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ProTrainings instructor conferences – time running out to book

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We are pleased to announce that at both our ProTrainings conferences will be Professor Sir Keith Porter, the clinical Professor of Traumatology at the University of Birmingham & University Hospital Birmingham and co-founder and trustee of citizenAID giving a talk on Trauma and the citizenAID system. In addition, Mike Robinson from citizenAID will be there all-day answering questions on citizenAID and with a buy two get one free on their Tourni-Key to increase the awareness of life-saving tourniquet. We will have training on the soon-to-be-launched CLOTTA haemostat and the already launched Collaclot and attendees to the conferences will receive a free sample and a very …

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Come and meet ProTrainings at the Emergency Services Show at the NEC this week

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Come and meet the ProTrainings team at the Emergency Services Show Wednesday 21st and Thursday, September 22nd at the NEC.  We will be chowing trauma equipment including CLOTTA and Collaclot, a new life-saving haemostatic sponge, and our range of personalised first aid kits. We are also there to discuss training, products and how you can learn nationwide through our instructor network in any of our 350 courses.  Find us on stand R54. Book an appointment with our team by emailing support@protrainings.uk or phoning 01206 805359 or just turn up on the day.

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999 BSL Service

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999 BSL is a service which allows deaf people to make emergency calls using an app or website. This is the first time a 999 emergency service will be available in British Sign Language, though a similar process exists for the NHS 111 number. People who use the service will be put through to a BSL interpreter, who will then relay the conversation to a 999 operator. The BSL interpreter will take key information from you. This will include information such as, what the emergency is, where the emergency is, and who is affected. To make a call with 999 …

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Making 999 calls via text

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If you are unable to make voice calls, it is possible to contact the emergency services by text message. This is called the emergency SMS service. This has also proved valuable for people in remote environments where you may not have enough signal to make a phone call, but you may be able to send a text as they need less bandwidth to be sent. To use the emergency SMS service, you will need to resister your mobile phone beforehand. You can register your mobile by texting the word ‘register’ to 999. (if you change your phone number, you will …

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Drowning prevention

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One of the leading causes of death globally for children and young people (aged 1-24 years old) is drowning. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimate that around 236,000 people drown every year. Research shows that more than 90% of drowning deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with children under the age of five being at the highest risk. Often, these deaths are linked to daily routine activities. These activities include bathing, collecting water for domestic use, travelling over water on boats or ferries, and fishing. Seasonal or extreme weather events, such as monsoons, are also frequent causes of drowning. …

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Cold water shock

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Cold water is defined as anything below 15°C. The average UK and Ireland sea temperatures are just 12°C, with rivers such as the Thames being even colder, even in summer. Our seas and rivers are cold enough to leave you helpless in seconds. Cold water can seriously affect your breathing and movement and the risk is significant most of the year. Cold water shock causes the blood vessels in the skin to close, which increases the resistance of blood flow. Cold water shock also causes the heart rate to increase. As a result of this, the heart has to work …

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Schools and defibrillators

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There is a lot of evidence showing that defibrillators drastically increase the chance of survival from cardiac arrest. Defibrillators have the potential to save the lives of pupils, staff, and visitors in schools. The latest research shows that accessing a defibrillator within 3-5 minutes of a cardiac arrest increases the chance of survival by over 40%. The Oliver King Foundation, which is supported by ex-footballer Jamie Carragher, has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of this issue. Since meeting with the foundation’s founder, Mark King, who tragically lost his son Oliver at the age of 12 to a cardiac arrest, the …

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Monkeypox – Learn more about Monkeypox and the condition

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The NHS state that Monkeypox is a rare infection that is mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa. The risk of catching it in the UK is very low and it is not common to get infected. You’re extremely unlikely to have monkeypox if you do not have any symptoms and you have not recently travelled to west or central Africa or you have not been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox. You and catch it from infected wild animals in parts of west and central Africa. It’s thought to be spread by …

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Updates from the CQC: Autism and Learning Disability Training

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The government introduced a new requirement which came into effect as of the 1st of July 2022, this meant all health and social care providers must ensure their staff are fully trained on how to interact appropriately with people who are autistic and those who have a learning disability. You will need this training if you are registered with the CQC. Many of us know that the CQC conduct inspections to see if staff are working with people appropriately and whether training supports and complements how staff care, communicate, and treat people in the workplace or the home. This means the CQC will include …

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iPAD SP1 AED – Field Safety Notice issued for anyone with an iPAD AED, check yours now.

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CU Medical Systems is initiating a recall because some CU-SP1 AED (Automated External Defibrillator) devices may have a software issue that overstates the battery status as ‘full’. This means a unit may not be ready to operate as intended when required in a patient resuscitation situation. Please download this document for more information. The cause of the issue has been identified and a fix is available via a re-install. This software re-install will be done by a trained engineer at no cost to the customer. If you have one of the affected devices, please visit the following site to arrange …

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Well done to the Fire Fighters and Medics on their trip to Poland delivering trucks and equipment for Ukraine

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Well done to our Paramedic Duncan Parsonage of Pulse EMT and all the firefighters, medics and support team for completing the drive to Poland to donate fire trucks and equipment heading to Ukraine. All of us at ProTrainings congratulate and thank you for your important work. The group of Hereford and Worcester firefighters, medics and support team headed to Poland to deliver donations for fire services across the border in war-torn Ukraine. The team of volunteers delivered a total of 22 vehicles including fire engines and lorries as well as lifesaving emergency equipment. The equipment will be taken over the …

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CLOTTA™ lifesaving Haemostatic sponge for bleeding released early for export for Ukraine

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We now have the life-saving CLOTTA™ Haemostat released for early export to help in the developing situation in Ukraine. CLOTTA™ will be available soon in the UK, but we now have stocks ready for immediate dispatch to send to you to then send on to Ukraine and other countries that allow unlicensed haemostatic dressings. CLOTTA™ is more effective than other haemostatic products as CLOTTA™ clots the blood and promotes the healing cascade, not just stops the bleed. CLOTTA™ is simple to use, you just put it over the injury or you can pack the wound. CLOTTA™ is available in two …