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From our 2011 Archive – What is heat exhaustion , Yes i do appreciate the irony!

In first aid on April 7, 2013 by wiggers10

From our archives – What is heat exhaustion, originally published 2011

What is heat exhaustion?

The recent hot weather over the Easter holiday weekend highlights the need to make sure that when you are out and about in the sunshine (especially if you are exercising) you make sure that you keep your body supplied with enough fluid to keep it cool. This will help prevent the medical condition known as heat exhaustion which if not treated can develop into the more serious condition called heat stroke.

Heat Exhaustion happens when the body gets too hot and loses too much salt and water usually through excessive sweating.

The hypothalamus which is the part of the brain that controls your core body temperature becomes unable to keep up with the demands of keeping the body cool by sweating due to a combination of excessive exercise in hot temperatures and a lack of sufficient fluid intake. When this happens the body’s temperature rises above 37°C and causes heat exhaustion. If the body is not sufficiently cooled and the body temperature rises above 40°C this can develop into heat stroke, which is a life threatening illness which requires immediate medical attention.

How to recognise heat exhaustion:

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

Heavy sweating

Fatigue

Headache

Pale, clammy skin

Thirst

Rapid Heartbeat

Dizziness or fainting

Nausea, vomiting

Muscle and abdominal cramps

Mild increases in temperature

These signs and symptoms don’t necessarily have to be all present to indicate the onset of heat exhaustion which can occur gradually over a period of time.

How do we treat heat exhaustion?

The key aims in the treatment of heat exhaustion are to supply the body with fluids (water is usually enough or a sports drink containing electrolytes) and to cool it down and to monitor the patient in case their temperature continues to increase to a more dangerous level (over 40°) which can lead to heat stroke. If this occurs an ambulance needs to be called.

Treatment of heat stroke includes:

Helping the casualty to a cool place.

Lying them down and raising their legs 15-30cm to allow blood to flow back to the vital organs.

Giving them plenty of water.

Consider giving a weak salt solution – 1 teaspoon of salt per litre of water, assisting the casualty to drink it.

Monitoring the casualty’s lifeline and if it deteriorates contacting 999 or 112 for an ambulance

Being prepared to deliver CPR (rescue breaths and chest compressions) in case of cardiac arrest

How to prevent heat exhaustion?

If you are working or exercising outside in hot temperatures you need to think ahead to prevent the onset of heat exhaustion. This can be achieved by drinking lots of fluids before during and after physical exertion, avoiding alcohol, drinking water or sports drinks instead.

A regular fitness regime may also allow the body to better tolerate exercise on hot days.

Are some people more vulnerable to heat exhaustion?

Some groups of people can be more susceptible to heat exhaustion so care must be taken in hot weather if you or those that you are looking after fall into the following categories.

Young children under the age of 5 are susceptible to heat exhaustion due to their naturally under-developed hypothalamus as are the elderly who unable to regulate their body temperature as well as those younger than them.

Obese people may also be more prone to heat exhaustion as well as pregnant women and those suffering from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Remember that if you are administering first aid to someone suffering from heat exhaustion and their condition continues to deteriorate after treatment then consider calling 999 or 112 as your patient may be developing heat stroke which can cause a heart attack and cardiac arrest and death.

For more information of first aid and first aid training courses please visit http://www.meducatetraining.co.uk contact Meducate Training on 07791 865269

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Teaching Self Confidence in First Aid Training

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2013 by wiggers10

At Meducate Training Ltd we see many different types of people coming to us for first aid training in Essex London and UK, all of them eager to learn the skills that could mean them a saving a life one day.

During the course there are lots of discussions and reasons put forward  as to why someone might be reluctant to administer first aid. These broadly fall into 3 categories:

Fear of being hurt

Fear of Infection

Fear of being sued

FEAR OF MAKING THINGS WORSE

Let’s deal with the last one in that list of fears. When we have a discussion on this subject the same things come up around making a mistake, forgetting the training, panicking and making the patient’s condition worse.

My response is always that to be a first-aider requires a reasonable level of self confidence in your ability to deal with a situation. Suzanne Roff PHD believes that part of gaining self-confidence is having an internal sense of the impact of your actions on the outside world.

I believe that also to be true when delivering first aid to a patient, having that strong internal belief that everything you do will have an impact on the casualty you are treating.

In the worst possible situation where a casualty is not breathing and no blood is circulating around their body doing nothing because you are concerned about hurting the person will result in only one outcome, death.

You cannot make a person in this condition any worse.

Doing something rather than nothing is the only option in this scenario. Will the first aid you deliver always be 100% correct, hopefully it will be, but not necessarily. Will it matter? probably not a great deal. Will it make a difference? It may make no difference or make some difference. Either way nothing has been lost by getting involved and trying to help.

With the advances in the technology available such as the Automated External Defibrillator and their increasing deployment into public places as well as the advice offered by 999 operators means that delivering first aid in Essex London and UK has become easier.

The first person on the scene when someone collapses is not usually a paramedic, doctor or nurse, it is usually someone like you! What you do from the moment they collapse and the EMS arriving on the scene can be the difference between life and death for the patient.

The key point I try and get across to my learners during a first aid training course in Essex London and UK is that no matter how you feel, no matter what you think you can remember step forward  and do something.  Have the confidence in yourself that you can make a difference.

Don’t be a bystander when it comes to first aid, get the training you need and one day you might be able to save a life.

I think the quote below sums up what your attitude to first aid should be, although I would change the last few words to “in my opinion you could be wasting someone else’s life”

Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.

Quote by Jackie Robinson
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/jackierobi140155.html#0GCmjC3QC8YiO3L1.99

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More First Aid Training needed for hospitality firms!

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2013 by wiggers10

If an employee or customer falls ill or becomes injured, it’s the company’s job to ensure they receive medical attention immediately. But how does a business ensure this without adequate training? Being able to provide first aid quickly and efficiently could be the difference between life and death. First aid training is essential.

Dragon’s Den television star, Duncan Bannatyne recently suggested that hospitality firms need to have better first aid training. Mr Bannatyne realised the necessity for first aid training after an incident at his head office when he developed severe chest pains. His secretary was not trained in first aid, but was luckily still able to help. After his close encounter, Mr Bannatyne wants to encourage companies to send employees on first aid courses.

Speaking to BigHospitality, the self-made millionaire who has businesses in the health, hospitality, and property sectors, said that a lack of first aid training has meant many organisations across the country have no idea what to do when dealing with medical emergencies. This lack of training is putting people at unnecessary risk. And it seems as though research is backing Bannatyne up.

According to a recent survey by the food hygiene specialist DayMark, 15.5 per cent of chefs who took part in the questionnaire said they were regularly burned during their daily jobs. Along with this shocking figure, just 37 per cent of the people questioned said they knew where the first aid kit was in their place of work.

Having the right medical training can ensure that people working within the hospitality industries are kept healthy and safe. Employees who are put on first aid courses and given the appropriate knowledge are much more likely to be able to deal with an emergency situation which could end up saving someone’s life.

Businesses should appoint people to be first aiders, and get them qualified on a first aid course. Each appointed person should especially know CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and what to do if someone is unconscious, wounded or bleeding profusely. Knowing each of these things will help reduce the severity of the situation, and ensure the ill or injured person has a better survival rate.

Owner of four major hotels, Mr Bannatyne stated that businesses in the hospitality industry need to be more proactive when it comes to providing first aid training. He said: “The responsibility ultimately lies with the employers; to ensure their staff are well-trained. I don’t think employers like me initially realise the benefits – imagine if you spent just a little bit of money and ended up saving someone’s life from it.”

Businesses can affordably provide first aid courses to their employees by choosing a third party training provider who is committed to high quality training and excellent first aid courses.

While your workplace may appear to be safe, accidents are bound to happen. By sending people on first aid courses, you can help staff or customers who are injured or ill, and make sure they have the best chances of survival until the ambulance arrives.

Check out our range of first aid courses today http://www.meducatetraining.co.uk or call 07791 865269 for more information.

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From our Archive – Meducate Training goes offshore!

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2012 by wiggers10

This article as originally published in January 2011

Meducate Training goes offshore for the Chinese!

Just before Christmas Meducate Training were asked to provide a service that was little outside our usual sphere of service but being the resourceful types we are we said yes and went to work making sure we could deliver for our client.

UK China Training Ltd who are a Chinese overseas training and educational body were hosting a delegation of 21 senior managers from State Administration of Work Safety and China National Offshore Oil Corporation, China here in the UK.

They were specifically looking for an expert speaker that could do a presentation on Health and Safety in the offshore oil and gas industry who was required at short notice to deliver in London.

Through our extensive contacts in the Health and Safety industry we selected Roger Grice from Roger Grice Associates to do the presentation which was extremely well received by the client.

Jocelyn Wei, UK China Training Ltd:

“We were extremely pleased with expert knowledge and professionalism provided by Roger. His presentation was most informative”

Roger Grice:

“Worked with Mark (Meducate Training) to provide a customised Health and Safety training service. I found Mark (Meducate Training) to be very helpful and approachable in all our communications.”

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Time is running out for Professional Drivers, the deadline is approaching! East Anglian provider steps in to help

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2012 by wiggers10

If you are a professional driver operating a bus, lorry or a coach there is a good chance that you will need to complete 35 hours of Periodic Driver training to get your Driver CPC card. For most of you this training will need to be completed by the deadline of the 9th September 2014. Any driver stopped by the police or VOSA after this date without a Driver CPC card could face a fine of up to £1000 plus risk losing their licence.Seems a long way off doesn’t it? Think again. If you don’t act  now you may not be able to afford or find a training provider due to expected increase in demand .

Although there are no exact numbers for how many professional drivers there are driving in the UK the DVLA and VOSA estimate the numbers to be anywhere between 650,000 and 850,000 LGV and PC V drivers out there requiring Driver CPC training.

Looking at figures gained from a FOI request from the Department of Transport the worse case scenario is that only 10% of all drivers have completed the training.

It is widely believed in the industry that there is going to be a huge spike in demand for training providers to deliver CPC training to drivers between now and September 2014. In fact JAUPT (the approving body for CPC training providers) is actively encouraging new providers to seek approval in order to meet demand.

Professional Drivers and operators could see a dramatic jump in the cost of purchasing CPC training as providers adjust their pricing to reflect changes in supply and demand, even at a time when hauliers and operators are struggling with increased costs due to factors like fuel prices.

“There is a genuine worry that some drivers and operators will not be able to get training booked in with a JAUPT approved provider in time to meet the deadline of September 2014 or that they will face prohibitive training fees in order to do so. Trainucpc would like to work with both individual drivers funding the courses themselves and operators to reduce this risk as far as possible”

–          Mark Wigley Partner Trainucpc LLP

Trainucpc LLP is a JAUPT approved training centre offering the chance for individual drivers and operators to purchase all 35 hours of periodic training in advance at a guaranteed price to protect our customers from increased costs over the next 2 years.  Customers will also get their dates booked in now up until 2014 to ensure they have training places available.

We have training bases in Mildenhall, Suffolk and Colchester, Essex but can attend company venues.

Visit us at www.trainucpc.co.uk or contact 0844 4097177

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Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults

In safeguarding on September 26, 2012 by wiggers10 Tagged: , , , , , , ,

To book your safeguarding course call our office on 01206 266750 or email mark@meducatetraining.co.uk. For more information click here for Safeguarding course content

 What is Safeguarding and Why is it so Important?

The disappearance of Megan Stammers in the company of her teacher has once again highlighted the need for proper vigilance when it comes to protecting vulnerable people, in particular children and young persons, but what is safeguarding and why is it so important?

Simply put, safeguarding is way of recognising the vulnerability of others and watching out for signs that there is something wrong.

For instance, in the case of an elderly person, this could be recognising signs of physical abuse when visiting them in a home, or in the case of a child it could be recognising signs of neglect or emotional abuse.  Each of us has a responsibility to protect children and ensure they are kept free from harm.

 

In the case of schools, government agencies and charities, in fact anywhere where there might be the necessity to work with children, an enhanced CRB check is used to ensure that an adult has no previous relevant convictions.  Unfortunately, this only checks up that his or her past is clean of such an offence, and it is not possible to judge whether or not someone has violent or paedophilic tendencies at interview.

Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more unsavoury characteristics in those people who have responsibility for our children when we are not available to help our child out.  There are teachers who bully and abuse children, calling them names like ‘stupid’, undermining their self-confidence and making them feel bad about themselves.  There are teachers who single out a member of their classroom for criticism time and again, making that child feel worthless and unable to contribute.  It is incredible how much damage is done to a child’s self-esteem by the comments thrown out by people who have a duty of care to our children!

As adults, we can be scared that our children will be subjected to bullying, but this is not acceptable when it comes from a teacher.  Then there are the ‘other’ teachers; the ones who download pornographic images off internet sites across the globe.  They might even be responsible for creating some of these pictures that degrade and mentally damage our youngsters.  These people are among those who are responsible for safeguarding our children and it is a little naïve to expect that, “All is well at my child’s school because the teachers have been CRB checked!”

In the case of Megan Stammers, it can be assured her teacher was CRB checked as well.  This will be of no comfort whatsoever to her family!  One has to ask why this child was so vulnerable to the care shown by this particular teacher too.

The 30-year-old maths teacher, Jeremy Forrest is twice the age of Megan and must surely realise that he will never work as a teacher again!  Let us all hope that young Megan is found quickly and that questions are asked about why Megan fled with this man in the first place.

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Driver CPC training – the deadline is approaching..

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2012 by wiggers10

Driver CPC training – Call our partner organisation http://www.trainucpc.co.uk on 0844 4097177 for a great deal on Driver CPC training, open courses and onsite training available.

If you are a professional driver and earn a living from driving either:

• a bus,
• a lorry, or,
• a coach,

then it is essential that you have Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) training.

The Driver CPC qualification is designed to increase your skill before you start driving, improving your knowledge and adding to your ability throughout your working life. The benefits of this scheme include better qualified drivers and increased road safety.

Existing professional drivers automatically have acquired rights, meaning that they will be considered to be in possession of Driver CPC if:

• bus or coach drivers – got their vocational licence before September 10, 2008 (D, D1, D+E and D1+E)
• lorry drivers – got their vocational licence before September 10, 2009 (C, C1, C+E, C1+E).

However, professional drivers with acquired rights MUST complete 35 hours of periodic training by:

• September 9, 2013 – bus or coach drivers
• September 9, 2014 – lorry drivers.

When you pass your Driver CPC, you will receive a DQC (Driver Qualification Card). It will be sent to the address on your driving licence, so make sure you keep the DVLA apprised of your address if you are in the process of moving.

For those drivers who have acquired rights, your vocational driving licence will be accepted until September 9 (for the applicable years, please see above) but you will need to complete periodic training. Driver CPC is essential if you are working in the EU and is rigidly enforced in all member states. If you are driving professionally in another EU country, you must have a valid Driver CPC and carry your DQC with you at all times.

Periodic training is not just about reinforcing your driving techniques; it can help to make you a more valuable member of your workforce. Course subjects might include Using Tachographs or First Aid. Knowing first aid can be extremely beneficial as accidents can happen anywhere. Other courses include Drivers’ Hours Rules, Health and Safety and Defensive Driving Techniques.

These courses can be practical or classroom based, but there are no tests involved and they are designed to complement your work and keep you up to date with changes in regulations. The best thing is, you control which courses you attend and when you attend them, however you must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years in order to continue to drive professionally in the EU.

If you want to be able to work in the EU, then don’t leave it too late! You must complete your 35 hours of training by September 9, 2013 if you drive a bus or coach; or September 9, 2014 if you drive a lorry.