First aid

Defibrillators on campus

In partnership with the British Heart Foundation and the London Ambulance Service the School acquired 6 automated external defibrillators (AED) for campus.  A defibrillator is used in circumstances where a person’s heart goes into ventricular fibrillation (VF) which is a disruption to the heart’s electrical activity causing the heart to beat chaotically preventing it from pumping blood around the body.  A person in VF can suddenly collapse and lose consciousness. A defibrillator is used to deliver an electric shock to restore the heart to normal rhythm.

 The defibrillator units are located in the following areas:

1. Old Building –Security store next to reception counter

2. NAB – store behind Security reception (LIF side)

3. Library – behind main reception counter ground floor (in security cabinet)

4. Tower 1 – Security reception – (in cupboard behind reception desk)

5. Saw Swee Hock Building - Student Union Gym

6. 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields – between Security reception desk in Pavilion.

You don't need to be a trained first-aid or medical professional to use the AED as the device uses voice prompts and visual indicators to guide the assistor through the resuscitation sequence that may include both defibrillation and CPR.

It is essential that defibrillation i.e. a shock is delivered as soon as possible. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, the chances of survival decrease by 14 percent. Research shows that applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chance of survival. 

The School provides training to staff on how to administer CPR and use an AED (see the Training System for sessions).

Other first-aid provision

The School has a duty as an employer to assess its requirements for first aid, and ensure that there is adequate provision to meet those requirements.

There are two categories of first-aiders:

  • A designated 'first-aider' who holds a current first aid at work certificate
  • An appointed person who has received training (normally a one-day course) on the emergency treatment of casualties and who will be able, in the absence of a designated first aider, to take charge of a situation, e.g. make sure an ambulance is called, administer resuscitation or control bleeding, place the casualty in the recovery position.

See current first aiders working on campus (PDF) 

The School aims to maintain a ratio of one qualified first-aider for every 50 employees during core times. The security team will have at least one qualified first-aider on duty for every shift, who can be summoned by dialling 666.  Safety coordinators should record the names of the first-aiders for their building in their department's Local Policy Statement. As a minimum each department should have access to an appointed person at all times. A sufficient number of persons will be nominated to ensure that there is cover for leave, sickness and other absences.

In the event of an injury or ill health, the first-aider in the building or nearby buildings should be summoned in the first instance. If, these first-aiders are not available that the security team should be contacted.

Residences and Catering Services Division will make separate provision for first aid in the Halls. The names of qualified first-aiders in the Halls and their contact details will be posted in the reception of each residence. 

Line managers and supervisors should cooperate with the School's First Aid arrangements by assisting in the recruitment of First Aid volunteers and releasing staff to attend training and perform their duties as first-aiders.

The Health and Safety Team organise training for first-aiders.

Safety coordinators will ensure that their department has a sufficiently stocked first-aid box. They or another nominated person should be tasked with ensuring that the contents of the first-aid boxes are replenished as and when necessary.

A notice should be posted in a prominent position giving details of the name and location of first-aiders and / or appointed persons along with the location of the first-aid box.

What should a first-aid box contain?

It depends on how many people the first-aid box serves but as a  minimum the first-aid box must contain:

  • A leaflet (PDF) giving general guidance on first aid 
  • 20 individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings (plasters) in assorted sizes
  • 2 sterile eye pads
  • 4 individually wrapped triangular bandages (preferably sterile)
  • 6 safety pins
  • 6 medium-sized (approximately 12cm x 12cm) individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressings
  • 2 large (approximately 18cm x 18cm) sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings
  • 1 pair of disposable gloves
  • 1 resuscitation face shield

(First-aid boxes can also contain additional items such as scissors, adhesive tape, disposable aprons and individually wrapped moist wipes.)

First-aid boxes used in catering kitchens and areas preparing food must contain blue plasters.  First-aid kits for catering kitchens may also contain burn dressings and cool packs.

If mains tap-water is not readily available for eye irrigation, sealed disposable containers of sterile water or sterile normal saline can be kept in the first-aid box.  But these should not be used once the seal is broken or beyond their  expiry date.

The first-aid box should not contain any medication, tablets, creams or ointment.