First-Aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by a lay person to a sick or injured patient until definitive medical treatment can be accessed. Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may not require further medical care past the first aid intervention. It generally consists of a series of simple and, in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment.
The key aims of first aid can be summarised in three key points
(1) Preserve life - the overriding aim of all medical care, including first aid, is to save lives. (2) Prevent further harm - also sometimes called preventing the condition worsening, this covers both external factors, such as moving a patient away from a cause of harm, and applying first aid techniques to prevent worsening of the condition, such as applying pressure to stop a bleed becoming dangerous. (3) Promote recovery - first aid also involves trying to start the recovery process from the illness or injury, and in some cases might involve completing a treatment, such as in the case of applying a plaster to a small wound.
First Aid Boxes are located in the Reception area of the below listed buildings and are kept stocked by the H&S Section; please click on the following link and go to page 6 to view Contents of a First Aid Box. (NOTE: Each department is responsible for providing and refilling its own first aid box/boxes)
The University has undertaken a programme of training Occupational First Aiders and, to date, approximately 60 staff received training. Please click link First Aider List by Building
This programme is part of the upcoming University of Limerick's Research Careers and Development Programme and is aimed for Research Staff
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