One of the most enjoyable parts about running the annual BLS refresher sessions for GP practices, is the opportunity it offers to try new exercises and methods of training. With a little ingenuity and imagination, plus some flexibility on the part of the practices we make the sessions really enjoyable and worthwhile.

This month I ran training for clinical staff at my practice and when the revision session was complete, I covered the management of penetrating trauma. This included an introduction to the use of tourniquets, improvised and CAT, packing and haemostats.

I followed the training with a short exercise, to practice the skills of BLS and treatment of haemorrhage.The exercises are quite simple to run, but do require a casualty or two and as always, Bernard and Timothy were on hand to display their wounds and bleed appropriately!

The team were great to work with and I look forward to the next session with the surgery non-clinical staff.

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