Common First Aid Myths

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Myth 1: Leaning back with a nosebleed. However, leaning back will cause you to swallow blood, and you are likely to feel nauseous and vomit the blood. The best thing to do would be to lean forward with a nosebleed, pinch the nostrils shut and breathe through your mouth.

Myth 2: A Heart attack casualty should lie down on the floor. But, this could make it harder for them to breathe. However, its best to get them into a comfortable W position with their knees bent and head and shoulders supported to aid their breathing best, reassure them and get help immediately!

Myth 3: If you are feeling faint you should put your head in – between your legs. However, the casualty may simply fall forwards. Encourage them to lie down on the floor and raise their legs to increase blood flow the brain.

Myth 4: If a casualty drinks bleach, try to induce vomiting. This can cause more damage to them, as the bleach burns again as the vomit leaves the body. The correct treatment would be to encourage the casualty to take sips of water to cool the burn and call for help immediately.

Myth 5: You should put butter on burns. Oily substances keep the heat in. For minor burns and scalds, you should run the affected area under cold running water for at least a minimum of 10 minutes, and get help immediately!

Interested in learning more?

Why not attend one of our First Aid Courses in High Wycombe and Marlow that we run regularly. At the time of writing this our next Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work Course will take place on Thursday 27th June 2019 in Marlow. 

Alternative Dates:

  • Thurs 11th July 2019 – 9am-4pm (Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe)
  • Thurs 18th July 2019 – 9am-4pm (Marlow, Bucks)
  • Thurs 22nd August 2019 – 9am-4pm (Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe)
  • Thurs 12th September 2019 – 9am-4pm (Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe)

We can also come in-house to your venue at a date and time that suits your requirements to run a workplace first aid course. Get in touch for more details.

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