A BASICS Scotland responder is a rural registered health care professional such as a nurse, doctor or paramedic. They have all received additional pre-hospital emergency training from BASICS Scotland after which they can apply for additional equipment provided by The Sandpiper Trust. This equipment includes:
- A Sandpiper Bag
- A Defibrillator
- A Vehicle Locating System (aVLS) or smart phone
- Additional equipment including EZ-IO drills and needles, pulse oximeters, Combat Application Tourniquets, Nasal Pharyngeal Airways, SAM splints etc.
BASICS Scotland Responders are contacted by the Scottish Ambulance Service dispatch centres via their aVLS / smart phone to attend 999 calls where there is no local ambulance available to attend and are often first on scene.
What it costs
To equip each responder it costs:
Sandpiper Bag – £1000
VLS – £800
Defibrillator – £1000
Additional Equipment – £1200
That’s a total of £4000 that needs to be raised.