Successful Bleed Control Course in Islington
Eighteen delegates attended a Zero Responder bleed control skills course, at Caxton House Community Centre on Friday 4 March. They learned how to use bleed control kits provided by Islington Council to community groups around the borough, to boost community safety and potentially save lives.
Mike Greville, from Glasgow-based, personal and workplace safety training company, Salvas, delivered the course. It included what to do when being first on the scene following an incident, such as a stabbing, and how to use the contents of a bleed control trauma first aid kit effectively, to preserve life until paramedics arrive.
Topics covered included correctly applying pressure to a wound, correctly applying a tourniquet, wound packing and treating a penetrating chest wound, as well as communication and casualty hand-over to ambulance crew. Hands-on skills were taught using simulated body parts, so trainees could practice applying the kits contents effectively.
Mike Greville from Salvas said:
“I was delighted to be asked to deliver this vital training. Islington Council has been leading the way in the provision of bleed control kits at community locations. Our training course, which was attended by representatives of community groups and council staff, ensured that those kits will be put to the most effective use possible. Crucially, they will help save lives if, and when, they have to be used. The feedback from delegates was very encouraging and Salvas is very pleased to have made this positive contribution to community safety in the borough.”
Councilor Sue Lukes, Islington Council member for community safety, said:
“We are incredibly grateful to all who attended our training session on how to use bleed control kits. Our community leads said the training was informative and engaging and has given then the skills and confidence to use a bleed control kit if they are on the scene of a serious incident. Each of these organisations is doing a great service to the community and each kit we have in Islington could potentially save a life. We very much hope the kits will never need to be used, but they could make the difference between life and death.”
What people say about SALVAS
“Having identified that 77% of our Operatives had experienced verbal abuse at the hands of South West Scotland’s drivers, and 17% had experienced actual physical abuse, it was important that we equipped them with the correct training to identify potential conflict at the earliest of stages, to understand it and properly manage such issues. This training has already helped many of our workers and we will look to have all of our customer-facing teams trained to such similar high standards.”
"Tailored to our needs and rated as the best they’ve ever had by many of our City Wardens."
‘Was well executed, thoroughly fascinating and helpful, and has helped taught me the proper way to deal with people. It has also gotten me thinking about my own body language so that I present myself to colleagues and customers in a more approachable and positive fashion."
"The workshop demonstrated successfully to myself on how to deal with violence and aggression and was very practical and informative."
"The lecturer was excellent in communicating the course I thought over to the students."
"Conflict specialist trainers Salvas provided a one-day training course, delivered by trainer Jag Sidhu to our Revenue protection staff.– who often face stressful situations when relating to the public – through theoretical and practical exercises, designed to help keep them and passengers conflict-free and safe.
The Salvas course was very practical and the trainer used examples of scenarios from both within and outside the bus industry.
Our staff were very reassured by the course and felt able to deal with a variety of situations even more effectively"
"Having used the services of Salvas before, I knew what they offered in the way of managing conflict training was ideal for my staff and our business. My frontline staff are now better prepared and equipped with the skills and knowledge to deal with the various types of conflict situations that can arise when dealing with members of the public than they were prior to them participating in this training course."
"Salvas have supported the project since its inception in the winter of 2010. We train staff in Managing conflict and Challenging behaviours. Many of the service users have drug, alcohol and mental health issues. We concentrate on developing positive communication along with defusing and calming skills. Given the abusive backgrounds of many of the service users, staff have had to call the Police for assistance over the years. Training inputs have been adapted based on the incident recording and learning from previous violent incidents and this year 2018-19 saw the following reduction in Violent incidents within the Night shelter. Staff, volunteers and partners all reported that the night shelter felt much safer than last year. Statistics provided by Police Scotland confirmed this with a 53% reduction in reported crime. Common assault was down by 88%, and there was a 73% reduction in breach of the peace incidents."
"The hotel venue offered vulnerable guests an en-suite room 24/7 and staff were trained in safety. Salvas worked with the management and staff of the centre in creating a blended learning training programme to equip staff to safely manage and respond to behaviours of concern should they occur in the hotel. Staff undertook e-learning in Personal safety and Safer De-escalation alongside a face to face practical skills workshop to help them safely approach and manage difficult situations including conducting care and welfare room checks."