UK Manchester Arena Report

At the moment I am working my way through part two of the Manchester Arena Inquiry report, and to put it mildly, it is uncomfortable reading, especially in profession.  

I am often employed as part of the medical staff in nightclubs and events.  I knew before the Manchester attack that medical help was not minutes away, and it would be self / bystander help that would save the lives.  But like many I got complacent.  

As I have not finished reaping the report (something like another 700 odd pages to go) I am still working on personal changes to both my CPD and additions to my equipment.  But my initial thoughts are plan for a minimum of 3 hours before professional help gets to you.   


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      That sums up the CitizenAid organisation. That EMS will not be allowed into the area until it is deemed safe, which could be quite a long time. It will be up to the survivors on scene to deal with the casualties.


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        Hi Black Club, I take it your in the UK as well?

        I was lucky enough to attend the CitizenAid conference / study day about 5 or 6 years ago at Edgbaston cricket ground.  Well worth the trip down to it.   

        I have not yet managed to work my way all the way through the Manchester report yet, but so far, I have identified a couple of points that I need to address.

        Some of these are obvious things like, more equipment to stop catastrophic blood loss and maintaining the casualty’s temperature, to less obvious things like elastic bands to fix NATMIST cards to the casualty and a roll up carry sheet for moving casualties.

        The major hurdle is most companies I work for are CQC registered so carrying our own kit is frowned on.  

        Have you seen the new NHS Trauma Triage tools?

        NHS England » Ten Second Triage tool

        NHS England » NHS Major Incident Triage Tool (MITT)

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        Fortunately I’m self employed so I can carry what I like 😀 but it’s in excess of my usual work gear

        yes, in the UK

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        Technically I am self-employed too (I tried the employment 9-5 thing, but it was too stressful for me).

        Most of the reputable (ish) companies are CQC registered, or at least following CQC guidelines.  This means in order to insure we work to skill level and everything is in date, we get sealed bags each shift.  Some companies supply kit but allow us to carry our own too.  Others require us to carry our own gear.

        I do carry a hold all with admin stuff in it.  Mostly coffee bags, but a light fleece, spare batteries etc.  My plan is to add the extras to this bag and only get them out once the situation goes past the point it no long is an issue.  

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        I can only comment on the medical side of event cover.  It is extremely easy to say “it would only take the deleting of 35 words to give them the power they need.  The hard part would be getting a system of regulation that can be implemented.

        I have been on the receiving end of a CQC inspection when I worked for a private ambulance company, we lost points because we did not have a green mop for mopping the kitchen area in the ambulance station.  We pointed out we did not have a kitchen or even anywhere to prepare / consume food in the station.  But because the inspector could not tick that box, we only received a “good” rating.  

        Don’t get me wrong, nobody I know in the private event medical field is against regulation, but we want regulation that will actually improve the industry, not just look good on paper.  

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        Shocking. No green mop? What kind of medical service are you providing? 😉