When you're an employer who has a large workforce in a location that is more than 20 minutes away from medical aid, your business will need Level 3 first aid attendants who can render emergency first aid until first responders are able to arrive on time. There are several skills that an attendant must know to be considered Level 3.
An attendant must be familiar with human anatomy and physiology. They will need to be able to diagnose injuries well enough to be able to render aid to patients who have suffered from injuries involving the head, brain, spine, pelvis, abdomen, eyes.
They must provide first aid to patients who are suffering from poisoning, who are having a medical emergency due to asthma or diabetes, or who have suffered from soft tissue injuries. Attendants also document injuries so they can be reported to the relevant agencies and so that workers can be compensated.
Managing Medical Emergencies
When an employee needs oxygen, an attendant will manage oxygen therapy and make sure that the oral airways are not disrupted. For employees who have spinal injuries, the attendant must make sure that the employee is stabilized in a way that will reduce the odds that they will hurt their spines further.
During a medical emergency, such as cardiac arrest, the attendant must be able to provide CPR and must also know how to use suction equipment when there is respiratory failure. They must also be able to identify:
- Shock from blood loss
- Dislocated limbs
- Electrical or environmental injuries
They must also be able to identify communicable diseases and take steps to stop the spread of the disease. During an outbreak, the attendant must quarantine those who are exposed to communicable diseases. This must be done while avoiding exposure to the diseases themselves.
In some cases, an employee needs to be rapidly transported out of an area while minimizing the risk that they will become further injured. For example, the area where the employee became injured might still be dangerous. They must prepare and manage the transportation method and must determine whether or not to use a lateral or supine method of transport.
You must always contact emergency services after an employee becomes injured, but a 20 minute response time is often too long. However, with a fast medical intervention, your employee will receive the medical care they need in time.