First Aid

edited on Sat 16 Nov at 12:55 in General
A brief summary of my AGM item:

First Aid training is a very good thing - if you can, get training through work. More information at http://bit.ly/2Ojnpvn
I hope to be arranging a cycling first aid course in the near future - information will be posted.

Meanwhile, take some responsibility:
Carry a card with you with In Case of Emergency details - contact name and number, any relevant medical details
On your phone add under ICE your emergency contact number
Warn the ride leader if you have any relevant medical issues: Heart issues / medication causing bleeds, epilepsy, diabetes, major allergies &c.

If you have a smartphone add the what3words app - http://bit.ly/33VskJQ . This may help you relay your location to the emergency services, along with Google Maps. Grid references are no longer widely used by the control rooms.

Also add the St John Cycling First Aid app - http://bit.ly/355chJt

St John also publish a very good general First Aid manual - http://bit.ly/33Tktwh

First Aid Kits:
First Aid is for serious emergencies - fine if you wish to carry them, but plasters, aspirin and sun cream are not part of a statutory first aid kit. 
I carry:
My phone (the most important item)
A pair of vinyl gloves
A mouth-to-mouth shield
An emergency rescue blanket (to keep the patient warm, and for modesty)
A length of clingfilm wrapped around a pencil or similar. This will do to cover scrapes & minor cuts, and also act as a bandage.
If you are venturing off-road, a pair of tick tweezers might be included - http://bit.ly/2poGhkp
For night rides and wilderness rides I would add a head torch and a whistle.
Washing a wound liberally with a water bottle is perhaps better than wiping with an antiseptic wipe. It doesn't matter what's in the bottle.
A jersey can be used to staunch serious bleeding, an inner tube makes a good sling.

However, the two most important parts of First Aid - Initial actions prior to treatment, and CPR are best learnt from a trainer, and this will give confidence to deal with a situation.



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