You might think you already know what to do when an accident happens, but First Aid practices are always being updated.
Just imagine you were working outside when someone gives a yell, then falls down onto the side of the road, screaming ‘a snake’s bitten me’.
The recommended first aid for a snake bite ages ago would have been to cut open the wound and suck the poison out. When this was found to put the first aider at risk, and do very little to help the person who’d been bitten, the next practice was to apply a tourniquet above the bite. Years later researchers found that applying a tourniquet often risked cutting off vital blood supply to the area that had been bitten. Click here to find out if you need to update your training?