(10 True/False questions with explanations)
Your first action when dealing with a minor injury is to clean it.
FALSE: Your first action is always to check for dangers.
Before starting to assess or treat a minor injury you need to gain consent from the patient?
TRUE: Minor Injuries are not life threatening, and the patient is well enough to understand and answer.
After removing a splinter, the next thing to do is to squeeze the area to force blood out?
TRUE: This helps to expel bacteria that may have been driven deep inside the wound.
An ice pack wrapped in a cloth can be held against a minor injury to help reduce swelling?
TRUE: Cooling for 10 minutes can help reduce swelling. If necessary, let the skin return to normal temperature before re-applying.
Scalds should be held under running cold water for a maximum of 10 minutes.
FALSE: Burns and scalds need to be cooled under running cold water for 20 minutes
Blisters from a burn should not be burst but covered with a plaster.
FALSE: Do not cover burned skin with a plaster. After cooling, blistered areas should be covered with a non-adhesive dressing to protect it.
Small cuts and grazes should be washed to prevent infection.
TRUE: Leaving dirt in a wound increases the likelihood of it becoming infected, so clean the wound at the earliest opportunity
If a wound that still has blood flowing from it, then wash it to prevent infection.
FALSE: If the wound is so bad that blood is flowing, your priority is to stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure. The blood will have carried a lot of bacteria away with it.
The First Aid box needs to be checked regularly so that all items are still above the minimum stock level needed, are still properly sealed, and are within date?
TRUE: There needs to be a management regime for the First Aid box.
Minor injuries DO NOT need to be reported in the Accident book, just cases likely to result in RIDDOR.
FALSE: Minor injuries should be reported so that management can identify an increased risk to employees.
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