Essay about P4 Fire Safety and Choking

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In health and social care there are a lot of procedures and precautions put into place so that accidents don’t occur, but no matter how careful organisations are with these kind of incidents there is no way really of preventing them. In health and social care a lot of risk assessments are taken to make sure the place is safe but obviously there is still a few things that are unstable or accidents like this wouldn’t occur. The staff’s duty then is to work out what happened and how to minimise the risk of it happening again. An emergency is often unexpected, not planned, dangerous and sometimes life threatening. Some incidents that can occur include: fires, floods, exposure to infection, and exposure to chemicals, intruders, aggressive and …show more content…
Hopefully by the time firemen appear most if not all residents should be out of the building so that firemen can go straight away and put out the fire. Staff members should be doing head counts to make sure that everyone is out of the building. This is where it is very important for all staff to know if any staff or residents have went out for the day to go on a day trip or to see family. If staff do not know this they may risk theirs or a fireman’s life looking for someone that is not even in the building. Choking

Choking is caused by a foreign object that gets stuck in the throat and restricts airflow. Most often, choking is the result of someone getting food stuck in the windpipe, or commonly in children, it occurs when toys, coins, or other small objects become stuck in the throat or windpipe. Choking can also occur as a result of injury trauma, drinking alcohol, disease, or from swelling after a severe allergic reaction.

Choking means that a person is unable to breathe or speak because the throat or windpipe is completely obstructed. Without first aid, the lack of airflow can cause serious brain damage or even death by asphyxiation. If you think someone is choking, here's what to do.

Make sure the person is choking. It is important to be able to distinguish between partial and total airway obstruction. If a person is not truly choking, and has partial airway obstruction, you are better off letting him cough to remove the obstruction himself.

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