At Accident Advice Helpline, we are as committed to helping prevent accidents at work as we are at providing compensation for those that have been unfortunate enough to suffer one. With 13 years experience in all areas of personal injury law, we are expert at providing advice on health and safety in the workplace. In this article, we look at the fourth step of First aid and how to correctly check for breathing.
Check for breathing
Proper First aid training is vital in any workplace and it’s imperative that all steps are carried out correctly. Here we demonstrate how to correctly perform a check on breathing:
- If a victim of an accident is unconscious, then you must check to see if their airway is still open. If a victim is face down, gently roll them onto their back. Place one hand on the back of the victim’s neck and the other on the hip and gently roll the victim. This will help prevent further neck or back injury. Keep the victim’s back aligned when performing the roll and enlist the help of others if possible.
- Gently tilt the victim’s head back, even if you suspect the victim has suffered a neck or back injury. This will help to open the victim’s airway. Tilt the head back by kneeling beside the victim and gently placing one hand on the victim’s forehead and two fingers on the victim’s chin. Never place your hand over the throat of a victim.
- Now that the victim’s airway is open, check for breathing for 5-10 seconds. You can do this by placing your cheek next to the victim’s mouth, and checking for the chest rising and falling.
- Check for signs of circulation such as movement, groaning or coughing.
- If the victim shows circulation, but is not breathing, then it is time to move on to the next step of performing rescue breathing which will be covered in-depth in the next article.
By publishing these helpful health and safety guides, Accident Advice Helpline is actively helping to reduce the number of work injuries sustained by Britain’s employees. If however, you’ve suffered an accident within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, then Accident Advice Helpline is here to help; you may be entitled to claim compensation. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.