What Stock do you Need to Have?

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Choosing First Aid Equipment

Risk Assessment for First Aid Kit Contents

It's essential to assess the risks in your workplace or situation to determine the necessary contents for your first aid kit.

Guidelines from Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises on the requirements for tourniquets and haemostatic dressings:

  • Ensure haemostatic dressings are within expiry dates.
  • Train workplace first aiders in tourniquet application and haemostatic dressing usage.
  • Sectors benefiting from additional training include construction, agriculture, forestry, and manufacturing.

Choosing and Training

After risk assessment, decide on the appropriate equipment and provide training to first aiders:

  • Consider purchasing a commercial tourniquet and haemostatic dressings.
  • Ensure comprehensive training for all first aiders on equipment usage.

Alternative Options

Explore cost-effective alternatives such as replacing paper triangular bandages with cloth types that can double as tourniquets in emergencies.

Special Bleeding Kits

In extreme cases, prepare special bleeding kits for catastrophic bleeds or mass casualties due to events like explosions or terrorist attacks.