Since 2017, the Health and Safety Executive have stated that employers may wish to include tourniquets, haemostatic dressings or both in their first aid kits in certain circumstances. The inclusion of these items would be determined as part of the employer’s first aid needs assessment and would generally be required in high risk industries where there is a risk of catastrophic bleeding (i.e. bleeding which is likely to cause death within minutes). Where these items have been identified as required, an employer must ensure that employees receive appropriate training as the items should be used only by those who have been specifically trained in their correct use. Further information regarding this change can be found here.

Our practical and interactive Catastrophic Bleeding and the Use of Tourniquets and Haemostatic Dressings course is designed to provide delegates with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively control and stop a catastrophic bleed with the use of pressure dressings, tourniquets and haemostatic dressings. As well as being able to identify a catastrophic bleed, by the end of the course delegates will have also had the opportunity to practice the use of the dressings available to them in their own workplaces to ensure confidence in their correct use.

Delegates who successfully complete the course will receive an HSF Training Ltd certificate of attendance.

This course is usually delivered over 2-3 hours, dependent on the nature and number of the dressings to be used as part of the practical elements. We currently offer the Catastrophic Bleeding and the use of Tourniquets and Haemostatic Dressings course at clients’ premises, either as a stand alone course or in combination with one of our First Aid at Work training sessions. Please contact us for more information or to discuss costs for this training.