International Road Federation (IRF) has recently initiated Enhanced First Aid (eFD) Training for Drivers of Commercial Vehicles through its newly incorporated arm – IRF-ICMOT (International Collaborative Centre for Mitigation of Adverse Outcomes relating to Road Traffic Injuries). With the blessings of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRT&H), this IRF Programme aims to train trainers and 10,000 commercial vehicle drivers by the end of March 2016.

The IRF strongly believes that this training program will make a significant and important contribution to the goal of reducing the number of fatalities resulting from traffic accidents. The rationale on which eFD is based is that in case of a traffic accident, other road users, nearby citizens, the drivers and occupants of other vehicles are likely to reach the victim before any formal qualified rescue service. Competence, capacity and confidence developed in the local community, road stakeholders and road users through eFD training to be first responders for traffic injuries can have a major impact on reduction of mortality and morbidity on the roads.

The eFD training focuses specifically on the skills necessary to recognise and respond to the injuries that professional drivers are likely to encounter. The hardware and equipments that eFD depends are not hard to find, being locally and commonly available such as blankets, bed sheets and locally available pieces of wood etc.

The competencies on which the trainees are tested for successful completion of eFD course include recognising serious injuries and illnesses, especial those they would encounter in the course of long distance commercial driving in developing countries. The intention is to get casualties safely and in the best possible way, within resource constraints, to qualified healthcare providers or healthcare facilities – “to bring them safely”, so to speak.

Details of course content are

1. Approach to an acutely ill or injured patient (casualty)

2. Care of personal safety

3. Correct communication before during and after helping the casualty

4. Techniques of -
A. Systematic assessment and necessary action
B. Safe positioning, with and without injury
C. Transfer to a place of safety
D. Splinting to reduce movement of affected area

5. Technique of response to shock, wounds and bleeding

6. Removal of Helmet in an unconscious patient if appropriate

7. Extrication of casualty from a car if appropriate

8. Triage

9. CPR

10. Allergy and medical emergencies

For any query, please contact - india@irfnet.ch