SAM’s First on scene First Aid Course
Well firstly for those that couldn’t or were not able to get on to this course, you missed a very interesting and fun day on the response to being first on the scene to a motoring accident. For those that did attend- thank you for your support in our campaign towards road safety and support for SAM. We met up at the village hall in Standish around 8.30 where we were greeted by our trainer Mike and coordinator Budge. Rebecca had by then got the kettle on and started making the tea and coffee for all present. Mike introduced himself and told us of his role in the training of our Armed Forces and started by explaining this course was designed around our motorcycling and being first on the scene in a motoring accident. We started off promptly at 9.00 with a few video scenes and discussions of accidents of various kinds around the world. During this we saw who was first on the scene, their response and the taking charge of the scene to help the wounded. We then went on to discuss the first things needing to be checked to ascertain the severity of injury to the patient i.e.- breathing (airway) and heartbeat (circulation) – is the airway clear and do they have a pulse?
Then a check for broken bones that may in parts restrict the blood flow to legs and vital organs. After a coffee/tea and biscuit break we went on to watch videos of multiple person accidents and discussed the cases of those that were important and those that were not. We then had lunch of cooked sausages and bacon rolls (not to forget Les’s specially prepared insoles ) followed with the usual tea/coffee and biscuits/cake. In the afternoon we got into the more practical side, with the use of various manikins from baby to adult size we were shown the correct way to administer artificial respiration giving 30 compressions and 2 breaths on mouth to mouth and how the pressure was less forceful on small children. We were shown how a neck brace (cervical collar) was measured and fitted to a patient. This was followed by a demonstration of how a defibrillator can be used to correct the heart rhythm.
We also looked at various bandages, splints and arm supports and how they are used for elevating and supporting the arm and the stopping of blood from open wounds. We were shown the purpose and use of the long board and scoop rescue stretchers along with the correct way to remove crash helmets. It was then time for a coffee or tea and any other goodies we could get our hands on. Now the crunch came and time to put into action what we had learnt from the study and practical parts of the course.
Mike had set up some scenarios outside for a near to real event that involved many situations that would or could occur in a motor accident that we may at some time come across and be able to give assistance. This could be anything from taking control of the incident to giving lifesaving aid and reassurance to those involved and right through to the hand over to the medical teams that were called to the incident.
Well done to the following for taking part in this worthwhile course, and again a big thank you to Mark for instructing us on the way it should be done correctly. SAMMERS that braved the day and will be presented by Mike with their certificates were :- Mark Terry-Lush Les Stewart Dave Butcher Dave Revell Sean Gwynne Nick Lane Tim Rodway Dave Cliff Rebecca Orchard Alastair Christie Steve Reeves Mike Pictor Sandy Read. Again a big thank to Budge for organising this event.