Pro Blood Bourne Pathogens Video E-Leaning Course Now Live

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The next of our European courses just went live at www.probloodbourne.co.uk.  This course covers the European and UK guidelines and is a good course for everyone to be aware with particularly people in the following sectors: Custodial services (prisons/detention centre’s/homes) Education Embalming and crematorium work Emergency services (ambulance/fire/police/rescue) First aid Hairdressing and beauticians’ work Health care (hospitals, clinics, dental surgeries, pathology departments, community nursing, acupuncture, chiropody, associated cleaning services) Laboratory work (forensic, research etc) Local authority services (street cleaning/park maintenance/refuse disposal/ public lavatory maintenance) Medical/dental equipment repair Military Mortuary work Needle exchange services Plumbing Sewage processing Social services Tattooing, ear …

Review on dealing with an Adult who is Choking

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Death is not common with choking but it does happen.  Carrying out these procedures is very effective in clearing a total obstruction from the airway.  You must first find out if the patient is breathing by asking them “are you choking?”  If the patient can answer of they are coughing then allow them to try to clear the airway themselves. If the patient cannot talk or cough then you will need to start with 5 back blows between the shoulder blades and the 5 abdominal thrusts using the thumb side of your fist just above the belly button.  After every …

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HSE Approved Courses also available from our national network of ProTrainings Instructors

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We are able to offer the full range of HSE approved courses via our national network of instructors.  We can offer the 3 day First Aid at Work (FAW) and it’s 2 day requalification FAW as well as the one day EFAW HSE approved. These courses are valid for 3 years and are not available online.  The HSE recommend that all first aiders take an annual refresher and this can be the www.profaw.co.uk course online. To register or find a local instructor near to you email keith@protrainings.uk More details to follow soon of these and our other classroom courses.

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Keep safe when you approach an accident scene, don’t become another patient

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When you approach any first aid scene you should always use the approach of STOP, THINK, and then ACT One of the Fears of first aid, is the fear of getting hurt or simply being afraid. This can be addressed by remembering three simple steps STOP, THINK and ACT. STOP – When you arrive at an emergency scene just stop for a second, assess the scene, think about what has caused the problem, are you able to approach safely? Look out for Electrical dangers, Fire, Traffic, Unknown hazards like gas. THINK – Think about how are you going to approach, …

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Blood Bourne Pathogens and how they effect the First Aider

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Blood Bourne Pathogens are microorganisms (such as viruses) that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Bodily fluids, especially those visibly contaminated with blood, have the potential to transmit disease Cerebrospinal fluid (Brain) and Synovial fluid (Joints) Pleural fluid (Lungs) and Amniotic fluid (Uterus) Pericardial fluid (Heart) and Peritoneal fluid (Abdomen) Semen and vaginal secretions Blood and any body fluid contaminated with blood Body fluids that cannot be recognised How Blood Bourne Pathogens Are Spread Sexual …

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How to call for an Ambulance – 999/112

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Calling the Emergency Services: dial 999 or 112 112 is the European wide number and also works in the UK. When you dial the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) you will be asked which service you require. Tell them ambulance, fire, police or coast guard. You will then be put through to the correct operator. If you need more than one they will deal with this. They will ask you a series of questions like: What is wrong? Where is the incident? How many people? What are the injuries? Your details? As this is being asked the information is transferred to …

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Some Information dealing with car accidents

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Car accidents can present a variety of different problems and risks to the first aider.  The most important factor that has to be addressed if safety.  You need to make sure you are not at risk form other cars hitting you or the car you are dealing with.  There have been many accidents where another car has hit the first aider or the car they are beside or in.  The hard shoulder on a motorway is not a safe place especially when cars are passing at full speed. It is also common for other cars to slow down and look, …

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How to treat hyperventilation

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Can be triggered by emotional or other medical conditions.  Can also be linked to a panic attack. Hyperventilation is a common problem for a First Aider to deal with and can raise concerns when seen to a possible heart attack. There can be many signs and symptoms like chest pain, breathing difficulties, fear, dizziness, headaches and shaking. They can be encouraged to breathe slowly but if this does not work then get them to breathe back their exhaled air to reset the correct breathing paten by breathing in and out of a paper bag. Special points: You can get a …

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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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Weaver Fish Season on British Costal Beaches

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The Weaver Fish season is here on UK beaches and its sting can be extremely painful but death is extremely rare. Respiratory failure and gangrene have been reported, following infection in some cases. The Weaver fish is a small fish about 15 cm long. It has venomous spines along its dorsal fin. It’s found quite commonly around the British Isles in warm weather. It may hide under the sand at low tide and is very well camouflaged.  If you wear footwear and shuffle you feet as you walk the fish will swim away, but where you tread on it, you …

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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 …