First aid information changes so often yesterday’s sure thing can turn out to be today’s old wives’ tale. If workers are going by conventional wisdom, they may be working with bad information.
Have your people take this quiz to determine whether they can tell first aid fact from outdated info.
- In case of a sprained ankle, you should leave the shoe on to keep down swelling and act as a splint.
- Cleaning wounds with tap water works better than disinfectants like rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
- To stop severe bleeding, strap a tourniquet around an injured limb.
- In case of a nosebleed, tilt the head back while pinching the nose and hold for at least five minutes.
- False. Removing the shoe allows you to see how bad the sprain is and apply ice to the injury. A bandage will provide more compression than a shoe anyway.
- True. Plain old tap water is actually the most effective way to clean a wound. Disinfectants don’t do a very good job of killing germs and they may damage healthy tissue.
- False. Tourniquets can do more harm than good if they’re not applied by experts. Instead, apply firm hand pressure using a clean cloth or gauze pad directly on the wound.
- False. Leaning back doesn’t help stop the nosebleed — it only keeps your shirt clean while increasing the risk of ingesting blood. Lean forward while pinching the nose just below the ridge.
Supervisors Safety Bulletin, Feb. 6, 2012.
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