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Knowing what to do if something goes wrong

Guidance for managing incidents, including advice on first aid

Planning can help prevent many incidents but it is inevitable within the Scouts that people will become ill or will have been in contact with COVID-19, It’s key to know how you and your team will respond if something does happen and make sure everyone involved understands this as there may be differences from how you usually operate.

There's nothing to stop anyone from giving first aid when it's required during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a few simple precautions you can take which will reduce the risk of cross infection between both the injured/ill person, and the first aider. Everyone should remember that the priority is to preserve life, and the risk of infection is relatively small compared to the certainty of death if an individual requires CPR and doesn't receive it.

Things to consider

The key considerations will include:

  • What first aid provision is in place? Have leaders got up to date training? Has equipment been checked? Have leaders reviewed the current guidance on how to administer first aid during COVID-19?
  • Is the space being used accessible by emergency services in the event of an incident?
  • Do you have sufficient contact information and means to make calls if needed?
  • Have you got sufficient adults to manage an incident?
  • What happens once an adult has provided first aid treatment?
  • In all circumstances, the What to do in an emergency (purple card) should be followed.