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Essex nurse to be Olympics first responder

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A nurse from Colchester General Hospital has been chosen to be a medical first responder at the London Olympics.

Kim Bennett, a venous thromboembolism nurse practitioner, will be one of 70,000 Olympic volunteers.

She has booked annual leave to carry out 10 shifts as a medical first responder. Each shift lasts 10 hours.

Based in the Olympic Stadium, her duties will involve treating spectators who are taken ill and, where necessary, passing them on to other healthcare professionals.

Ms Bennett said: “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of the spectators so if I can help them in any way, I know it will be extremely satisfying.”

She added: “My first Olympics memory was the Russian gymnast Olga Korbut at Munich in 1972. I so much wanted to be like her!”

Ms Bennett applied to be a medical first responder in 2010 and successfully came through an interview in London last year.

Since then, she has undergone training at Hackney Community College, including how to use the stadium’s radio system. Before the end of next month, she will visit the stadium for the first time to complete her training.

Ms Bennett has worked at the Colchester hospital for 22 years and was previously the senior sister on its cardiac ward. She has also been a resuscitation officer for 11 years.

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  • Latterlife Midwife

    Well done, Kim! How exciting. You will be a valuable addition to the team with all your cardiac experience.

    If anyone is suddenly in labour and delivers with you, please tell everyone to follow the practice change of letting the umbilical cord stay intact so the infant gets the full compliment of oxygenated blood she's entitled to. This acts as a protection during transition to full breathing and a protection against anaemia in the first months of life. No need to cut the cord in the field! Please pass it on. Wish I could be there. And best of luck to you!!

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  • Latterlife Midwife | 25-May-2012 11:33 am

    please would you be able to provide a reference to this new practice change for the information of first aiders as this is the first I have heard of this.
    Many thanks.

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