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Stayin’ Alive: Who is your firm’s first-aid hero?

Public awareness of emergency first-aid techniques has arguably never been better, thanks in part to clever marketing campaigns that have captured the nation’s attention.

Back in 2011, the British Heart Foundation teamed up with Vinnie Jones to teach us that hands-only CPR to the beat of Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees can help save the life of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

More recently, NHS Scotland called on us to Think FAST if we suspect a stroke. The key prompts are as follows:

  • FACE – Can they smile? Does one side droop?
  • ARMS – Can they lift both arms? Is one weak?
  • SPEECH – Is their speech slurred or muddled?
  • TIME – Time to call 999

Despite the heightened awareness that such campaigns have helped to foster, we’d be unwise to kid ourselves that we know everything there is to know when it comes to lifesaving techniques.

That’s why it’s still vital small businesses – by definition busy, bustling places where stress levels can rise and accidents can happen – have a recognised first-aider in their organisation.

If you think you have a decent knowledge of basic techniques, the chances are you could be doing things more effectively.

Even if you have been on a first-aid course in the past, the methods you were taught at the time may well be out of date. Advice changes all the time, which is why refresher courses are so important.

A good Emergency First Aid at Work course will cover everything from spotting a heart attack to dealing with insect stings, nut allergies and asthma attacks.

So if you don’t have a recognised first-aider in your business, or you do but they could benefit from a refresher, then take action today.

It could be the difference between you and your colleagues staying alive and not.

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