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Change your ProTrainings domain to the new .UK

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The time has come tonight (Sunday) for the change from ProTrainings.EU to ProTrainings.UK to prepare us better for Brexit This should not affect you too much as traffic will be diverted but you will need to re-enter and save your login details once it moves to .UK.  Please change your favourites and always log in and access our sites using the .UK domain. Our emails have also changed to .UK but again the old ones will forward. We have worked hard to ensure that we cover any possible problems but if you have any problems please let us know and …

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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 …

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HSE Annual Report Analysis

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Every year, The Heath and Safety Executive releases its annual report, containing a summary of the year’s statistics. The source of all the information you’re about to read is the HSE’s website (www.hse.gov.uk) Key figures for Great Britain (2017/18) 1.4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness 2,595 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2016) 144 workers killed at work 555,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey 71,062 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR 30.7 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury £15 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill …

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Philips recall 660,000 faulty defibrillators

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A safety warning has been issued by The Health Products Regulatory Authority (Ireland) and Philips has had to recall over half a million AEDs over a possible fault. Defibrillator such as the HeartStart FRx and HeartStart HS1, manufactured by Philips Medical Systems, are on a list of affected devices. Manufactured dates span from 2002 – 2013.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and how to combat it

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Every year more than seven million people globally suffer from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) with no warning. More worryingly, only 5-10% of them survive it. SCA is when the heart enters a distorted rhythm. It usually results from a disturbance in your heart, and stops blood flowing properly around the body. Symptoms of SCA include: Sudden collapse No pulse No breathing Loss of consciousness By using a defibrillator on somebody experiencing SCA, you can increase the chance of their survival from 6% to 74%! So let’s talk about defibs. WHAT IS A DEFIBRILLATOR? A defibrillator is a device that gives …