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7 Ways To Die In Cold Water (crucial factors that can help survival)

Drawing on nearly 30 years of Search and Rescue service with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and HM Coastguard, combined with the very latest medical research, Paul will explain the detail of what actually happens to the human body’s physiology when immersed or submersed in cold water, the crucial differences between these two mechanisms and proceed to explain how these can effect survival.

He will describe the seven progressive ways that cold water kills, taking delegates through each stage of the survival timeline. During this presentation he will dispell many myths that cloud understanding and in some instances have produced significant negative consequences, and also link into the crucial factors related to euipment and behaviour that effect survival once in the water. He will also cover the immediate correct medical treatment required of the various immersion and submersion casualties at a first aid or casualty care level, applicable to non-medical professionals and Maritime Responders, which will be aligned to UK Search and Rescue practice.

Based on nearly 30 years of Search and Rescue service and the very latest reasearch, Paul will explain the detail of what actually happens to the human body’s physiology when immersed or submersed in cold water, and explain how these can effect survival. During this presentation he will dispell many myths that cloud understanding and also link into the crucial factors that effect survival once in the water. He will also cover the immediate treatment required of the various immersion and submersion casualties.

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Paul Savage OBE - Maritime Medical Solutions Consultant, Saviour Global Solutions

Paul walked into a Lifeboat station on his 17th birthday and never left, initially volunteering at Poole and now at Tower Lifeboat in London.

With his interest in remote and maritime paramedical medicine he joined the RNLI full time in 2005 as the Clinical Operations Manager. He was responsible for the operational medical response of all of the UK and Eire’s Lifeboat crew, Lifeguards and Flood Response teams, as well as the architect and custodian of the Clinical Governance of the RNLI. He advised on all matters casualty care related - from kit carried, casualty care course design to casualty-friendly boat design

For a complete step change of maritime medicine around the UK, Paul was awarded an OBE in December 2013.

Since 2014 as a self employed consultant, Paul has a mixed portfolio of pre-hospital medical related work, including Clinical Governance and University Lecturing.

Paul is Chairman of the UK Search and Rescue Medical Group which shapes the future and direction of UK SAR medicine, and is a member of the Main Advisory Board and the Training and Standards Board of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital care of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). He is also an instructor for specialist elite sections of the UK Military.

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