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Health and Safety Directorate

First Aid

Adult basic life support Guidelines

High-quality chest compressions

  • Start chest compressions as soon as possible.
  • Deliver compressions on the lower half of the sternum (‘in the centre of the chest’).
  • Compress to a depth of at least 5 cm but not more than 6 cm at a rate of 100-120 a minute.

Rescue breaths

  • If you are trained to do so, after 30 compressions, provide 2 rescue breaths.
  • Alternate between providing 30 compressions and 2 rescue breaths.
  • If you are unable or unwilling to provide ventilations, give continuous chest compressions.

Administration of First Aid Guidance

Information and Guidance on Ambulance Wait Times

Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers a controlled electric shock through the chest to the heart, via two electrodes that are fixed to the casualty’s chest. The AED is able to detect the rhythm of the heart and it can deliver a shock that can restore normal heart rhythm.

Automated External Defibrillators Guidance 

AED (defibrillator) Locations

 How to summon First Aid assistance:

  1. Information on how you can treat injuries yourself can be found on the NHS UK and QMUL Health & Safety Directorate web sites.
  2. Dial Security on 3333 and request that a Building Based First Aider call you with advice. This is likely to be done via MS Teams
  3. Dial the NHS non-emergency help line on 111. However, this line will be extremely busy and there is likely to be a long queue.
  4. In the event of life threatening emergency situations dial 999 and request an ambulance. Inform Security by calling them on 3333 and ask them to meet the ambulance and escort the paramedic’s to you. Send a colleague to wait outside the building to meet with Security and the paramedic’s

Building Based First Aiders List can also be contacted directly for advice on email or via MS Teams

How to call for an ambulance

Further First Aid information:

Primary Legislation and Key Contacts:

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

For advice and assistance at QMUL, contact the H&S Manager / Advisor for your Faculty / PS or the subject lead

All HSD staff can be contacted via the HSD Helpdesk.


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