ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences
Ideally all staff should know how to resuscitate a patient. It is recommended that all staff do a basic approved first aid course. This can be arranged and operated within institutions. The following procedure must be adopted if you come across a collapsed person.
D. Danger to yourself e.g. lying in acid, on live power cords. Remove danger before proceeding.
R. Response of patient, Shake or shout.
A. Airway Is airway clear? look, listen, feel.
B. Breathing Is patient breathing?
C. Circulation. Can you feel a pulse?
EAR = Expired Air Resuscitation
CPR = Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
ECC = External Cardiac Compression
SEEK HELP either from workmate or staff doctor.
Be familiar with Resuscitation techniques by attending lectures and practice sessions. Obtain wall charts and display prominently. All departments should have an up to date first aid manual.
|Make comfortable, observe A,B,C|
|Place in coma position, observe A,B,C|
|Commence EAR - check pulse every two minutes|
|Commence CPR (EAR and ECC)|
St. John Council for South Australia (1988)
First Aid Pamphlet.
St. John Council for South Australia (Inc.), Eastwood, South Australia.