First Aid for Cyclists Level 2 (VTQ)

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Face Shields in First Aid

Importance and Types

Face shields are essential for protection against hazardous substances during rescue breaths:

  • Simple and Effective: Prevent contact with vomit, blood, or other substances.
  • Chest Compressions Only: If unable to give rescue breaths, perform chest compressions.

Main Types of Face Shields

Face shields come in two main types, each with specific features:

  • Filter Paper Type: Requires blowing through a filter paper or one-way valve.
  • One-Way Valve Type: Allows squeezing the nose and ensures no contact with substances.

Both types often come with a pouch and keyring for convenience and are included in BSI first-aid kits.

Pocket Masks

Another effective type of face shield is the pocket mask:

  • Seal and Ventilation: Seals around the face, allowing ventilation through a one-way valve.
  • Usage: Comes in a plastic case, with an elastic strap to secure around the patient's head.
  • Additional Features: Includes a one-way valve and oxygen port for use with available oxygen.

Pocket masks provide a secure seal and are ideal for ventilating patients effectively.


Face shields are single-use only and should be disposed of safely after use to prevent contamination:

  • Ensure proper disposal in accordance with medical waste guidelines.

Understanding the types and proper use of face shields in first aid is crucial for protecting both rescuers and patients.