All our First Aid instructors deliver training that addresses what to do for all genders. It is standard practice when discussing defibrillators, to talk about chest preparation prior to pad placement, which should include bra removal if there is suspicion of it being under wired.
However, as the Resusci Anne dolls we use for practising using a defib correctly, are decidedly flat chested, it is important this topic is addressed to build confidence in CPR training and practice how to apply a defib to individuals that are not flat chested.
We have also created a flyer to give all delegates to highlight this issue.
In our first aid training we also address and debunk the worries delegates raise in relation to being sued or accused of assault because of delivering lifesaving actions. Whilst it is theoretically possible for a first aider to be sued under UK civil / criminal law, for assault, this has been tested in court and has always failed as it doesn’t meet the public interest test for a lay person doing a good deed.
For you to be successfully sued you would have to leave the person you are helping in a worse condition than when you found them. This is extremely unlikely because in a cardiac arrest the person will die if not treated.
Jason says “One of my scariest training conversations happened in a learning environment where a male teacher talked about ‘safeguarding issues’ in exposing a female pupil’s chest. Excellent and up to date trainers and training practices should be well equipped to inform and educate around this issue. There is no excuse for not having the conversation.”