In January we ran a Basic
First Aid course, training 17 people in the new resuscitation skills.
We are running another Basic First Aid course on 23rd April and still have
some places available.
Gillian and Kayleigh have
also been providing first aid training to a local guide unit, again encompassing
the new resuscitation guidelines.
Four members have now joined
local schemes. In October 2005, Richard and Sallyanne joined Surrey
Ambulance Community Responder Scheme. In January 2006, Gillian and
Kayleigh joined Hampshire
Ambulance Community Responder Scheme.
First Responder is a person, trained as a minimum in basic life support
and the use of a defibrillator, who is dispatched by the ambulance control
to attend a potentially life-threatening emergency (definition from the
Resuscitation Council UK).
Does external chest compression
generate adequate passive ventilation during CPR?
Teaching recognition of agonal
breathing improves diagnosis of cardiac arrest
Modeling the effects of interrupted
compressions: - less is better
Radiological measurement of
the adult chest: implications for chest compression depth
Evaluation of ambulance telephone
CPR advice for adult cardiac arrests
The new RCUK
guidelines were published in November 2005. Graham and Hester
attended the RCUK January 2006 Scientific Symposium which included presentations
We are now training to
the new guidelines and will be updating our defibrillator as soon as Surrey
Ambulance Community Responder Scheme give us the go ahead.
This year we are due to
cover 72 events ranging from karting
to fetes. In 2005, we covered 82 events treating 182 casualties,
which was quite an increase on 2004, where we covered 70 events and treated
Gillian has gained her C7407,
City & Guilds Level 4 Certificate in Further Education Teaching (CFET).
Kayleigh gained her First
Aid at Work certificate in August and she and Sallyanne have now dealt
with enough casualties that they have both been promoted from probationer
to full first aider status by the Executive Committee. We have clarified
the process needed to achieve full first aider, or ambulance aider status
and have developed a Technical Skills Competency self-assessment process
for all volunteers.
Six of us attended the full
week Responder course at Southern Ambulance College (Wiltshire
Ambulance Service NHS Trust) in September. Hester, Graham, Gillian,
Martin, Sallyanne and Richard gained their Emergency Responder Clinical
We have updated our constitution,
in agreement with the Charity Commission, to alter section 8 and change
the grades of membership to better reflect our current practice.
International Ltd. gave us a magnificent donation in the form
of a new ambulance. Bertha, a Ford Transit joined us in November
and with the help of Charters
Ltd. Peugeot and Camberley
Signs she was up and running in January 2006. We are extremely
grateful to all who have donated time and money to enable us to have this
more modern vehicle.
Penny has been moth-balled
for the present time and placed on a film-props website, where she may
find some alternative work and gain her Equity card!