Category Archives: First Aid

First aid training and CPR saves lives – it is official

Really interesting study shows the value of more people being trained in first aid skills.

Goes to emphasize what we have always taught – that the more people who have the basic skills and confidence to deliver CPR, the greater the chances of survival… read the full story of the results they found after an extensive campaign in Denmark, courtesy of USA today.

Outdoor First Aid for Vehicle Emergencies

For the last ten years Training Expertise has specialised in outdoor first aid training.  In the last three or four years we have also developed a range of driver training including off-road drivingdefensive driving and MIDAS courses.  Throughout we were told by many clients that they struggled to find first aid training really tailored to their needs.

Therefore we are delighted, in association with BORDA, to launch our new vehicle first aid course.

outdoor first aid for vehicle incidents

First aid training focused on vehicle safety

This unique one day practical course covers outdoor first aid for vehicle emergencies. It focuses on first aid skills related to off-road driving & remote areas. It covers the core life-saving skills to deal with an incident through plenty of hands-on practice including vehicle based and outdoor scenarios.

It is built around practical vehicle related scenarios eg burns, falls from vehicle and collapse at the wheel.

Outdoor first aid for vehicle emergencies is for anyone who uses off-road vehicles or drives off-road professionally or in their leisure time. Skills learnt on this course will enable you to provide help in a first aid situation be it at an off-roading event, whilst driving yourself, at work or the first aid incidents you could come across on the road or in your day to day life.

It is certified by REC and run in association with BORDA so meets the needs of off-roaders, or anyone working in and around vehicles needing an emergency first aid qualification for work or simply for their own peace of mind.

If you’d be interested in discussing this course or any of our other driver training or outdoor first aid courses please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Mountain safety – carbon monoxide in tents

A new study has further illustrated the potential field safety dangers of carbon monoxide in tents, especially with modern, highly waterproof and airtight tents where levels of poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) from the burning stove can build up fast.

carbon monoxide in tents

mountain safety – danger of carbon monoxide in tents

A small scale study from several Michigan emergency room doctors suggested the type of stove fuel used and the type of tent can make a difference.

It is important for mountain safety that anyone working on remote expeditions through to duke of edinburgh trips in the UK is aware of the issues and has the outdoor skills and outdoor first aid knowledge to take precautions and to treat any potential cases.

To read more about the full findings of the study see the full article here.

 

Casualty’s outdoor first aid advice – and a good cause…

Very interesting to get a casualty’s outdoor first aid advice reflecting on her experience of an accident in Scotland this winter.  Her tips are shared via Andy Kirkpatrick’s great blog and you can also find details of what she is planning to do to raise funds for Lochaber MRT by way of thanks for their help that day.

casualty outdoor first aid advcie

outdoor first aid from the casualty’s point of view

 

Remote first aid and altitude illness training on Kili

We were delighted to recently run a unique outdoor first aid and specialist wilderness medical course on managing altitude illness in Moshi, Tanzania.  Participants were trekking leaders or assistant leaders working for UK holiday company, Explore on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Remote medical training on Kili for altitude illness

Remote medical training on Kili for altitude illness

This systematic and specialised training course makes the attendees one of the most highly trained and skilled teams of guides working on Kilimanjaro.  The training allows the team to competently respond to and manage common wilderness medical and altitude problems.

The first two days covered core outdoor first aid skills culminating in a one hour long ‘major incident’ scenario involving three simulated patients, each of which had with trauma and medical issues to be managed.

The third day was a specialist expedition first aid course dedicated to altitude illness training, covering

• Teaching and discussion based altitude illness training
• Use of a Portable Altitude Chamber
• Presentation of case studies

Participants reported that the training course gave them greater knowledge and built their confidence in dealing with first aid incidents and especitally in managing altitude illness.

If you’d be interested in discussing any training in expedition and wilderness first aid or outdoor first aid training please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Travel medicine – useful information on river blindness

Good information is key when planning fieldwork safety and travel safety.  Here is a useful source of travel medicine information we came across on river blindness.  It suggests that short stay travelers will be less at risk but therefore the disease could be a higher risk for expat workers, university fieldworkers, GAP year or VSO volunteers. For full details read the full river blindness article.

Travel medicine - river blindness

Symptoms of river blindness, important field safety issue

Mountain Biking Outdoor First Aid – World MTB Downhill Championship

Leading Training Expertise Trainer Jon Parry was recently out putting his mountain biking outdoor first aid skills into practice so we thought we’d share his thoughts…

I was recently on the medic team for the downhill World Mountain Bike championship held in Fort William and was struck by how few serious injuries we had to deal with.  Many of the cyclists came off their bike but through their conditioning and training they managed to limit their injuries to just grazes and cuts.  There was the odd serious injury however e.g. a fractured shoulder, a potential spinal injury and a concussion and it was the difference between these serious and the not so serious casualties that caught my attention.

Outdoor first aid for mountain bikers

Outdoor first aid at the downhill World mountain bike championship

In all outdoor first aid and wilderness medical situations, just by slowly and calmly approaching the casualty you get a very clear sense of how bad they are.  That extra minute or two is time not wasted as it provides you with an invaluable sense of the urgency, what you think has happened to the patient and whether it is safe for you to approach.  You arrive at the patient better prepared for what you eventually need to do for them!

Applying this back to our outdoor first aid training it really drives home the emphasis on the ‘Danger’ assessment in the DRABCDE procedure which we apply to all first aid incidents.   It’s the first thing we do and we always say don’t rush into an incident.  Instead take time to assess what is going on and whether it is safe for you to approach.

Next time you’re approaching an incident just think ‘Danger’ assessment; what’s happened to the patient, is it safe to approach, is there anyone else we need to be worried about, absorb the urgency of the situation, decide a rough plan of action and then proceed.  Better to be prepared than to get yourself into a dangerous situation!”

If you would like to find out more about our mountain biking outdoor first aid training, please just drop us an email.

Schools First Aid – tailored hands-on outdoor first aid training

We’ve just launched a wider range of outdoor first aid courses – particularly aimed at providing courses to suit a schools first aid requirments.  Over the last 10 years we have worked extensively in schools offering first aid training for teachers and students alike.  The experience of our trainers delivering outdoor activities, school trips and expeditions makes us uniquely suited to delivering tailored first aid training for your school.

Early Bird Booking: £50 off bespoke first aid courses booked before the October Half term.

outdoor first aid for schools

tailored first aid training for schools

To create you truly bespoke course please contact us to discuss your needs, be it for a field trip, sports tour or adventurous activity week.

Here is a taste of what we can provide;
Introduction to Outdoor First Aid
4 hour unit designed to complement our other training modules such as Introduction to Field Safety, Personal Security, SVC training.
Outdoor First Aid REC1
8 hour (1 day) core life saving skills applied in the outdoor environment  Recently updated to cover the new DofE expedition first aid syllabus.
Outdoor First Aid REC2
16 hours (2days) of intense practical and theory sessions.  The industry standard course for outdoor instructors, mountain leaders and those working in the outdoors- perfect for PE teachers, geography teachers or anyone running school excursions away from the urban environment
HSE First Aid at Work & HSE Emergency First Aid at Work
Courses following the HSE guidelines focused on keeping you safe in and around the workplace.  We can also provide AEDs and training in their use as these vital pieces of life saving equipment become more and more accessible.

Finding the right outdoor first aid course – new HSE guidelines

It can be a bit of a maze trying to find the right first aid training for you – and more changes to first aid regulations from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)  are expected to come into force on 1 October, subject to ministerial approval.

The upside of these changes will be it may help to take the emphasis off the ‘standard’ First aid at Work style courses and give greater flexibility to choose training providers and first aid training that is appropriate for your needs and risks. Whilst this freedom has actually always been in the regulations many people have felt they had to have what they often referred to as “the HSE one”.

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Relevant and practical first aid training for your environment

For many of our clients who work in outdoor or remote areas the new guidelines may allow people more freedom to chose an outdoor first aid, or expedition first aid course if this is more relevent to their working environment.

You can read the full draft HSE guidance on choosing courses and providers but rest assured that Training Expertise will continue to offer a range of fully certified workplace and outdoor first aid options.

If you would like to discuss which course is best for you, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Managing Field Safety by Managing People

We run many field safety courses each year for university staff and students, for schools and for large commercial organisations, NGOs and charities. A recent four day field first aid and leadership course we were running in Norway got us reflecting on just how much of the content was about managing people.

Field safety in Norway

Dealing with first aid and incident management on field safety course in Norway

The timetable contained “soft skills scenarios”, “giving effective safety briefing”, and “leadership styles”. Even some of the harder skills of risk assessment were dominated by discussion of how to get people engaged with the process, how to share the information on risk assessments and how to get people to follow the control measures you have put in place.

Reading a step by step guide to the company’s overlying field safety policy with this in mind we noticed a little line we’d not really noticed before, “engage participants in a thinking approach to field safety”. It really made us reflect on quite how important this often neglected area is. It can be too easy to get focused on safety policies and paperwork and forget that so much of fieldwork safety comes down to the skill of the organisers and leaders to engage everyone in a thoughtful and common sense approach to risk management.

The course focused on group management skills, delivery styles and options for quality field safety briefings. These are core to any successful safety management and are skills which are crucial to outdoor instructors and commercial exploration managers, to school teachers and field scientists alike.

If you are interested in learning more about field safety and leadership skills, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.