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.
New legislation has been passed in Westminster earlier this month to allow schools in the UK to keep spare adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) for emergency use. AAIs deliver a potentially life-saving dose of adrenaline in the event of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
We work with a lot of dental practices and deliver a variety of training, including Basic Life Support, Anaphylaxis, Medical Emergencies and Dental Immediate Life Support (DILS) for Sedation. Our years of experience ensures we are really familiar with what Dental Practices need and want to know.
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.
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.
Experts in the UK’s leading Children’s Hospitals continue to warn parents over the dangers of button batteries for children. Great Ormond Street Hospital alone has seen a 60% increase in the number of children admitted from across of the UK after accidentally swallowing button batteries over the past year
There are a variety of auto-injectors available. Make sure you are familiar with the ones you will be using for your vaccination sessions. They are designed to go through clothing for speed of delivery.
We understand for many people, such as Pharmacists, that dealing with a medical emergency can be very daunting and they may feel worried about making the right diagnosis and therefore give the correct treatment.
Choking is something that many of us are afraid of, it can have devastating consequences, which is why it is important to know how to recognise and manage it. Here is our quick guide to help you.
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.