first aid after a fall

First AID After a Fall

Regardless of whether you’re at work helping a colleague or helping a tiddly person in the street, a fall is an incredibly unpredictable accident, with injuries that can range from extremely minimal to life-threatening. 

In this article from APT, we’ll be going over some basic pointers for providing first aid after a fall. APT Health and Safety provides high-quality UKATA Asbestos Awareness courses, Fire Marshal training, and HSA Course in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire. 

Firstly, start by approaching the fallen person confidently. Check that they’re responsive and not confused.

If the Patient is Responsive

If they are responsive, reassure them that you’re a qualified first aider and start an assessment. Ask them where it hurts most and check if there are any obvious cuts or contorted limbs which indicate a fracture. If you believe it’s necessary make sure an ambulance is contacted. 

Ideally, you can ask a third party to do this. However, if there is no one around or the patient is stable enough you should make the call. 

If There Are Spinal or Neck Injuries

If they’ve fallen from a height or think they’ve damaged their spine or neck it’s very important that you do not move them or they attempt to move. Doing so could risk aggravating an existing injury. 

Keep the patient as still as possible and wait patiently for the ambulance. It’s important that they don’t immediately move or you try to move them immediately –  regardless of where they’ve fallen. Wait until you’ve determined whether or not there’s a spinal injury.

If There Are Cuts or Abrasions

If the patient is experiencing any bleeding, use a clean pad or material to apply pressure. If you have a First Aid kit nearby, use the included clean gauge. 

If There is No Obvious Injury

If there is no obvious injury, you can slowly and carefully move the patient into a sitting position. Observe them and check for any signs of pain, discomfort, or dizziness. Assuming no signs of injuries, you can assist them to their feet. 

If The Patient is Non-Responsive

If the patient is non-responsive, your first responsibility is to check that they’re breathing. 

If they are breathing, you should put them in the recovery position, as this will protect their airway. Do so carefully, without applying too much pressure or force.

If they are not breathing, start CPR immediately. If you’ve been trained to use one, you should use a defibrillator. 

HSA Course in Stoke-On-Trent

APT Health and Safety offer a range of First Aid, Fire Marshal, and HSA awareness courses in Stoke-On-Trent. Our courses have been designed to give you all the skills you need to provide adequate care and emergency first aid at work. 

For more information about our range of First Aid courses in Stoke-On-Trent, contact APT today.

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