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Skills for Care Centre of Excellence Endorsement

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Great news! ProTrainings has achieved the Skills for Care ‘Centre of Excellence’ Endorsement. This new, enhanced level of endorsement, recognises our credibility and training quality. We were already a recognised Skills for Care provider, endorsed for delivering training through e-learning, classroom and blended formats. So this is a great addition!   What does the ‘Centre of Excellence’ endorsement mean? The Centre of Excellence status means that we have ‘been able to consistently demonstrate an exemplary commitment to meeting the needs of learners in the adult social care sector.’ It also demonstrates that we’re compliant with the social model of care …

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ProTrainings Instructor Stories

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We have the pleasure of working with a network of over 1,000 qualified instructors across the UK. One of these is Stephanie, a first aid trainer working for ATH Training Group Ltd. As part of a series of blog posts, we’re sharing instructors’ stories, starting with this one! Stephanie’s Story Hi, my name is Stephanie and I am a First Aid Trainer at ATH Training Group Ltd. I stepped into this new career path in April 2018 and have never looked back. So what does ‘trainer’ mean? Trainer means I am able to teach the most rewarding courses including Emergency …

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HSE Annual Report Analysis

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Every year, The Heath and Safety Executive releases its annual report, containing a summary of the year’s statistics. The source of all the information you’re about to read is the HSE’s website (www.hse.gov.uk) Key figures for Great Britain (2017/18) 1.4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness 2,595 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2016) 144 workers killed at work 555,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey 71,062 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR 30.7 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury £15 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill …

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Philips recall 660,000 faulty defibrillators

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A safety warning has been issued by The Health Products Regulatory Authority (Ireland) and Philips has had to recall over half a million AEDs over a possible fault. Defibrillator such as the HeartStart FRx and HeartStart HS1, manufactured by Philips Medical Systems, are on a list of affected devices. Manufactured dates span from 2002 – 2013.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and how to combat it

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Every year more than seven million people globally suffer from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) with no warning. More worryingly, only 5-10% of them survive it. SCA is when the heart enters a distorted rhythm. It usually results from a disturbance in your heart, and stops blood flowing properly around the body. Symptoms of SCA include: Sudden collapse No pulse No breathing Loss of consciousness By using a defibrillator on somebody experiencing SCA, you can increase the chance of their survival from 6% to 74%! So let’s talk about defibs. WHAT IS A DEFIBRILLATOR? A defibrillator is a device that gives …

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Cough Cough *Fake News* Cough CPR

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The phrase ‘fake news’ is thrown around a lot lately. We know that so-called ‘fake news’ is annoying and misleading, but it’s apparent that the story we’re about to cover may end up costing lives! Make no mistake – the following story is FAKE NEWS. Cough CPR – ‘When experiencing a heart attack, coughing forcefully every few seconds in a rhythm will help me make my way to help” A potentially-deadly rumour, circulating for over 20 years and now picking up pace on social media. Those sharing this post probably think they’re doing their friends and family members a favour; …

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Anaphylaxis – The Facts

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Anaphylaxis is as serious as it gets with allergies. We answer some of the questions often asked about this potentially fatal condition. What is it? Anaphylaxis (Pronounced an-a-fi-LAK-sis) is a serious allergic response that often involves swelling, hives, lowered blood pressure and in severe cases, shock. If anaphylactic shock isn’t treated immediately, it can be fatal. Symptoms usually start within 5 to 30 minutes of coming into contact with the concerned allergen/s. The most common and noticeable effect of anaphylaxis is a swollen throat and shortness of breath, leading to trouble swallowing and wheezing. These are often accompanied by a …

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Intu into saving lives!

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After receiving its own defibrillators (AED), Dudley-based shopping centre intu Merry Hill has announced it is embarking on a mission to help save lives in its local area. The team has committed to training over 2,500 residents on how to use defibs by the end of this year! In partnership with a local charity, staff members have received training to become defibrillator instructors, and are now going out into the area to teach this life-saving skill to others. As part of its community training program, over 300 pupils at Redhill School were taught how to use the one, and the …

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Taxi drivers hail new defibs

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Imagine how effective a fleet of over 21,000 defibrillators constantly roving London’s streets would be, in the tragic but likely scenario that one was needed. Something that would surely, make a huge step towards successfully using an AED within the golden period of 4 minutes? Well, this may be on the horizon, as The London Ambulance Service is running a pilot-scheme to fit defibs in hackney carriages across the capital!