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...]

Emergency Treatment of Choking

What causes a person to choke? Choking is a serious condition which needs to be treated promptly. Choking occurs when a foreign object blocks the upper airway of a person which prevents the person breathing. Causes of blockage are numerous and can be things such as food, toys or household objects. Children in particular can be susceptible to this type of choking as they are unaware of the dangers … [Read more...]

What Is An AED and How Do They Work?

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator, often referred to as a ‘Defib’ and is a portable device for use in cases of cardiac arrest. They are designed so that anyone without any previous knowledge of the use of an AED can use it to treat a person whose heart has stopped working effectively, although training in their use is recommended. In cardiac arrest, the electrical signals in the … [Read more...]

Think Fire Safety at Christmas Time At this time of year we will have our Christmas Tree up, decorated with tinsel and lights, cards will be set on mantle pieces and window sills, other decorations will festoon one or more rooms in our home with perhaps a crib scene in a prominent place with a lit candle alongside. A typical festive scene. But do we pay attention to the fire hazards … [Read more...]

Emergency Numbers in the UK

Dispelling the Myth: What to dial in an emergency, 112 or 999? We often hear First Aid and Medical trainers telling delegates it is better to call the “New European Emergency Number 112 when there is an Emergency rather than 999 as the callers position can be obtained and the call will always go through when you do not have a signal. What emergency numbers in the UK to use? The question of … [Read more...]

Use of Adrenaline in Cardiac Arrest – The Paramedic 2 Trial

We have used Adrenaline in the emergency treatment of Cardiac Arrest for around 50 years, but does it have a positive impact on patient survival or not? In the UK we have around 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests each year, but survival in the UK is around 6%. In around 25% of cases resuscitation efforts are effective in restarting the heart, but a large number of these subsequently die … [Read more...]

Should You Resuscitate or Not? Making the Decision

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), Advanced Decisions to Refuse Treatment (ADRT), Living Wills, Do Not Attempt CPR (DNACPR) are just a few of the names for documenting decisions by patients who do not wish to be resuscitated, or by healthcare professionals who feel resuscitation is not appropriate for an individual patient. To Resuscitate or Not? That is the question. We often get asked about … [Read more...]

Peanut Allergy Reaction Study Requires Volunteers

At a recent conference on Anaphylaxis at St Thomas’s Hospital London, the directors of Sirius Business Services Ltd, learnt about a new study on peanut Allergy called TRACE which being supported by The Anaphylaxis Campaign. The clinical study of peanut allergic adults is being carried out at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, and the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. They are … [Read more...]

Asthma Guidelines for Schools

What is Asthma? Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs. When someone suffers an asthma attack, the small tubes in the lungs called bronchi which help to carry air in and out of the lungs become inflamed. This causes coughing, wheezing, breathlessness and chest tightness. There are around 5.4 million asthma sufferers in the UK with 1 in 11 children and 1 in 12 adults suffering from asthma. … [Read more...]