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3. First Aid


Wensleydale RUFC First Aid Policy - Updated and Uploaded 01-10-2014

First Aid Provision
Consistent with RFU guidance for clubs at level 10 and below during all training and playing activities each team or group should have at least one person present who is trained in Emergency First Aid (1 day course). All other routine club activities do not require specific general First Aid provision. Additional activities must be assessed during planning.

In addition:
Adult and U18 teams should have one First Aider (3 day course) present during all home matches. One First Aider may cover up to two adult games (60 players).

U13 to U16 age groups require one First Aider (3 day course) for every 120 players.

U7 to U 12 age groups require one First Aider (3 day course) for every 200 players

In practice this means we should have one First Aider (3 day course) present whenever there is a game or training session at the club.

All teams will be issued with a First Aid Kit containing at least the following:
Guidance card
Assorted adhesive dressings (plasters) x 20
Sterile eye pads (No. 16) x 2
Medium sterile wound dressings (No. 8) x 6
Large sterile wound dressings (No. 9) x 2
Short life triangular bandages x 4
Disposable gloves (pair) x 3
Antiseptic wipes x 6
Emergency foil blanket x 1
Disposable resuscitation aid x 1

In addition coaches are recommended to add at least two disposable cool packs and two further foil blankets to their core kit.

The Team Coach is responsible for the Team First Aid kit and must ensure it is kept fully stocked. The Club Compliance Officer will provide additional or replacement supplies on request. General stock is held in the main changing room cupboard. Additional First Aid kits including detectable blue food handling plasters are kept in the Kitchen and Bar Store.

Emergency Procedures - If an ambulance is needed:

Home Arrangements
First Aider takes charge and organises support from others as required.
Dial 999 (or112) from the landline in the clubhouse or a mobile and ask for the Ambulance service.

You will be asked for the number you are calling from, where you need the ambulance and the reason you are calling. Stay on the line and answer all questions/follow the operators instructions. If serious or life threatening injury/illness is suspected (e.g. heart attack, spinal injury, unconscious casualty) make this clear to operator.

Location: Wensleydale Rugby Club, Cawkill Park, Leyburn, DL8 5ED

Club is on South Side of the A684 between Leyburn and Wensley, about 600 metres after leaving Leyburn.

Advise the operator that we will station someone at the club entrance to meet ambulance / paramedic and guide them to the injured person. Ensure that a responsible person is allocated this task.

It is unlikely an Ambulance will arrive within 15 minutes of a call due to the distances and roads involved. If an air ambulance is sent, a suitable area will need to be kept clear. If Hospital treatment is required but an ambulance not needed then the nearest hospital with A&E services is The Friarage in Northallerton.

Hospital Locations
The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, N.Yorks., DL6 1JG
Tel. 01609 779911

Certain types of casualty may be taken to:
James Cook University Hospital, MIDDLESBROUGH, TS4 3BW Tel. 01642 850850
(Check destination with Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff before they leave site)

Away / Offsite Arrangements
Ensure away club / facility officials informed immediately and follow their emergency procedures. The RFU recommend away teams consult their hosts on First Aid arrangements on arrival.
If we are at a neutral location whoever has made the arrangements is responsible for ensuring adequate First Aid is in place.

Under 18’s – age group rugby
U18s are the responsibility of team coaches until they are returned to the care of their parents/carers. Parents/carers should be informed of any serious injury or medical emergency without delay. If the U18 player’s parents/carers are not present, emergency contact details are in their club/RFU records.

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