cPAD training at Eppleby village the other night on behalf of Community Heartbeat Trust. 27 people turned out to learn how to use their defib and learn CPR. Another safer community. #defib #cprsaveslives ... See MoreSee Less
Improved AED signage might encourage more people to use the AED;
The new AED location sign makes the following changes to the current one:
- It changes the lightning bolt icon into a stylised ECG heart trace - The description is changed to Defibrillator - Heart Restarter - A supine person was added, showing the suggested placement of the defibrillator pads.
This supporting information poster reinforces the following key messages about PAD and the use of an AED:
- Anyone can use an AED - you do not need prior medical or first-aid training - It is easy to use - just follow its instructions - It is for use on an unconscious person not breathing normally. ... See MoreSee Less
The Australian Medical Authorities' are the latest to change the recommended time on injecting from 10 sec to 3 sec and have changed the labels on the devices accordingly. The USA did this last year. As far as we know there have been no changes in the UK but please check your devices and follow the instructions on them accordingly.
Important changes to the EpiPen and EpiPen Junior | Important changes to the EpiPen and EpiPen Junior EpiPen® and EpiPen® Jr Auto‐Injectors, which are indicated for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis or acute allergic reactions, have received a TGA approved label change to reduce the injection h...
Apologies to those of you who have tried to contacted us about our new course, it would appear that Facebook filters did not like the content and have removed it and all comments. If you are interested please contact us via the contact us link. ... See MoreSee Less
With the weather due to turn hot over this weekend and into next week now is a timely reminder about these two conditions:
They usually happen during a heatwave or in a hot climate, but can also occur when you're doing very strenuous physical exercise.
Heat exhaustion is where you become very hot and start to lose water or salt from your body, which leads to the symptoms listed below and generally feeling unwell.
Heatstroke is where the body is no longer able to cool itself and a person's body temperature becomes dangerously high (sunstroke is when this is caused by prolonged exposure to direct sunlight).
Heatstroke is less common, but more serious. It can put a strain on the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys, and can be life-threatening.
If heat exhaustion isn't spotted and treated early on, there's a risk it could lead to heatstroke.
Signs and symptoms Heat exhaustion or heatstroke can develop quickly over a few minutes, or gradually over several hours or days. Signs of heat exhaustion can include: tiredness and weakness feeling faint or dizzy a decrease in blood pressure a headache muscle cramps feeling and being sick heavy sweating intense thirst a fast pulse urinating less often and having much darker urine than usual
If left untreated, more severe symptoms of heatstroke can develop, including confusion, disorientation, seizures (fits) and a loss of consciousness.
If you notice that someone has signs of heat exhaustion, you should: get them to lie down in a cool place – such as a room with air conditioning or somewhere in the shade remove any unnecessary clothing to expose as much of their skin as possible cool their skin –use whatever you have available, such as a cool, wet sponge or flannel, cold packs around the neck and armpits, or wrap them in a cool, wet sheet fan their skin while it's moist – this will help the water to evaporate, which will help their skin cool down get them to drink fluids – this should ideally be water, fruit juice or a rehydration drink, such as a sports drink Stay with the person until they're feeling better. Most people should start to recover within 30 minutes.
If the person is unconscious, call 999, follow the steps above and place the person in the recovery position until help arrives. If they have a seizure, move nearby objects out of the way to prevent injury.
The poster attached is an American one hence the 911 number but is still very useful. ... See MoreSee Less