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BMAA Members’ Course: Emergency First Aid for Microlight Pilots

Aim

To offer a bespoke emergency first aid training course that addresses the particular risks and types of serious injuries that may be expected following an aircraft accident. To give advice and training to recognise and manage a number of probable medical conditions that could be anticipated within the pilot fraternity. To enhance the individuals life skills.

Background

The very nature of our sport places us at greater risk of having an accident. These as we know more often than not occur during take-offs and landings. This means traumatic forces are applied to the body as a result of “falling from heights” and “rapid deceleration”. This results in greater injuries to the neck and spinal cord and the likely hood of severe trauma to the head, internal organs and limbs with the possibility of catastrophic bleeds.

As we often fly from secluded airfields and with the increasing demands placed on the Ambulance Service, ambulance response times are progressively increasing. This leaves the fate of injured pilots in this increasing “wait” time in the hands of those around them. Having trained, confident first aiders immediately available will greatly increase the successful outcome of casualties with severe and life threatening injuries and increase the possibility of a life being saved.

In addition, looking at the apparent average age of pilots, the larger majority appear to be from middle to later years. This then suggest that many have reached that stage in life when their cholesterol and blood pressure levels and lifestyles place us at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Course content

1. Primary Survey - (basic ABC) Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing, Circulation

2. CPR

3. Managing the unconscious casualty - Recovery Position in and out of aircraft

4. The Extended Primary Survey - (DRCACBCDE) Danger, Response, Catastrophic Bleeds, Airway with C spine consideration, Breathing, Circulation, Disability, Environment/Evacuation, takes the basic Primary Survey then expands it to include:

  • Catastrophic Bleeds (Tourniquets, including improvised)

  • Airway management adding Jaw Thrust technique and Oropharyngeal Airway.

  • Rescue breathing via a pocket mask

  • Penetrating chest wounds.

  • Disability/Levels of consciousness – AVPU, PEARL

5. Spinal injuries/management

6. Choking

7. Heart Attacks

8. Strokes

9. Diabetes

10. Shock

11. Burns

12. Fractures

13. Automatic External Defibrillation (Optional)

First Course details:

2nd April 2016 0900 - 1700

BMAA Office

Deddington

Oxon

OX15 0TT

Cost:

BMAA members £55 plus VAT

Non BMAA members £75 plus VAT

Booking:

Book on line here

Priority given to BMAA members

Course subject to minimum attendees to be confirmed no later than 18th March 2016

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