NERT members during the Simulation mass casualties incidents

Committed to protect lives and reduce disaster risks, 14 Nabunturan Emergency Response Team (NERT) underwent Emergency Medical Responder Training last April 16-20, 2018.

The extensive training, spearheaded by Philippine Red Cross Compostela Valley chapter, include lectures on patient assessment, lifting and moving patients, skeletal injury, cardiac emergency, respiratory emergency, ambulance concept and operation, and mass casualties incidents.

After the said training, NERT members are now authorized to administer oxygen, and give oral medication to patients given the approval of a physician.

Aside from upgrading the skills and knowledge of responders, the conduct of the training is vital in preparation for the full operation of the Municipal Infirmary on July, which is also one of the primary requirement for the Department of Health accreditation.

According to NERT leader Odelio Tabuldan, upon emergency response they need to fill-out the ran sheet which will contain specific details such as patients’ status, location, and time of response and turn-over.

Prioritization scheme will also be applied specifically during mass casualties incidents.

“Ang usa sa bago nakong natun-an ang ambulance operation, pagdala sa ambulance, unsay speed, asa dapit muagi, unsaon pagsanitize, ug paghandle sa pasyente sa sulod sa ambulance,” Tabuldan emphasized.

(One of the new things I learned is ambulance operation, including proper ambulance handling, speed, where to pass, how to sanitize, and how to properly handle the patient inside the ambulance).

On the last day of the training, with the supervision of the Red Cross members, NERT conducted a mass casualties incidents simulation at the National Highway, Arabejo Avenue, Centennial Landmark to apply their newly acquired skills on emergency response.

Marcid Van Solinap, EMT and assisted by Rogelio Idul Jr., Mark John Camongyan, Levi Arcenas, and Julius Cesas Gano of the Philippine Red Cross were the speakers of the five-day training held at Sasa Farmers Training Center.

After this course, NERT will proceed to the next level of capability building dubbed as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training.

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