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October 2016

31Oct 2016

MedAid Services Ltd Proud to Celebrate Living Wage Week 2016

MedAid Services Ltd Shows Support for Paying a Wage That Meets The Cost of Living

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Having become a Living Wage employer in September and being one of a pioneering group of nearly 3000 employers paying the real Living Wage, we are pleased to announce that we will be increasing our hourly rate of pay in line with the Living Wage Foundation’s newly recommended rate as of the 1st May 2017. The real Living Wage is independently calculated based on what employees and their families need to get by. The new rates as announced by the Living Wage Foundation this morning will apply to all our staff and sub-contractors over 18 and will be a minimum of £8.45 per hour.

23Oct 2016

Vote To Help Secure Funding for Free CPR Training

Our corporate charity, The MedAid Services Community Initiative, has been selected for the Aviva Community Fund to help continue to provide free CPR training to our local community.

The Aviva Community Fund allows you to vote to win the chance to secure funding for an important cause in the community.

Open to everyone – Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not) and the general public – you can apply to vote and support the good causes listed.

Each person voting on the Aviva website has ten votes in total. Votes can be allocated to one project or across a number of projects.

Our corporate charity, The MedAid Services Community Initiative, has been selected for the Aviva Community Fund. Please vote for us so we can continue to provide free CPR training to our local community.

You can vote by visiting the following URL: http://medaid.co/2eIaYY4

13Oct 2016

Faulty defibrillator warning

This afternoon, defibrillator manufacturer Lifepak have issued a faulty defibrillator warning. This relates to LIFEPAK CR Plus & LIFEPAK EXPRESS AEDs.

s300_defib_image_for_websitePeople and organisations should check if they have the defibrillator models, LIFEPAK CR Plus and LIFEPAK EXPRESS Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), because an electrical fault with some of them may not deliver an electric shock to the heart to someone who is in cardiac arrest. Approximately 2,577 devices are defective.

These devices are available in public places such as schools, supermarkets, community centres and train stations. They are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency.

The manufacturer, Physio-Control, has sent a safety alert to people with affected defibrillators, with instructions for action. Whilst there have been no reported patient incidents, it is important that the manufacturer’s instructions are followed by completing and returning the confirmation sheet immediately.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a Medical Device Alert.

The fault is due to an internal component (reed switch) that can intermittently become stuck in the closed position. This could fail to deliver a shock to resuscitate a patient.

People should check that the serial number listed in their confirmation sheet matches the serial number on the label located on the back of the device.

When the on/off button is pressed and the lid is opened a voice prompt may fail to initiate. If voice prompts are not activated within 5 seconds, people should remove their device, not use it and contact the manufacturer’s customer support to arrange for the reed switch to be replaced.

If the voice prompt is initiated within 5 seconds, people with affected defibrillators can still use them but should continue to monitor them in line with their routine check process until contacted by the manufacturer, Physio-Control, to arrange for the reed switch to be replaced.

If they have not established a routine check process, they should refer to section 5 of the Operating Instructions for recommended actions.

If people have these defibrillators and not received the manufacturer’s safety alert, they should locate the serial number on the label on the back of the device and call the manufacturer’s customer support or visit their website to see if the device is affected.

John Wilkinson, MHRA’s Director of Medical Devices said:

These devices deliver life-saving treatment and it is vital they operate correctly when needed in an emergency.

Those who are responsible for them should carry out the checks recommended by the manufacturer. If the defibrillator is faulty, please remove it from use.

If you have any questions, call Physio-Control on 0808 258 0094

For further information, see the Medical Device Alert on GOV.UK.

10Oct 2016

Restart a Heart Day 2016

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The ‘European Restart a Heart Day’ is held every year to teach members of the public how to help someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. This initiative that takes place every year on 16 October, aims to improve the very low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

Every year, around 350,000 Europeans suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). OHCA occur anywhere, for example in the street, at work, or while exercising or doing other strenuous activity. Unfortunately, the vast majority happen at home, where family members are the only witnesses and the only ones with the chance to save their loved ones. It adds to the tragedy of the situation that we would loose a loved one just because we did not know what to do in case of sudden cardiac arrest. Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by lay people increases survival by 2-3 times, however, today it is delivered in only 1 in 5 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. That is why less than 1 in 10 of these patients survive today. Increasing this rate may save 100,000 lives in Europe per year. “Unfortunately, only a small minority of cardiac arrest victims receive this vital help in time to save their life,” says Professor Maaret Castrén, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and chair of the ERC.

More people learning how to restart a heart could save 100,000 lives per year across Europe, says the European Resuscitation Council

Bystander CPR rates vary widely across Europe, with Andalusia in Spain as low as 12%, Germany 15%, through to very high rates in the Netherlands (61%) and Sweden (59%). The actual survival rate varies with the setting, with some countries having survival as low as 6%, whereas countries with an excellent record in bystander CPR such as the Netherlands and Norway see survival rates as high as 40%. “If we could improve rates of bystander CPR in Europe to the levels seen in these best-performing nations, then around 100,000 lives could be saved each year across Europe,” says Prof Castrén. “We are certain that if more people were trained (e.g. all relatives of high-risk population with cardiovascular diseases or families of people who already survived cardiac arrest or heart attack), 50% of the deaths by cardiac arrest could effectively be prevented,” she adds.

To put these numbers in context, the estimate of 350,000 OHCA deaths is equivalent to 1,000 deaths per day every day of the year across Europe.

By performing CPR you can do nothing wrong, the only thing that can be wrong is doing nothing.

“CPR is easier than most people think and saves lives,” adds Professor Castrén. “People are understandably nervous about doing CPR but our campaign will show that it is a straightforward procedure that can be performed by most people. Members of the general public really have the power and ability to save lives in these circumstances. Even a modest increase in the proportion of the public doing CPR in this scenario could save many lives.”

If you are interested in learning more about Emergency Life Support and CPR, please contact us and we can come and visit your group, club, village or community hall and teach CPR and Emergency First Aid for free. It only takes 2 hours.

10Oct 2016

PRESS RELEASE: MedAid Services Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

Living Wage EmployerThe Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that MedAid Services Ltd, has today been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at MedAid Services, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced this April.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

10Oct 2016

World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2016

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

When terrible things happen in our communities, we can reach out a helping hand to those who are affected. Perhaps you find yourself at the scene of an accident where people are hurt. Perhaps you are a health-care worker or teacher talking with someone from your community who has just witnessed the violent death of a loved one. Perhaps you are called upon as a staff member in a disaster or volunteer to help asylum seekers who have recently arrived in your community. Learning the basic principles of psychological first aid will help you to provide support to people who are very distressed, and, importantly, to know what not to say.