Would you know what to do if you were involved in a situation that resulted in multiple casualties needing first aid assistance?
Be prepared not scared is the motto of CitizenAID.
CitizenAID is a UK organisation set up by a team of senior military and civilian medics in 2017. The aim of the scheme is to help people learn lifesaving skills in case they are caught up in a terror or other deliberate attack.
When such an attack occurs the first responders are usually the Police. The Police’s first priority is to neutralise the threat from the attackers to ensure paramedics and other key agencies are able to proceed safely.
For example, in a gun attack the Police will be concentrating on chasing down the shooters and making sure the scene is safe: which could take time to achieve. Because the Police have to declare the incident scene safe before paramedics are allowed on scene then it could be a while before casualties are able to get professional treatment. During this time casualties with major bleeds and gunshot wounds could easily bleed to death.
Following on from recent government advice that we discussed in our earlier blog post here, CitizenAID recommends Run, Hide, Tell. Once people are safe they are able to start treating casualties – potentially saving lives before the paramedics arrive.
Even knowing the basics can make a real difference in a situation that demands fast thinking and fast action as Sir Keith Porter, professor of clinical traumatology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, told the BBC: “I have treated hundreds of soldiers whose lives have been saved by simply the applications of tourniquets when they have been shot or blown up”
Teaching individual soldiers these skills has saved lives and teaching the public the same skills could be invaluable in a multi-casualty situation.
CitizenAID has produced an app that gives a step-by-step system that enables the right decisions in the right order to save lives in the event of a deliberate act of terrorism or aggression. The app is free to download from Apple’s App Store, Google Play or the Windows Store.
Learn how to respond in a Major Incident
Over the past six months the First Aid Training Co-operative has been working hard to develop two new courses to add to our growing list of professional training.
To find out more information or to book a course call our office on 0333 4330731 book online here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org