Hi everybody, we're excited here at Lubas to say that we will be an exhibitor at this years annual Therapy Expo. 

Come visit us (in the area highlighted in orange!) and get updated on the latest CPR & Anaphylaxis guidelines announced in April. 

Delegates will be able to attend theory session's and then head straight to the training zone where they will carry out a practical with us! 

We will be rewarding certificates to all who successfully complete a practical session with us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 So are you attending the Therapy Expo 2016? It'd be great to see as many of you as possible, we'd also love to hear what your looking forward to at this years Expo so don't forget to send us a tweet @lubasmedical or like us on Facebook and drop us message!  www.facebook.com/Lubasmedicalltd/

Want more info on the Therapy Expo? why not head over to their website and check it out! www.therapyexpo.co.uk

Also would you like more info on Lubas medical and the course's/services we provide? Head over to our website now. www.lubasmedical.com

 

 This week is child safety week raising awareness of the risks of childhood accidents and how we can prevent them.   There are potential risks around every corner for developing and inquiring minds. Hot pans being pulled from the stove, trips and falls, road safety, swallowing of poisons to name but a few. 

I have two children of my own and have had to deal with numerous accidents throughout their lives, falls, insect stings, illness and even the ingestion of medication.  Being a qualified nurse of 20 years and now a training officer for Lubas medical,  I feel prepared to cope with most situations, but when it comes to my own children things can always seem that little bit more worrying. It would appear I have not passed this anxiety onto them.   I remember my daughter probably about 8 at the time fell from the trampoline and was crying in pain, when I asked her what happened she said she there was no point in telling me because all I would say is “you’ll be okay” when I asked her is that what I always say she said “yes, but you’re always right”.  She cried for a little bit more and then ran off to play on the trampoline again.  There were times however when I didn’t know it would be alright and remember 2 ambulance rides with my son, one when he had fever, thankfully from tonsillitis and not meningitis and the other when his lips swelled due to an allergic reaction I am thankful that I knew the signs to look for that indicated to me he was very unwell, and knew the appropriate action to take.

 

Choking is a medical emergency that has always worried me and even more so where children are concerned.  We all know that children put everything and anything in their mouths indeed my inquisitive daughter was once found eating the dogs’ dinner! As a child I can still remember my mother hitting a friend of mine hard on the back to dislodge a fifty pence piece that was stuck in her throat, thankfully she lived to tell the tale, but tragically some children do not. 

We cannot wrap our children in cotton-wool nor supervise them 24 hours a day as they grow and seek independence, but we can prepare ourselves with knowledge and skills and be able to react what we should do when an accident happens.  The message of this child safety week is turn off technology, to become less distracted and look at the world around us and the potential risks it holds for our children. You could use this time to attend a first aid for parents course so you will be prepared if an accident should happen. We at Lubas medical can run such courses anywhere, playgroups, mother and toddler groups or even work places. Give us a call to arrange a course today.

http://www.childsafetyweek.org.uk/ 

 

 (https://www.facebook.com/events/238369713209241/ - Facebook event page)

(http://www.lubasmedical.com/lubas-medical-courses/course-info/first-aid-for-parents - Course page for booking and more info)

As a medical provider, you will have to deal with a medical emergency happening in your practice at some time.

When a patient is in your care you have a legal “duty of care” to that patient should they be taken ill. The unwell person may be a patient, relative, visitor or even a colleague and the emergency could take place anywhere within your practice or even outside the building.

To make your practice safe you should:

Plan

  • Discuss and agree the most appropriate and effective way to respond when someone is taken ill or injured:
  •  Discuss and agree the best place to keep your AED, emergency medical equipment and emergency drugs case.
  •  Decide what is the best way to communicate with your colleagues that their help is needed, such as alarm buzzers/bells, computer alerts or just shouting HELP!
  •  Who will be responsible for treating the patient?
  •  Who will call 999 and who will authorise when to call?
  •  Who will clear the waiting room of patients or can a room be made available to treat the unwell person away from the other patients?
  •  How will you manage an emergency outside the entrance to the building or in the car park?

PREPARE

Write a practice policy including:

  •  Location of medical equipment, who will check the equipment and how often.
  • A clear system for storing drugs and quickly identifying them when required.
  • Roles and responsibilities including assessing and treating the casualty, calling for help and ensuring patient confidentiality and dignity.
  •  Level of first aid cover required and how it will be provided at all times.
  •  Record keeping and restocking of drugs and equipment including frequency of checks.
  • Frequency of staff training.
  • Signage for location of AED, medical equipment and first aid trained staff.
  • Ensure that all staff are familiar with the practice emergency response policy and ensure it’s included during staff induction.

PRACTICE

Ensure staff practice their roles and know their responsibilities:

  • Undertake regular staff updates to familiarise all of the contents of your policy and individual roles and responsibilities.
  •  Ensure all staff are up to date with annual CPR, AED and Medical emergency training including scenario training within your practice, ensuring training is specific to dental practice staff.
  •  Encourage staff to regularly review the contents of the medical equipment and drug case, including oxygen and drug delivery.

PERFORM

When a medical emergency or injury occurs:

  •  Assess the patient and identify a team leader to ensure the most appropriate medical treatment is given.
  •  Record drugs and times treatment given to the patient.
  • Be aware of the dignity, confidentiality and privacy of the patient.
  •  Give full information when calling an ambulance as the ambulance response will be made from the information given. Update the ambulance service if the patient’s condition changes.
  •  If possible, identify a member of staff to meet the ambulance crew outside of the building when they arrive.
  •  Do not delay starting CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator if indicated, the worst thing you can do in a cardiac arrest is nothing!
  •  After the incident take time to reflect on the practice response without individual criticism but to review the practice policy and debrief.
  •  Ensure all clinical reports are completed and equipment and drugs are re-stocked for the next emergency.

 

Rugby is often painted as a rather violent sport, a game from which players routinely emerge with chipped teeth, broken bones, and severe concussions. But it’s not all that bad; rugby will always be a gentleman’s game at heart, and many people argue that it’s far less dangerous than, say, American football. Besides, this is a sport that we teach our children to play in school, so it’s not exactly rollerball.

Rugby ball

Image Credit: Éamonn Ó Muirí

Still, injuries do happen – our paramedics are all too aware of that – and if you don’t take certain precautions before a rugby match, they’re all the more likely to occur. Here are four ways for you to minimise the chance of a casualty:

  1. Warm Up Properly
    It’s important to engage in a thorough warm-up before any form of exercise, but it’s particularly crucial before playing rugby. If you’re preparing for a full match, you’ll probably want to spend a solid thirty minutes on the warm-up; be sure to do lots of stretching and pay particular attention to your back muscles, as these will be under a lot of stress during the match.

  2. Wear Protection
    Here’s a quick checklist of what you ought to be wearing when you play rugby: a gum shield (to prevent tooth damage and protect against concussion), a scrum cap (to protect your head and ears), shoulder pads (to protect your shoulders, obviously). Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re soft for taking precautions like these!

  3. Play by the Rules
    The rules are designed to prevent casualties, so make sure you stick to them! Proper rugby tackles are far less conducive to injury than illegal shoulder charges and spear tackles (you may remember that Bradley Davies was suspended for committing the latter offence in a 6 Nations game a couple of years back). There’s a reason why they call it ‘dangerous play’.

  4. Stop if you Get Hurt
    A proper game of rugby is bound to leave you feeling a little sore, but it’s important to know when you’re genuinely hurt. It’s one thing to play on with a bloody nose, but if you sustain a head injury – especially one which leaves you dazed or unconscious, even momentarily – it’s time to call it quits. Playing on when you could be concussed may well lead to more serious injuries, so don’t risk it!

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