Medical

Medical Equipment

The team have a wide range of medical equipment at their disposal in order to begin the effective pre-hospital care of a casualty.

This equipment includes:

  • Stretchers
    • Bell
    • Scoop
    • MIBS (Multi-roll Integrated Bodysplint Stretcher)
  • Vacuum Mattress
  • De-fibrilator (AED)
  • Cervical Collars
  • Splints
    • Spencer
    • Hare Traction
    • Kramer Wire
  • Cas Straps
  • Oxygen
  • Analgesia
    • Entonox (50:50 mix of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen administerd as a gas)
    • Aspirin
    • Morphine (and Naloxone - opiate antagonist)
  • Intravenous fluids/Canulae/Giving Sets
  • Little Dragon (warm air generator)
  • Wound dressings

In addition to these larger items, which would be requested according to the casualties needs, each search group carry with them a comprehensive first aid kit including resusci-aids, dressings, cas straps, plasters, tough cut scissors, thermometers etc in order to begin the process of casualty care.

Individual team members also carry their own personal first aid kits and those with Advanced Mountain Rescue Casualty Care qualifications will carry a kit which reflects their extended skills, containing additional equipment such as stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers, and intravenous fluids and the equipment for administering these.


Casualty Care 

We use the term Casualty Care rather than first aid as the casualty can be in our care for a considerable length of time. We therefore need to administer a high level of first aid and also maintain the casualty's health until we can hand them over to a county ambulance, an air ambulance, an HM Coastguard rescue helicopter or a hospital accident and emergency department.

All team members train regularly in casualty care to the recognised standard of the Mountain Rescue Council of England and Wales.

Advanced Training

According to particular interest or ability some members take casualty care further and will undergo further extensive training (both theoretical and practical) and examinations to become Advanced Mountain Rescue Casualty Carers.  The qualification needs to be re-validated every two years and each advanced casualty carer has a comittment to on-going continuation training involving spending time in hospital accident and emergency departments, with ambulance crews and also with the search and rescue helicopter from HM Coastguard in order to maintain and further develop their medical skills.

The Advanced Mountain Rescue Casualty Care qualification significantly extends the skills of the holder and enables them to administer a carefully controlled range of drugs and carry out a range of advanced techniques such as canulation.

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