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...]