Mobile First Aid & Standby is the medical first response provided onsite to a hazardous worksite emergency incident. The response is provided by medics specifically trained for that first response. It’s mobile because the transportation and medical equipment used from within a first aid transport vehicle is onsite.
First Line of Defense
These medics provide immediate first aid assistance to injured or ill persons as a result of an emergency incident. In that role, the medics provide rigid emergency medical support until other specific specialists take over. Sometimes, in the case of smaller conditions or more minor issues, first aid care is the full adequate response. However, first aid is only the first layer of response. The second comes with the advanced treatments. So, at some point, the advanced team either transports the patient to a hospital or simply arrives on the scene to start their own response onsite. In either case, this immediate first aid response is critical to the mitigation of potentially life threatening outcomes.
The mobile first aid team provides a very structured response. That’s because it needs to be so. To clarify, let’s review the standard steps that the mobile first aid & standby teams take each time there is an incident.
First, they let the injured or ill person know who they are and that they will be providing first aid care to them personally. In short, this means that they must get their patient’s permission to help before they begin. When the person is unable to communicate, they assume “implied consent” and begin treatment as such.
Secondly, they assess and identify the medical issues and then proceed to initiate contact with the advanced team who will be taking over. For example, they may call an additional transport vehicle with specialty medical skills. Or, they may connect with a medical specialist via phone for monitoring while transporting to a hospital. Or, they may contact family members for additional medical information, and so on. This all depends on the seriousness and specifics of the situation. But, what’s important is that this additional help is alerted and the maximum care is established for the next critical minutes or hours.
In the meantime, emergency first aid medics perform life essential critical care routines such as defibrillation via automated external defibrillators (AED’s). Or, they may perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Additionally, they may administer air/oxygen treatment and bandaging/splinting. Or, they may reduce further toxic exposure or poisoning. Whatever mobile first aid is required, is administered.
Other Necessary Best Practices
Further to that, while initial first aid is being administered, the medics also assess the safety of the surroundings to identify any other present potential dangers. This prevents further risk of further injury. So, dangers such as the presence of water or chemicals at the scene, automobile traffic, fire hazard, malfunctioning equipment, and such are avoided or mitigated.
Additionally, they simultaneously ensure that hand washing and sanitization is performed so as to prevent further spread or additional concerns. Likewise, they ensure that proper procedures are followed to further mitigate safety and health concerns on scene. For example, they minimize exposure to blood and bodily fluids by wearing gloves and protective gear. Further to that, all contaminated protective gear and equipment is disposed in a careful manner using bio-hazard bags.
Mobile Treatment Centers
The mobile transport treatment centers typically include the following considerations.
- Includes Transport Canada approved patient transfer compartments with transport permits in each truck
- Accommodates two patient capability
- Includes AED’s (automated external defibrillators)
- Includes Medical Supplies beyond industry standards
- Accommodates phones with built in boosters
- Carries radio & two way radio for communication from MTC (Mobile Telecommunications Company) to truck cab
Mobile Standby Fire Units
The mobile standby fire trucks typically include the following considerations.
- Uses automated water heating and circulating pumps to prevent freeze up and ensure correct shower water temperatures
- Uses grey water bladder system to prevent ground contamination
- Supplies extra SCBA bottles on board for emergency situations
- Has large capacity Foam Tank
- Includes 3 Encon Shower and Eye Wash Stations rated at 20 GPM regulated to 50 PSI
- Positions control mounts to allow for versatile lease placement
- Has experienced and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) certified firefighters
The Mobile First Aid Standby Kit
Suffice it to say, a well stocked first aid kit is a must. See the list below.
- Eyewash and eye shield
- Chemical cold pack
- Mask for breathing (rescue breathing/CPR)
- Burn ointment
- Antibiotic cream
- Absorbent compresses
- Antiseptic wipes and swabs
- Sterile gauze
- Bandages, roller bandages, and tape
The Mobile First Aid Standby Equipment
For example, the following equipment is typically available.
- Scott and Draeger SCBA’s (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Respirators)
- SABA (Supplied Air Breathing Apparatus)
- 4 way manifolds for 4 simultaneous lines
- high pressure breathing regulators
- hi flow D cylinders of breathing air
- H2S warning signs / wind socks / flag poles
- CSE kit (Combined Spinal Epidural System)
- 800 feet of breathing air hose
- Recharge line for filling SCBA/SABA’s on location
Mud Creek Medics
To learn more about our Mobile First Aid & Standby services, check out our Medical First Aid Team.