Complete a preliminary assessment, if possible, while maintaining social distancing (currently > 2 metres).
The preliminary assessment to involve the screening questions for COVID-19.
Many of these patients could provide self help under direction from the first aider, thus maintaining social distancing. The first aider should encourage ‘supervised self help’ (from a safe distance) i.e. instruct the patient to wash a minor wound and then apply a plaster to themselves. The successful application of this model of care will reduce the requirement to don PPE every time a person enquires about a minor injury etc.
No PPE is required, therefore, provided that social distancing is maintained. Follow FAR CPGs when advising care provision.