Swee Hock Building – Student Union Gym
6. 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields – Security reception
7. Centre Building - Security reception
8. Marshall Building - Security reception
You do not need to be a trained first-aider or a medical professional to use the AED. The device uses voice prompts and visual indicators to guide the assistor through the resuscitation sequence that may include both defibrillation and CPR.
Other first-aid provision
The School has a duty as an employer to assess its requirements for first aid, and ensure that there is adequate provision to meet those requirements.
The School aims to maintain a ratio of one qualified first-aider (qualifiied as a minimum to the Emergency First Aid level) for every 50 employees during core times. The security team will have at least one qualified first-aider on duty for every shift, who can be summoned by dialling 666. Safety coordinators should record the names of the first-aiders for their building in their department's Local Policy Statement. As a minimum each department should have access to an appointed person at all times. A sufficient number of persons will be nominated to ensure that there is cover for leave, sickness and other absences.
In the event of an injury or ill health, the first-aider in the building or nearby buildings should be summoned in the first instance. If these first-aiders are not available, the security team should be contacted.
Residences and Catering Services Division make separate provision for first aid in the Halls. The names of qualified first-aiders in the Halls and their contact details will be posted in each residence.
Line managers and supervisors should cooperate with the School's First Aid arrangements by assisting in the recruitment of First Aid volunteers and releasing staff to attend training and perform their duties as first-aiders.
The Health and Safety Team arrange training in Emergency First Aid.
Safety coordinators will ensure that their department has a sufficiently stocked first-aid box. They or another nominated person should be tasked with ensuring that the contents of the first-aid boxes are replenished as and when necessary.
A notice should be posted in a prominent position giving details of the name and location of first-aiders and / or appointed persons along with the location of the first-aid box.
What should a first-aid box contain?
It depends on how many people the first-aid box serves but as a minimum the first-aid box must contain:
A leaflet (PDF) giving general guidance on first aid
20 individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings (plasters) in assorted sizes
2 sterile eye pads
4 individually wrapped triangular bandages (preferably sterile)
6 safety pins
6 medium-sized (approximately 12cm x 12cm) individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressings
2 large (approximately 18cm x 18cm) sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings
1 pair of disposable gloves
1 resuscitation face shield
(First-aid boxes can also contain additional items such as scissors, adhesive tape, disposable aprons and individually wrapped moist wipes.)
First-aid boxes used in catering kitchens and areas preparing food must contain blue plasters. First-aid kits for catering kitchens may also contain burn dressings and cool packs.
If mains tap-water is not readily available for eye irrigation, sealed disposable containers of sterile water or sterile normal saline can be kept in the first-aid box. But these should not be used once the seal is broken or beyond their expiry date.
The first-aid box should not contain any medication, tablets, creams or ointment.