Video: Responding to water incidents

Water Incidents

Water related incidents are, for most, one of those jobs that we might seldom go to as an ambulance professional.  However, these jobs are often highly emotive and can expose staff to unfamiliar hazards that are not always evident, certainly when time is of the essence.

Last year, HART (Melbourn) Team 2 engaged with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of an initiative to help educate teenagers about the dangers of waters. As part of an ongoing and shared learning process, this year we have made a short film, the aim of which is to help equip frontline responders with PPE awareness, hazard identification and formulas which are effective for maintaining personal safety when responding to these incidents.

The Trust's HART teams have already been out to a number of deaths this summer, where people have entered open water to relax and cool off only to get into difficulty and subsequently die.

While doing everything possible to save the life of a patient must be one of our top priorities, so must staff safety and as such any incident in or around water should be notified to the Incident Command Desk and, where appropriate, HART should be mobilised to the incident and not stood down until the patient is safely in the back of the waiting ambulance.

 

 

Published 5th July 2018

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