Move from the 9th Edition Revised to the 10th Edition First Aid Manual (FAM)
Why is this of interest?
Accepted First Aid practice in the UK comes from the current First Aid Manual published by DK, which is now in its 10th Edition. The main driver for this process is the First Aid at Work suite of courses which overseen by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). The HSE Guide for employers GEIS3 States that course content should come from the current edition of the first-aid manual of the Voluntary Aid Societies (St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, St Andrew’s First Aid) in conjunction with the latest guidelines from the Resuscitation Council (UK).
It’s a pretty weak system. To say to learners that the syllabus for a course is on the shelf in WH Smith doesn’t do anything to add to the credibility of a diminishing industry. But less about the deregulation of the First Aid industry and more about the changes.
The new 10th edition of the first-aid manual of the Voluntary Aid Societies was released 3rd Feb 2014 with some adjustments and changes to the accepted First-aid Practice.
Page 22 – Requesting Help
New calling of 111 (in England) and other help lines as part of a way of requesting help for non-emergency situations
Page 60 – Life-Saving priorities
Less emphasis on treating the casualty, more on summoning help as being the priority
Page 96 – Infant choking position
The position of supporting the infant on your arm is no longer preferred when treating choking. It has changed to supporting the infant on your leg. This leaves both your hands free to support the infants head and administer the back blows
Page 100 – Drowning
The treatment here is now more akin to treating any unresponsive casualty with the added 5 initial rescue breaths in CPR is commenced
Page 136 – Fractures
References to applying traction have been removed from the fractures pages, not that a casualty would have ever let you do it anyway
Page 144 – Head Injury
The separate conditions of Head Injury, Concussion and Compression have been merged as it doesn’t matter which condition the casualty has, they are still going to hospital
Page 146 – Facial Injury
Alerting the emergency services has been moved when treating a facial injury, to calling after treatment
Page 155 – Pelvic Injury
Placing padding under the knees when treating a pelvic injury has been removed. Padding should be placed between the legs from the knees to ankles only
Page 215 – Hypoglycaemia.
More specific advice on how much sugar to give as an initial treatment
Page 218 – Seizures in children
More detailed recognition features
Price change – none