ScoutMed members join because they wish to belong to a professionally run and accountable organisation, providing a high level of audited clinical care within clearly laid down parameters, like working as a member of a disciplined team, whilst also enjoying membership of a socially active organisation. Being a member of ScoutMed requires dedication, understanding, lots of patience and stamina. On very large events it is not uncommon to see around 800-1000 patients during the course of a seven to ten day period. Each patient has to be listened to, examined and treated with sympathy, tact and compassion while maintaining a non judgemental attitude and neutral position. The physical and psychological well being of the adults and young people who we serve is always paramount in any decision that is taken. We require our members to uphold the first principle of medicine; primo non nocere (first do no harm). Accordingly our training programme and on-the-job learning and mentor lead supervision are thorough and rigorous.
Members of ScoutMed start off with a minimum qualification of First Aid at Work (FAW). It is then up to each individual member how far they wish to develop clinically, with most members opting for full clinical development. Typically a ScoutMed member who wishes to undergo full training will undertake an additional 80 hours of theoretical and practical based class room teaching per year.
A typical years training programme (excluding FAW refreshers) will cover the following areas:
• Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system.
• Common respiratory emergencies.
• Airway management and adjuncts.
• Oxygen therapy and associated equipment.
• Bag, valve, mask equipment.
• Principles of ventilating a patient – drills and skills.
• Suctioning of the airway.
• Use of entonox.1
• Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system.
• Common cardio-vascular emergencies including cardiac arrest.
• Cardio pulmonary resuscitation - drills and skills: basic life support, intermediate life support & AED2.
• Introduction to major trauma and its management
• Major trauma – drills & skills: including cervical collars, log roll, moving and handling.
• Major incident triage, major incident management and radio procedures.
• Assessment of the sick child.
• Minor illness and injury.
There are parameters of course to what can be taught and practised. Parameters are set either by time constraints or by Statute. Members of ScoutMed who are health care professionals bring a synergistic dimension to our team using their skills and experience to complement the overall care process. We use our professional members to teach the more advanced care skills while our members who are first aid instructors keep us up to date with the basic core skills. We recognise that not everyone wishes to undertake the full training but we still value and appreciate members who do not wish to progress beyond FAW, or who wish to work in a non clinical support role.
While there may be parameters in what clinical skills may be practised there are no parameters when it comes to learning something new through gaining experience. Using our more experienced and qualified members to mentor and teach newer members is an effective and safe way of facilitating this.
ScoutMed members are safe, competent and experienced people when it comes to dealing with urgent and emergency problems. This is reassuring to leaders and parents (as well as to the young people themselves) who place the care of their children into our hands.
1. Entonox is a self administered pain killing (analgesic) gas comprising of nitrous oxide and oxygen and is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
2. AED is a type of defibrillator that can be used by non health care professionals. If the heart muscle suffers a blocked artery (heart attack) the muscle of the heart may develop chaotic electrical activity. When this happens the heart can no longer pump and its stops (cardiac arrest). A defibrillator delivers a controlled electric shock to the heart to try to restore normal electrical activity to its muscle allowing it to start pumping again. This is most likely to be successful if it is delivered within the first few minutes after a cardiac arrest.