Casualties Union - we make the difference

Casualties Union can enhance your training programmes with realistic casualties.

What you can expect from us.

We do not teach first aid, but we understand how a casualty would feel, for we study each role with care, from a nose-bleed to a heart attack, from a headache to a fractured spine. You tell us what scenario you want and we do the rest.

Using a trained casualty who presents the injury with wound simulation and acts the role makes training and practice more realistic and thus more interesting and memorable for the student. It is graphic and visual, involves hands-on practical work and inter-actions with people. We react to how we are handled and treated, so your students know instantly whether they are performing well. Every trained teacher knows that doing something reinforces knowing something.

It is possible for a student to learn more lessons in one session with CU than in several sessions of powerpoint delivery in a classroom, and they are likely to be important lessons. It challenges the students to display social as well as technical skills and tests how well they can cope with the adrenalin rush and emotional turbulence of a stressful incident. They are able to make mistakes on healthy people capable of giving intelligent feedback, rather than on those who are injured, unwell and frightened. Your students will gain in knowledge, skills and confidence through what is, in effect, a rehearsal to prepare them for the real thing.

What we expect from you.

Our casualties need a place with tables and chairs and good lighting for make-up application. It is better not to have carpet or wood flooring in this facility or the area which the training will take place. However if indoor activities involving bleeding are planned then a sheet cover should be provided. A cup of tea or coffee is also most welcome. If your facilities include the provison of food on day long events that's a bonus, if not we are quite happy bringing our own.

What will it cost.

We are all volunteers and aim only to cover our out-of-pocket expenses on the day, plus a little more to cover administration and to support our charity. Our wound simulation materials are not generally the most costly part of our expenses - due to the widely dispersed membership we sometimes have to call in people from afar, and in these cases travel expenses can outweigh our make-up costs.

We depend almost entirely on donations from our clients, and feel that what we provide is a resource that is well worth the cost in terms of relevant, effective and memorable training.

Contact us.

Contact HQ or use our Regions map to locate your nearest Branch or Study Circle via the Regional Director so that you can explain what you want and ask for an estimate of costs. We will need the date, times, venue, number of casualties needed and an outline of what the event is.