Plymouth University Wilderness and Expedition Medicine society (aka Puwems) were invited to the Rescue Centre last night for a workshop about what we do and also hopefully have a bit of fun.
The evening kicked off with an introductory talk about the history and different aspects of being in the team. This was followed by a talk on the medical kit we carry and types of scenarios that we might experience. After that the students were given a synopsis on what the water team does and an explanation of the kit that we have. This resulted in a throw bag extravaganza outside, where by pure luck no one was knocked out!
Next was a brief overview on the two types of stretcher the team uses, which was followed by the second challenge of the evening, a stretcher race. Two teams of 12 had to package up a casualty and carry them round the block on either the bell or titanium stretcher. Unsurprisingly the winning team had the titanium stretcher. Once everyone had caught their breath we demonstrated how the stretcher fits to the wheel and then opened the floor to any questions.
The evening seemed a great success and we want to say a massive thank you to the students that attended, their enthusiasm made it a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We would also like to say thank you for the kind donations and we hope to see them again in the future.