Tomorrow we start our second contract course, another ITLS for North Shore Rescue. We’d originally planned this to be our ITLS Site Visit for sign-off as a ITLS Training Centre, but due to scheduling conflicts we won’t be getting our visit done this time around.
Ian’s packing up a his jumpbags, AV kit, and airway mannequins. I’ve got a briefcase full of admin and paperwork, and I’m answering questions from students already. Devon’s looking over his material.
Working with SAR groups is always a bit different than working with EMS or other health care providers. Medicine is only a small part of the mission, whether you’re a CF SARTECH or a community volunteer, and amidst all of the other critical skills that they work hard to keep sharp, the more difficult it can be to keep the finer nuances of patient care.
Regular review of the material is great, but team based training helps to ensure that the collective knowledge of the team is maintained. Not every team member needs to be an expert prehospital care provider; every team member does need to know what the goals and fundamentals of care are. That’s what makes a team efficient and effective, that they’re all working towards the same greater goal.
One of the great things about ITLS is it’s focus on a team based approach to caring for the injured. Concurrent activity and clearly defined and communicated goals keeps scene times to a minimum and allows for superb care even under very austere conditions.