On the floor lying on his back, still tied into his harness, rope lying slack about his body was a climber who had evidently taken a lead fall from Regent Street: a classic E2 at Millstone Edge on this Peak District crag. His mate’s anxious call had alerted me when I had been walking by.
As a first aider I was happy to offer my help. The casualty was conscious and talking to me. Dazed and confused, the last thing he remembered was climbing above his gear 5m or so further up the rock face. His mate was clearly worried and panicked and by now calling the ambulance service.
I checked the fallen climber for any potential injury: I could feel swelling under the jeans of his right thigh. Continuously I was mentally checking through my list of ABCs – A – Airway open, B – Breathing (he’s talking), C – Circulation – possibly internal bleeding from a broken femur? Though his breathing was quickened it was not fast nor was it shallow plus his skin colour was pink and he felt warm to the touch. For now at least the only action I would take as a first aider would be to call the emergency services again – specifically for mountain rescue. Additionally as a first aider my role now was to reassure the casualty and his mate too that all was going to be ok.
Will Legon (of Will4Adventure.com) works professionally in the outdoors leading groups walking and instructing single pitch rock climbing. Since 2009 Will has been delivering first aid training specialising in outdoor first aid courses. He is an ITC (Immediate Temporary Care) trainer, offering a range of courses accredited by Ofqual and the SQA. In a former life, Will was a maths teacher and an infantry officer in the Territorial Army.
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- Outdoor First Aid – Five items of essential first aid kit for the outdoors
- What to do in an Emergency Outdoors
- First Aid Kit for Overseas Treks
- Dealing With Mass Casualties – Triage First Aid
- Save a Life With a Slice of Flapjack – Diabetes
- Outdoor First Aid – Giant Hogweed
- Expedition First Aid – Diarrhoeal illness
- Expedition First Aid – Five things to look for in a local hospital
- Expedition and outdoor first aid – heat exhaustion
- Expedition First Aid – Hyponatraemia
- Air Rescue Capabilities in the UK