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Adult Basic Life Support – 2021 key points from the UK Resuscitation Council Guidelines

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Although there are no major changes in the 2021 Basic Life Support Guidelines, the 2021 UK Resuscitation Council guidelines have added a few key points about adult basic life support. Cardiac arrest recognition remains a key priority as it is the first step in triggering the emergency response to cardiac arrest in any unresponsive person with absent or abnormal breathing.  The ambulance call handler will assist with instructions for confirming the cardiac arrest, starting with compression-only CPR, and locating, retrieving and using an AED. It is important to provide chest compressions as soon as possible after cardiac arrest is confirmed. …

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Steward First Aid Course Live – what are the requirements?

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Since February the 1st, 2021, all newly qualified stewards have got to have first aid in their armoury. So as a steward, they have got to know how to put people into the recovery position, control breathing, use ADs and CPR. So stewards are expected to learn first aid and to use it when necessary. It has not been something that is required before, because it is been first aid as it grows, but increasingly, it is seen that stewards are an essential part of the first aid team and they are expected to do first aid while they call …

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Serious bleeding

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Bleeding can occur from various parts of the body in the case of injury. This can not only be life-threatening but also very distressing for the patient and even for the first aider. When you have to deal with a bleed, keep calm and trust your training. It often looks a lot worse than it actually is. With all types of bleeding, as with other first aid care, we must make sure we always have our gloves on. The first part of controlling serious bleeding is the use of direct pressure. This can be the patient applying pressure over the …

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Fainting

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To function properly our brains rely on a continual flow of oxygen which is carried in our blood. When this blood flow is temporarily reduced you may feel a little dizzy sick or just odd and if it is reduced for long enough you may actually faint. Fainting is a short-term loss of consciousness and some people are more prone to fainting than others. There are potentially many reasons why someone may faint and these include: – anxiety – hunger – pregnancy – stress – tiredness – pain – being too hot – or long periods of standing or sitting …

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Learn how to start and maintain your personal health and fitness journey online

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Keeping fit and eating well is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  ProTrainings have launched a new course to help you start and maintain your personal fitness journey. This course gives you the basics of what you need to do and why it is important to balance your diet with your exercise. The course covers many different basic exercises that you can do with minimal equipment to allow you to build basic exercise programs that you can do at home. Learn how to improve your diet Understand why you need to do exercises not just how to do them …

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The RapidStop® Tourniquet – fast effective catastrophic bleeding control

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The RapidStop® Tourniquet relies on key technologies to achieve rapid, intuitive and easy one-hand self-application. Application is even faster when a responder uses both hands to apply the tourniquet to a patient. The RapidStop® Tourniquet achieves full occlusion reliably and rapidly and is appropriate for controlling haemorrhage for injuries to both the arms and legs.  It is ideal for all sectors from the military to first aid. The RapidStop® Tourniquet is different from other brands of a tourniquet and works with a ratchet system rather than a rotary windlass which can be hard to use.  It comes in three types, …

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Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) is an emergency medical charity

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Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) is an emergency medical charity, operating across Suffolk and its border areas. Volunteer SARS clinicians provide immediate and advanced medical care to patients with serious or life-threatening conditions or trauma. SARS responders have enhanced prehospital skills and are authorised to carry specialist drugs and equipment not normally found on frontline ambulances – they can undertake procedures and provide a level of patient care that would not normally be available outside the hospital environment. Since SARS started in 1972 it has helped treat thousands of patients and saved countless lives. The clinicians give up their time …

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ProTrainings Course Types 5 – What is Hybrid Training?

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Hybrid training is where you mix traditional classroom training with virtual training so some students are with the instructor in the class and others are there virtually through video conferencing.  This method of training is not as popular yet as it is a new way of training but it is becoming a good choice to allow students on courses to decide if they want to be in the class or online. This decision on which option students want is driven by things like Coronavirus concerns, travel costs and their style of learning. At ProTrainigs and our sister company ITG Instructor …

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Libre 2 Glucose Tester – continuous monitoring sugar levels

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The Libre 2 glucose tester is different from traditional finger-prick testers as you wear the sensor and record the data on your mobile phone or a special data reader.  This allows the wearer to have a lot more data on their glucose levels throughout the day and they can check their levels painlessly at any time.  Continuous monitoring of glucose levels will also help to manage diabetics better as you can see the effect of different choices and see a 24-hour graph of your data. Sensor glucose readings come from the interstitial fluid which is a thin layer of fluid …

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Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS)

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Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) is an emergency medical charity, operating across Suffolk and its border areas. Volunteer SARS clinicians provide immediate and advanced medical care to patients with serious or life-threatening conditions or trauma. SARS responders have enhanced prehospital skills and are authorised to carry specialist drugs and equipment not normally found on frontline ambulances – they can undertake procedures and provide a level of patient care that would not normally be available outside the hospital environment. Since SARS started in 1972 it has helped treat thousands of patients and saved countless lives. The clinicians give up their time …

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ProTrainings Course Types 4 – What is Virtual Training?

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Virtual training has increased since the Coronavirus lockdowns as an option for some types of training. Virtual training is where the course is delivered online through platforms like Zoom.  You can take the course at home or work and interact and learn through a virtual platform whether on a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Virtual training is not for everyone and you need to have a good internet connection but it does allow you to learn without travel and you still have the advantage of the course being taught by an instructor so you can ask questions.  The instructor can break …

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ProTrainings Course Types 3 – What is Classroom Training?

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Classroom training is the traditional delivery method for training.  At ProTrainings we still offer face to face class training as well as other options like blended training, virtual training, online training or hybrid training. ProTrainings offer classroom training at your workplace or at regional training centres as we have a network of over 1500 instructors across the UK and more overseas. The disadvantage of class courses is that they are a set date and time but they also have many advantages and suit some students better than other options. Some courses have to be taught in the classroom in order …