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20Nov 2019

‘Disgusting’ note left on UK ambulance responding to emergency

A paramedic discovered a profane handwritten note on her ambulance after responding to a medical emergency.

Paramedic Lauren Wheeler posted a photograph of the letter on Facebook, according to Metro.

The note, written in all capital letters, reads,

Don’t care if you are an ambulance you can’t block people’s driveways! Either ask or f—ing come out when we beep the horn for 10 minutes

Wheeler said she was helping someone in need when the unidentified neighbour placed the paper on her vehicle. Facebook friends of the paramedic were outraged by the letter.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) responded to the placing of the “abusive” note, telling people to “please think – is your parking space more important than a neighbour’s life?”

The service also mentioned the public encouragement Wheeler and her colleagues have received following the incident.

The support myself and my team have received in response on social media has been reassuring, in that the hard work and support they bring to their community does not go unnoticed the majority of the time

EEAST Assistant General Manager Laura Spears said.

13Oct 2019

San Francisco EMT joins dance party in street

A video of a San Francisco Fire Department EMT taking a dance break while on duty has gone viral.

ABC7News.com reported that the impromptu dance break took place in the middle of the street. In the video, you can hear Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” playing.

Sometimes the best medicine is laughter and music,

San Francisco Firefighters 798, who posted the video on Twitter, said.

Our paramedics and EMTs see some of the worst parts of #SanFrancisco. Finding a moment to celebrate, dance and laugh is always necessary and welcomed!

3Oct 2019

Emerade pens – patients reminded to carry 2 pens at all times

Patients who carry Emerade auto-injector pens for the emergency treatment of severe acute allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to foods, medicines or insect stings are being reminded of existing advice to carry 2, in-date pens with them – at all times.

The advice, from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), follows reports from the manufacturer, Bausch & Lomb UK Limited, of Emerade pens that have failed to activate.

In this situation, the needle of the pen is not released from the autoinjector when used, and a dose of adrenaline cannot be delivered. The issue makes it particularly important that users carry 2 pens at all times.

When an Emerade pen is used, it should be pressed very firmly against the thigh. If this does not result in activation, the patient should immediately use their second pen. More detailed information for patients is available. This includes images showing users what an activated pen looks like, compared to a non-activated pen.

If the patient is not improving, suggesting that a further dose of adrenaline is needed, additional attempts should be made to administer a pen that has failed to activate, while awaiting the arrival of the emergency services.

The MHRA has issued a Drug Alert and has written to healthcare professionals asking them to share this advice with all patients and carers who use an Emerade pen.

Samantha Atkinson, MHRA Director of Inspection, Enforcement & Standards, comments:

It is important to always carry 2 pens. At the first signs of anaphylaxis, the patient or carer should administer an Emerade pen by pressing it firmly against the thigh. If the pen fails to activate, they should immediately use the second pen.

Emergency help should be summoned by dialling 999 and saying “Anaphylaxis” (pronounced anna-fill-axis). While waiting for the ambulance, additional attempts should be made to activate a failed pen if the patient is not improving.

Patient safety is our highest priority and our role, as regulator, is to make sure medicines and medical devices are safe and effective.

Patients experiencing any problem with Emerade failing to activate should report the incident via the MHRA’s Yellow Card system and keep the pen for further examination.

1Oct 2019

October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is NOT a heart attack.

It shows no favouritism – it can strike anyone, at any age, at any time, in any place!

In the UK, 250 PEOPLE A DAY are affected & only ~8% SURVIVE.

In most cases the only chance of survival is IMMEDIATE CPR and shocks from an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). For each minute that elapses from the on-set until the first shock, the chance of survival DECREASES 10%

That is why it is so important that EVERYONE learns how to do CPR and how to use an AED so that others may have the same chance that members of Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK did!

Even if someone SURVIVES an SCA the repercussions can be far-reaching, not only for the survivor but also those involved in the rescue, partners and family members. Recovery is often a roller coaster and many can feel quite alone, hence being a member of Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK can really help.

For more info on SCA UK visit https://www.suddencardiacarrestuk.org/

2Sep 2019

Free First Aid Training – Oswestry Thursday 19th September

We will be providing some free first aid training at Unit 3 Market Gate, Oswestry on Thursday 19th September 2019 at 7:00PM and lasts for approximately and hour and a half.

Our Flat Stan CPR Manikins will be available meaning young children can also get involved in training.

Why not pop along and learn how to save a life and use an AED.

If you have any questions prior to attending, please do not hesitate to contact us.


10May 2019

Resuscitation Council (UK) develops quality standards for CPR/AED practice and training in the community

The Resuscitation Council (UK) (who sets the guidelines for resuscitation practice in the UK) has an open consultation for shaping the quality standards for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation (AED) practice and training in the community and are encouraging members of the public to take park in their survey.

If you would like to know more about the quality standards for cardiopulmonary resuscitation / automated external defibrillation practice and training in the community, the document can be viewed at https://medaid.co/2JeIQ0y.

Feedback can be provided via the on-line survey at https://medaid.co/2E0Ql73.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 24 May, so don’t miss your chance to shape the CPR/AED standards.

24Apr 2019

Hospital team develops newspaper to help cancer patients

News from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

A team at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital has developed its own newspaper to help cancer patients understand more about their treatment.

The Radiotherapy Team based at the Lingen Davies Centre has produced Radiotherapy News, a monthly newsletter which provides information about what’s happening in the department, developments in Radiotherapy both at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and nationwide and more about a patient’s treatment.

Bernadette Mortiboy, Technical Superintendent with the Radiotherapy Department, said:

The team in Radiotherapy are aware that at the beginning of a patient’s journey through the department they are bombarded with lots of information. There is a lot to take in at a time when they are very vulnerable and can feel overwhelmed.

When their course of treatment starts, they can face a long time in our waiting room before they can be treated.

That’s why we came up with the idea of writing a regular newspaper with information about treatment, the team, and radiotherapy news from around the world.

The first issue was launched at the end of March and was made available in the patient’s waiting room.

William Fearson, a patient who is being seen by the Radiotherapy team, said he was impressed by the initiative.

He said:

I think it’s absolutely excellent – easy to read, informative and well-illustrated. It also reflects the kindness and professionalism of the staff. As a patient it’s all really appreciated.

24Apr 2019

Experience of Care Week (22-26 April 2019)

News from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

The work of staff who provide care for patients, families and carers will be celebrated this week when the trust that runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals takes part in Experience of Care Week.

Experience of Care Week is an international initiative, running from 22 April to 26 April 2019, which recognises the value of each health worker’s contribution to a patient’s experience.

Many caring roles are carried out behind the scenes and not witnessed by the patient and their family, but every member of staff contributes to the experience a patient and their loved ones have while being treated at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford (PRH).

Ruth Smith, SaTH’s Lead for Patient Experience, said:

The Trust recognises and appreciates the work done by every employee to provide the very best experience for our patients. Whether on the front line or working behind the scenes, all staff provide a vital role in caring and together we are greater than the sum of our parts.

SaTH are celebrating Experience of Care Week in a number of ways:

  • A patient experience film has been created to capture and recognise the value of SaTH’s ‘hidden heroes’ who contribute to a patient’s journey.
  • ‘Observe & Act’ is being rolled out across both hospital sites to improve patient experience. The purpose of Observe and Act is to view a patient’s service experience from their perspective and then learn from it, share good practice and where necessary act to make improvements.
  • Staff are being invited to share stories about how they made a positive difference to a patient’s experience.
  • As part of SaTH’s Patient and Carer Experience (PaCE) Panel, a carers’ sub-group has been established to focus on the support available to carers and the experience they have at SaTH.
  • New patient experience webpages have been developed and launched along with a new patient experience portal
  • The Dementia Support Team will be holding a Dementia Café at RSH and a mobile afternoon tea will be held on Ward 10 at PRH on Tuesday 23 April to support Experience of Care Week.
19Apr 2019

Life-saving frontline technology given £5 million boost

The development of the TXA Autoinjector will allow life-saving blood clotting treatment to be given at the push of a button.

Technology being developed by a team of military doctors and scientists to stop rapid blood loss on the battlefield is a step closer to saving lives.

The TXA Autoinjector project, which allows life-saving blood clotting treatment to be administered at the push of a button, has been given a £5 million funding boost by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson to accelerate the technology.

During a visit to The Royal London Hospital and London’s Air Ambulance at Barts Health NHS Trust today, the Defence Secretary said the technology would be backed by the department’s new Transformation Fund.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

Saving lives is at the heart of what our Armed Forces do, and this funding shows our commitment to ensuring those serving on the frontline get the best treatment as rapidly as possible.

Our work to save lives does not stop at our serving men and women but must also be about helping to improve the livelihoods of people across the world. This technology will allow us to just that, whether it is rolling it out to emergency services in the UK, or equipping medics in developing countries across the globe.

If successful, the cutting-edge medical technology could also be adapted from use in the battlefield to any major trauma incidents, from stab wounds to road traffic accidents.

It could also be used to help women in developing countries who suffer major blood loss during birth and are unable to access medical treatment.

Around 4.8 million people across the globe die due to major trauma incidents every year, while 14 million women face traumatic blood loss during labour.

Colonel Nigel Tai, trauma surgeon at The Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust added:

Large international clinical trials show that TXA saves lives in bleeding patients. But we also know that for patients to be given the best chance, TXA should be given as soon as possible after injury.

The prospect is, that by packaging the drug in to a pre-filled AutoInjector, injured soldiers can self-treat as part of their first-aid drills, and won’t have to wait for evacuation or specialist medical help to arrive

The auto-injector uses Tranexamic Acid, which is a cost-effective and reliable drug that stabilizes and strengthens blood clotting within damaged tissues and can be administered by an untrained user.

Currently, administration of TXA requires an intravenous drip but the development of the auto-injector will allow it to be administered safely into a muscle.

The treatment is expected to benefit up to a third of seriously injured soldiers who would otherwise die from their wounds.

Once developed, the Autoinjector could be rolled out to police, NGOs, ambulance services, and Code Red first aid kits situated in public places.