Devon, Ian and I spent the day with 10 NSR members working our way through day one of ITLS. We covered the ITLS Primary Survey and Ongoing Exam. Airway management, hemorrhage control, chest and abdominal injuries.
One of the best things we do in ITLS is almost insidious. We get people talking the same language. We take students with qualifications ranging from Wilderness First Aid through to EMR (in this case) who have been trained by the Red Cross, St John’s, JIBC, AET and other training providers, and we get them all using the same terminology. This means that when teams are communicating and collaborating on scene, the transfer of information is fast, efficient, and leads to shorter scene times and better care.
We also try to introduce new equipment, procedures, and techniques to our classes. Comfortable with a CAT? Let’s look at a SOFT too. Use the SAM Pelvic Sling? Have you looked at the TPOD for your agency? Asherman Seals work, but how about Hyfin?
We don’t expect our clientele to stay on top of the latest science behind EMS. That’s what we do.