Response bags

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Dear South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

I would like to request the following information
1) The current stock/kit list for your front-line primary response bag/s.

2) How this stock is carried e.g. one response bag or split across a number of different bags.

3) The fully kitted weight of any bags that carry this equipment.

4) What your current guidelines to staff is in regards to what equipment they take into every patient contact.

Yours faithfully,

Scott O'Sullivan

Information Governance, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Scott

 

I refer to your request of the 29^th October 2018 for information
regarding kit under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.  We
are able to provide the following information:

 

Information requested Trust Response

 
I would like to request the As per the Trust’s Standard Vehicle &
following information: Equipment Policy, the standard kit for the
Diagnostic bag (green response bag) has
  been listed as follows;

1)The current stock/kit list  
for your front-line primary
response bag/s. Stethoscope 1

Sphygmomanometer with adult and child
cuffs 1

Pen torch 1

Pulse oximeter and adult probe 1

SPO2 Paediatric Finger Probe and adhesive
probe 2 of each

Glucometer & wipes (non-alcohol) 1

Glucometer lancets 10

Tympanic thermometer (and covers) 1

Digital Thermometer (and covers) 1

10ml syringe 5

2ml syringe 2

1ml syringe 2

Disposable tourniquet (latex free) 5

Cannula, gauges: 14, 18, 20, 22 and 24 2
of each

Saline 10ml flushes 5

Pre-filled syringes 5ml saline 2

IM Needle 23g 4

SC Needle 25g 2

Blunt, drawing up needle, 18 gauge 5

IV Cannula dressings 5

Wipes (chlorhexidine/alcohol) 5

Wipes (non-alcohol) 5

Sharps box 0.5ltr 1

Giving set 1

Three way tap 2

Nasopharyngeal Airway; sizes 6mm 7mm & 8mm
1

Clinell wipes (small pack) 1

Disposable Shears 1

Tiger stripe (yellow with black strip)
clinical waste bags 1

Gloves (in separate pouch provided) As
required

 

A number of other kit bags are also
available on vehicles depending on the
nature of the patient’s condition (for
example, a maternity bag, burns pack,
etc).  Further details have been provided
in the Trust’s response to question 4.

 
2) How this stock is carried The basis upon which these bags have been
e.g. one response bag or split developed is such that we split the
across a number of different response bag into a green response bag
bags. which contains sufficient equipment and
consumables for the vast majority of jobs
that we attend.

 

The current bag design incorporates a
separate large red Therapy and Resus Bag
and this bag has been created in a modular
design so that individual components can
be removed. It would be highly unusual for
the whole red bag to be required at any
incident.

 
3) The fully kitted weight of The weight of the green response bag is
any bags that carry this six kilograms.
equipment.
 

All new frontline staff undertake a
physical assessment to ensure that they
can lift and carry response bags
comfortably. Staff also undertake
mandatory Manual Handling training to
ensure best practice is adhered to.

 
4) What your current guidelines When responding to any Category 1
to staff is in regards to what incident, or an incident where the details
equipment they take into every
patient contact.  provided make it clear that there is the
potential for a cardiac arrest, the
following minimum list of equipment should
be taken to the scene:

·         Diagnostic bag (green rucksack)

·         Intubation sub-bag (There is no
requirement to take the whole
resuscitation and therapy red bag)

·         Defibrillator

·         Oxygen

 

When responding to any other incident a
sensible pragmatic approach should be
taken. The carriage of the Diagnostic Bag
is required at all incidents, but further
items should be selected on an as required
basis based on the balance of
probabilities at the time. For example,
when attending an asthmatic patient, the
Nebuliser Sub Bag from the Resuscitation
and Therapy Bag may be required, along
with the oxygen cylinder. When attending a
paediatric patient, the Paediatric Sub Bag
from the Resuscitation and Therapy Bag may
be required.

 

It is the lead clinician’s responsibility
to determine the likely items required

and to convey such items to the patient’s
side. Other factors to consider

include:

·         If the vehicle is parked outside
the patient’s location, additional items
can be retrieved without undue delay and
difficulty.

·         Is there a significant distance
to the patient from the vehicles location,
in which case additional items may be
taken to prevent repeated return to
retrieve any additional items.

·         Are others present who can
assist with any items to reduce any manual
handling burden.

 

Please note that, under the Re-use of Public Sector Information
Regulations, if you wish to publish or otherwise use this information
besides for your own means, you will need to seek our permission to do so.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you require further clarification of the
information provided, or to discuss any aspect of the way in which we have
responded to your request. 

However, if you are dissatisfied with our response, you also have the
right to make use of the following complaints procedures:

 

In the first instance you may write to the Chief Executive of this Trust

 

Mr Ken Wenman

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Abbey Court

Eagle Way

Exeter  EX2 7HY

 

Mr Wenman will then either make arrangements for your complaint to be
reviewed and for the outcome to be communicated to you, or will convene a
panel of Trust Directors to consider an appeal against a decision to
withhold information.

 

If you are unhappy with the response to your complaint, or findings of the
Panel, you can contact the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,                                 

Wilmslow,

Cheshire.  SK9 5AF

 

Tel: 01625 545 700

Fax: 01625 524 510

 

Kind regards

 

Clare Lunk | Assistant Information Governance Manager

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Direct Line 01392 453 814 

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