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  • 26 Nov 2011 12:18 AM | Anonymous member
    Airway Management by Tony Clough




    Airway Management by Tony Clough

    A majority of preventable deaths occur because of obstructions to the airway. These obstructions can take place at any point within the respiratory system. One of the basic topics taught on a first aid course is ‘Airway Management’ - this topic can make you aware of airway problems and show you how to deal with them.

    When unconscious you lose muscle tone; your tongue or any foreign body such as food, vomit or even saliva can become a hazard to the upper airway. If DRAB is followed by the first aider there is a chance to save a life.

    Airway Management

    D - Danger; the first person on scene must first protect themselves. Often, when I was in the fire service, we would attend incidents where one casualty had been reported, by the time we arrived there were several. It’s human nature to help someone in distress and, in the heat-of-the-moment it can be easy for rescuers to get caught up in the moment and do something at the cost of their own safety. If it is too dangerous do not attempt any first aid but, do make an emergency call to the emergency services.

    Tip: if you have access to a pair of protective rubber gloves put them on before commencing any first aid. This helps protect you from cross infection but it also gives you time to compose yourself, see any possible dangers, observe the mechanics-of-injury and look at the Vital signs of the casualty.

    R - Response; while approaching the patient their conscious level should be challenged by using the Alert, Voice, Pain, Unresponsive (AVPU) Scale.

    Alert – Someone with an airway and breathing can communicate. Try to strike up a conversation, “Hello, I’m Tony, a first aider; can I help you?” - You’re hoping to have a two-way-conversation.

    Voice – If the patient does not converse try to get them to respond to a voice command; “Can you open your eyes? Open your eyes?” – You want to see them open their eyes or if they are already open you want to see them tracking you.

    Pain – if they continue to falter, by administering controlled pain you will confirm the conscious level of the patient; Tap both shoulders and ask, “Can you feel this?” – If that fails, squeeze and dig your finger-nails into the top of the ears and ask the patient, “Can you feel this?” – The normal reaction is move away or defend yourself from pain; if there is no reaction then you can diagnose your patient as being;

    Unresponsive – if your patient has failed to show they are alert; or able to respond to a voice command; or not shown any reaction to pain stimuli, then they are not responding and classed as Unresponsive. If you are the only one at scene shout, “HELP!! Can someone help; we need some help over here please!!” – It’s not time to call the emergency services yet but the patient has a problem and you may need the help of a passerby.

    A - Airway – an airway can easily become compromised when the patient has lost consciousness. If you can see, quite clearly that the patient is breathing do not move them just monitor them; moving them could make any injuries to their ‘C’ Spine worse (area of spine in the neck). If you have any doubts about the normality of the patients breathing you must first Check and then make the airway.

    If you swam under water for any distance, the first thing you do when resurfacing would be to take a deep breath. Likewise, if a patient has lain for a while with a compromised airway the first thing they would do when their airway is opened is take a deep breath to get air into their oxygen starved bodies. Any foreign objects in the mouth or airway would travel inwards with a 50/50 chance entering either, the stomach or entering and blocking the airway. To take away this 50% chance of blocking the airway it is best practice to move the head to the neutral position (Bruce Forsythe position – head slightly back with chin raised) and open the mouth by pulling the jaw down. Take a visual look inside and remove anything you may see – do not blind sweep the mouth with your fingers as you could force any foreign object down the throat.

    Once you’re happy the airway is clear you can then open the airway by performing the HEAD-TILT-CHIN-LIFT movement. Your tongue can become a foreign object when you are unresponsive and fall back over the airway to alleviate this you need to put the palm of your hand on their forehead and tilt the head back as far as it will slide (HEAD-TILT) and then grab hold of the chin with your other hand and pull it up (CHIN-LIFT).

    Tip: Move your own jaw forward to make your bottom set of teeth more prominent of your top set of teeth – hold your chin while you do this and feel how your jaw is moving – this is how you should move the patients jaw. The back of the jaw (the mandible) is connected to the tongue and by pulling the jaw forward in this way the tongue is physically moved away from the airway.

    B - Breathing; the final part of the HEAD-TILT-CHIN-LIFT manoeuvre is to put your head in a position where you can LOOK down the chest of the patient. Ideally your ear needs to be near their nose and mouth so you can LISTEN for breathing and your cheek should be close enough to FEEL their breath; known as Look, Listen and Feel.

    In this position and continuing the Head-tilt-chin-lift, you ‘Look, Listen and Feel’ for a maximum of 10-seconds; you want to register two to three normal breaths. If you have any doubts about the normality of the breathing and you have previously diagnosed your patient has being ‘Unresponsive’ you would now need someone to call for an ambulance; if there is no one else then you have to abandon the patient and do this yourself.

    If the patient can breathe normally during the head-tilt-chin-lift assisted 10-second observation you need to know if they can breathe ‘unassisted’ – keep their head tilted back but release the chin and observe them again for a further 10-seconds, asking yourself, “Can the casualty breathe normally?”

    If they continue to breathe normally then continue to check for any severe bleeds; treating any you find and then do a head-to-toe survey to see if you can find any other injuries that may need your attention.

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    Any unresponsive patient you have to leave on their own or, if their airway becomes compromised at any stage put them into the ‘Recovery’ position; sometimes know as the SODA position (Safe/Open/Draining/Airway). They need to be rolled onto their side with their head slightly tilted downwards and mouth opened to give them a draining airway – to stop saliva, vomit or even the tongue compromising the airway. Attending a first aid course will show you a simple easy method how to do this.

    DRAB is known as the ‘Primary Survey’ – it is the basic knowledge and skill everyone should learn and practice in any first aid situation. If you can keep yourself safe, and find out whether the casualty has an airway, and are able to breathe, and you know how to open and protect airways; this will help prevent many deaths.

    Until next time

    Tony Clough
    FIRST AID TRAINING Ltd
  • 25 Nov 2011 11:48 PM | Anonymous member

    First Aid - The Old vs. The New






    The Old vs. The New

    Looking around my desk for inspiration for December’s article, I saw my copy of the Revised 9th Edition First Aid Manual, the latest version, given to me on a course I am currently undertaking. This reminded me that I had a 4th Edition First Aid Manual, given to me by a friend having a clear-out, who found it, and subsequently passed it on to me. This gave me the idea to compare the instruction and ideas found in the 1982 copy with those found in the 2011 copy, written nearly thirty years later. Having read briefly through the 4th Edition, some of the ideas are perfectly recognisable as things we still teach and perform today, however, some techniques are totally alien! I have chosen a few areas of personal interest to examine and discuss.

    Firstly, the principles of first aid, and the responsibility of the first aider remain much the same, and whilst worded differently in the Revised 9th Edition, ultimately boil down to the three P’s – preserve life, prevent the condition worsening and promote recovery, just with a lot more emphasis on danger to the first aider in our 2011 edition.

    Resuscitation

    In the latest resuscitation guidelines, emphasis was put on maximising the time “on the chest,” i.e. performing chest compressions, and only giving rescue breaths if able to do so, however, in the 4th Edition First Aid Manual, three methods of artificial ventilation were given – mouth to mouth ventilation, the Holger Nielsen method, and the Silvester method, although it was advised that mouth to mouth ventilation was the most effective of the three, and should be used unless “There are severe facial injuries involving both the casualty’s mouth and nose; The casualty is trapped in a face-downwards position; There is recurrent vomiting; [There are ] Cases of poisoning where any contamination around the casualty’s mouth can affect the first aider. In 1982, pulse checks were also standard, with the first aider being encouraged to check firstly for breathing, and if absent, performing artificial ventilations, before checking for a carotid pulse. If the carotid pulse was absent, then a mixture of chest compressions and artificial ventilations were to be carried out, at a rate of 15:2, a ratio which did not change until the 2005 guideline update. Today, on first aid courses, we teach students to begin CPR and rescue breaths if the patient is not breathing normally (i.e. the breathing is agonal or absent), and perform “30:2,” compressions to rescue breaths. Also, in the 4th Edition, note the absence of any mention of AED’s, as they were not available “in the community” until the late 1980’s, and even then they were only to be used by highly-trained people, despite some ambulances carrying them before that. Even up until a few years ago, the use of the AED was limited to “trained personnel.”

    Levels of Response

    AVPU is a mnemonic widely used in first aid and ambulance settings today to give a good estimate of the level of response, for example, if your patient is semi-conscious, but can respond to questions, then they score a V, for voice. GCS, the Glasgow Coma Scale (1974), is another measure of the level of consciousness for a patient; however, this is more widely used by ambulance crews, and in the hospital setting. In 1982, the levels of responsiveness, which are “the stages through which a casualty may pass through during progression from consciousness to unconsciousness or vice versa,” are measured using the scale 1-6, with one being a casualty responding “normally to questions and conversation,” through to six, where the casualty does not respond at all, and is therefore unconscious. The use of pain was also advocated, the suggested method to pinch the skin on the back of the hand – something we, as first aiders, are not allowed to do today.

    Some techniques remain the same today as they were thirty years ago – the treatment for lower and upper leg fractures both still recommend applying broad fold and narrow fold triangular bandages if removal to hospital is going to be delayed, however, a fractured collar bone should now be treated with an arm sling, whereas the previous treatment was an elevation sling – this did not change until 2011. In 1982, Aspirin was not part of a first aider’s standard treatment for suspected heart attacks, but has been for as long as I have been involved in first aid, if not longer.

    My real point to writing this article is to show how first aid has developed, and is still developing, albeit maybe at a slower pace than we would hope. The truly lifesaving techniques are the simplest, and this fact should be highlighted – if they aren’t breathing, call 999, then push up and down on the centre of their chest, if they are unconscious, roll them on to their side and tilt their head back, if they are choking, hit them hard in between the shoulder blades.

    I believe that we, as a “profession,” should lose our obsession with exactly how to tie a dressing using a reef knot, precisely how to roll someone into the recovery position, etcetera. In the past six years I have been involved in first aid, I have noticed a very gradual shift towards simplifying first aid – for example, the loss of a circulation check, the loss of finding precisely where to compress the chest, and more recently, the three VAS’s have been campaigning for simple first aid awareness. I am all for progression – new techniques being introduced, research being carried out to prove, or disprove that the techniques we are currently performing benefit the patient, and for first aid to lose the stigma I believe it currently has, of being mystified and over-complicated.

    By Harry Decker – harry.decker@firstaidcentral.co.uk    

  • 25 Nov 2011 10:02 PM | Anonymous member

      Free online education




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    The CancerNursing.org learning site has been developed by UK registered charity, Nurse Learning (www.NurseLearning.org).

    The open learning site offers:

    • authoritative content written by expert health professionals;
    • a range of tests to allow learners to assess themselves on their understanding of course material;
    • links to, and information about, other valuable resources;
    • a constantly-updated series of frequently-asked questions and answers and a glossary of definitions of key terms;
    • the opportunity to send questions to course experts.

    You can find out more about what our learning site offers in the Courses area tour.

    The key benefits of CancerNursing.org courses are:

    • they are freely available to a global body of learners;
    • they are flexible: learners can engage in the courses, and assess their understanding, at their own pace and from anywhere that they enjoy an Internet connection;
    • they are authoritative and reliable, authored and developed by specialists in their field.
    The CancerNursing.org forum http://cancernursing.org/forums/index.asp is another great way to provide evidence for your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by taking part in discussions.

    Support CancerNursing.org



    The CancerNursing.org Team

    Ray Irving is responsible for the strategic development of CancerNursing.org. Ray is a graduate in Information Studies and has an MBA from the Open University. Ray works in the field of online teaching and learning at one of Europe's leading business schools, Warwick Business School.

    Mark Irving is responsible for ensuring the quality and consistency of CancerNursing.org courses. Mark is the co-ordinator and lead author of CancerNursing.org's first course, in Oesophageal Cancer. Mark qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1990 after training in Carlisle, in England. Mark has extensive experience of oncology nursing, and particular specialist experience in the nursing of patients with urological and gastrointestinal cancers.

    Stuart Sutherland is responsible for e-learning and learning environment design. Stuart has worked in the field of online teaching and learning at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick, researching and developing online learning resources, implementing e-learning for international groups of distance learners and training academic staff to take on the role of online tutor.



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    Thank you to Ray Irving of CancerNursing.org and the rest of the team for providing their courses which are advertised on the CPDme website for the benefit of our website visitors. Please let all your colleagues know about these courses and support the work of CancerNursing.org.

    The CPDme Team
  • 25 Nov 2011 9:11 PM | Anonymous member

      Tactical Medicine - Part 1



    Tactical Medicine:

    Part 1:   Is it just for tactical units?

    By Tim Wenzel

    What comes to your mind upon the mention of “Tactical Medicine?”  Is it tactical teams decked out in black kicking in doors, military units returning fire while dragging a casualty to safety, or is it the iconic figure of a wounded soldier lying on the ground, his rifle rooted by its bayonet; the medic hanging an IV on the butt of that rifle?  While these images all apply, is Tactical Medicine limited to these types of scenarios?  Is this type of training only useful to those who deliberately go into harm’s way? 

    I say “No.”  I believe that Tactical Medical training is just as relevant to street medics as it is to SWAT medics.  Let’s take a moment to think about this.  Look at this syllabus from Rescue Training Inc. (www.emtt.org.)

    • Roles of the Tactical Medic
    • Team Health / Extended Operations
    • Tactical Combat Casualty Care (2006 revised)
    • Immediate Reaction Team Concepts / Officer Rescue
    • Sports Medicine for the Tactical Athlete
    • Emergency Response to Terrorism
    • Medical Threat Assessment / Medical Intelligence
    • Tactical / SWAT Operations
    • Tactical Movement
    • Tactical Patient Assessment
    • Remote Assessment Methodology
    • Special Medical Gear
    • Hostage Survival
    • Advanced Tactical Airway
    • Light Discipline
    • Sleep / Wake Management
    • High Speed Tourniquet Application
    • Bleeding Control / Basic Suturing
    • Clandestine Drug Labs and Booby Traps
    • Medicine Across the Barricade / Telemedicine
    • Tactical Waterborne Activities
    • Ballistics/Forensics
    • WMD / CBRNE / CS Gas
    • Less-Lethal Weapons
    • Sensory Overload / Deprivation
    • Field Expedient Decontamination
    • ·         Riot Control Agents

    Each of these topics is useful knowledge for a street medic.  This syllabus can be broken down into three broad categories:

    • 1.       Tactical Mindset
    • 2.       Terrorism & Crime Scene Response
    • 3.       Working in a tactical or dynamic environment

    During this series we will explore these categories and their relevance to our workplace.

                     Tactical Medicine basically teaches medics to provide trauma care in a difficult and dynamic environment.  So what constitutes a difficult and dynamic environment?  How about a patient trapped in a crushed car or a grain bin?  Maybe someone caught in farm machinery?  How about when you walk into a house and realize it is a crime scene, or a dangerous domestic violence situation? 

    “Excuse me sir, could you just straighten out your arm for me, it would really make my job easier?” 

    “Ma’am, I know you are about to stop breathing but as soon as you are not upside down, we’ll be in business, just hang in there; uhh, no pun intended.” 

    “Whoa!  This scene is unsafe!  How about just forgetting I showed up?”

    When I got into the emergency medical field as an army medic, I never dreamed that I would find myself in two mass casualty situations, each netting more than twenty patients.  The truth is this.  On every shift we have a high probability of being placed in a difficult and dynamic situation.  That’s our job, to respond to EMERGENCIES.  Difficult and dynamic situations will happen regardless of our level of preparedness.  Let’s get some training that will help us perform efficiently and safely in this type of environment. 

    Tim Wenzel is a former US Army Medic and current Paramedic, who works in the Protective Security Industry.  His goal is to create an alliance between risk mitigation, protective services, and operational medical expertise; leaving nothing to chance.

  • 25 Nov 2011 8:20 PM | Anonymous member
      Dignity & Person Centered Care




    My name is Amanda Waring and I am an actress writer, filmmaker, campaigner and inspirational speaker and I am so pleased to be able to share the work that I do around dignity for the elderly and end of life care.

    When Sir Michael Parkinson interviewed me about my campaigning work on behalf of older people he urged everyone in the care sector to view my dignity awareness raising short film 'WHAT DO YOU SEE?'. My film stars Virginia McKenna and takes a journey through a day in the life of an elderly stroke victim who makes a silent but heartfelt plea for her carers to “look closer ..see me”. I made this film out of love and desperation and a conviction that I could make a difference.

    The desperation came at witnessing the inhumane care of my mother the actress Dame Dorothy Tutin who at the age of seventy was being treated for leukemia. As a daughter I witnessed first hand the devastating effect that the lack of compassionate care had on both her mind, body and spirit. To my horror she had been dismissed and ignored at every turn, as if she was invisible. Human contact was at its bare minimum with the demoralised staff hardly making eye contact. In that particular hospital compassion and interaction with the elderly was not seen as a priority. I was to witness many moments when older patients were treated rudely and with a lack of respect. I realised that you can receive good medical care but without good emotional care healing can be impaired.  To see such a vital woman - as my mother indeed was – crushed by this experience made me determined to move hospitals. Where thankfully she was seen as an individual rather than as part of a category.

    When Mama died I didn’t want to get bitter I wanted to take action. I was determined to make a film that would give a voice to the patient’s perspective, and be a powerful reminder to see beyond the age or disability of a person. I sold my flat in order to make WHAT DO YOU SEE? as it was too important to me not to be made. The film has a profound emotional impact with tears at every viewing, and I believe that often one personal story can convey much more than white papers or legislation can, for when people’s emotions are engaged then change can happen that much quicker. The influence and benefit of the film has spread through word of mouth and over a million people have been using it for trainings and inductions within care homes, NHS hospitals, PCTs, universities, dementia units, so that the message of this film can be implemented in a real and practical way. One hospital even shows the film in a dedicated room on a continual loop and I hope to have the film shown regularly in GP surgeries in the near future.

    In 2006 I showed WHAT DO YOU SEE? to health and social ministers and the Prime Minister urging for elder care to be addressed and the successful Dignity in Care campaign was created for which I am on the partnership board. I also belong to the professionals concerned for older people’s group (P.C.O.P) including Dr Jackie Morris, Sir George Castledine, Pat Duff and Rosemary Hurtley which is a lobbying group to ensure that elders are put at the heart of care and solutions pursued vigorously. There is so much work to be done.

    The journey with WHAT DO YOU SEE? has been extraordinary, it has been the focus of hundreds of conferences and championed by so many, prompting me to speak  regularly on tv and radio programmes. I have set up dignity events throughout the years and spoken around the world with my films highlighting positive care. My talks and workshops have covered dignity, end of life care, spirituality, and I have been blessed to meet the most inspirational doctors, nurses and carers. I am so grateful for the wonderful testimonials about the effectiveness of the film and my talks in re-inspiring others to care that I have continued to make more films. HOME, THE BIG ADVENTURE and NO REGRETS are short impactful training films that explore transitions into care homes, spirituality and emotional care at end of life and are used greatly in Britain to open up debate and create solutions around these sensitive subjects.

    This year I completed my legacy to the care industry – a training pack on dignity and person centered care that contains over 24 of my films using a multi media approach to challenge attitudes and behaviour in a powerful and engaging way. Martin Green (ecca) has called the pack the best training tool available and the Brendon Care foundation and lead government dignity champions, among so many, have testified to how it has transformed their training.

    All the positive feedback reminds me that Mama's death was not in vain and keeps me motivated. We will all be old one day and I am on a personal mission to re-inspire our humanity to support the emotional and spiritual needs of others. To care with love and dignity.

    To find out more about my films and speaking engagements and training pack and to view extracts of my films go to www.amandawaring.com or www.amandawaringtraining.com and on YouTube, or please email me at mail@amandawaring.com

    Amanda Waring


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    Thank you Amanda.  Amanda's training pack is advertised on the CPDme training and course page.  Please mention CPDme when ordering.

    The CPDme Team

  • 23 Nov 2011 11:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    CPDme Have Successful Emergency Services Show 2011     


    DAY 1 - The Ice Breaker
    What a fabulous day the team reported back after day one of the Emergency Services Show in Coventry. With hundreds of new faces and delegates from Police, Fire and Ambulance and other emergency response associations, the team have reported one of the most successful conference sign up rates to both memberships and our newsletter yet. The team took lots of photos which will feature in our gallery for the next newsletter in December. Sign up-to the newsletter by visiting our front page at www.cpdme.com. 

    The team have decided to commission a 1 min video competition for tomorrows conference which will give customers the chance to win a free years membership if they record a 1 min video using our macbooks  explaining how they manage their CPD at the moment or indeed how they use CPDme. For more information, see Andrew, Dominic or Domini on the stand tomorrow. We will also be featuring some photo shoots for the next poster campaign, pop down as grab some goodies.

    DAY 2 - How Busy !
    What another busy day which really came unexpected. We signed as many members on Day two as we did on Day one which shocked the team. However, most of our new members have started to use the new website forms to start their development portfolios and the feedback we have got from them is motivating for our team. Our Credit goes to our Tech Boys and Girls who have worked hard to get the new website features perfect and updating your portfolio really has never been as easy. The Emergency Services Show 2011 really has been a hugh success for CPDme and we met some great people and also put faces to our many members. Remember CPD can be easy and enjoyable, its getting the right support at the right time thats important. Just not as Importamt however as documenting it!

    Thanks again to all our new and old members we met at the show.

    The Promotions Team @ CPDme
  • 19 Nov 2011 7:26 PM | Anonymous
                       New Website Features
      New Membership Price Structure & Inclusive Features

    After three months of feedback and consultation with our members, we have decided to reduce the core packages of our membership to £20 per year for our two professional packages and £10 per year for our Volunteer Package. The reason behind this is to make it more affordable to some of our student members and also to ensure that people are encouraged to continue to document and develop their CPD after the initial 12 months membership. We have also encompassed the features from our Silver and Gold packages as available Bolt On's that can be added as and when required. Some of these Bolt On's once paid for are for life and will always be available as long as your a member. This means that you dont have to keep signing up to Bronze, Silver or Gold packages. You simply need to just renew your membership.

    Some of the Bolt On's Include:
    • One to One Telephone Support
    • USB Drive & Unlimited Lifetime access to the Updated Documents
    • Leather Style CPD Branded Portfolio Folder
    • Plus many more features.

    Dont worry if you were a previous Bronze, Silver or Gold member, your entitlement membership bolt on's will automatically be added to your account with minimal disruption caused. 

    We now have three staff researching the best way to both develop, document and encourage CPD amongst the Health and Social care professions and hope to bring you some great results back soon.

    CPDme continue to be the UK's most popular CPD Portfolio Builder and Diary according to a recent survey sent out to over 1000 people and this is because of the support from our members, sponsors and dedicated staff. I would like to thank-you for your continued support.

    The Management Team
    CPDme Development for Life
  • 25 Oct 2011 10:38 PM | Anonymous member

    First Aid Central - Resource Centre

     

    First Aid Central is a new, online, first aid resource centre and discussion forum. Run by a small group of volunteer first aiders, who created it in August, First Aid Central is beginning to take off!

    The idea of the site is to provide first aiders with a community where they can discuss anything, from the latest first aid practices, guidelines and training, to Manchester United’s recent...defeat...to Manchester City! Running in conjunction with the forum is a resource site, with the latest news from the first aid world, along with polls, first aid related videos, and training materials.

    If you are involved in first aid, or pre-hospital care in any way, shape or form, then please take a look at http://www.firstaidcentral.co.uk and get involved by joining the forum, or submitting some material for the website.

    Your support is very much appreciated! If you would like any more information, please email contact@firstaidcentral.co.uk or get in touch with us via twitter: @TheFirstAidRoom.

    Paul and Harry,

    First Aid Central Admin’s.

  • 24 Oct 2011 8:02 PM | Anonymous member

    The International Rescue Corps (IRC)

     

     

    About Us

    We are a specialist Urban Search and Rescue team responding to natural and man made disasters all over the world using our specialist skills and equipment to rescue trapped people.

    Our mission is ‘United To Save Life’ and this ethos applies to every action of our volunteer specialists.

    After receiving a request for help, it is our aim to mobilise a self-contained rescue team within 24 hours for overseas missions or within minutes for UK missions.  We are registered with the United Nations allowing us to operate primarily as a search and rescue team under their co-ordination in times of an international disaster.

    We are supported entirely by donations made by the public and corporate sponsorship. Every penny goes towards saving lives as we do not employ staff in administration, fundraising or any other role in the Corps. We are a UK based charity and offer our services completely free of charge, whether in the UK or overseas.

    The original Urban Search and Rescue team

    IRC was formed in 1981 following the Italian earthquake. Having seen the scenes of chaos and devastation portrayed in the media, we were determined that a co-ordinated search and rescue team should be available to attend all future catastrophies, wherever they took place. It is this determination that has carried us forward to where we are today, as one of the world’s most respected search and rescue teams.

    The size of an initial team will consist of around 15 people with additional or relief teams dispatched as required. Flexibility of our role is essential as teams inevitably become involved in humanitarian work, communications or relief co-ordination.

    We have operated for over 30 years with an outstanding track record of saving lives.

    Our Response

    A request for assistance can be made direct to IRC Headquarters or, following news of a disaster being received we will make the initial contact. Permission to enter the country and confirmation that the IRC’s assistance is required will always be obtained prior to mobilisation.

    IRCs Headquarters will be manned 24 hours a day by volunteer staff throughout the mission, maintaining communication and close liaison with the team and the host government.

    Our Members

    Often, the first introduction that people have to the International Rescue Corps is when they see the distinctive royal blue overalls in television news footage of a disaster, whether at home or abroad. You may have seen or read about IRC’s involvement in missing person searches, or helping rescue the victims of train crashes; floods; earth­quakes and factory explosions.

    The kind of work that we do and the intensity of training and attending disasters around the world means that our members are a tight knit team, often referring to IRC as a ‘second family’  Our members come from all different walks of life but the one thing that everyone has in common is that they are volunteers. There are no paid employees within the Corps. The transformation of a new member to a fully-trained Operational member is a process that takes a minimum of three years.

    Certified College Course

    We are the only UK search and rescue team to be classed as an educational institution via the National Open College Network.  This means that we are robustly audited and our teaching methods and assessments verified at several points throughout the year.

    All Operational members, whatever their previous skills or knowledge, must complete and pass the NOCN course and a series of challenging tests and exercises before being considered ‘operational’. Due to the wide variety of missions that the Corps may find itself deployed upon and Health & Safety legislation, the training for Operational members must include all the skills needed to carry out the mission safely and successfully in each of these environments.

    Medical training

    Although we are a non medical organisation, all our operational members are required to have an understanding of first aid.  The knowledge and skill of first aid comes from a minimal requirement of the HSE first aid at work course, or the first responder course, this is further supported by the Immediate Life Support course from the Resuscitation Council UK.

    Once this initial fist aid exposure has been experienced we run annual medical weekends by the specialist assessors who have a professional qualification, i.e. registered Nurse, Paramedic, Operating Department Practitioners. 

    The lessons in these weekends are adapted to where each trainee is within the 3 year training programme but below explains what is taught at the different levels within the training course.

    Year one - an in-depth understanding of basic life support and how to administer CPR.

    • How to obtain medical measurements and how to communicate information surrounding a casualty.
    • Understand and show skill in stopping bleeding, and shock.
    • Understand and show skill in transferring a casualty.
    • Understand issues of stress and how to act upon these issues.

    Year two - consolidates the first year information, and then moves onto:

    • Soft tissue and internal injuries.
    • How the environment can affect the casualty.
    • Understand post traumatic stress and its effect upon team members.
    • Understand how to help and support colleagues.

    Year three - again consolidates year one and two, then moves onto:

    • Triage the IRC’s role within this.
    • Advanced transferring of casualties, through differing terrain, as well as underground.
    • Importance of own health and how to keep themselves healthy, in all climates.
    • More advanced understanding on stress and post traumatic stress disorder.

    All members are also encouraged to undertake more advanced courses with a first aid/medical focus and are encouraged to practice their first aid skills at each training session.

    For further information about the corps please feel free to look at our website: - www.intrescue.org

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  • 24 Oct 2011 12:16 AM | Anonymous member

     

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    10% Student Discount

     

     

    With the new academic year upon us, SP Services would like to help with the ever rising cost of student life.

    If you place an order with an .ac.uk university email address just pop a message in the “comments field” at checkout requesting your 10% discount.

    We are well aware that not all students have a university email address, so if you are a student of one of the numerous volunteer organisations or other academic bodies don’t feel left out.

    Call our customer services team on 01952 288999 and we will do our utmost to accommodate you.

    Spread the word on Facebook And Twitter to help your fellow students.

    And good luck in the coming year !!

    The SP Team

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