Category Archives: Outdoor first aid

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.

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”.

outdoor first aid training

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.

Outdoor First aid courses featured in Mountain Pro Magazine

We’re really pleased that the latest issue of Mountain Pro Magazine had a three page feature on our outdoor first aid training course.  The ongoing snowy conditions provided a great backdrop to another very hands on and practical course as well as making for some great photos of the group training in the snow – to quote the article “having the cold, wet snowed pressed against our faces is enough to focus the mind”!

We’re really pleased that Mountain Pro enjoyed the hands-on and practical nature of all of our outdoor first aid courses.  You can read the full article in the online Mountain Pro Magazine.

Expedition Training skills put into practice in Africa

Today we are really delighted to share with you the latest news from our sponsored expedition Bhubesi Pride’s Rugby in Africa 2013. Since leaving our pre-trip and preparation expedition training week in Ascot the team have spent the past 54 days completely engrossed in Africa’s most unique rugby and community development programme… and we want to share with you their progress so far!

OFFICIAL PROJECT VIDEO PART ONE

For the team, Ryan, Juan Pablo, Guillaume, Ben, Jonathan and Mike, their journey started in full when they came together in Ascot [UK] on the 25th January. Training Expertise were really pleased to provide a range of field safety training to prepare them.  We covered advanced outdoor first aid, and 4×4 training to prepare the team for their Year 2 initiative, building on the foundations laid in 2012. Below is the team’s first video update, see the team thrown into project work in Ethiopia and Kenya and how partner communities are continuing to embrace rugby, with the focus to unite, empower and inspire…

Watch Bhubesi Pride’s first official video update from Rugby in Africa 2013

Rugby in Africa 2013 | Official Project Video Part One

ETHIOPIA

For a country with the least knowledge of rugby of the ten countries in which Bhubesi Pride works, it was a humbling and rewarding experience for all team members to witness clear progression and continue to contribute to the development of the game here. Their base was the town of Adama – not far from Addis Ababa and Bhubesi Pride’s third visit to the region since 2011. They worked with three schools, with boys and girls, enthusiastic local staff willing to learn themselves, as well as four hugely passionate player-coaches from Nyalas Rugby Club, who made the journey from the capital everyday, taking advantage of a great community rugby week!

For photos and numbers, read our week’s review

KENYA

After a grueling journey to Nairobi (northern Kenya’s roads make life tricky even for the toughest of 4x4s), Bhubesi Pride’s team engaged in a multi-layered week of sustainably sensitive activities, geared largely around a partner school, Shadrack Kimalel, on the edge of the Kibera Slum.

Knowing the challenges here, work was to be given a huge lift with supporting organisations and individuals, all interested in offering a helping hand, given their growing relationship(s) with the Pride. Brookhouse International School (our hosts for the week) provided us with six rugby scholars to assist with coaching on three consecutive days, the Kenya Sevens set-up spared Chris Brown and five international players …

Get the latest news, stories, stats and photos from Kenya

Unite, Empower, Inspire

See the action now: Our first video update including features from Ethiopia and Kenya

UGANDA

Continuing to strengthen our great working link with the Uganda Rugby Union, daily coaching clinics ran each morning, in the cooler section of the day, together with players from Jinja Nile RFC. Like in Nairobi, G4S [Uganda] sent four excellent Health & Safety [Life Skills] Educators from Kampala on two of the days, which complemented the faster-paced sports sessions perfectly. The tournament at Jinja Nile RFC on International Women’s Day – expertly ran by Juan Pablo – incorporated a 4-pitch competition with close to 300 boys and girls. Players from the Lady Cranes National Rugby Team and Pirates RFC led supporting coaching and rugby-values sessions and also helped to referee. G4S Uganda joined the team with a 30-strong team of security guards, office staff and life skills educators – providing an added opportunity for children to quiz them on career pathways – and organised the most delicious post-tournament lunch a player could wish for. Rwenzori kept staff and pupils watered for the second year in a row; another terrific friend of the Pride and Ugandan Rugby!

You’ll be able to view all the action from this awesome week in Jinja in our next project video – we’ll keep you posted!

A great blog for a hugely successful Jinja visit | The future is very, very exciting

Unite, Empower, Inspire

IREAD ALL ABOUT IT… AND WATCH BHUBESI PRIDE ON TV!

We are thrilled to report on even greater coverage this year, with massive media and press partners, all so keen to share Bhubesi Pride’s work in Africa with their enormous, loyal followings. For more insight in-print, online and on TV, check out the following…

  • SA Rugby Magazine – monthly features; latest update available now in current issue!
  • Rugbydump – online media partner, showcasing our official videos and exclusive team member stories
  • SuperSport – monthly inserts on ‘Boots & All’; the first airs this Thursday on SuperSport 1 at 8pm [SA time]*
  • SA Rugby Legends TV – updates on our partner’s TV show; the first feature airs 26th March on SuperSport 6*

*Subject to change

Would you, or someone you know, like to be a 2014 Expedition Coaching Team Member? Apply now!  Or get your company involved as a key partner; explore the opportunities…

Controlling Major Bleeding – Saving Lives in outdoor first aid

Blood loss caused by traumatic injury is the 2nd leading cause of death in civilian incidents. Yet there are a number of relatively easy and quick actions the lay person or first aider can do to prevent further blood loss and increase chance of surviving.

It is a key element in good first aid training courses and is especially important for those working in remote areas or needing to do outdoor first aidOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA.

This short article aims to summarise the main options available…

In life-threatening bleeds the sole aim is to prevent further blood loss. You cannot replace lost blood outside of a hospital setting! Your options are:

Direct Pressure – simple but effective – use your (or their) hands, clothing, towels, anything absorbent and apply with as much pressure as required directly over the wound.

Elevation – again simple but effective – raise the affected part above the level of the heart.

Indirect Pressure – there are certain points on the upper arm and in the groin which allow you to apply pressure to arteries to stop further blood flowing into the limb and therefore lost out of the wound. Easy to do but needs some training.

Tourniquets – in urban settings these are generally not needed because of the proximity to professional help. In remote settings they can save someone’s life. Our understanding of their usefulness in a pre-hospital setting is much greater as a result of recent conflicts in the Middle East. Studies show that a tourniquet can be applied to a limb for up to 2 hours (and in many cases more!) with minimal damage to the tissue. Training is highly recommended before considering this option.

Which methods you use will depend on the circumstance BUT the main thing is to act fast and stop any further loss of blood in life-threatening bleeding.

Learn more about managing wilderness first aid situations on our outdoor first aid course.