First Aid for Tree Surgeons

Do you know how to stop catastrophic bleeding?

Many people think that stabbings or indeed other forms of violent attack are the major causes of death due to blood loss, especially before the ambulance arrives, but there are far more deaths caused by accidents at work that result in major blood loss.

The truth is, a tree surgeon, landscaper, groundsmen and gardener all can be involved in a serious accident that too results in major blood loss,  and in the few short minutes, the casualty may bleed to death before the ambulance is on the scene.

The 1st Aiders Major Bleed Management First Aid Course is suited towards Forestry, Tree surgery, Farming, Landscapers etc, workers who use cutting tools capable of slicing or ripping through flesh. This course goes beyond the realms of the average ‘first aid at work’ course.

In 2015 the European Resuscitation Council produced guidelines for first aid as well as resuscitation.

Part of these new guidelines covers First Aid for Traumatic Injuries.

This comes in three parts.
Control of bleeding

Haemostatic dressings

Use of a tourniquet

We have taken these three elements to formulate a training course based on the following 2016 HSE guidance:

“The recent European Resuscitation Council review of a number of first aid protocols suggests there is a need in certain circumstances for first aid kits to contain haemostatic dressings and tourniquets. The view of HSE is that the inclusion of these items is based on your First Aid Needs Assessment.

Where your needs assessment has identified a requirement for tourniquets and/or haemostatic dressings you should make sure:

  • Your haemostatic dressings are always in date;
  • Workplace first aiders are trained by a competent provider in when to apply a tourniquet and the correct technique to use. For example, competent training providers should be teaching clinical protocols as described by the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care; and,
  • Workplace first aiders have training in when and how a haemostatic dressing is applied.

Examples of sectors that may benefit from additional training in the use of tourniquets based on RIDDOR data include construction, agriculture, forestry and some aspects of manufacturing.“

This Is The Training Course for High-Risk Category Workers

It’s OK having the first aid kit and all the body armour with safety aids galore, but not knowing what to do in a tragedy is a totally different matter,.

“All the gear and no idea”

Imagine this, You hear a scream, a horrible shout, blood-curdling yell, the sound of a horrific human noise, you drop everything and rush to the scene.

Your workmate or friend, is on their knees, covered in blood, they fall on the floor, lifeblood pumping out, soaking away into the ground where they lay…..possibly bleeding to death. – It is only a matter of time.

It takes vital seconds for you to grasp the situation and you know your fast effective action can save his life.

In all honesty, do you really know what to do in an emergency situation?

Let’s be real, even if you have done your health and safety course – can you stop catastrophic bleeding? – even if you have a first aid kit, do you know how to use the stuff in there? because bandages and plasters are unlikely to help a sliced artery.

When, or if, you did your First Aid at Work Course, did you learn how to deal with real trauma? Did the course cover catastrophic bleeding?

FAW courses don’t always deal with that higher level of risk such as severe bleeding caused by a chain saw, severing a limb in a farming incident, arterial bleed as a result of a knife or glass attack.

This is your opportunity

We are running a training course to specifically deal with this trauma.
How to use the right equipment and medical disposables that will stop catastrophic bleeding.

You will be taught the very same methods, of stopping the bleeding, using haemostatic dressings and a tourniquet, used by the military in battle ….and they don’t waste time!

It is a three-hour course, we don’t do chalk n’ talk, no boring PowerPoint presentations, we get stuck in, hands-on and deliver a very enjoyable session.

Tourniquet training. The different types of tourniquets, what they can do and what they can’t do. When to use a tourniquet and why use a tourniquet – this can be the difference between life and death.
Haemostatic dressing. These should be in every first aid kit where there is a risk of severe bleeding. What is a haemostatic dressing?, what do they do that ordinary bandages don’t.

Train and practice now, because you will have to get it right if someone is seriously bleeding and the instructions don’t make sense!

Please call Peter Yexley on 033 333 92223