Responding to water incidents

Water Incidents

Water related incidents are, for most, one of those jobs that we might seldom go to as a clinician.  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.

As part of an ongoing and shared learning process, our Hazardous Areas Response Team (HART) have made a short film, which gives an overview of hazard identification, and effective formulas for maintaining personal safety and HART water capabilities.

Our Hazardous Areas Response Teams have already been out to a number of deaths, where people have entered open water to relax, cool off or just swim, only to get into difficulty and subsequently die.

Whilst doing everything possible to save the life of a patient must be a top priority, 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.

It goes without saying that HART will not be able to reach all water related incidents quickly, but the two attached information documents (below) will help those responding to these types of incidents, or managing them, better understand the risks and the safe systems of work which can be put in place to support them.




Published 24th July 2019

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