Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest – Resuscitation to Recovery

A best practice pathway of care for those who suffer OHCA has been produced by an OHCA steering group. The resulting document, "Resuscitation To Recovery, A National Framework to improve care of people with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in England" is linked to below and can be downloaded from the resus.org.uk website. The study came about after concerns on the low survival rate of … [Read more...]

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a rare neurological disorder, which causes chronic pain that cannot be controlled and can affect all areas of the body but most commonly occurs in the limbs. It is a debilitating and disabling inflammatory condition that can be caused by minor injury (sprain), broken/fractured bones, surgery or can appear spontaneously without known cause. CRPS is … [Read more...]

New First Aid for Terrorist Attack App & Pocket Guide Released

Thankfully, the possibility of being caught up in a terrorist attack for ordinary members of the British public is remote. Though, with the recent attacks in Europe, the past attacks in the UK and the current threat level for international terrorism being set by MI5 at "severe" you would be forgiven for a little apprehension when attending public events particularly in larger towns and … [Read more...]

2,577 Lifesaving Defibrillators May Be Faulty

LIFEPACK CR Plus and LIFEPACK EXPRESS The Government has announced that some Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) may be faulty and may not work properly when required in an emergency. The devices may be in places such as schools, community facilities, train stations, public buildings or in private businesses The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a … [Read more...]

Southampton Primary Care Courses October 2016

During March 2016, Southampton Primary Care Limited (SPCL) proudly launched their first ever training college programme. This was a dedicated week where all staff can access group delivered sessions covering both clinical and operational courses relevant to their roles at a significantly reduced cost. Sirius are delighted to now be working in conjunction with SPCL in delivering a wider range of … [Read more...]

How Do You Store Your Old Batteries? Is it a Fire Risk?

As technology has advanced over the years, so has the need for better, more powerful and durable batteries to run our technological lifestyles. We have also become more aware of the need to recycle all sorts of things from paper and cardboard to food waste and batteries. However, whilst recycling food waste and paper may not pose a problem, how we store our old batteries for recycling can be a … [Read more...]

Safety of Multiway Electrical Adaptors

We often mention on our Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment training courses about electrical safety as electrical appliances are the cause of many fires in the home and workplace. There were around 42,000 fires in residential premises and 17,000 in other premises in 2013/2014. Around 4% of these were due to electrical appliances and leads1. We recently went into a client’s office and found … [Read more...]

Guidelines on Basic Life Support – Resuscitation Council (UK) 2015

On 15th October 2015 the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) issued the latest guidelines on Basic Life Support. The Basic Life Support protocol in the UK remains broadly unchanged and still consists of a combination of chest compressions and Rescue breaths at a rate of 30:2, with the depth and frequency of compressions also remaining unchanged at 5-6cm depth and a compression rate of 100-120 … [Read more...]

Does a GP Surgery Require Defibrillators and Oxygen?

Current CQC guidelines for GP surgeries in relation to defibrillators is that surgeries should be encouraged to have a defibrillator available. Surgeries need to show to the CQC that they are able to immediately respond to someone who is taken seriously ill whilst at the surgery. Whilst it does not go so far as to say that defibrillators are mandatory, it is up to each individual surgery to … [Read more...]

Spinal immobilisation, cervical collars and extrication from cars: More harm than good. Time for a change.

I recently heard of a complaint made by a patient to the ambulance service. This patient complained that after she was involved in a car accident, the air ambulance paramedics asked her a couple of questions, felt her neck and limbs, asked her if she could move and would like to try and get herself out of the car herself. Although she was able to comply with this request and able to walk to the … [Read more...]