Emergency Response: At the Scene

6 May 2014

This dynamic webcast provides real insight into being the first responder at a rural traffic accident. This webcast portrays a simulated country road accident played out in real time and depicts a rural general practitioner arriving at the scene and follows him as the situation unfolds.

This is the first of a two part webcast. To view the second part Emergency Response: At the hospital please click here.

Emergency Response: At the Scene (Part one) examines:
Scene safety, 
Primary Survey to transport
Clinical handover

Dr Olga Ward (Rural Health West Medical Advisor), Dr Garry Wilkes (UWA Clinical Associate Professor) and Dr Sally Edmonds (RFDS Deputy Medical Director) recap the scenes,  discuss the stages and clinical management of the patient, as well as providing their own personal anecdotes and advice about dealing with trauma in a rural or remote environment. Consideration is also given to an array of questions that may not have been previously contemplated such as:
What do you do with your car,
What information is critical to mention in the emergency call, and
How do you deal with any public on the scene

The emergency response simulation was developed in partnership with the Western Australian Trauma Education Committee and in consultation with St John Ambulance, WA Police, Royal Flying Doctor’s Service, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and clinical advisors from Fremantle Hospital. 

Selected scenes within the Rural Doctors Webcasts: Emergency Response part one and two, are included in the Western Australian Trauma Education Committee’s Western Trauma Course. Further emergency skills education including Rural Health West’s REACT course and the Western Trauma Course can be found on our website under professional development.

A number of the clinical forms and resources that are referenced to in this webcast can be viewed under ‘Resources’ and ‘Related links’.