Would you know how to react in the event of a terrorist attack?
Whenever there is a shooting, stabbing or bomb explosion, the initial priority is understandably to ensure public safety, which can unfortunately cause delays to the emergency services being able to reach the injured.
The QA Level 2 Award in citizenAID (RQF) has been specifically developed to help members of the public learn life-saving skills for use in these extreme situations.
Based on the citizenAID phone App and pocket guide, this regulated qualification is designed to teach people how to react safely, prioritise the injured and give first aid to victims in the event of a deliberate multiple casualty incident.
During this 3 hour course, candidates will have the opportunity to practise techniques for dealing with catastrophic bleeding and will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to save lives in the aftermath of a terrorist
QA Level 2 Award Certificate valid for 3 years
Ofqual regulated 3 hour course
citizenAID (RQF) Qualsafe Awards
Determining the appropriate actions to take in the following events, using the citizenAID App or pocket guide:
• Knife attacker or active shooter
• Suspected bomb
• Exploded bomb Reporting the incident to the emergency services
Prioritising multiple casualties Providing sufficient information when the emergency services arrive Dealing with an unresponsive casualty who is breathing:
• Opening the airways
• Checking breathing
• Recovery Position Controlling severe external bleeding:
• Applying manufactured and improvised tourniquets
• Using improvised and manufactured dressings to pack wounds
Avoidable deaths can occur very quickly, particularly from bleeding, with injuries from a bomb or shooting, and these events often involve multiple victims. Military experience from treating casualties in conflict has shown how vital immediate action in these circumstances can be.
Brigadier Tim Hodgetts, Medical Director of the Defence Medical Services and co-author of citizenAID says:
citizenAID takes recent military experience to create a simple system that is accessible to the general public to use in the first minutes when there are multiple casualties from a shooting, stabbing or a bomb. We know that by having the knowledge and skills at the point of injury we can prevent avoidable deaths.
Sir Keith Porter, Professor of Clinical Traumatology at University Hospital Birmingham and co-author of citizenAID says:
The greatest threat to a patient after serious injury is time. When there is a shooting or stabbing incident the first priority for the emergency services is public safety. This means access to the injured may be delayed. citizenAID empowers the public in these difficult situations to help themselves, their family and friends, and the wider community, while waiting for the emergency services. It provides the public with information to encourage immediate action that can genuinely save lives.
citizenAID provides advice on what to do on discovering a suspect bomb and the immediate actions to take after a bomb has exploded. Simple steps to organise the scene and pass the right information to the emergency services will improve bystander safety and ensure that those most in need are treated first.
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