Being a security officer is a great responsibility. It means more than simply wearing a staff shirt and telling people what to do. Security officers are tasked with the safety of those around them. As such, there are certain first aid safety tips that every security officer needs to know. Here are three of the most important.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR
CPR is undoubtedly one of the important protocols for any security officer to know. The principles behind CPR serve as a baseline for nearly all other first-aid principles. CPR can revive an individual from very serious conditions, including cardiac arrest. It can also keep blood flowing to the brain in the case of severe head injuries.
Spinal Head Injury Management
It is often the case that a security officer will be the only one with medical expertise on the scene of an accident. In this case, a security officer should definitely know how to manage a suspected head or spine injury. In many cases, the injured party is saved by the proper management of the situation. Security officer should be well-versed in procedures to reduce further injury to an affected party until professional help arrives.
The most common injury that a security guard will be faced with is bleeding. Severe bleeding, however can be quite a serious injury if it is not properly handled. A security guard should be able to stop profuse bleeding with the tools provided in a common first aid kit. Injuries that begin with just a little bleeding can escalate into more serious events without proper management. No injury of this sort should be taken lightly. It is the job of the security guard to ensure the safety of everyone at an event, no matter how small an injury may seem on the surface.
Although the procedures above are the most basic and vital of all first-aid procedures, the education of a security guard should not stop there. The nature of security is that unexpected events can and will happen at the worst possible time. Security guards are the front line defense against serious injury as well as possible legal ramifications should an events company be held responsible for an injury on site.