Working in the wind industry inevitably means you’ll be in working in a remote location which is miles from anywhere.
In this situation you can’t just call 999 and expect medical professionals to be on call immediately so the global wind organisation (GWO) has introduced a special enhanced first aid course which will help keep a casualty alive for longer until help can get there.
Marion Williams from AIS Training worked with GWO to develop the course and was instrumental in helping to shape its content. Marion's top three things to remember in an emergency medical situation are:
1. Call for immediate medical help - once you’ve assessed the situation, make sure you contact the appropriate medical emergency service and get help on the way as quickly as possible.
2. Start CPR – if the casualty is not breathing start CPR, attach and activate a defibrillator immediately. A defibrillator is your best friend and extremely easy to use.
3. Do a primary and secondary survey check with every patient – essentially checking their vital signs. Primary surveys involve making sure the patient has a clear airway and that they are breathing. For secondary surveys you need to check the patient from head to toe for any bleeding or damage to bones. Any issues with the primary and secondary survey need to be treated in line with the GWO protocol and the skills learnt on the enhanced first aid course.
The GWO enhanced first aid course equips delegates with critical skills to deal with an offshore medical emergency including clearing and keeping airways open, stemming blood loss and safe evacuation.
To find out more about enhanced first aid with AIS Training please click here.