As most of you know we at Albacare are following the government guidelines and trying to ensure that our staff are working from home and staying safe.
We have suspended all First Aid at Work, Defibrillator and Fire Warden Training.
We ARE still suppling defibrillators and accessories to keep you and your colleagues safe
All of our Occupational Health FACE TO FACE services are suspended too.
We ARE still providing Phone Occupational Health Services
What the HSE and Resuscitation Council are saying in regards to FIRST AID -
First Aid at Work -
Provision and Re-qualification Training
Keep enough first aid cover.
If there are fewer people coming into your workplace it may still be safe to operate with reduced first aid cover.
You could also stop higher risk activities.
Share first aid cover with another business.
You could share the first aiders of another business, but be sure that they have the knowledge, experience and availability to cover the first aid needs of your business.
Shared first aiders must:
- be aware of the type of injuries or illnesses that you identified in your first aid needs assessment and have the training and skills to address them know enough about your work environment and its first aid facilities be able to get to the workplace in good time if needed.
Whoever provides the temporary cover must make sure they do not adversely affect their own first aid cover.
First aid certificate extensions
If you hold a first aid certificate that expires on or after 16 March 2020 and cannot access re-qualification training because of corona-virus you may qualify for a 3-month extension. This applies to -
- Offshore Medic (OM)
- Offshore First Aid (OFA)
- First Aid at Work (FAW)
- Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
To qualify for the extension, you must be able to explain why you haven't been able to re-qualify and demonstrate what steps you have taken to access the training, if asked to do so.
Providing CPR -
Resuscitation in First Aid
Recognise cardiac arrest by looking for the absence of signs of life and the absence of normal breathing. Do not listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the patient's mouth. If you are in any doubt about confirming cardiac arrest, the default position is to start chest compressions until help arrives.
Make sure an ambulance is on its way. If COVID 19 is suspected, tell them when you call 999.
If there is a perceived risk of infection, rescuers should place a cloth/towel over the victims mouth and nose and attempt compression only CPR and early Defibrillation until the ambulance (or advanced care team) arrives. Put hands together in the middle of the chest and push hard and fast.
Early use of a defibrillator significantly increases the person's chances of survival and does not increase risk of infection.
If the rescuer has access to personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g. FFP3 face mask, disposable gloves, eye protection), these should be worn.
After performing compression-only CPR, all rescuers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water; alcohol-based hand gel is a convenient alternative. They should also seek advice from the NHS 111 corona-virus advice service or medical adviser.
Here is a Video from the Resuscitation Council UK
Albacare's Occupational Health Services - COVID-19
Many of our clients will be aware that standard Health surveillance, Safety Critical medicals, Airside medicals are currently not being undertaken due to the difficulty with social distancing being impossible to maintain. Guidance from the Health & Safety executive is reviewed regularly along with the Society of Occupational Medicine and when advice changes, we will update our website regarding this.
Currently tel-consultations are still being undertaken. Availability of appointments can be booked through firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Infection Concern
We are not offering Testing for Covid 19. Within the general workforces that we supply a service to. This is not recommended due to the high risk of false positives. Any individual is generally deemed fit to return to work 2 weeks after their symptoms have resolved. However, coughs can linger for several weeks, but this does not prevent their return as long as they are clear of the virus