Management of procedures and reactions following first aid
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Management of procedures and reactions following first aid

Rick Dean Part-time registered nurse, North Bristol NHS Trust, Clinical governance team, St John Ambulance Devon
Joe Mulligan Head of first aid education, British Red Cross, London

Registered nurses may fear that offering first aid will expose them to legal action and emotional stress. The final article of this series emphasises the importance of accurate record-keeping and provides advice on co-operating with legal procedures, including providing information to other professionals, obtaining consent and reporting a death. Providing emergency first aid can be an emotional experience. This article offers advice on coping after the incident, and reflection as a means of allowing nurses to assess their actions and resolve any issues.

Nursing Standard. 24, 11, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.


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