Re: Medical Training
Blaine A. Jackson (blainej@JUNO.COM)
Wed, 14 May 1997 21:00:14 -0500
After reviewing the huge number of posts, I must add a couple of more
comments. I do not believe that a scout leader could ever have "too
much" first aid training.
I do not plan to perform any surgery on any of my scouts. I might do a
personal appendectomy if I was in bad shape, but nothing more. I am
quite comfortable, however, that I know how to stabilize a spinal injury,
perform CPR according to protocol, reduce certain dislocations, apply a
traction splint, splint a limb in the appropriate position, construct a
hypothermia package, etc. I believe that the parents of the scouts in my
troop feel more comfortabel knowing that I have such training, and that I
am interested enough in the welfare of the scouts to take the time and
trouble to go to the training.
Our troop's trip to Everest is on hold right now. We do, however,
routinely take the entire troop, along with any interested Webelos (91
total on one occasion) on a hike on Arkansas' Buffalo National River.
The Indian Creek hike descents 1200 feet in about 1 1/2 miles. The total
hike of 2 1/2 miles (downhill) takes about 6 hours with a small group
(the big one mentioned above took 8 1/2 hours). At the mid-point of the
descent, it would take at least 3 hours for help to be notified. We have
no wireless communications which will work effectively in the area. I
believe that there is a medical helicopter stationed about 20 miles away,
but to the best of my knowledge, it does not have the capability of doing
the cable hoist extraction which would be necessary. Unless an accident
happened very early in the day, the chances of having to spend the night
on the trail with a seriously hurt victim are high. As an example, my
older son was on the evacuation crew at the camp last summer. I took
over 2 hours to extract (by foot) a scout with badly broken wrist and
ankle from a trail inside the camp boundaries.
It appears that there are three answers:
1. Do not ever take scouts on the trail.
2. Take the scouts on the trail, and hope that if anyone is hurt
someone will come and get you.
3. Learn to do everything you can to protect your scouts and
yourself, and to deal with the problems as they happen.
Blaine Jackson, email@example.com
SM T-450, 1st SA Jambo T-1807
An extinguished Bodacious Bobwhite
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