International Award Winning Farmageddon!
For any pre-hospital care provider, a pager call to a farming incident is always likely to be a serious challenge. In June 2016, trauma and emergency care specialists gathered from across the globe to attend the EMS Gathering in Killarney, Ireland.
As part of the conference on two of the days, members of the ATACC (Anaesthesia Trauma & Critical Care) Group were invited to run a Farming Injury Workshop with a number of key objectives including: raising awareness of risks, demonstrating typical farming injuries and how they should be ideally managed by the Emergency Services.
The Farmer’s Union ran a parallel event for a large cohort of Farmer’s who were able to witness the dangers and potential for accidents, graphically reconstructed by ATACC. They then saw the response of some of the world’s leading trauma care providers from Ireland, Europe, America and even Australia as they tackled some of the challenging scenarios.
The incidents included the dangers of slurry pits and potential cardiac arrest, falls from height, entrapment in machinery, crush by hay bales and large animals which even included an angry bull!
Farmers and participants were warned in advanced as the scenarios were highly realistic and very graphic with some remarkable simulated injuries and professional acting by For Real, who work in partnership with ATACC.
The event also included a PTO shaft dangers demonstration by the HSE and culminated in a full incident demonstration with multi-agency response by Garda (Police), Fire & Ambulance with evacuation by Civil Defence helicopter.
The two days were an incredible success, training several hundred people and this led to the event being nominated and ultimately winning a number of awards including: Irish HealthCare Award 2017.