First Aid at Work Level 3 (VTQ) - Online Blended Part 1

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Aspirin and the Aspod

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Aspirin Use for Heart Attacks: Important Guidelines

1. HSE Clarification

Understand the HSE's stance on aspirin administration:

  • The HSE acknowledges inconsistencies in aspirin administration training on FAW courses.
  • Medication administration is typically not part of standard first aid courses (FAW or EFAW).
  • An exception is made for first aid training specific to heart attacks, where students must learn to assist casualties in taking 300 mg of aspirin and advise them to chew it (not swallow).

2. The Role of Aspirin in Heart Attack Prevention

Recognize the significance of aspirin in heart attack prevention:

  • Aspirin is a highly cost-effective drug in the prevention of heart attacks.
  • Low-dose aspirin is now a standard component in managing heart disease patients.
  • When taken during a heart attack, aspirin can reduce clot size and disperse platelets, potentially reducing the death rate by 20-25%.
  • Aspirin has beneficial effects beyond clotting, offering the potential to reduce heart damage if taken early during an attack.

3. Using Aspirin During a Heart Attack

Learn how to administer aspirin effectively during a heart attack:

  • Individuals at risk of a heart attack, especially those over 50, are advised to carry aspirin tablets.
  • In case of severe chest pain, individuals should chew and swallow an aspirin tablet immediately while calling 999.
  • Chewing aspirin allows for quicker absorption into the bloodstream, enhancing its effectiveness.
  • Do not swallow soluble aspirin tablets whole.

4. Offering Aspirin to Patients

Understand the approach to offering aspirin:

  • Aspirin cannot be forced upon patients; it must be offered.
  • The HSE accepts workplace settings as a valid context for offering medication to patients.

5. The Importance of Aspod

Discover the convenience of Aspod for carrying aspirin:

  • Carrying aspirin can be challenging, and tablets may become damaged or damp, rendering them ineffective.
  • Aspods offer a practical solution, allowing easy and secure aspirin storage.
  • Visit our shop to learn more about acquiring an Aspod.
Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit four LO3.1, 3.2 & 3.3