What is the role of the College First Aider?

Unsure of what a College First Aider can help with? The main aim of a First Aider is to help with the initial management of any injury or illness and to keep someone safe until they can see a doctor or health professional or get to hospital.

They are not able to give tablets or medicines to treat illness.

Here’s a quick checklist of what they do:

  • Manage the incident and ensure the continuing safety of themselves, bystanders and the casualty
  • Assess casualties and find out the nature & cause of their injuries
  • Arrange for further medical help or other emergency services to attend
  • If trained, prioritise casualties based upon medical need
  • Provide appropriate first aid treatment as trained
  • If able, make notes/observations of casualties
  • Provide a handover when further medical help arrives
  • Fill out any paperwork as required

The first aider may also be able to provide immediate, lifesaving, medical care before the arrival of further medical help. This could include performing procedures such as:

  • Placing an unconscious casualty into the recovery position
  • Performing Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Using an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Stopping bleeding using pressure and elevation
  • Keeping a fractured limb still

If you think you need a First Aider at any time – please ask your lecturer in the first instance.

Otherwise you can also call the numbers below from any college landline.

Falkirk Ext. 3500

Stirling Ext. 3502

Alloa Ext. 3501

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