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AED signs have changed

29 June 2017 in First Aid

AEDAED sign design has changed to make them clearer and encourage more people to use an AED.  Not only has the sign changed but the UK Resuscitation Council and the British Heart Foundation, have produced a poster to go along with the new design.

The new AED location sign makes the following changes to the current one:    Read the rest of this entry →

New low cost manikins available that are adult and child switchable saving buying extra manikins

16 January 2015 in Equipment, Instructor

1_1We now stock the Practi-man manikin that adjusts as an adult or child manikin for CPR practice, saving you buying extra child manikins.  With the regulations for 1 manikin per 4 learners, the Practi-man saves you having to have a child and an adult version, saving money and space.   Ideal for all training lessons as it offers a full feature manikin but at an affordable price.  Read the rest of this entry →

Advanced CPR Practical Training Dates Launched

18 May 2014 in Classroom Training, Featured Articles, First Aid, Instructor, Online Training

Sim1We have teamed up with a local Hospital and Laerdal to offer a special days training in CPR, AED and Basic Lifer Support using the advances manikins made by Laerdal.  On these days you will be able to train and practice on manikins that are as near to the real thing as possible.  This will not only improve your practical CPR skills but also your demonstration and teaching skills. Read the rest of this entry →

The ASPOD facilitates ‘immediate’ aspirin

1 May 2013 in Classroom Training, Equipment, First Aid, Instructor, Online Training, QCF

Research shows that it takes 14 minutes for a chewed soluble tablet to produce maximal platelet inhibition, and a swallowed tablet 26 minutes. Demonstrating that, when chewed, soluble aspirin is the most effective way of accelerating absorption of aspirin into the blood and shortening the time required for an anti-platelet effect, the anti-platelet effect stops an existing clot from worsening.  The ASPOD facilitates ‘immediate’ aspirin.

THE PROBLEM WITH CARRYING ASPIRIN IN FOIL:

There are several issues connected with carrying soluble aspirin in pockets, bags or wallets: Read the rest of this entry →

Polish AED Student Manual now available

18 January 2013 in Classroom Training, First Aid, Online Training

We have uploaded a Polish version of the AED student manual to the dashboard which can be downloaded by any AED student including the QCF CPR/AED course.

Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

4 July 2012 in Featured Articles, First Aid, Instructor, Online Training

Call the EMS on 112 or 999

Call the EMS if you suspect any Heart Condition

Some new data on CPR has been released by Zoll Medical.  When a cardiac arrest occurs, only half of victims will need a shock. The other half require high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). A general figure is that for every 1 minute delay in the AED arriving the persons chance of survival drops by 10%.  This figure is based on no one doing CPR.

If effective CPR is delivered then the survival drops by just 3-4% per minute.  To clarify these figures it assumes that the person has 100% chance of survival at point of sudden cardiac arrest.  This is even more evidence that effective and prompt CPR is vital for the patients chance of survival as well as effective training will teach these skills.

AED Exam

26 June 2012 in First Aid, Instructor

Zoll AED CPR shock

The Zoll AED

You can download the new AED Exam and Answers from the Instructor Dashboard under “Instructor Manuals”.  You give this exam to all AED students then upload to the class in “classroom centre”.

Make sure you list AED courses on procourses, even if you list one every other month you will be found on searches.  List them for the next 12 months to give you maximum coverage on searches and help us to add people to your courses.

British Heart Foundation is promoting ‘no kissing, just hard CPR’

4 January 2012 in Classroom Training, Featured Articles, First Aid

The British Heart Foundation is urging people to forget “mouth-to-mouth” and to concentrate on chest compressions when performing CPR.  “Hands-only CPR” has previously been supported by the Resuscitation Council (UK).  But it is now being promoted in a new advertising campaign featuring footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones.  New polling by the BHF suggests many feel worried about the idea of giving the “kiss of life”.

Watch the video click here This is nothing new in our training and the course is taught the same and full CPR training must still be trained.

The official position of the BHF is now that anyone who does not have CPR training should ignore the kiss of life in favour of hard and fast compressions in the centre of the chest.   A new poll conducted across the UK and involving 2,000 respondents showed nearly half were put off from performing CPR because of a lack of knowledge.

A fifth worried specifically about the thought of the kiss of life or about contracting an infectious disease.  Four in 10 people were worried about being sued if they did something wrong, even though the BHF argues no such case has ever succeeded in Britain.   “The kiss of life can often be daunting for untrained bystanders who want to help when someone has collapsed with a cardiac arrest,” said Ellen Mason, senior cardiac nurse at the BHF.

She said the kiss of life remained the “gold standard” of CPR, but added if a person had not had training the best option would be to just do chest compressions.

Bee Gees hit  –  The BHF is also suggesting people hum to the Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive, to get the tempo of chest compressions right, although others have in recent months questioned whether this is appropriate, suggesting it may lead to compressions which are too shallow.  The new BHF advert features Vinnie Jones in his traditional hardman guise, administering chest compressions to a Bee Gees backbeat after being thrown an unconscious body by his henchmen.

Commenting on the new campaign, he said: “There really shouldn’t be any messing about when it comes to CPR. If you’re worried about the kiss of life just forget it and push hard and fast in the centre of the chest.

“Hands-only CPR should give have-a-go heroes the confidence to step in and help when somebody is in cardiac arrest.”  Ms Mason said everyone should learn what to do: “Thirty thousand people have a cardiac arrest in the UK every single year and half of those are witnessed, but in most cases no-one acts, no-one knows what to do, people panic.  “If it was us, we would all want our loved ones and ourselves to be saved, wouldn’t we?”

More information http://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/life-saving-skills/hands-only-cpr.aspx and http://blog.protrainings.eu

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