We aim to help save lives by providing
ambulance and first aid cover at local events, and by teaching first aid
skills within the community.
In the last year we have trained over
100 people in first aid, particularly resuscitation. Our latest trainees
were a small group of new parents, to whom we taught infant resuscitation.
We currently have two Basic First Aid courses booked for February and April
College of Surgeons Edinburgh
Graham Brown has been accepted as
a member of this prestigious organisation (URL: www.rcsed.ac.uk).
Membership includes a subscription to the Emergency Medicine Journal, which
members are welcome to borrow.
Council (UK) 13th Annual Scientific Symposium
Hester Wain and Graham Brown attended
this symposium in November. There was a good range of sessions including:
National audit of AEDs by Dr Mick Colquhorn and the Laerdal Lecture, "The
Brain" by Dr Carl Gwinnutt. We took a comprehensive series of notes,
please email if you are interested.
Since our AGM in November, we have
a new Vice Chair: Gillian Dawes, who has also agreed to take on the role
of Child Protection Officer. Our thanks go to Frank O'Connell who
served in this position, but found he had to withdraw due to other commitments.
Four members: Graham Brown, Hester
Wain, Martin Pike and Gillian Dawes successfully completed their update
training with Southern
Ambulance College at the beginning of November and gained their Emergency
Responder Clinical Training qualifications (see photo).
Practical skills assessed included
those needed to deal with a casualty having a heart attack, a motor vehicle
accident, and a non-breathing, pulseless casualty. We applied spinal
immobilisation, traction splints and neck collars; gave oxygen and the
pain relieving gas entonox; and used AED defibrillators to preserve life,
prevent the casualtiesí conditions worsening and promote recovery.
This was an excellent course, enhanced
by the opportunity of working with four members of Kent
Priority Care and Brian Janman of Goodwood
Motorsport Rescue Unit.