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Just about to head back home to Australia - want to say a HUGE thank you to the BASICS Scotland and The Sandpiper Trust team for having me at the 'What the PHEC?' conference

I learned lots - not least that we face similar challenges in rural Australia. But I am heartened that our approach to empower rural communities via provision of a Sandpiper Bag, supported by robust education for Sandpiper Bag holders ensuring competency in a key suite of meaningful interventions will 'save lives in rural Oz'

See you in 2020!!
Words cannot express our family’s gratitude to Dave Bywater and Michelle from #BASICSScotland for their professionalism, bravery and care. #ThankYou #OurHeroes Davinia Halliday Ian Halliday Sarah Halliday x
So thankful to BASICS Scotland for the second time this year. Today I came upon a car v motorcyclist head on RTA and thanks to my recent course I felt confident to handle the situation with a good outcome!
http://bit.ly/2gX3TaR The Island is looking for medics for the next series
Just another normal day at the BASICS office....! Blair playing us a tune on his didgeridoo...🎶

BASICS Scotland provide Pre Hospital Immediate Medical Care in Scotland BASICS Scotland is a registered charity, a voluntary emergency service and is supported by Medical Professionals serving the public.

BASICS Scotland Responders cover Scotland providing a 24 hour service 365 days. Our responders are entirely dedicated volunteers who sacrifice precious family and work time with employer support, their interests especially Pre-Hospital care but more so.. they place themselves in a hostile environment without hesitation, to care and support injured patients prior to receiving definitive hospital ca

Operating as usual

28/06/2021

Les Gordon - Primary survey, some special considerations

Les talks us through the primary survey in some special circumstances, some kit considerations and some human factors to think about.

Top 3 tips

1) Most importantly when you are delivering the primary survey don’t get side tracked to non-life threatening issues
2) Expect to repeat the primary survey at least once and probably more times, reassessment is crucial
3) Practice, practice, practice

Resources and links

Experience in Prehospital Intubation Significantly Influences Mortality of Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/figure?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0141034.t003

Prehospital endotracheal intubation vs extraglottic airway device in blunt trauma
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25963681/

The Impact of Prehospital Endotracheal Intubation on Outcome in Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
https://journals.lww.com/jtrauma/Abstract/2005/05000/The_Impact_of_Prehospital_Endotracheal_Intubation.10.aspx

Prehospital intubations and mortality: a level 1 trauma center perspective
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19608824/

Difficult Intubation due to Penetrating Trauma from a Crossbow Bolt
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32690309/

Management of the Traumatized Airway
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26517857/

Resident manual of Trauma to the Face, Head and Neck
https://www.entnet.org/content/resident-manual-trauma-face-head-and-neck


Systematic review of the anaesthetic management of non-iatrogenic acute adult airway trauma
https://academic.oup.com/bja/article/117/suppl_1/i49/1744426

Hypothermia in trauma victims at first arrival of ambulance personnel: an observational study with assessment of risk factors
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5402666/

When do trauma patients lose temperature? - a prospective observational study
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29315468/

Battlefield Trauma-Induced Hypothermia: Transitioning the Preferred Method of Casualty Rewarming
https://www.wemjournal.org/article/S1080-6032(17)30097-2/fulltext#:~:text=Battlefield%20Trauma%2DInduced%20Hypothermia%3A%20Transitioning%20the%20Preferred%20Method%20of%20Casualty%20Rewarming,-Brad%20L.&text=For%20centuries%2C%20cold%20and%20wet,foot%2C%20frostbite%2C%20and%20hypothermia.

Predictors of Hypothermia upon Trauma Center Arrival in Severe Trauma Patients Transported to Hospital via EMS
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332214670_Predictors_of_Hypothermia_upon_Trauma_Center_Arrival_in_Severe_Trauma_Patients_Transported_to_Hospital_via_EMS

Biography:
Les Gordon is an experienced anaesthetist, whose special interest is in difficult airway management, and he instructs on the national Training in Emergency Airway Management course for this. He started Mountain Rescue eleven years ago in the Lake District and has attended about 450 rescues. His special interest is accidental hypothermia, about which he has published several papers, written chapters in two books, given presentations at National and International conferences, and has drawn up and regularly updates Mountain Rescue England & Wales Hypothermia protocols

23/06/2021

**** Thanks for the help everyone. We have now found all the volunteers we need****

We're looking for a couple of Volunteer casualties for one of our courses. Airth, Nr Falkirk 22nd August 2021.
2 casualty required for Sunday afternoon.
Expenses and refreshments are covered.
If you can help please contact Carol Robb at [email protected] for more info

**** Thanks for the help everyone. We have now found all the volunteers we need****

We're looking for a couple of Volunteer casualties for one of our courses. Airth, Nr Falkirk 22nd August 2021.
2 casualty required for Sunday afternoon.
Expenses and refreshments are covered.
If you can help please contact Carol Robb at [email protected] for more info

23/06/2021

Lucy Powls – Normal birth and neonatal resus

Lucy Powls describes the process of normal birth, including the mechanisms of labour. She then looks at newborn assessment and takes us through the neonatal resuscitation algorithm.

Top 3 Points from this podcast:

Remember in most cases, pregnancy and childbirth are normal physiological processes
Try to keep calm as this will reassure the woman (she doesn’t need to know whether you have delivered a baby before!)
With newborn babies it is a respiratory issue – most babies will respond to simple A and B of resuscitation when done well
Resources related to this podcast:
Resuscitation guidelines app
I-Gel Insertion Video

About Lucy
Lucy is currently the Educational Lead for the Scottish Multiprofessional Maternity Development Programme (SMMDP)
Lucy qualified as a midwife in 1984 and has worked in a variety of clinical posts throughout the UK and joined SMMDP in June 2017.
SMMDP are part of NHS Education for Scotland and are Scotland’s leading provider of maternity and neonatal clinical skills training. SMMDP provide affordable, post-registration courses to any professional group who request training.
Lucy is married to Andrew and they have a daughter Samantha who is studying at Glasgow University. Lucy also has a greyhound called Indy, who keeps her fit and active whatever the weather.

21/06/2021

Les Gordon – Primary survey overview and practical considerations

Les chats us through some interesting aspects of the primary survey

Top 3 Points from this podcast:

Most importantly when you are delivering the primary survey don’t get sidetracked to non-life-threateningissues
Make sure you document everything as thoroughly as you can
You have to play the hand you have been dealt, in the prehospital environment resources and environment can be limiting, do your best and remember the conditions are not optimal

Resources:
Evolution and Development of the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Protocol: A Historical Perspective
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22495839/
The Birth of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16764202/
Battlefield Trauma Life Support: Its Use in the Resuscitation Department of 32 Field Hospital Dring the Gulf War
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8840795/
ABC to ABC: Redefining the Military Trauma Paradigm
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2579588/
About Les:
Les Gordon is an experienced anaesthetist, whose special interest is in difficult airway management, and he instructs on the national Training in Emergency Airway Management course for this. He started Mountain Rescue eleven years ago in the Lake District and has attended about 450 rescues. His special interest is accidental hypothermia, about which he has published several papers, written chapters in two books, given presentations at National and International conferences, and has drawn up and regularly updates Mountain Rescue England & Wales Hypothermia protocols

21/06/2021

Les Gordon – Primary survey overview and practical considerations

Les chats us through some interesting aspects of the primary survey

Top 3 Points from this podcast:

Most importantly when you are delivering the primary survey don’t get sidetracked to non-life-threateningissues
Make sure you document everything as thoroughly as you can
You have to play the hand you have been dealt, in the prehospital environment resources and environment can be limiting, do your best and remember the conditions are not optimal

Resources:
Evolution and Development of the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Protocol: A Historical Perspective
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22495839/
The Birth of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16764202/
Battlefield Trauma Life Support: Its Use in the Resuscitation Department of 32 Field Hospital Dring the Gulf War
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8840795/
ABC to ABC: Redefining the Military Trauma Paradigm
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2579588/
About Les:
Les Gordon is an experienced anaesthetist, whose special interest is in difficult airway management, and he instructs on the national Training in Emergency Airway Management course for this. He started Mountain Rescue eleven years ago in the Lake District and has attended about 450 rescues. His special interest is accidental hypothermia, about which he has published several papers, written chapters in two books, given presentations at National and International conferences, and has drawn up and regularly updates Mountain Rescue England & Wales Hypothermia protocols

Timeline Photos 21/06/2021

BASICS Scotland Podcasts - Latest Episode - Les Gordon - Primary survey overview and practical considerations - https://mailchi.mp/5cf3474112b4/basics-scotland-podcasts-latest-episode-paul-savage-benefits-of-realistic-simulation-when-training-in-clinical-skills-and-scenarios-8092185

BASICS Scotland Podcasts - Latest Episode - Les Gordon - Primary survey overview and practical considerations - https://mailchi.mp/5cf3474112b4/basics-scotland-podcasts-latest-episode-paul-savage-benefits-of-realistic-simulation-when-training-in-clinical-skills-and-scenarios-8092185

16/06/2021

Adrian Kay - H.M. Coastguard

Adrian Kay, Senior Coastal Operations Officer for H.M. Coastguard, explains more about the 3 sections of the coastguard service, and how the 3000 volunteers make up the 400 UK crews.
Understanding how these crews fit into the responder network, and what their roles, responsibilities and capabilities are, will allow BASICS Scotland Responders to make better use of these resources in the future.
Top tips from this podcast:
Call early- via ambulance control to the Coastguard Ops Room rather than local contacts
Think creatively – HMCG can provide an adaptive rescue ’toolbox’ to assist in remote areas
Given all of the assets the Coastguard coordinates (air, sea and land), keep them in mind as a resource if you are stuck with a job
Resources related to this podcast:
Maritime & Coastguard Agency YouTube Channel
HM Coastguard Operations Centres
HM Coastguard website – www.mcga.gov.uk
About Adrian
Adrian initially moved to the West Highlands in 2000, to work for SNH on the Isle of Rum (population 25). This also give him his first experience of contact with HM Coastguard, as a volunteer on their small response team.
He then joined Northern Constabulary, in various policing roles including CID, child protection and wildlife crime. He also served for four years on Benbecula and the Uists, which gave him a great insight into the challenges of remote rural policing.
In 2006, he joined HM Coastguard as a Senior Coastal Operations Officer, training and supporting volunteer Coastguard Rescue Teams across the Argyll coast and islands. He ensures the teams maintain a high level of operational readiness, and is a technical instructor in water rescue, land search, casualty care and rope rescue techniques.
Adrian has a particular interest in casualty care, and as well as introducing the enhanced Coastguard CERCC course locally and providing training support elsewhere on the coast, he is currently involved in the introduction of a robust clinical governance framework across the organisation.

15/06/2021

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14/06/2021

Karyn Webster - The deteriorating paediatric patient and the PEWS score

Karyn chats us through the deteriorating patient, what to look for and how to treat these patients and the PEWS score system and function

Top Tips

1) Remember that you are assessing a point in time
2) Be very aware of where they have been and where you think they are going when carrying out the examination
2) If you think the child is ok to return home, coach the family so that they know what to look for and how to access the necessary healthcare if things change

Resources and links:
Paediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS)
https://www.clinicalguidelines.scot.nhs.uk/nhsggc-paediatric-clinical-guidelines/nhsggc-guidelines/surgery/paediatric-early-warning-score-pews/
ScotSTAR paediatric Retrieval Service
https://www.snprs.scot.nhs.uk/

Dr Karyn Webster is a GP primarily; she works in Forth Valley Emergency Department as a Senior Specialist and is the current Forth Valley GP Out of Hours clinical lead. She also teaches regularly with Basics Scotland and has developed the Adult and Paediatric Tele-education program.
In addition to this she is the current Chair for the Pre-hospital Paediatric Life Support Group run by ALSG and is a course director for both PHPLS and APLS. Passionate about education and support for our Pre-hospital providers.
Her career started off in Grampian and quickly evolved into a mix of general practice and emergency medicine with an interest in remote and emergency care. Heavily involved in tele-medicine delivering healthcare to the remote areas of Grampian without the need for travel and later supporting Oil Rig platforms and Ship to Shore work.
Her twitter handle is @kittyabdn

Timeline Photos 14/06/2021

BASICS Scotland Podcasts - Latest Episode - Karyn Webster - The deteriorating paediatric patient and the PEWS score - https://mailchi.mp/3ff2c1f79933/basics-scotland-podcasts-latest-episode-paul-savage-benefits-of-realistic-simulation-when-training-in-clinical-skills-and-scenarios-8086725

BASICS Scotland Podcasts - Latest Episode - Karyn Webster - The deteriorating paediatric patient and the PEWS score - https://mailchi.mp/3ff2c1f79933/basics-scotland-podcasts-latest-episode-paul-savage-benefits-of-realistic-simulation-when-training-in-clinical-skills-and-scenarios-8086725

Timeline Photos 14/06/2021

BASICS Scotland Podcasts - Latest Episode - Karyn Webster - The deteriorating paediatric patient and the PEWS score - https://mailchi.mp/f977b97c87d5/basics-scotland-podcasts-latest-episode-paul-savage-benefits-of-realistic-simulation-when-training-in-clinical-skills-and-scenarios-8086517

BASICS Scotland Podcasts - Latest Episode - Karyn Webster - The deteriorating paediatric patient and the PEWS score - https://mailchi.mp/f977b97c87d5/basics-scotland-podcasts-latest-episode-paul-savage-benefits-of-realistic-simulation-when-training-in-clinical-skills-and-scenarios-8086517

How to do CPR during COVID-19 (English Accent) 13/06/2021

How to do CPR during COVID-19 (English Accent)

In light of recent events in the footballing world - we wanted to remind everyone that learning CPR is a fantastic idea!
Here’s a quick video overview:

How to do CPR during COVID-19 (English Accent) During the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still continue to learn and perform CPR using these simple steps. It's time to learn CPR right now, because you never k...

09/06/2021

We're still looking for a couple of Volunteer casualties for one of our courses. Isleburgh Community Centre, Shetland 24th/25th July 2021.
1 casualty required for Saturday afternoon and 2/3 for Sunday. Expenses and refreshments are covered.
If you can help contact Carol Robb at [email protected].
Please share!

We're still looking for a couple of Volunteer casualties for one of our courses. Isleburgh Community Centre, Shetland 24th/25th July 2021.
1 casualty required for Saturday afternoon and 2/3 for Sunday. Expenses and refreshments are covered.
If you can help contact Carol Robb at [email protected].
Please share!

09/06/2021

Alastair Beer – Aircraft crashes and the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Team

In this week’s podcast Alastair Beer talks about the role of the RAF Mountain Rescue; how it differs from the civilian Mountain Rescue and what capabilities it has. He highlights the dangers of air crash sites and the hazards that face responders who are tasked to air accidents.
Key points from this podcast:
If it is a military aircraft always assume it is armed and with a civilian aircraft consider the ballistic recovery systems therefore always assume you are working under a high level of risk at any aircraft crash site.
Only enter the crash sites if you have to save life or for recognition of life extinct for anything else stay out of the crash site. If you have to go into the site consider preservation of evidence while working on scene
A crash site will be a really confusing, hazardous and unpleasant place and if first on scene you could be dealing with multiple casualties which is a very difficult situation to find yourself in. Take a moment, take a deep breath and have a think about the scene and make sure you are safe before approaching. Quickly declare a Major incidence and accurately report a METHANE report about the incident back to ambulance control before you start to treat patients, especially if you are first on scene.
Resources related to this podcast:
Guidance publication for Aircraft Post Crash Management –https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/919973/Guidance_Pub_version_High_amend.pdf
About Alastair
Alastair joined the RAF regiment in Oct 1999. Initially based at RAF Waddington as Ground Based Air Defence. In this role he was deployed to Oman, Kuwait and the Falkland Islands. Following that tour he spent 6 years at RAF Leeming in the Force Protection role in which he completed several tours of Iraq and Afghanistan and Belize. In 2010 he was posted to RAF Kinloss and Lossiemouth as a Force Protection instructor and his final tour with the RAF Regiment was as the machine gun specialist on 51 Squadron at Lossiemouth.
His RAF Mountain Rescue career started in 2003 at RAF Leeming as a part time member of the team and continued following his posting to RAF Kinloss. Throughout this period his MRT and RAF Regiment careers ran in parallel. He was released from the RAF Regiment in 2017 and posted as Permanent Staff to RAF Lossiemouth MRT as the Medical Co-ordinator. In 2018 he became the Deputy Team Leader.
His time in MRT has seen him conduct training across the UK, Norway, Europe and Hong Kong. Operational callouts have been very varied from responding to a helicopter crash in Devon through to recovering the bodies of 2 climbers on Scotland’s most northerly Munro, Ben Hope.

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Les Gordon - Primary survey, some special considerations
Lucy Powls – Normal birth and neonatal resus
Les Gordon – Primary survey overview and practical considerations
Les Gordon – Primary survey overview and practical considerations
Adrian Kay - H.M. Coastguard
Karyn Webster - The deteriorating paediatric patient and the PEWS score
Alastair Beer – Aircraft crashes and the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Team
Paul Savage – The benefits of realistic simulation when training in clinical skills and scenarios
Stuart Braithwaite – RNLI
Cliff Reid – The Zero Point Survey
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