NEWS and Updates  

As you will be aware, the HSE first aid training provider approval system ended at on 31st September 2013. All are first aid courses are regulated and will meet the needs of your staff and your business. 
Now here’s the good news… 
If your first aiders undertake Regulated First Aid Qualifications (national qualifications accredited by an Ofqual or SQA recognised Awarding Organisation), the guidance is clear that you don’t have to undertake any of this lengthy due diligence process. 
 
In short, Regulated Qualifications have the “Ofqual” or “SQA” logo on certificates, so a HSE inspector will accept this for the purposes of the first aid regulations. 
JUNE 2014 
 
RECOGNISING RESPONSIBILITY - PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID BECOMES LEVEL 3 
Did you know that following a national review, both the Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid and the Level 2 Award in Paediatric Emergency First Aid will be replaced with Level 3 qualifications on 1st September 2014? This decision has been made to reflect the high level of responsibility required for such a role and also brings the qualifications in line with the Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work. 
Please also be assured that the new qualifications will be fully in line with the Department for Education’s EYFS Framework. 
 
 
March 2014 
Anaphylaxis training for the staff on Riverbank Ward (BGH), super feedback. See you on the 28th. 
Resuscitation Council (UK) ILS Requalification course, great clinical skill mix, course enjoyed by all. 
If you are thinking of attending a Resuscitation Council (UK) training course, contact your local hospital, except nothing less. 
 
02/14 
NEW,NEW,NEW 
Advanced Airway Training- this short course will re-fresh the skills needed in to maintain an Airway in a collapsed patient. The training course will improve the skills,confidence & knowledge of those who can access the emergency equipment in a Dental or GP Practice. Why not combine this course with Oxygen therapy or Basic Life Support. 
 
 
02/2014 
Busy, Busy month ahead- 
First Aid at Work (FAW) 3 day course taking place for a local business next week, followed by a first aid annual refresher. Resuscitation Council (UK) Courses start again in February, training in Basic Life Support & Anaphylaxis for GP & Dental practices & Fire Safety Awareness training take place in Bedfordshire. If your work place requires staff training in first aid, mandatory or medical training contact us. We can bespoke training to meet your industry requirements. Require a life saving defibrillator (AED)? AUTHORISED DISTRIBUTOR FOR ZOLL & PHYSIO-CONTROL PRODUCTS. 
 
01/2014 
Delighted to announce Keech Hospice Care continue to choose First Aid Interventions as their preferred training provider. More new GP practices in Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire have booked their training for 2014 with us. Today we are supplying a new Defibrillator (AED) to health care professionals in Bedford. Tomorrow a Resuscitation Council (UK) iLS Training Course, takes place at Bedford General Hospital. Contact us for quality first aid, mandatory & medical training. Require an AED? 
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR 
 
 
 
12/12/2013 
Please be-aware there is a recall of JEXT Pens (auto adrenaline injectors) please follow the link for details- http://www.jext.co.uk/drugalert/ 
 
01/10/2013 
Nearly two years after Professor Loftstedt’s report was first published, The HSE approval system for first aid training providers has now come to an end. 
 
11/09/2013 
As you will be aware, the HSE first aid training provider approval system will end at midnight on 30th September 2013. As such, from this date Qualsafe Awards will no longer offer this method of certification. 
Qualsafe Awards is committed to quality, we have also taken this opportunity to fully review our provision of unregulated qualifications and have now introduced regulated qualifications to replace the majority of these. First Aid Interventions are a Qualsafe Awards Centre, any business or individual can be assured that choosing an accredited centre such as First Aid Interventions, will meet all the needs of their first aid training requirements. 
 
15/08/13 
An interaction, which is not yet in the BNF, has been described between fluconazole and the commonly-used SSRI antidepressant citalopram. Fluconazole should not be prescribed to a patient taking citalopram because of the risk of developing "serotonin syndrome". http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18585543 
14/08/2013 
BNF update 
Diclofenac cardiovascular contra-indications. Following a review of the safety of NSAIDs, the cardiovascular risk with diclofenac has been found to be similar to that of the selective COX-2 inhibitors. Consistent with COX-2 inhibitors, diclofenac is now contra-indicated in those with ischaemic heart disease, cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, and mild to severe heart failure. For more information see Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. 
10/07/2013 
If your Hospital training or Resuscitation Team require help with ILS training and need additional instructors, please contact us. We are willing to travel and can assist at very short notice. 
 
27/5/13 
A new alert has just been posted: NICE update on the feverish child----NICE has updated its 2009 guideline on assessing the risk of serious illness in feverish children under 5, and has emphasised the importance of tachycardia as a diagnostic sign. Full information, and links to case studies, can be found at http://www.nice.org.uk 
We use the latest auto injector adrenaline training pens. 
The APLS criteria for tachycardia are: 
Under 12 months >160/min 
12 to 24 months >150/min 
2-5yr >140/min 
 
 
20/5/13 
LIFESAVER is crisis simulator, which fuses interactivity and live-action film to teach CPR in a new way, on your computer, smartphone or tablet. And it’s completely free. 
LIFESAVER is a live-action movie you play like a game. It just happens to show you how to save someones life. It throws you into the heart of the action, changing what happens in movies showing real people in real places. click here https://life-saver.org.uk/ 
 
11/03/2013 
Prodigy becomes CKS again.... 
The new Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) service commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will be going live in early April 2013. 
You can already access the existing CKS service provided by NICE at http://www.cks.nhs.uk. This service contains the same information as the current Prodigy service, and in the future it will be the only place to access the CKS content. Clarity will no longer provide the CKS content in the UK through its PRODIGY site. You can register as a NICE user at 
 
20/03/2013 
New BNF-65 
If you are in the UK and you are entitled to a copy of BNF, you should shortly be receiving the latest edition. 
The UK health departments distribute BNFs to NHS doctors, dental surgeons, pharmacists, non-medical prescribers, and community pharmacies. 
In England, BNFs are mailed individually to the above healthcare professionals; to register to receive copies, email BNF@binleys.com. For queries or changes relating to delivery of BNFs, contact the DH Publications Orderline. Tel: 0300 123 1002. 
 
12/04/2013 
The Resuscitation Council (UK) has been working closely with a digital media company called Unit9 to develop an immersive online resource called Lifesaver to increase awareness of how to do basic life support. To see a snapshot of what it will look like, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaHKEqe91A0 
We will be formally launching it in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we are delighted to announce that Lifesaver has been shortlisted for a Webby Award. The Webbys are an international award celebrating excellence on the internet and are the equivalent of the Oscars to the web-developer industry. This year they received over 11,000 submissions and Lifesaver has been one of five successful submissions to be shortlisted for the Health website category. As part of the award process, there is a public vote and we would like to encourage you to vote for us by following this link: http://pv.webbyawards.com/nominees/web/general-website/health. The closing date is April 25th. Thank you. 
 
26/04/2013 
Arrhythmia Alliance was formed in 2007 and is a coalition of patients, carers, charities, medical professionals and industry partners. We work together to promote timely diagnosis and effective treatment of all cardiac arrhythmias. Our aims are to: Raise awareness of Cardiac Arrhythmias, improve diagnosis of Cardiac Arrhythmias,improve treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias, improve quality of life for people living with Cardiac Arrhythmias help patients with Cardiac Arrhythmias gain information about and access to specialist services appropriate to their clinical needs. Can you help? visit them at http://www.arrhythmiaalliance.org.uk/  
 
30/04/2013 
Macrolide antibiotics and the QT interval 
It has been known for some time that taking erythromycin and clarithromycin may prolong the QT interval on the ECG. This means that these medicines may cause arrhythmias in patients who have an abnormality of electrical conduction of the heart, or who are taking other drugs which prolong the QT interval (your drug interaction software should alert you to this, or see http://www.azcert.org for a list). Last month a similar effect was described with azithromycin: http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm341822.htm 
All macrolide antibiotics (erythromycin, clarithromycin and azithromycin) should therefore be avoided in such patients. 
 
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