EURIECA™ - More than GWO Enhanced First Aid

As the renewable energy sector grows, more windfarms are being developed, with turbines located at distances further and further from shore, and civilisation. This means that in medical emergencies, response times are longer, and operators have a greater need for onsite advanced first aid and lifesaving skills.

Our EURIECA™ course is accredited by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) as compliant with its GWO Enhanced First Aid (EFA) criteria. What’s more, this training goes above and beyond the EFA requirements.

It is designed specifically for those working in often remote offshore or onshore wind environments, with the aim to reduce preventable pre-hospital deaths. The advanced first aid training helps individuals to identify and treat life-threatening injuries sustained in these remote areas, and to prepare casualties for rapid evacuation to hospital.

Aim of this course

The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) has recognised the need for improved casualty care and, in October 2018, released version 1 of the GWO Enhanced First Aid (EFA) standard.

Following extensive work with a number of renewable energy organisations and the subsequent development of a list of credible injury scenarios Trauma Resus has identified a number of advanced skills that are required in addition to the GWO EFA syllabus. The EURIECA programme bridges the gap between basic first aid and professional medical help by empowering teams and organisations to deliver the right care, at the right time, with the right equipment every-time.

Key outcomes for students completing the EURIECA™ course are :-

  • Able to assess, diagnose and treat life-threatening emergencies
  • Able to provide advanced first aid to casualties in remote environments
  • Able to prepare casualties for rescue and transfer to the emergency services
  • Able to administer analgesia (pain relief) to casualties

Course delivery

The EURIECA course is delivered over 3 days by experts in pre-hospital care and can be delivered anywhere throughout Europe. The course is underpinned with 3 hours of online pre-course E-Learning which enables the face to face element of the training to focus on the practical elements of advanced first aid.

Upon completion of the course, students are awarded GWO basic first aid, GWO enhanced first aid and EURIECA™ certificates. These certificates are valid for two years.

Summary of syllabus

The syllabus includes the following :-

  • Kinematics – How to perform a ‘SCENE’ approach and predict injuries based on the forces and motion involved.
  • Catastrophic bleeding control – Learn to manage catastrophic external bleeding with the use of advanced pressure dressings, tourniquets, wound packing techniques and haemostatic dressings.
  • Airway management – Develop skills in identifying and managing airway obstructions, including the use of suction devices and adjuncts such as oral, nasal and supraglottic airways
  • Breathing – Study serious chest injuries and their management, including the titration of Oxygen therapy and the use of chest seals.
  • Circulation – Examine how the circulatory system works and how to identify and treat shock
  • Disability – Identify and treat head injuries and learn how to prevent secondary brain injuries
  • Extremity Trauma – Identify and treat fractures and soft tissue injury using a wide range of splints and slings
  • Burns – Understand the different types, severity, and treatment of burns
  • Packaging and evacuation – Learn the different ways of packaging casualties for rapid evacuation and choose appropriate extrication and transport equipment for time-critical patients
  • Special Circumstances – Discuss adaptations for treatment for victims of drowning or poisoning
  • CPR and AEDs – Learn the Resuscitation Council 2015 guidelines and the safest and most effective way to use AEDs
  • Analgesia – Understand how to assess a casualty’s pain and then support the administration of both Entonox and Methoxyflurane

Maintenance of Skills (MOS)

Our MOS programme is designed to help EURIECA™ trained first aiders maintain their knowledge, skills, competence and confidence after completing their initial training.

Monthly MOS modules include e-learning and face-to-face practical training sessions delivered by a specialist ‘in-house’ MOS Instructor.

In addition, a quarterly Quality Assurance (QA) visit is provided, including a ‘drop-down scenario’ exercise, which is used to measure the effectiveness of the MOS programme, and to shape future training plans.

Aim of this course

The aim of the programme is to ensure that EURIECA trained personal  maintain their knowledge, skills, competence and confidence following their initial training.

Course delivery

Trained providers should undertake the following :-

  • Complete a series of online modules
  • Attend a minimum of 2 hours of face-to-face practical training sessions per month, delivered by an ‘in-house’ trained MOS instructor
  • Complete the RQI training as directed
  • Month 1 should commence as soon as practicable after the end of the initial course
  • MOS training may be combined into a ½ day or full day programme, but must be completed on a quarterly basis.

Summary of syllabus

MOS training sessions should be run using the skill station lesson plans (LPs) and scenario plans as provided by Trauma Resus.

GWO Basic First Aid

This course enables individuals in the wind turbine industry to deliver safe and effective first aid through theoretical and practical training, in accordance with Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Basic Safety Training (BST) First Aid Training.

The course provides individuals working both onshore and offshore, with the skills and knowledge to work safely and to meet the basic emergency response training requirements for personnel working in the wind energy industry.

Aim of this course

Following GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) first aid training, delegates will be able to :-

  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance to carry out first aid in a safe manner, in accordance with legislative requirements of their geographic location and according to European Resuscitation Council (ERC) guidelines and an awareness of American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines
  • Identify and explain normal function, vital signs, signs and symptoms of serious and minor injuries and illness related to the human body
  • Demonstrate understanding and correct order of management in an emergency situation in a Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) environment
  • Demonstrate correct use of lifesaving first aid using the primary survey A-B-C
  • Demonstrate correct use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED)
  • Demonstrate correct use of ordinary first aid, the secondary survey
  • Demonstrate correct use of first aid equipment in a first aid scenario.

Course delivery

GWO Basic First Aid training is delivered over two days, and refresher training is delivered in a single day.

Upon completion of the course, students are awarded GWO Basic First Aid certificate, which remains valid for two years from assessment date.

Summary of syllabus

The content of the BST First Aid module is :-

  • Introduction
  • Legislation/Risks/Hazards
  • Anatomy
  • Management of an incident
  • Lifesaving first aid
  • Automatic external defibrillator (AED)
  • Ordinary first aid
  • Scenario-based training
  • Evaluation.

The theoretical and practical training includes aspects such as :-

  • Onshore and offshore hazards
  • Responsibility of the first aider
  • Managing minor and serious incidents
  • Secondary scenarios / exercises.

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