These links below will take you directly to documents about supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave on the Department of Health website:
Looking after yourself and others during hot weather – (general public leaflet, key messages and top tips for keeping cool) http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/documents/digitalasset/dh_118307.pdf
Now also available in large print version: http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_116026.pdf
Supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave (advice for health and social care professionals – updated) http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_134153.pdf
Supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave (advice for care home managers and staff – updated) http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_134156.pdf
The full heatwave plan and companion document Making the Case can be accessed via: Heatwave plan for England 2012 - (highlights public health messages and follow-up actions): http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_134155.pdf
Making the Case: - (much of the information previously in main Heatwave Plan and update information about likelihood of heatwaves and longer term planning): http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_134157.pdf
Are we all following the Olympic Torch Relay route?
I am finding myself fascinated by it all! I started to wonder how many DropBy members will see the Torch? Has anyone seen it so far?
By my calculation 3 members could have seen it by now. It went through Plymouth on Saturday 19th May.
Follow the Torch Relay Route here: http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/route/
Another 3 members could have seen it yesterday as it went from Taunton to Bristol. It is day 5 today and it is moving from Bristol to Cheltenham. Another 2 members could see it today!
We have to wait until Day 63 but then it is coming right through the centre of our town - so excited!!
Does anyone have tickets for the Games? If, like me, you don't, perhaps we could devise some games to play within our little community when we are not watching the real ones on TV? Any ideas or suggestions?
Community First Responder Schemes
slipped on the icy path. The village snow plan (if
any...?) has not caught up with the heavy white
downfall. Lucky you, the "green man" arrives - having received
notice from the ambulance service. He is your village's
"community first responder". As he makes
you comfortable - that cold pavement is now insulated, you ponder
his shoulder badge - gleaming like a knight's shield. You ask
"What is a Community First Responder?"
He does not chant 1,2,3,.... as I have. But slowly responds with the following points whilst fitting a splint (CRFs please excuse My ignorance.):
1. CFR Schemes are teams of volunteers ( you perhaps?) who will be the first at the scene of an incident involving cardiac concerns, slips and falls or worse, etc.
2. Members are trained in first aid for medical emergencies including the use of defibrillators, eg by SECamb in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
3. The member attends the incident with a huge red bag which includes an automated external defibrillator.
4. The CFR Teams are recruited, equipped, trained and developed by the SECamb.
it is known that the Kent's
Snodland CFR Team has a support group known as "Friends of Snodland
[Shortly after the SECamb ambulance arrives and you are whisked away to the hospital. On route you are wired up and biometric data is sent in advance of your arrival. Telemetry in medicine is gathering pace - in the form of "teleCare", "tele-Medicine", "m-Health". I am told that our local surgery can take photos of skin conditions and send them by the www to the consultant. The response might be: a) a prescription, b) book an appointment to travel to hospital or c) there is no problem. ]
At the moment Swanley has two individuals who are CFRs and needs at least four more to form a "Swanley Team". More information is needed but it is believed that the following is likely to be fairly accurate:
- a CFR team which is big enough should be able to cover their community 24/7;
- CFRs go to a victim of cardiac arrest and other emergencies ahead of ambulance and emergency services;
- a CFR is a volunteer who works to shifts to cover their area;
- individuals cover about 4 square miles;
each CFR needs to be "self-mobile" and be able to communicate
with the emergency centre to receive information about
Does you community - town or village in Sevenoaks District - have the cover of a CFR Team?????
My point is that most of us have had some kind of first aid but employers almost always have trained staff.
My next to last training in first aid was when my first grandchild was born. I went as the only male in a class of a dozen or so mums. We had about 3 hours of basic baby/toddler first aid! At least I learned something and felt I could cope...? Fortunatley I was never required to act on my training. More recently a friend showed me basic CPR or cardiopulonary resuscitation (using a dummy torso).
Nowadays I would suggest that committees, trustees, etc, of voluntary community groups might like to develop a policy of calling for former first aiders to update in the basics. If there are no members or they are reluctant call for volunteers who could then be trained.
I know of one Active retirement association who have trained four members - for their meetings and outings. They are also intent on donatingan AED for a brand new village hall they will be using - AND want more training (defibrillator training) so as to be able to use it.
As to the cost..? Yes it may cost the voluntary body a few pounds but it may be available forbfree or for a non-commercial amount. If a village's voluntary bodies pooled resources and used an accredited training body it may be super-cost effective. If one life is saved or if over the months several members are protected from otherwise more severe injury what are a few pounds.
You are lucky. You are in safe hands - your local Community First Responder has arrived. She introduces herself, asks your name, and begins to make you comfortable. Before she has finished the ambulance arrives and your kind volunteer goes off to await her next call from the emergency call centre.
She goes home and gets ready for her day job - as a CFR she was a fully trained volunteer. You are lucky in two respects. Firstly, she was on her shift and was able to respond accordingly. Secondly, the ambulance came within minutes anyway.
Some accident victims are unlucky in two ways. Firstly, sometimes a community is not covred by any CFR Scheme. Sceondly, the ambulance is on an other call and cannot get to you in less than an hour.