Members of the BMSN Aid team are our first respondents if ever medical attention is needed within the premises of the Basilica. According to statistics most cases being taken care of are those who have high blood pressures and those who fainted while attending masses every Friday and Sunday. With the creation of this team, these volunteers had been significantly a contributing factor in securing the safety and health of our beloved pilgrims.
What are the Responsibilities of a First Aider?
First Aid is the help given to someone who is injured or ill, to keep them safe until they can get more advanced medical treatment by seeing a doctor, health professional or go to hospital.
The role of a first aider is to give someone this help, while making sure that they and anyone else involved are safe and that they don’t make the situation worse.
A first aider has various responsibilities when dealing with an emergency situation.
A first aider should:
- Manage the incident and ensure the continuing safety of themselves, bystanders and the casualty
- Assess casualties and find out the nature & cause of their injuries
- Arrange for further medical help or other emergency services to attend
- If trained, priorities casualties based upon medical need
- Provide appropriate first aid treatment as trained
- If able, make notes/observations of casualties
- Provide a handover when further medical help arrives
- Fill out any paperwork as required
The first aider is to provide immediate, lifesaving, medical case before the arrival of further medical help. This could include performing procedures such as:
- Placing an unconscious casualty into the recovery position
- Performing Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- Using an automated external defibrillator (AED)
- Stopping bleeding using pressure and elevation
- Keeping a fractured limb still
- A first aider’s overall aim should be to preserve life. Other aims of first aid include preventing the worsening of the patient’s condition and to promote recovery.
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.
What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in your workplace. The minimum first aid provision on any work site is a suitably stocked first aid kit and an appointed person to take charge of first aid arrangements.
It is important to remember that accidents and illness can happen at any time. Provision for first aid needs to be available at all times when people are at work.