Detailing a summary of treatment administered between the first aider and healthcare practitioners aids successful ongoing care.
Incidents requiring first aid often occur out of the blue. It can be difficult to both act and remember every detail. Here we outline what is important to help you focus on the key information to handover to the medical practitioners.
- Casualty details
- Brief description of incident or illness
- Signs & symptoms
- Vital signs
- Medical history/Medication
- Any other relevant information
- To assist with diagnosis
- To assist with treatment
- In case the patient becomes unconscious
Try and document as you go
Use Ambulatory Care Report ACR form if available
Follow directions on form
Ensure information is:
Keep copy for yourself
Keep it safe and confidential
Health & Safety Authority
Guidance on the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences) Regulations 2016
The Ambulatory Care Report
The Ambulatory Care Report (ACR) Information Standard consists of the set of data elements about the patient which include but are not exclusive to: name and address, date of birth, venue, location, care management, chief complaint and patient disposition
To collect event data on the patient who primarily requires first-aid and capture of data if additional care is required. This will:
1. Facilitate strategic planning primarily for voluntary and auxiliary organisations.
2. Provide a link in the continuum of patient care across all voluntary and auxiliary organisations in the event of patient handover to another licensed Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) provider.
3. Provide a platform for clinical audit.
4. Inform research into new skill, services/equipment.
The Ambulatory Care Report (ACR) is the principal source for patient data captured at events.
The two page copy of an ACR is avialble to download at -