7 November 2023

First aid training, October 2023

First Aid for Cavers Workshop 14-15th October 2023

Thanks to everyone who attended this workshop.

This was a two-day workshop at the bargain price of £30, which covered a wide range of cave-feasible situations:

  • Incident priorities and scene safety
  • Primary and secondary surveys of casualty
  • Vital signs
  • Sending for help
  • Recovery position
  • CPR and drowning
  • Choking
  • Bleeding and shock - including treatment of catastrophic bleeding
  • Broken bones and dislocations
  • Head, chest and spinal injuries
  • Hypothermia
  • Other medical emergencies - heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, asthma
  • Improvisation of equipment 
  • Moving casualties
  • Prioritisation and triage

This was more than just a classroom course. On the second day, actual in-cave simulations enabled participants to apply their new skills underground. This workshop was attended, amongst others, by our Secretary (Jill, pretending to be unconscious in the photo above), and the BCA Chairman. We understand that Jill was so keen to simulate an injury that she “accidently” knelt on the BCA Chairman! Thankfully he was fine, and CNCC has not been demoted from our position as a BCA constituent body.

We will no doubt run this workshop again in 2024. If you would like to receive advanced notice of new workshop dates, join our mailing list.

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