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BASICS Scotland: Adult Tele-Education

BASICS Scotland Responder (staged)

Places are available for the BASICS Scotland Adult Immediate Medical Care course, to be delivered via videoconference from January 2013.

The course will include the following skills:

  • Scene Safety and Mechanisms of Injury
  • Spinal Management
  • Patient Assessment
  • Airway, Breathing & Circulation Management
  • Secondary Survey
  • Packaging for Transport
  • Live RTC Scenario with participant interaction

The sessions will include a mix of formally delivered education, along with interactive practical sessions.

The deadline for applications is November 30th 2012.  Further details are available from the following documents:

>> Information Sheet

>> Booking Form

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BASICS Scotland Conference: September 2012

News just out: the next BASICS Scotland conference will be held on Saturday 15th September in Nairn.

This will be the tenth BASICS Scotland conference, and a great programme has been planned – a day covering a wide spectrum of prehospital medicine, sandwiched between an interesting social programme.  “This conference will change your practice” and it is hoped that the programme will appear to all types of BASICS responders across Scotland.

There will be opportunities to brush up on pre-hospital skills in some of the workshops, as well as discuss issues such as clinical governance.  Dr Susan Klein will be speaking about professional and emotional resilience in responders, and Sir Keith Porter will be looking at “human factors” in decision making during emergency response.

There will be presentations from active responders, looking at all angles of providing BASICS-type emergency support.    Professor George Crooks will open the conference programme.

More details are available at the BASICS Scotland website: – or you can download the programme here.

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BASICS Scotland Conference 2011

Saturday 10th September 2011

Carnoustie Golf Hotel, nr Dundee

This year’s BASICS Scotland conference will be held at Carnoustie, and will focus on “Trauma Systems for Scotland”.  As usual, there will be a broad range of other presentations and exhibitors, and the event will culminate in a dinner and ceilidh.

The guest speaker is Dr Howard Champion, and other presentations include A&E and offshore retrieval, and case reports by BASICS responders.  There will also be a demonstration by Carnoustie Coastguard.

For more information and programme details, visit the BASICS Scotland website here.

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The Sandpiper Trust

Many visitors to RuralGP will be very familiar with the service that the Sandpiper Trust is providing to rural GPs across Scotland.  Set up in 2001 in memory of Sandy Dickson, the charity provides fully-equipped emergency bags to enable GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide immediate medical care in rural Scotland.

Each bag costs in excess of £1000, however this reflects the fact that much-needed medical equipment is included, such as bag and valve masks, neck collars, intraosseous needles and chest drains.  The bag itself has recently been redesigned in association with Tiso outdoor equipment, and has attracted international acclaim for its innovative layout and durable construction.

Over 750 bags have been distributed across Scotland, providing a vital network of equipment to rural communities, especially when ambulance response times are prolonged.  Additional projects by the Sandpiper Trust include vehicle locator units and training equipment for use on BASICS Scotland courses.

Further information on the bags can be found at the new Sandpiper Trust website, where it’s also possible to make a donation to allow existing bags to be updated, and new bags to be delivered.

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BASICS Scotland Conference

basicsscotland‘Tis the season to be advertising conferences!  Next up is BASICS Scotland, who’ve planned for a great conference on Saturday 12th September.

This year the event will take place at the Erskine Bridge Hotel (near Glasgow) and the programme asks the question “Can the Emergency Services Cope on Their Own?”.  Speakers include Pauline Howie, Acting Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service, and Johnny Morrison, a Military Surgical Registrar who will give an account of his time in Afghanistan.

Information on how to register is available from the BASICS Scotland Website.

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