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Resuscitation Council UK Quality Standards Consultation

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You have until Friday, the 24th of May, to shape CPR and AED standards. The consultation is by Resuscitation Council (UK), the organisation that sets the guidelines for resuscitation practice.    Quality standards for CPR and AED awareness and training in the community are important. The council’s aim is to “remove barriers to people performing CPR, and give evidence-based and consistent guidance to trainers so that a national standard can be achieved.” That certainly sounds like a worthwhile endeavour that we can all support! Key points – Resuscitation Council’s quality standards ProTrainings helps businesses to adhere to standards, by providing training …

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New Mental Health in the Workplace courses launched to mark Mental Health Awareness Week

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Understanding how to create a healthy work environment that promotes openness and support for individuals who may be experiencing mental health issues is vitally important. That’s why we’re launching a range of courses to suit all staff, managers and anyone responsible for managing and supporting those experiencing mental health issues in the workplace. Mental health issues are on the rise. This may be because they are reported more frequently, but also because workload and stress at work are also increasing. An individual’s psychological and emotional well-being is just as important as their physical health. What we cover: Understanding mental health …

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All food ingredients to be listed for allergy sufferers

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Today, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has proposed that all food outlets should list the ingredients of their foods, to protect customers with allergies. Ministers are being encouraged to introduce strict rules, which include highlighting the main 14 allergens. Learn more about the 14 allergens here: www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/allergen-guidance-for-food-businesses This news comes after the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who tragically died after eating a sandwich from Pret a Manger which she later discovered contained sesame seeds – an ingredient that wasn’t listed on her sandwiches’ label. Pret a Manger said it supports the new recommendations. FSA chairwoman, Heather Hancock, explained that they’d chosen …

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Spotlight – ASPOD® Emergency Aspirin Holder

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The ASPOD® is the safest method of storage and transport for your emergency asprin tablets. Keeping tablets whole, dry and stable is vital for effectiveness. The case ensures tablets are in a useable condition and are with you at all times, thanks to the keyring which allows you to attach it to your keys, inside of your wallet or whatever you carry around with you! https://first-aid-online.co.uk/aspod/aspod-emergency-aspirin-holder/ Why it’s so important Research shows that it takes 14 minutes for a chewed soluble tablet to produce maximal platelet inhibition, and a swallowed tablet 26 minutes. Demonstrating that, when chewed, soluble aspirin is …

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Resuscitation vs Risk – The Law

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We want to highlight the amazing work done by the Resuscitation Council UK on its ‘CPR, AED’s and the Law’ document. Everybody should read it and thanks to the simple terms and great structure, it’s easy to understand so almost everybody can read it.   As it’s such a great source of into, we have extracted a few bits below and linked to the full version so you can read the rest. Full credit for this piece goes to the Resuscitation Council UK.     The facts Up to 60,000 people die each year in the UK from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Fewer than …

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LIFEPAK change to AED model line-up

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As of 1st April 2019, LIFEPAK discontinued the LIFEPAK CR Plus and LIFEPAK EXPRESS AEDs in all countries that require CE mark certification. These have been a premier choice of AEDs for first responders and communities since 2002, so there are lots in circulation! Continuation of service We are committed to continuing our service to the customer that already have these products. For this reason, we will still offer the CHARGE-PAK™ battery chargers and electrodes for these discontinued models. The 8-year warranty will still be honoured on recently sold LIFEPAK CR Plus and LIFEPAK EXPRESS AEDs. Replacement model LIFEPAK will …

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Monkey business!

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Talk about going the extra mile for clients…we recently developed a course for a monkey sanctuary, to teach its staff how to perform life-saving first aid skills on the playful primates. Believe it or not, there are lots of monkeys kept as pets in the UK – over 5,000! This is not ok, and owners soon realise they can’t give them the attention and care that they need. All monkeys are wild animals and inherently unsuitable for keeping in domestic situations. Lack of adequate species knowledge, diet, veterinary care, social opportunity and space leads to mental, physical and emotional suffering …

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New .UK Domain for ProTrainings

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They say businesses adapt to change, and they’re right. Brexit isn’t going to stop us from doing what we do. Adapting to Brexit We’ve taken the precaution of changing our domain from .EU to .UK to ensure that our service to you is not broken at any point. The uncertainty around the .EU domain and whether we’ll still be able to use it in a few weeks time meant this the switch was an easy decision. Steps have been taken to ensure you will be diverted to the new domains, but you will need to re-enter and save your login …

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A guide to life-saving first aid

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In a perfect world, giving a real person CPR would be as easy as blowing up a balloon and pushing down the contents of an overflowing bin, to cram in yet another bag of rubbish before collection day. No panic. No sudden rush of adrenaline. No drama; because you know what to do, right? You trained for this. In reality, it’s always going to be a pretty big deal. It’s not every day you’re called upon to save a life. Your heart will be racing and your palms will be sweating, as you recall your training and spring into action. …

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How do you know if you need an ambulance?

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Our online training videos feature professionals in their field, whether it’s a first aid video or a dental video. One first aid veteran, ex-Paramedic and founder of the Community First Responder (CFR) scheme, Duncan Parsonage, took some time out to answer common questions we get asked. How do you know if you need an ambulance? “I think in the UK, we have become very reliant on the emergency services. I think inappropriate calling when they released new figures recently, it was around 70% of calls that come into emergency services don’t actually require an ambulance. It takes up an awful …

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New British Standard (BS8599-1 2019) for BSi first aid kits

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An update to BS8599-1:2019 means that new BSi first aid kit rules are in force. There are two new additions – a ‘critical injury pack’ for a severe life-threatening bleed or mass-casualty attack, and a new ‘personal first aid kit’, ideal for those lone-working and outside of the office. Minor other changes have been made to the small, medium and large workplace and catering kits. Critical Injury Pack The Critical Injury Pack is designed to provide immediate, life-saving first aid to someone who has sustained a severe bleeding injury in the workplace. Every second count when dealing with a catastrophic …

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Meet the S.T.A.T tourniquet. The ‘Smart Tactical Application Tourniquet’

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Meet the S.T.A.T tourniquet. The ‘Smart Tactical Application Tourniquet’ is ideal for mass casualty incidents, as it can be applied in just 5 seconds. This helps to significantly reduce blood loss from catastrophic bleeds. Versatile This versatile tourniquet can be used on adults, children and even animals! It’s ideal for limb sizes as small as 20mm, and upwards. Easy Simple and easy 5-second application means that it’s great for mass casualty incidents, as no real training is required. Clear instructions are printed onto the device so anybody can apply it. The actual tourniquet is only small, fitting in the palm …