4x4 ATV & Quad bikes
Introduction to 4x4 ATV & Quad bikes
The Medic 1 events team has experience of a diverse range of event types and locations. We understand that event organisers have a vision of what their event should look like and how that should be achieved.
Working with you we will undertake a risk assessment to take into account all of the factors that may affect or hinder our response to a casualty needing first aid or paramedic assistance. This will help us to know which vehicle type your event requires.
ATVs & quad bikes will be crewed by trained Advanced First Aiders, who will be provided necessary personal safety equipment. The crew will also be in uniform and therefore easily identifiable. This resource will usually be deployed by our radio controller. They will carry a first aid kit, defibrillator and auto-injector for anaphylaxis.
Their role is to reach the casualty as quickly and safely as possible in areas where access is restricted or terrain not suitable for standard vehicles.
There are many reasons why we only provide this as a double crewed resource, but the most important one is to provide the best patient care. As you may know, it requires more than one person to administer effective CPR, use a defibrillator, manage an airway and so on. Having two Advanced First Aiders provides the best emergency response until additional resources arrive. Did you know that for every minute that there is a delay in administering a shock, via a defibrillator, survival rates decline by 10%?
This resource type would be available as part of a larger event medical team. It is not a resource that would be sent alone. That is because while it may aid a rapid response of a medics, this resource does not allow the safe transportation of the sick or injured patient. They would need to be transferred to either the Medic1 event medical centre for further assessment and treatment or the patient may require transfer to the hospital via an ambulance.
What skills do they have?
All of our Advanced First Aiders are trained in advanced first aid and have extended skills. They are able to carry out a patient assessment to determine the injury or illness. In addition, they can provide basic life support which includes, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation and use of lifesaving autoinjectors for anaphylaxis. Their additional training allows them to carry out correct patient, manual handling and infection control techniques and as well as perform some basic observations on the patient such as blood pressure, blood sugar level and oxygen level monitoring. In addition, our Advanced First Aiders are able to administer some over the counter medications such as Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Loratadine (for hay fever) and Aspirin (for suspected heart attacks).
We believe that working in a variety of events across the country requires our staff to have effective communication, this is why all of our Advanced First Aiders are trained in communication skills and can overcome any barriers to communication in a variety of ways and have flashcards if required.
Basic Life Support
Over the counter medication
Autoinjectors to treat anaphylaxis
How can the unit work for you?
As part of an event medical team, this unit assists with gaining access to a casualty quickly when the terrain would otherwise make that difficult. For example, at an offroad run event where the road access can be limited throughout the route, this unit would allow for a quick response. Allowing our Advanced First Aiders to assess, treat or stabilise and call for back up.
All of our vehicles are tracked, which allows the radio controller to see exactly where the ATV/Quad crew are. This quick response is particularly important for patients experiencing a cardiac event, such as a heart attack or breathing difficulties when minutes really can make a difference to the patient's outcomes.