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Baby Shark?

Written by Martin Parish. Posted in News

Holly and Phillip on This Morning TV Show demonstrated CPR to the tune ‘Baby Shark’.

The tune according to songbmp.com is set to 115 bpm which is fine as the range for CPR is 100-120 bpm, but Baby Shark does speed up and is annoying as hell.

I’m all for general awareness campaigns but I’m wondering if we’ll remember Baby Shark in twelve months time.  Most professional training companies refer to Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees which is 104 bpm.  This track was released in 1977 and it is still going strong.

No Baby Shark here.

Website Hack

Written by Martin Parish. Posted in News

Sometime during Thursday 27 Oct 2016, our website hosting provider was hacked and some malicious files were added to our space. This should not have adversely effected anyone using the website but eventually people saw the the server denied them access. This did mean that during Friday and Saturday, we had no website. It is now back and running as normal.

Anyone concerned about data privacy can rest assured. Our customer data is not held on the website server. Our on-line booking system is provided by a third party who holds their data on a completely separate server.

Price and Course changes

Written by Martin Parish. Posted in News

One of the outcomes from the 2015 Resus Council update, was to increase awareness of the use of a defibrillator. At present our most popular course with the NHS is CPR, Defib and Anaphylaxia which is advertised and sold as CPR training, with optional extras of Defib & Anaphylaxia. In light of the Resus Council update and feedback from our customers, we have decided to make the course opt out, rather than opt in.
From the 1st April 2016, the CPR, Defib & Anaphylaxia course will be sold as is and should you wish that you do not want all three modules, that can still be accommodated via the on-line booking system. In order to simplify the pricing, the course will be a flat charge of £170, rather than having a price for each module.
This course is still subsidised as it should be £195. This subsidy will be in effect until the 1st April 2017.

Also after feedback from customers, we have simplified our pricing system.  All prices are now a flat charge for a group of up to 20 people, unless it is one of the First Aid at Work courses which is up to 12.  This change also comes in to effect on the 1st April 2016.

European Resuscitation Council guidelines 2015

Written by Martin Parish. Posted in News

The 2015 European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015 have been published and are in effect from 15th Oct 2015. These are directly adopted by UK Resuscitation Council.

Overall, there are very few changes

Primary Survey

Response – If the casualty is unresponsive turn them onto their back, again no change here however the sentence “Shout for help” does not appear.

Airway – Same method of head tilt and chin lift and again an emphasis that Jaw thrust should not be used for lay rescuers.

Breathing – again no more than 10 seconds

What is interesting is that at this point, previous guidelines have discussed what to do if the casualty was, and was not breathing normally. The 2015 guidelines flow into just what to do if the casualty is not breathing normally.

The guidelines continue to explain that the emergency services should be contacted. They have added the point we have been teaching which is to activate the speaker on mobile phones to aid communications with the emergency services (999/112).

If an Defib/AED is available, someone should be sent to retrieve it however a lone rescuer should not leave the casualty to retrieve one; they should start CPR. The logic of this cannot be understood, if there is a defib in the building, why leave it unused.

Circulation – This links to performing compressions. Whilst the location and depth remain the same, there is emphasis on not pushing deeper than 6cm (risk of injury was greater if the chest was compressed more than 6cm). There is slightly more emphasis on allowing full recoil of the chest. The ERC guidelines explain that many “lean” on the casualty during CPR and therefore full recoil may not occur. Allowing full recoil, without removing the hands from the chest “may improve the effectiveness of CPR”.

Rescue breaths – Again the breaths are delivered over 1 second. The importance of not using forceful or rapid breaths is mentioned. In 2010 the guidelines mention two breaths should take no more than 5 seconds, however the 2015 guide mentions the time between compressions should be no more than 10 seconds, so a slightly different focus.

Use of an AED – This is a new focus. Typically the use of an AED has been a separate section in the guidelines however in 2015 they feature as a part of the protocol.

The UK guidelines are available on the UK Resuscitation Council website.

This article is based on a publication by Rob Shaloe of Qualifications Network.