New Ionising Radiation Regulations for Medical Applications

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017, come into force on 6th February 2018 and replace and revoke The Ionising Radiations (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 and other subsequent amendments. From 6 February, providers in England must ensure compliance with the requirements of new Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations. In particular, the Regulations address the … [Read more...]

It’s Your Responsibility to Evacuate the Less Able in a Fire

So it's not the Fire Brigade's responsibility to evacuate disabled people from my building! – The myth dispelled Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the employer has to ensure that all emergency routes and exits must lead as directly as possible to a place of safety. This place of safety is a safe area beyond the premises. However, when undertaking your fire risk assessment … [Read more...]

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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]