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2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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There are certain things that all businesses should have prepared, and proper first aid preparation is one of them! We here at SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties have comprised a list of first aid basics for the workplace that everyone should know/have!

First Aid Kit

A safety kit is something that every business should have. You never know when an emergency is going to happen, so you want to be prepared in case it does. There are several essentials that each emergency kit should contain. First, assorted bandages. If someone gets cut/has a wound bandages prevent dirt and debris from getting into the wound causing an infection that will prevent healing. Sterilization and ointment should also be in your kit to clean wounds/cuts. Protection such as latex gloves and resuscitation masks are important additions to your kits because it does not help the situation if the person performing the first aid gets infected.  

Know the Heimlich Maneuver

The Heimlich maneuver is supposed to help someone who is choking in a foreign object. First, ask the victim if they are chocking; in an emergency, the person will usually not be able to talk.


Nosebleeds are quite common in both children and adults. You can help someone with a nosebleed by encouraging them to pinch their nostrils closed for several minutes allowing the broken vein in nose to close. Tilting the individuals head back can make the nosebleed worse.

Cardiac Compressions

The American Heart Association is the best resource to learn how to do cardiac compressions. Simply put, the American Heart Association does not mandate everyone learning the rescue breathing aspect of CPR. However, when it comes to compressions all you have to do is put your hands over the victims hear and push to the beat of “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees which is roughly 100 compression/min. For proper CPR training have an individual in your office or business become trained in CPR through the American Heart Association! Cardiac compressions are a simple technique that can mean the difference between life and death. Consider these facts from the American Heart Association:

  • Bystander CPR can increase the victim’s chance of survival by as much as 300.
  • It takes roughly 8-12 minutes for an ambulance to arrive on the scene.
  • 88% of all cardiac arrests do not happen in a hospital or healthcare facility and nowhere near healthcare professionals.

Stop Heavy Bleeding

If an individual is heavily bleeding their body in unable to form a clot on its own so they could bleed out. You can stop the bleeding by putting pressure on the wound. Raising the wounded limb over the heart will also help to slow down the bleeding.

If you own a commercial property, you are responsible for what happens there. Make sure you are prepared for an emergency at any time!

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