Sorry Sniper, that’s not correct. Illegality doesn’t venture into it however they way to keep yourself safe is to only practice what you have been taught.I may be wrong however my job keeps me bang up to date with all things first aid and to the best of my belief it is still illegal outside the emergency services ie Air Ambulance, Paramedics, hospital A&E Units, and the military to use this stuff.
Depends on your Trust I suppose however the IHCD FPOS – Int. course (Updated protocols and manual May 2010) includes the use of tourniquet to control catastrophic bleeds and at basic level has also updated its ABC’s to C ABC, the initial check in the Primary Survey at that level being for Catastrophic Bleeding before Airway.I dont mean banned as in you cant buy it, I mean banned as in hospitals and ambulance services have ordered their employees not to use it. I cant use it even if I wanted to and I do hold a professional registration.
I totally and utterly agree 100% with that sentiment. It is blatantly obvious by way of some of the equipment being touted as “must haves” in first aid kits on here and some of the techniques being discussed such as self-stitching of wounds that some, not all, people are living in a dangerous fantasy land.My concern …snip…. is that civilians will emulate soldiers and military medics and use them without training, skill or knowledge as a first option, rather than a last option
Hi, thanks for the advice. It's tempting to add one more of this, or one more of that, but then it would soon get too big an easily go beyond my intended use. The pair I included are the thick heavy duty type. I use the same gloves almost daily in the workshop and have found them to be very durable.Bushblade
Just a suggestion, from personal experience (use around 10 pairs a day) it would be worth having at least three nitrile gloves, preferably two pairs, the reason for this being that I tend to find that if ive only got one pair to hand (excuse the pun) i usually end up tearing one of the gloves.
Nitrile are tough, however when they tear they end up pretty much disintegrating, leaving you with one unprotected hand. If your really eager to use universal precautions when dealing with someone else, which i would thoroughly reccomend then keep more than one pair with you.
That's a good point. Not all nitrile gloves are the same. Those found in hospitals are very thin and friable, but they are made to be a thin as possible to allow the palpation of veins and wotnot (...and hospital gloves are probably also the cheapest you can get). I have used nitrile gloves from B&Q and found them to be much thicker and more durable. Not so good for putting in IV lines, but ideal for a general duty outdoor first aid kit....The pair I included are the thick heavy duty type.