Re: First Aid Req. (CPR in 1st Class)
Peter K Kennon (lego@VISI.COM)
Sun, 2 Nov 1997 22:06:23 -0600
I work on a summer camp medical staff this year. We ahd about 23,000
scouts. We lost one scout to a fall, and had several other major
incidents, icluding 6 cardic arrests. We also had a few law suits (not
at all uncommon in the EMS/Camp fields) all of them dealing with units
preforming their own first aid and the kid getting sick or ending up in
the hosiptal. In scoust the phlysophy about injuries, is that unless the
kid is really hurt we can handle it oursevels (the units) because the
book trained us and we are scouts.
We demand that evey unit seek camp medical help for EVERY INJURY no
matter how minior, but we still had a SM try and set a kids broken bone,
I noticed it when he walked by my
truck before breakfast the next morning, an he ended up spending the
rest of the week in the hosiptal (one the suits) THen I was yelled at by
the 70+ yr. old SM who used to be a medic in the Navy, and used leaches
to stop infection.?!?
We (the EMS staff) also teach all first aid req. in camp. We encourage
scouts not to preform 1st aid unless they are in the backcountry and
help is more that an 1hr away, or the injury is life threating. Other
wise call EMS.
Our camp EMS team has 4 full time members and up 50 on-call if needed,
we have 2,000+ campers a week. each full time medic is equiped with a
pick-up truck or Suburban (can transport victums on camp property). Each
truck has a light bar, siren, flood lights, fire ext., idian pumps
(back-pack type water tanks), and medical kit. The med kit has all the
basic fist aid supplies (pads, gauze, tape), back boards, O2,
difbulator, C-Collars, heart monitors, IV's & drugs (on parameidc truck
poweraide, and splits. We also have a fire trailer that carries 500gal
of water and a pump and hose.
Each medic (2 EMT-B, 1 EMT-1 and 1 Paramedic EMT-P) has a handheld radio
and voice pager, along with an apple newton (donated) for keeping
records. All of the on-call medics also carry voice pages that can be
activated if needed. We are consided an Advanced Life support team and
can stablize almost anyone, while a local ambulance or helicoper comes.
I thnk that you are correct in stating that the nation is undertrained.
But the people who are trianing should be traind themselves.
Peter K Kennon - EMT-B - email@example.com
Eagle Class 1997 TSR EMS 1997,98
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City