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ZOLL Medical Awarded British Heart Foundation Tender for AED’S

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ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that it has been designated a nominated supplier by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for its ZOLL AED Plus® and ZOLL AED Pro®. Under the terms of the Level 1 Community Resuscitation Programme tender, ZOLL is the sole supplier to the BHF. The BHF plans to purchase AED Plus units annually from April 6, 2010 for the next three years to distribute in public places and areas of need throughout the United Kingdom. “ZOLL is pleased to be providing public access AEDs that will encourage British …

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Airbags can activate while you are helping a patient

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Care has to be taken when dealing with car accidents where airbags are fitted.  The problem is that you may be helping a patient in a car, supporting their head and then airbag suddenly fires.  This can cause the rescuer serious injury as well as putting the patient at risk. If you attend a car accident, check to see if the airbag has activated and if not then take care not to be in the area where it could fire.  If you are needing to support their head consider going in from behind the driver.  Air bags are not just …

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Some information on Cholesterol

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The press reports on Cholesterol along with Television adverts have made this more of a talking point over recent years.  It has been portrayed as the silent killer but there is more to Cholesterol than just a number. There are two types of Cholesterol, the LDL “bad Cholesterol” and HDL the “good Cholesterol”. LDL contribute to cardiovascular disease and HDL help reduces Cholesterol and protects against atherosclerosis.  The lower your LDL cholesterol, the lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. LDL Cholesterol Levels: Less than 100 mg/dl –  Ideal level 100 to 129 mg/dl  –  Near or above ideal 130 …

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Requirements for the EFAW Course

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The EFAW (Emergency First Aid at Work) qualification is chosen where the risk assessment of a business identifies the need.  It is a requirement of some jobs and an industry standard. The course is governed by the HSE and only approved centres can offer this course. The EFAW course used to be held over 1 day and a minimum of 6 contact hours.  The certificate is valid for 3 years and then you have to take another EFAW course to renew.  The EFAW was launched in October 2009 as the HSE approved one day course to ensure course quality.  Before October …

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Requirements for FAW Training

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The FAW (First Aid at Work) qualification is chosen where the risk assessment of a business identifies the need.  It is a requirement of some jobs and an industry standard. The course is governed by the HSE and only approved centres can offer this course. The FAW course used to be held over 4 days but in October 2009 this changed to 3 days. The certificate is valid for 3 years and then you have to take a 2 day requalification course to renew.  Make sure you renew in time, as if you are too late you will have to …

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The Importance of CPR in Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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The Importance of CPR in Sudden Cardiac Arrest By Adrian Waller, Public Safety Manager, ZOLL. Sudden Cardiac Arrest SCA is an indiscriminate killer with a dismal survival rate of between 5 and 7%. While half the victims are elderly and over the age of 67, SCA can strike younger victims, including those appearing to be in excellent health, athletes and even young children. It’s the leading cause of death worldwide and is responsible for over 150,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom alone. SCA is not the same as a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction or AMI). A heart attack is …

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UK Resuscitation Council 2010 Guideline Changes Date

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The UK Resuscitation Council are due to announce the changes in the 2010 Guidelines on 18th October 2010. The rules regarding first aid have their main review every 5 years, the last change was in 2005 so the next one is this year.  There is various speculation on what the changes will be but we will not know until it is announced. These potential changes are nothing to worry about as you can continue carrying our fist aid and CPR the way you have been trained until you do your next refresher or you update by watching the revised video …

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Night Club Door Staff now need first aid qualifications to be Licensed

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All door supervisors (bouncers) have to have training and this includes first aid training.  This group is the latest that now include first aid training as part of their professional training plans. The last group to introduce this was for HGV and commercial lorry drivers.  The rulings state: “From 1 June that training must also include physical intervention techniques like safe restraint and ejection. The move is part of a widespread shake-up of the door supervisor licence which now includes lessons in first aid and terrorism awareness. The training is only compulsory for first time door staff who have never …

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Video from the British Heart Foundation on what it’s like to have a heart attack

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Have a look at the following video, it was produced to increase the awareness of heart attacks and to make people call for help whenever they suspect they are in trouble. The video was produced by the British Heart Foundation. For more information on heart issues the BHF website has news and details on how you can support their work. BHF What it’s like to have a Heart Attack Video

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HSE Annual updates recommended by the HSE for Workplace firstaiders

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In October 2009 the HSE changed the way FAW courses were run by introducing an approved one day course called the Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and cutting the length of the First Aid at Work course from 4 to 3 days. What they also found from their research was that it is very important for first aiders in the workplace to be updated more regularly than every three years because first aiders were forgetting key skills. What they the said was that first aiders in the workplace are recommended to complete an annual update.  This is NOT mandatory …

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New Course Finder Website Live to find a First Aid, Infection Control or Manual Handling Course near you.

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We have launched a new website to help find classroom courses.  The new first aid course site has a refreshing new design to help you to find a classroom course near you. Once you find course you want to book onto you simply register, pay a £5 plus VAT booking deposit and your instructor will be in touch with all the full course details. On completion of your ProTrainings course you will receive one of our wall certificates and wallet card, login area, expiry reminders, weekly video email refresher and a free PDF course manual. You can also validate your certificate …