Choking, seizures, shock and unconscious casualties were all emergencies covered in the First Aid training which the Physio Matters team recently completed – and all Physios now have new First Aid Kits to carry with them for emergencies.
Physiotherapists and office-based Business Support Team members alike undertook a full day of training to gain a Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work delivered by Save Lives at Work, which included an assessment.
“We feel it is important that every member of our team understands First Aid and knows how to administer it in an emergency,” said Colin Green, Clinical Director of Physio Matters. “Of course, all our Clinical Team are highly trained and experienced Physiotherapists, and most have worked in the NHS, so they are fully able to deal with emergency situations. However, methods and techniques change over time, so it is essential we all stay up to date and receive the latest training.”
First Aid Training and Assessment
The team attended the Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) which was a practical, hands-on course with demonstrations. It included how to provide First Aid to someone who is:
- unresponsive, including when to place them in the recovery position and how to administer CPR and use a defibrillator
- experiencing a seizure
- in shock
- externally bleeding
- suffering minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises, or minor burns and scalds
At the end of the day, the team were also assessed for the Award. This was done with a multiple-choice question paper and through practical observation, with each person demonstrating their capabilities as a First Aider, including how to administer CPR.
New First Aid Kits
Physio Matters has also invested in 6 new First Aid Kits which our Physiotherapists now carry in their cars to further support them on client visits.
“The new First Aid Kits will ensure our Physios have everything they need to deal with an emergency as a first response,” explained Kirsty Agnew, Specialist Neuro Physiotherapist.
“Investing in First Aid Training for all our staff has been very beneficial, whether they have updated their skills or learnt new ones. It took a whole day out of all our busy schedules but it was worth it as it is so important to invest time in skills that could save lives.”
Kirsty added: “I hope it reassures our clients and their families, and gives them extra confidence that we are able to look after them in the event of an emergency, whether visiting them at home, working with them at activity centres or if they visit our offices.”
Physio Matters also recently acquired a defibrillator for their offices, so the First Aid Training was very useful in showing the team how to use this life-saving equipment in an emergency.
Read more here: Physio Matters Invest in Defibrillator