New Ambulance Standards

New ambulance standards for dispatch of an ambulance are being introduced. This should mean that the RIGHT asset is dispatched to the casualty. When calling the emergency service, you will now be asked…

Is the patient breathing?
Is the patient conscious?
Tell me what’s happened.

For life-threatening issues the ambulance will be dispatched immediately, but for other issues the controller will now have 4 minutes (previously 1 min) to decide what the best response will be… So, for example, next time a call is made for a patient who has had a stroke, an ambulance will be dispatched instead of a paramedic on a bike!

See the attached, which has some short video clips to see the new procedures:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/urgent-emergency-care/arp/

112

Are you off on holiday soon? Hopefully this information will not be needed! – but don’t forget that 112 is recognized & used to contact the emergency services in around 100 countries worldwide – Including all members of the EU (who sponsored the project).
To check the full list, or to find out more, see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/112_(emergency_telephone_number)

What’s in an AED cabinet?

Did you know?? That some AED cabinets can contain VERY useful BLS (Basic Life Support) tools…. Like…
Tough cut scissors, Razors, Face shields & Gloves… & non essential, but useful wipes too…
1st Aid Responders also uses the IPAD AED as our preferred training device

Cold water survival

Continuing the prevention is better than cure… Here is the latest impetus from the RNLI..

Fight your instincts, not the water. Everyone who falls unexpectedly into cold water wants to follow the same instinct: to swim hard and to fight the cold water. But when people fight it, the chances are, that they lose.
If you find yourself unexpectedly in the water, do as little as possible by floating.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-40046902

Helping others

Responders in action…

Nothing to do with 1st aid training this time, We’ve signed up for MyMarathon and run 26.2 miles this May. If anyone wishes to donate to a good cause, we are running with this one! Besides which, prevention is better than cure…

 
There will just be one update on this news post…. When the run is done!