Chirurgeonate is the first-aid arm of the Society for Creative
It is a group of volunteers who provide first-aid at SCA activities,
as tournaments, feasts, and camping events. Membership includes real
first-aiders, nurses, physicians, and Emergency Medical Technicians of
all levels. Together, they make up the Chirurgeonate, or
the early days of the Society, someone usually kept a first-aid kit
for the occasional injury. Over the years the Society has grown and the
need for organized first aid has grown with it. There are several
each year which draw more than a thousand participants for up to two
at a time. The main thrust of Chirurgery has become organizational in
effort to coordinate the Chirurgeons at an event along with the
they will need and coordination with the other functionaries (marshals,
autocrats, heralds, and water-bearers) they will be working with.
good chirurgeon focuses on the most basic issues: being supportive and
doing no harm medically while stabilizing immediate problems with
bleeding, and shock. The chirurgeon then ensures that a patient obtains
the most appropriate level of care as quickly as possible.
Doing no harm requires that a chirurgeon be able to recognize
may be wrong with a patient, provide basic supportive care (such as
and immediate care in the event of life-threatening situations that
assistance with breathing and circulation, and how to recognize and
bleeding and certain other medical emergencies.
first aid course, in and of itself, cannot adequately equip a person
no previous interest or experience, but most people who enroll in such
a course bring significant interest and life experience with them so
course content is largely a means of organizing, formalizing and
material with which they are already familiar as caregivers.
Based on introductory
articles in The Compleat
Anachronist #42, Issues in Chirurgery
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