Based around the "Airway, Breathing, Circulation" mantra, last week we reached "C" and after a lecture and practice on surogate veins made from old weather balloon and rubber tubing, willing victims were sought for practice.
One method of coping with the darkness!
As one of the advanced first-aiders, responcible for assisting Richard if necessary, he was keen I should get some practice and donated his arm. The canula I'm inserting in the photo* gives intraveinous access to a patient, allowing the dispensing of drugs or the taking of blood samples.
After carefully lining up, I popped the canular in, withdrew the needle and taped everything in place without too much discomfort to the patient. To my surprise, I wasn't at all squeamish. I guess I must be de-sensitized after all the bike crashes!
*Cheers to Pete for the photo.