If someone were to faint on the train, would you know how to perform basic first aid? Being confronted with this kind of a situation when you aren’t sure what you are doing can be a daunting experience. With this guide, you can perform the first steps of first aid until help arrives.
- Inform a member of staff
Remember, the first and most important step before administering first aid in any situation is calling for help if you see someone faint on the train. Call for staff on board as your first priority.
- Check for consciousness
Using your fingertips, very gently shake the person’s shoulders whilst talking to them to see if they are responsive. If they are not responsive, check for breathing
- Check for breathing
Place the person on their back. Gently place your fingertips on the chin and your other hand on top of the head. Tilt the head back slightly and listen for any signs of breathing. If the person is breathing normally, proceed with placing the person into the recovery position.
- Place the person in the recovery position
To place someone in the recovery position is a lot simpler than it actually sounds. You can practise this at home with family or friends as it may save a life one day. With the person lying flat on their back, place their arm closest to you so that the hand is slightly higher than the head and parallel to the ears. Then take the other arm and place the rear of the hand against the cheek closest to you. For example if you are kneeling to the left of the person, bring their left arm across to the right side of the face with the palm facing towards you.
Gently tuck the knee furthest from you towards the person’s stomach. You can then easily roll the person towards you which will place them in the most stable position. Gently tilt the head back using the technique described above so that the airways are clear and the chin of the person should ideally be resting on the fingertips of the hand that you placed against their cheek earlier. Listen for breathing again.
Thank you for reading our handy first aid guide. Remember, if you’ve suffered an injury and it was someone else’s fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for more information. All claims are made on a 100% no-win-no-fee basis.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown