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I'm with you on this one Glenn.  I do not believe first aiders should be giving aspirin.  If a patient has signs and symptoms of an MI, are you sure that they would be able to correctly answer the questions about contra-indications?  Someone who is suffering intense pain, shortness of breath and is very frightened would not be thinking straight.  Also - are you absolutely sure that ALL first aiders would remember to ask the relevant questions? I have an excellent team of first aiders here and we have 6 internal refresher training sessions every year but I do not allow them to give aspirin (or any other medication for that matter).
 
Lynda
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From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Glenn Raybone
Sent: 13 January 2009 16:52
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Subject: Re: [OCC-HEALTH] Aspirin used in first aid

just giving my two pence worth from working in Coronary Care!
 
I wouldn't trust some of the public (first aiders included) to give out toffees let alone drugs
 
Glenn
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