2.1: Minimising the risk of infection

HandwashingMinimising the risk of infection

To Assist in minimising the risk of infection and cross contamination there are various precautions that can be taken such as:

  • Having good personal hygiene
  • Ensuring that barrier devices are used
  • Covering any open cuts or sores
  • Minimising contact with blood or bodily fluids
  • washing hands thoroughly after removing gloves


Barrier Devices

Barrier devices help to eradicate the spreading of infection and cross contamination. Barrier devices as their name suggests, place a barrier between the first aider and the casualty. Barrier devices include:

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    First Aid pocket mask
    First Aid pocket mask
  • paediatric pocket masks





First-aid equipment 

whenever infants and children are in your care there must always be a comprehensive first aid kit available. First aid kits should always be taken on outings and trips and also fitted in vehicles when they are being used to transport infants and children. The contents of the first aid kit will be dependent on the assessment of first-aid needs that should be conducted. Considerations should include the number of infants or children, their age and ability, previous history of accidents and proposed or planned activities.

The British Standards Institute (BSI) launched the new workplace First Aid Kit (BS8599)

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You can purchase a BS8599 Compliant First Aid kit HERE

The first aider should regularly check the first aid box, ensuring that its suitably stocked and items are in date and undamaged.



When taking infants and children on outings or on trips, carers should take essential records and equipment such as accident report forms, next of kin emergency contact telephone numbers and a charged mobile phone.