Raising Funds for Mountain Safety

With formal sponsorship of the Winter Mountain Safety Lectures at Clachaig Inn the Big Winter Raffle was launched. In addition to raising funds for Glencoe Mountain Rescue, there was also a desire to provide funds for locally based training with a mountain safety theme.

The Big Winter Raffle is back in February 2018 with the objective of assisting Glencoe Mountain Rescue to buy much needed rescue and training equipment. The aim is to fund the purchase of 2 replacement RedVac vacuum mattresses and a TrueCPR Coaching Device to be used for better training. The cost of these items is in excess of £2000.

Vacuum Mattress

Pelvic Injury in a VacmatIn common rescue team parlance, it’s a “vacmat”,  and is the gold standard in spinal immobilisation. It has replaced the long spinal board for immobilisation and transfer of casualties with actual or suspected spinal trauma from the scene to definitive care.

The focus during rescue is on preventing secondary trauma to the spinal cord by careful log rolls and the use of the vacuum mattress. It is also useful for immobilisation of pelvis and limb trauma especially fractures of the femur.

These mattresses are used frequently in Glencoe, and are generally used on most stretcher evacuations. With such frequent use and despite their relatively robust feature they are occasionally damaged, especially as they don’t tend to like sharp bits of rock or protruding stretcher, and certainly don’t take kindly to being stood on with a crampon. With casualties being flown to a variety of hospitals it is sometimes the case that they are not returned to the team by the receiving hospital.

Glencoe MRT requires 2 VacMats for 2018.The cost to the team is £1310.

True CPR Training Device

TrueCPR Training DeviceThis is designed to optimise the quality and performance of manual chest compressions by providing feedback to the rescuers both during use and afterwards. It measures compression depth both at the scene and in moving vehicles (maybe not in helicopters).

The team are often called to attend to casualties with cardiac emergencies. Training sessions prepare the team for such a call. The manikin used for this training was purchased from funds raised by the friends and families of people killed in an avalanche in 2013 some of whom were doctors. This new device would help the team to optimise and improve the quality of our training and can also be used in the event of someone suffering a real cardiac arrest.

The cost of the CPR Training Device is £1030.

Please support The Big Winter Raffle during Ferbruary 2018 and help us to raise the funds for this equipment for Glencoe MRT.

Vacuum Mats and CPR Training

South Lochaber Defibrillator Fund

Glencoe Transceiver Training Park