This goes in to every job with us, and includes all the equipment we require for the calls we attend - some of the items included are;
- Oxygen cylinder and various masks
- Observation equipment
- Wound care pouch to treat a variety of trauma
- Airway management pouch with adjuncts for use in unconscious patients
- Bag Valve Mask, also for airway management
- Suction device
- Thermal wraps
- Burns management
- Infection control pouch
- Various other items, such as gloves, tuff cut scissors and our paperwork
The AED is essentially the most important part of our kit. It is used to deliver a shock to the heart of a patient in cardiac arrest, and combined with Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can aid in restarting the heart.
You may have seen these located in airports and shopping centres and they are very easy to use once trained. The AED assesses the heart and will not shock the patient unless required.
We are dispatched to jobs via two methods. The initial incident will come through on our pager, providing us with the address, call category and basic information on what has happened. This is then backed up with a phone call from control to provide us with any further key details. We navigate to the location using sat-navs, although are currently trialling a much more accurate GPS system.
Quite often we only know basic details until we arrive, meaning our first priority is establishing exactly what has happened.