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31Aug 2016

Haunting video of Syrian boy in ambulance goes viral

Video footage shows the boy and his siblings being rescued from the rubble

DOHA, Qatar — Images of a five year old Syrian boy – covered in dust and blood after being plucked from a bombed-out building – have gone viral after they were posted to social media, provoking widespread outrage and upset.

The footage, released by opposition activists on Wednesday, showed the aftermath of an air strike in the city of Aleppo and encapsulated the human toll of Syria’s five-year war.

The video, posted online by the Aleppo Media Center, shows a stunned and weary-looking boy, sitting alone and bewildered on an orange chair inside an ambulance shortly after he was rescued.

Khaled Khaled, an Aleppo-based member of the Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer rescue group that operates in rebel-held territory, identified the boy as five-year-old Omran Daqneesh.

31Aug 2016

Drones to be tested for Japanese ambulance use

The trials will involve medics flying medicines, defibrillators and other medical supplies to places where airborne delivery will be faster than on land.

KYUSHU, Japan — First responders will test the use of drones to help sick or injured people this fall in an initiative that could see the remote-controlled devices added to emergency kits nationwide.

The trials in Kyushu will involve medics flying medicines, defibrillators and other medical supplies to places where airborne delivery will be faster than on land.

31Aug 2016

Press Release | MedAid Services Community Initiative is now a Registered Charity

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We are delighted to announce that the MedAid Services Community Initiative is now a charity registered in England and Wales (1168963) with the aims of (1) TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC IN THE SUBJECT OF FIRST AID AND DEFIBRILLATION AND BY PROVIDING VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTION IN EMERGENCY LIFE SUPPORT TO MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY and (2) THE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF LIFE THROUGH THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATORS.

20Aug 2016

Flat Stan First Aid Comes To Shropshire

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A campaign to teach children about first aid is being launched in Shropshire in September by MedAid Services who are based in Oswestry.

The Flat Stan First Aid campaign is aimed at children between the ages of four and eleven and hopes to get them interested and learning about first aid.

The sessions will last around an hour, and will incorporate ways of making the classes fun and easy to engage with.

Operations Director, Aden Walker said:

It is important for children to learn about the basics of first aid.

If something was to happen in their home would they know what to do?

These workshops teach children essential life skills, using techniques that make it easy for children to absorb and remember, so that they can put it into practise, should an emergency situation ever arise, and can also be incorporated into key stages 1-3 of the school curriculum, which also makes it attractive for after school clubs and children groups when taught by professional first aid trainers.

The workshops include

  • what first aid is and who can deliver it
  • when and how to get help
  • how to check if someone is responsive
  • what to do if they are not breathing
  • how to deal with a bleeding casualty
  • how to deal with someone that has suffered a burn.

Each child will receive a book, sticker and have a chance at practicing what they have learnt on specially designed manikins as well as having a go with bandages and anything they want to learn we give them the chance to have a go at.

MedAid Services will be holding a number of public weekend workshops and further information is available on their website at www.medaidservices.co.uk. Workshops can also be run in schools, community groups and clubs. To book a workshop, please contact us via the website, www.medaidservices.co.uk or call 01691 700 999.

Visit our Flat Stan Training page.

3Aug 2016

MHRA urges people to be cautious when buying sports supplements

A review into the sports supplement industry ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic games shows the sport supplement industry is improving.

The MHRA carried out a new review of sports supplements to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics, which shows a reduction of sports supplements being sold as unauthorised medicines by almost 50% compared to a similar study carried out in 2012.

The review is part of the MHRA’s ongoing commitment to protect people from potentially dangerous products. This is an encouraging sign and points to the sports supplement industry taking account of MHRA concerns regarding the sale of products regulated as medicines.

The MHRA’s Medicines Borderline section invited 33 UK based companies to carry out a review of their product ranges and subsequently took action to remove unauthorised medicinal products from the market. These contained a number of ingredients which cause a significant physiological effect and would be regarded to be medical products.

Full story: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-urges-people-to-be-cautious-when-buying-sports-supplements

3Aug 2016

Paramedic trades ambulance for Ferrari in race with pro driver

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Champion driver Sebastian Vettel pushes a UK ambulance to its limits.

A new promotional video by Shell features F1 world champion driver Sebastian Vettel competing on a race track against UK paramedic Alex Knapton.

The twist? It’s Vettel driving the ambulance while Knapton takes the wheel of a Ferrari sports car.

Getting the opportunity to swap the ambulance for the Ferrari 488 GTB was a dream come true,

Knapton said to Motoring Research.

Sebastian was on great form coaching on high performance driving tips and joking about the lack of a radio in the ambulance.

The drivers swapped tips and tricks about their vehicles before starting their race. Though the ambulance was far heavier and only capable of reaching 88 mph, Vettel managed to finish the course seven seconds faster than Knapton.

Paramedics play an essential role in motorsport around the world and not just in Formula 1. They need to perform to such high standards every day because lives depend on them,

Vettel said.