Introduction to Cycle Responders
The event team works closely with event organisers. Risk assessments are done and discussed with you. Medic 1 will prioritise the safety of your event visitors, while at the same time, doing all they can to help you achieve the look and feel that you want for your event.
Cycle Responders will be trained Advanced First Aiders, who will be provided necessary personal safety equipment. The crew will also be in uniform and cycles will be marked, 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, they may, for example, be static at a given point of a race or walk and be ready to respond. The other purpose of this resource is to offer reassurance to event crew and visitors that they are around, as they are easily visible, but not disruptive in the way a motorised vehicle might be.
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 medic to a casualty, this resource cannot transport sick or injured patients. Cycle responders will always work in pairs to facilitate best patient care and for safety reasons. Did you know that it requires more than one person to administer effective Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), use a defibrillator, manage an airway and so on? Also, that for every minute that there is a delay in administering a shock, via a defibrillator, survival rates decline by 10 %? Having two Cycle Responders provides the best emergency response until additional resources arrive.
What skills do they have?
All of our Cycle Responders are Advanced First Aiders and 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 a multidisciplinary team, Cycle Responders may be based in an event medical centre or an agreed place within the event. This is particularly helpful at events such as triathlons, cycling or some running events. Cycle Responders may be able to gain access to a casualty faster than on foot.
All of our cycle responders are tracked, which allows the radio controller to see exactly where they are.
The cycle crew can then request emergency back-up if it is required. This 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 outcomes.
Additionally, cycle responders may patrol a given area, this allows them to be deployed as required, while at the same time reassuring visitors that you have event first aid cover, that does not impact negatively on our environment.