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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 …

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Cough Cough *Fake News* Cough CPR

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The phrase ‘fake news’ is thrown around a lot lately. We know that so-called ‘fake news’ is annoying and misleading, but it’s apparent that the story we’re about to cover may end up costing lives! Make no mistake – the following story is FAKE NEWS. Cough CPR – ‘When experiencing a heart attack, coughing forcefully every few seconds in a rhythm will help me make my way to help” A potentially-deadly rumour, circulating for over 20 years and now picking up pace on social media. Those sharing this post probably think they’re doing their friends and family members a favour; …

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Anaphylaxis – The Facts

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Anaphylaxis is as serious as it gets with allergies. We answer some of the questions often asked about this potentially fatal condition. What is it? Anaphylaxis (Pronounced an-a-fi-LAK-sis) is a serious allergic response that often involves swelling, hives, lowered blood pressure and in severe cases, shock. If anaphylactic shock isn’t treated immediately, it can be fatal. Symptoms usually start within 5 to 30 minutes of coming into contact with the concerned allergen/s. The most common and noticeable effect of anaphylaxis is a swollen throat and shortness of breath, leading to trouble swallowing and wheezing. These are often accompanied by a …

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Intu into saving lives!

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After receiving its own defibrillators (AED), Dudley-based shopping centre intu Merry Hill has announced it is embarking on a mission to help save lives in its local area. The team has committed to training over 2,500 residents on how to use defibs by the end of this year! In partnership with a local charity, staff members have received training to become defibrillator instructors, and are now going out into the area to teach this life-saving skill to others. As part of its community training program, over 300 pupils at Redhill School were taught how to use the one, and the …

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Taxi drivers hail new defibs

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Imagine how effective a fleet of over 21,000 defibrillators constantly roving London’s streets would be, in the tragic but likely scenario that one was needed. Something that would surely, make a huge step towards successfully using an AED within the golden period of 4 minutes? Well, this may be on the horizon, as The London Ambulance Service is running a pilot-scheme to fit defibs in hackney carriages across the capital!

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Government adding CPR and First Aid training to school curriculum?

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The move we’ve all been waiting for; the Government has revealed plans to add basic life support CPR training for children into the national curriculum, helping to develop the future generation of lifesavers. Whilst only in draft form, the new proposal would see this vital skills training added into health education classes in around two years’ time. We’ve always been ahead of the curve when it comes to this topic, as it’s something we care deeply about. ProTrainings has been providing free student first aid to schools using E-Learning with an option of additional practical sessions for years now. Our …