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Husthwaite Community First Responders - NCR 180 is now LIVE!!

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After a particularly intensive training weekend in our new village hall Husthwaite now has eight qualified, acting, (and VERY nervous!) Community First Responders.

Congratulations to Sheila Mowatt, Sue Houlston, Annabel Kennedy, Lynn Colton, Jeremy Walker, Maxine Templeman and David Smith who in the New Year answered pleas to join me in becoming CFR's for Husthwaite.
These people have not only given up a weekend of their time to be trained and assessed but now have to provide at least 100 hours per month to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and to YOU the people of Husthwaite and the surrounding area by taking it in turns to be 'on-call' should someone call an ambulance in this area.
When a 999 call is received in Yorkshire Ambulance Service's Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), an ambulance response is dispatched. At the same time the CFR on-call in the Husthwaite can be alerted (but not always as it depends on the type of emergency, CFR's will not attend trauma cases for example) and be asked to assist at the incident to ensure assistance reaches the patient as quickly as possible. This can be anything from breathing difficulties, a diabetic emergency, an unconscious patient, someone suffering from breathing difficulties or having seizure. As volunteers are based within the community, they may only be a minute or two away from a medical emergency and very often their role is to simply provide vital reassurance to patients and their families until ambulance clinicians arrive. However, in extreme cases, such as a heart attack, they can perform CPR or use their defibrillator to restart someone's heart, which can save someone's life.
We have all been trained in the following
• Introduction to Community First Responding
• Automated External Defibrillation and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
• Including the use of all associated equipment
• Oxygen Therapy
• Treatment of Medical Conditions
• Responder Safety and Risk Assessment including:
◦ Communicating with Patients
◦ Health and Safety, Infection Control
◦ Completion of Paperwork - Patient Report Form
Each unit requires the completion of a written and practical assessment, which then must be updated every six months.
So as you can see these people have given up a lot for our community so next time you see one of them just give them a pat on the back and say 'thank-you'.
I can guarantee that they are all extremely nervous about that first call, myself included!!

Barney Smith
The Hideaway@Baxby Manor