Category Archives: Medical Emergencies

Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest – The Facts

In England in 2013 the ambulance services attempted to resuscitate approximately 28,000 cases of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA). There are many more cases of OHCA where resuscitation is not attempted, often because the victim is beyond resuscitation. This could be because the victim has been dead for several hours, or has suffered severe trauma which is not compatible with life, or because the opportunity to start resuscitation was not taken sooner while the ambulance was on their way.

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Reminder on the ABCDE assessment

When we assess a patient who is critically ill or deteriorating, it is recommended by the Resuscitation Council that we use the Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability, Exposure (ABCDE) Approach. This is a systematic way to ensure nothing is missed, and to treat life threatening problems before moving on to the next part of the assessment. This can be done by a single rescuer, or by a full team and once it is completed, re-assess regularly to check for the effects of any of the treatment instigated.

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New oxygen guidelines from The British Thoracic Society

Have you seen the updated guidance by The British Thoracic Society published this week regarding the use of Oxygen in Adults in Healthcare and Emergency Settings? The guidelines, which were first published in 2008 and endorsed by over 20 clinical societies and colleges, is based on new evidence in prescribing and the delivery of emergency oxygen to ensure oxygen is always used in a safe and optimal way.

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Why our village got a defibrillator (AED)

As a resuscitation training company we know exactly how much it improves the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims by starting CPR straight away and by having rapid access to a defibrillator, however we never really gave thought to the rural village where we work! That was until one day our MD had a knock on the door to say that a 55 year old chap had collapsed just outside the village pub. Our MD started CPR whilst other helpers called for an ambulance.

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