Responding to ligature Incidents | First Aid After Ligature
Responding to ligature Incidents
In England, Wales and Scotland the most common methods of suicide are hangings (which includes strangulation and suffocation).
Incidents involving the tying of ligatures can and do occur despite organisations preventative strategies being in place. Therefore, all should be aware of how to use ligature cutters and when responding to ligature incidents. Removal of a ligature in emergency situations can be complex and staff need to receive professional training in order to gain skills and confidence should an incident occur. Organisations should ensure that every member of their team is confident in dealing with emergency situations with a calm and professional approach.
Tidal Training are the leading training provider in the United Kingdom for Ligature Training and Ligature Self Harm Training. We work with organisations to ensure that every member of their team is confident in dealing with emergency situations with a calm and professional approach. Ligature Training is essential for all staff supporting vulnerable individuals who are at risk of ligature self harm or attempting suicide by the application of a ligature. Having the correct skills and knowledge to recognise ligature self harm injuries and to safely remove someone from suspension using ligature cutters can and has saved lives.
We have now developed a new course to support staff when dealing with the casualty following safe removal of the ligature. First Aid After Ligature has been developed by our team including our clinical lead who has 30 years experience as a state registered paramedic. This course gives staff skills and knowledge to recognise ligature injuries and treat the casualty immediately until professional help arrives.
This course complies with current UK and European resuscitation guidelines (Resus Council UK) and includes the following:
- How to recognise the signs and symptoms of Ligature Strangulation
- How to identify the signs of laryngeal or tracheal injury
- Know what to do when releasing a casualty from hanging and to be alert to any possible cervical injury
- How to perform CPR when there is a suspected cervical neck injury using the jaw thrust manoeuvre
- How to perform CPR If they are not breathing normally and cervical injury not suspected
The course is delivered to face to face for groups of up to 12 delegates and is delivered by qualified professionals with recognised teaching qualifications and years of emergency medical experience.
If you would like to know more about this course and any other course mentioned then please give us a call or send us an email.