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IMPORTANT MESSAGE Emerade auto-injectors users

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Further to the previous Emerade drug warning.  The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has warned that some Emerade auto-injector adrenaline pens may be defective. The UK distributor,  Bausch & Lomb UK Limited is recalling all unexpired batches due to an error in which the auto-injector pens fail to activate and deliver adrenaline.  The advice for healthcare professionals is: Stop supplying the affected products immediately Quarantine all remaining stock Return them to your supplier using your supplier’s approved process. Emerade stock held by patients is not being recalled. Affected products: Emerade 150 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled syringe PL 33616/0013  Emerade 300 micrograms …

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Food Safety Manuals in New Languages

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There are not only moral obligations to maintain high food standards – legal implications, if standards are not met, could include fines, closure of the premises and even prison! Courses are required to teach food handling and hygiene skills, in and out of the classroom. However, sometimes it can be difficult to remember everything; a crash course is enough to get your certification but continuous professional development should never end. Having a written version of everything you learned during the course can go a long way when it comes to ‘swatting up’ on the theory and ensuring that you’re doing …

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SCORM Compliant LMS and Courses

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We want to tell you about SCORM: It’s so important for larger organisations that need to offer lots of courses, track training progress and maintain control over learning. What is SCORM? We went to the source to get an exact definition for you: SCORM stands for “Sharable Content Object Reference Model’. It defines a specific way of constructing Learning Management Systems (LMSs) and training content so that they work well with other SCORM conformant systems.” For the techy detail, you can learn more here: https://scorm.com/scorm-explained/ ProTrainings and SCORM Every ProTrainings course is conformant with SCORM 1.2 and 2004. If your …

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ProTrainings Achieves ISO 27001

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Adding to our growing list of accreditations, we’ve been awarded ISO 27001 certification. This demonstrates that the business has systems in place to protect corporate information and data, whether online or offline. The ISO 27001 standard provides the framework for an effective Information Security Management System and sets out the policies and procedures needed to protect data from risk – legal, physical and technical. Achieving this means we have adequate security controls in place to protect our information from being accessed, corrupted, lost or stolen.  Compliance with an internationally-recognised standard like this information security one should deliver extra peace of …

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New bill proposes mandatory registration of defibrillators in Scotland

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A new law which would require AEDs to be officially registered with the emergency services could provide a boost to the lives saved by defibrillators in Scotland. A Private Member’s Bill put forward by Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labour MSP, pushes for all defibs to be registered so 999 call handlers can direct members of the public to them, increasing the chances of effective treatment following a sudden cardiac arrest. Evidence suggests that the rate of AED use when not in a hospital is around 4.3%. The Swedish study found that registered AEDs were 15 times more likely to be used …

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Exclusive Restart-A-Heart Day Offers

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‘Restart-A-Heart’ Day takes place on the 16th of October every year. Its aim is to create awareness around learning CPR and basic life support – a cause we’re fully behind. To encourage others to get the necessary training and life-saving kit needed to restart a heart, we’re rolling out three shocking deals for one week only! These offers are valid from 00:01 on Monday 14th October until Sunday 20th October at 23:59. 5-10% off HeartSine defibrillators – Quote discount code “restart10” when you call or email 50% off related online training – Quote discount code “restart50” when you call or …

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Why you need your own blood pressure monitor

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The term ‘blood pressure’ is used to describe the strength with which your blood pushes on the sides of your arteries as it goes around your body. It’s critical that blood pressure stays within a healthy range, as either higher or lower readings can mean trouble: Hypertension, known commonly as high blood pressure, can put extra strain on organs and arteries. This can lead to strokes or cardiac arrest…a “heart attack”. This is much more serious than low blood pressure for real-world symptoms. Hypotension (low blood pressure) causes blurred vision, weakness, dizziness and fainting. It’s not a major cause for concern unless …

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WARNING Emerade auto-injector users

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has warned that some Emerade auto-injector adrenaline pens may be defective, due to a blockage of the needle. Manufacturer Bausch & Lomb UK Ltd. detected the issue over a year ago but categorised it as a rare event due to the potential occurrence rate. However, further tests have indicated the number of occurrences could be nearly twice that of what was first anticipated.     Affected products Product PL Number Emerade 150 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled syringe PL 33616/0013 Emerade 300 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled syringe PL 33616/0014 Emerade …

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NEW ‘Connected’ Defibrillators for Fleet Management

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Defibrillator manufacturer HeartSine has introduced a new ‘Gateway’ add-on for its AEDs, enabling the easy management of a defib fleet across single or multiple locations. The system provides remote readiness information about each AED via a Wi-Fi® connection to the ‘LIFELINK central’ program manager or ‘LIFENET®’ system. This reports information like the results of the weekly AED self-test, including if the AED battery is low, pad expiration dates and more. Once connected, the AED is able to independently monitors and report on its own readiness, sending email alerts when it reaches low battery power or is out of operational temperature …

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HSE Advice on Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

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Alongside first aid needs assessments, the HSE recommends investing in having personnel trained to identify and understand symptoms and able to support someone who might be experiencing a mental health issue. Its guidance states: “You should consider ways to manage mental ill health in your workplace which are appropriate for your business, such as providing information or training for managers and employees, employing occupational health professionals, appointing mental health trained first aiders and implementing employee support programmes. “First aid training courses covering mental health, teach delegates how to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health and help them to develop the …

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Warning Over Telefunken Defibrillators

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A safety alert from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has been issued over Telefunken HR1 & FA1 Defibrillators. The MHRA has advised that Telefunken automatic external defibrillators, pads and batteries are no longer certified for use in the UK. If you have one in your workplace, you’re being advised to act immediately on the instructions provided by the MHRA here: www.cas.mhra.gov.uk/ViewandAcknowledgment/ViewAttachment.aspx?Attachment_id=103252 We supply a full range of AEDs. Purchase a brand new defibrillator here: AED Units. For First Aid Equipment and CPR Manikins different brands and training equipment available including the Practi-Man Manikinrange, choking vests and AED Trainers and …

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Your Business Needs First Aid Needs Assessments

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has emphasised the importance of first aid needs assessments. www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/needs-assessment.htm In the article, the HSE acknowledges that employers are best placed to understand their specific workplaces and decide what first aid risks are present and therefore, what provisions are appropriate. However, the HSE does stipulate that “first aid provision must be adequate and appropriate in the circumstances”. This means employers must provide sufficient first aid equipment, facilities and personnel at all times. The way to identify what first aid measures are required in your business is to carry out a first aid needs assessment; …