DARTMOOR SEARCH & RESCUE TEAM

TAVISTOCK

MEDICAL TEAM

Central to all rescues is the ability to deliver gold-standard medical care, whatever the environment, in order to deliver a casualty to hospital in the best possible condition.  To this end, all team members are trained in Basic Life Support (BLS), including CPR and the use of an AED (defribillator).  Additional to this, many members undergo many weeks of training, followed by exams to gain qualification as MREW 'Cas Carers'.  This is an advanced level of first aid, applicable to remote medicine.

 

In addition to 23 Cas Carers, the team has many medical professionals including doctors, surgeons, nurses and paramedics.

 

A Cas Carer is qualified for three years and is able to:

 

Assess the casualty using a Primary Survey to identify and treat any life-threatening abnormalities:

  • Airway - assess and maintain airway using adjuncts if necessary
  • Breathing - assess and treat breathing problems
  • Circulation - assess for shock, catastrophic blood loss, blood circulation
  • Disability - assess central nervous system, cognitive responses and implement spinal protection.

 

Carry out AMPLE history and understand its significance.

 

Carry out Secondary Survey to identify and treat:

  • Trauma
  • Head injuries
  • Chest injuries, including pneumothorax
  • Abdominal injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Limb injuries of both soft tissues and fractures
  • Burns.

 

Ascertain medical problems including:

  • Environment - hypothermia, hyperthermia, drowning, lightning strikes
  • Heart Disease - angina, heart attack, cardiac arrest.
  • Fitting
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Anaphalaxis
  • Overdoses.

 

Cas Carers are qualified to administer a range of drugs, including giving some injections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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