Suspension Trauma

Usually included with harness and work at height courses, but can be run as a separate half day course.

The training module discusses suspension trauma and methods used to rescue a suspended casualty and is designed for all persons involved in the supervision, management or taking part in work at height.

Increased attention is now taken of the danger associated with a person hanging motionless after a fall. This condition, known as orthostatic shock, occurs largely to disturbed circulation of the blood because of constriction from safety harness straps.

This course describes the causes of suspension trauma and sets out specific actions to both prevent its onset and to deal with a casualty with the condition.

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