Busy morning at base today, 10 Kendal team members and 2 team members from Wasdale MRT were doing the final practical exam to become qualified or re-qualify as Cas Carers (casualty care).
As any mountain rescue team member will tell you, arriving safely at the scene of an incident and the safety of the team is our first priority. Next is treating the casualty, who may be suffering a variety of injuries. These can range from broken bones, open wounds, internal injuries, heart attacks through to twisted ankles, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, asthma attack to name a few.
To ensure team members are able to treat these injuries they have to pass both the theory exam and the practical exam which consists of a trauma scenario and a medical scenario. The cas carer has to demonstrate to mountain rescue doctors that they are competent to treat casualties using the equipment that we carry up the hill.
Long hours go into both studying and practising for this exam, but the real hard work comes from the Lakes team doctors in preparing their members for this exam. A special mention goes to Kendal team doctor Tom C who has now organised our training and exams for the last 2 years. The proof of Tom’s hard work is demonstrated by the fact that all 10 Kendal team members passed, as did the 2 from Wasdale MRT.
On a final note, the qualification only lasts 3 years so that is why cas care is a vital part of our monthly training.