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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

What is Cardiomyopathy?

Tina Bennett, Cardiomyopathy Support Nurse at the Cardiomyopathy Association explains the basics about the condition. Cardiomyopathy is a general term used to describe disease of the heart muscle. It can be an inherited disease and so may affect more than one member of a family. There are three main types of cardiomyopathy Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy- thickening of the heart muscle Dilated … [Read more...]

Sirius Business Services now an Approved Supplier with Practice Index

We are pleased to announce we are now listed on Practice Index as an approved supplier to GP practices. Practice Index is a directory of approved companies that supply products and services to GP Practices in the UK. The directory is very popular with GP Practice Managers and is an excellent resource in helping to find reliable and trusted suppliers. This short video explains how Practice … [Read more...]