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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, AEDs 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’ve 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 1 person …

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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 …

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NEW Pet Professional First Aid Online and Blended Course

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Our popular pet course range has a new addition…Pet First Aid for Pet Professionals Level 3! This advanced course covers a variety of animal injuries and illnesses in much more detail, with a focus on dogs and cats. It’ll teach you the art of early detection, and show you how to give the appropriate care.  The course meets the latest government and council guidance, as a level 3 ‘VTQ’ qualification. The course covers things like the anatomy and physiology of animals, and different first aid treatments available. Although treatment is very similar between dogs and cats, this advanced course has …

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First Aid to be taught in schools

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We have been championing teaching children first aid at school for some time now. In countries that already teach CPR in schools, cardiac arrest survival rates are more than double those of the UK. Our student first aid course, free to all schools and under 18s groups, was groundbreaking when launched. It was well received too… At the time of our launch, Sir Bob Russell, Colchester MP and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary First Aid Group, said: “I welcome this initiative. Those with knowledge of First Aid play a key role, often in saving lives, in so many ways in …

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Skills for Care Centre of Excellence Endorsement

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Great news! ProTrainings has achieved the Skills for Care ‘Centre of Excellence’ Endorsement. This new, enhanced level of endorsement, recognises our credibility and training quality. We were already a recognised Skills for Care provider, endorsed for delivering training through e-learning, classroom and blended formats. So this is a great addition!   What does the ‘Centre of Excellence’ endorsement mean? The Centre of Excellence status means that we have ‘been able to consistently demonstrate an exemplary commitment to meeting the needs of learners in the adult social care sector.’ It also demonstrates that we’re compliant with the social model of care …

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ProTrainings Instructor Stories

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We have the pleasure of working with a network of over 1,000 qualified instructors across the UK. One of these is Stephanie, a first aid trainer working for ATH Training Group Ltd. As part of a series of blog posts, we’re sharing instructors’ stories, starting with this one! Stephanie’s Story Hi, my name is Stephanie and I am a First Aid Trainer at ATH Training Group Ltd. I stepped into this new career path in April 2018 and have never looked back. So what does ‘trainer’ mean? Trainer means I am able to teach the most rewarding courses including Emergency …