Manchester is taking the healthcare of it’s inhabitants seriously, as the city has installed 16 defibrillators across the whole of Greater Manchester.
Transport for Greater Manchester and The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust have teamed up to provide the machines for the public. The AED device can be used safely with little help.
The AED device comes complete with a safety feature, meaning that the device won’t work unless a heartbeat isn’t detected from the body. Travelshop and bus station staff have received training on how to use the machines correctly in case of an emergency. Emergency operators have been given the location of the devices, so they can direct people in the right direction if one is needed.
The community resuscitation manager for the North West Ambulance Service had a couple of things to say about the scheme “Our aim is to ensure there are defibrillators at as many public locations as possible.”
He reflected on the benefits by saying “Safety is always at the top of the agenda for our bus stations, and defibrillators really can make the difference between life and death for someone whose heart has failed.”
This means that so far defibrillators have been placed in a number of popular tourism spots in Manchester – Manchester airport has received one and Piccadilly Gardens. They have also been placed in some smaller surrounding towns of the city such as Stockport, Bury, Rochdale, Wigan, Oldham, Hyde and Bolton.
Bolton is already well versed on the benefits of the machines, last year a Bolton MP launched a campaign which aimed to teach youngsters live saving skills before leaving school.
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If you are in the medical field, then there is no doubt you will have heard of the Panasonic CardioHealth Station. This new product on the market is designed specifically to assess the risk of a future stroke or a future heart attack in patients.
The product has been developed with innovation ultrasound technology; this means that the CardioHealth Station can be used quickly and easily, with a simple handheld ultrasound device. This means no exposure to radiation for the user and receiver, and the process is over shortly – with optimum safety measures. It looks beyond traditional risk factors such as blood pressure, and scans the carotid arteries in the neck, measuring for signs such as wall thickness and hidden plaque buildup. By catching these symptoms early enough, it enables preventative action to be taken. Once the symptoms have been acknowledged, you can then go down the path of offering patients life style and diet advice the minimize the risk later on in their lives.
Preventative action is so important, especially in the medical field. We all know that without appropriate vigilance, things can go wrong, and it’s certainly no different with your body. By taking these preventative steps, issues are easier to deal with and there is a much better chance of being able to resolve the issue in the long term.
If you are interested in learning more about the Panasonic CardioHealth Station, then watch the video we have on our website! www.cardiacare.co.uk
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The UK may have come leaps and bounds within recent months, trying to ensure that public places have the necessary access to defibrillators (with a huge sincere thanks to a current campaign which has been raising awareness in the country!) although it seems that the USA is still way behind schedule on starting to take the action that seems to be so desperately needed.
Target (of the Walmart branch, who also own Asda here in the UK) are not legally required to have defibrillators on hand in their stores, which surprisingly the California high Supreme Court ruled earlier this month. The ruling has come to light in a tragic way, when a customer suffered a fatal heart attack whilst shopping in the store. After the victim collapsed paramedics were called straight to the scene. Unfortunately, the woman could not be revived upon arrival.
The family of the victim has strongly argued that the stores are morally and ethically obligated to their customers to provide the life saving machines to all their stores. Especially when, according to the American heart association – chance of survival drops between 7% and 10% for each minute that passes without a defibrillation.
“Under California law, Target’s common law duty of care to its customers does not include a duty to acquire and make available an AED for use in a medical emergency,” the chief justice wrote.
This statement has caused grief to those who hold the campaign close to their hearts, and has caused some widespread disagreement online.
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In one of our last pieces we spoke about preventative measure and how important it is for a patients overall wellbeing.
The best preventative action to take is to look after the mind and body. Especially in patients who have heart problems, the body is the most imperative thing to keep fit and healthy.
That can be easier said than done though, so we’ve put together a checklist of the vital things needed to keep the heart in good shape.
Alcohol is common vice, and can be a difficult habit to break. Abstaining completely from alcohol can do wonders for the body.
2. Oily fish
Oily fish is rich in Omega 3 and twice weekly servings and offer a boost of much needed nutrients. Fish such as fresh tuna, sardines and mackerel help protect against heart disease.
3. Stop smoking
We realise this is an obvious choice! Smoking is the main cause of coronary heart disease, and anyone with existing heart conditions really need to reevaluate their choice to smoke. Many new methods of quitting are on the market, such as ecigs – which are quickly becoming a popular option.
4. Weight management
Being overweight can cause a great strain on the heart (as well as other vital organs and bones!) Managing weight successfully can be difficult for a lot of people. However with simple meal plans and plenty of physical activity, the weight can drop off in no time!
5. Take a walk
Many of us can turn to eating, smoking, drinking or other unhealthy vices after a hard day at the office. By taking a walk when stress occurs, you are fighting the stress in your brain with natural endorphins and also be one step closer to a healthy lifestyle.
Have anything to add to this list? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.
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A Kent social club has joined the local community together in their own unique, thoughtful and touching way. The villagers have taken in upon themselves to host a fundraising event for a very worthwhile cause. The organisers of the fundraiser mission, was to collectivity raise enough money to buy a defibrillator for the people of the area.
This particular cause is obviously very close to the clubs heart, after one of its beloved members tragically died at an event hosted by the club. The village has so far raised over £1000 for the cause (and hopefully a lot more than that, by the time you read this article) and has been described as ‘the first of its kind’.
Showing another gesture of goodwill, a medical training company is fully behind the cause, and will be running a free training event, for all those that wish to attend and learn how to use the machines correctly. The director of the company behind the training, Medi-1 released a statement saying “We are raising awareness so people won’t be scared of using the equipment” Over 100 people will be expected the attend the class.
To contribute even further to the cause, the afore mentioned company has also offered to make up any cash shortfall on the cost of the equipment. It’s a testament to the community itself that so many people have come forward and extended a helping hand, the passion of this community has gripped others into wanting to do their bit.
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If you’ve been following the Cardiacare blog over the past few weeks, then you’ll know that defibrillator campaign (which is taking the UK by storm) is one of upmost importance to us. However, it isn’t just in the UK where more and more people are recognising the importance of having a defibrillator nearby.
During a man’s recreational hockey game in Canada, a player named Turnbull who was sat on the bench tragically suffered a heart attack. Fellow players sprung to action to do everything they could to help their fellow team mate. One of the players said:
“No one really knew what they were doing, but the process of the defibrillator talked to us and helped us through.”
The province has the highest number of that defibrillators in the whole of Canada. On Monday, a special award ceremony was held to recognize brave bystanders in the area who had saved someone’s life via a that defibrillator. 16 people were honored for their acts of bravery.
A spokesperson for the MD Ambulance named Troy Davies made a very good point, about this particular case “They’re like fire extinguishers – you don’t want to use them, but they should be around.”
Turnbull also chimed in and stated “Everybody should have defibrillator ready,” he said. “If you’re going out playing pickup hockey, if they’re public skating, whatever. somebody in that arena should know where the defibrillator is and know how to use it.”
We are just glad that Turnbull was okay in the end, and this should be a wakeup call to those public arenas who aren’t fully prepared for an incident of this nature.
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Cardiac defibrillators have progressed leaps and bounds since their inception way back in the 1940s. If you look closely when you are out and about, you may notice some of them hanging in walls of public places (although, not nearly enough places are stocking them! For more information on this, read our past articles on the current campaign to ensure defibrillators are readily available nationwide).
The original inventor is Dr. Claude Beck, who first invented the device way back in the 1940’s at the University Hospitals of Cleveland.
The inventor was simply testing the device on animals during this time, and not even considering the possibility of using human subjects. It wasn’t anything like the defibrillators we know of today, as two metal spoons were used to conduct the current. If it wasn’t for the unfortunate event that struck one day, we might not have ever known the power behind these medical devices. During a 14 year old patient’s heart surgery, a problem was encountered and the patient’s heart stopped, out of a sheer willing to save the young patient – the doctor instructed for the machine to be brought up from the basement.
His orders were followed, and the first shock the patient failed. The second shock however, brought the patient back to life. This event made worldwide news. However, so little was known about how to improve the technique that it took years to perfect the well known life saving device we know and love today.
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We are pleased to announce the launch of Panasonic’s CardioHealth Station which is a multi-modality platform for quick cardiovascular risk assessment and early detection of atherosclerosis. A perfect complimentary tool to assist with the NHS preventive medicine strategy.
The CardioHealth Station uses innovative ultrasound technology that can be performed easily and quickly using a handheld ultrasound probe. The carotid arteries in the neck are scanned to measure the wall thickness and detect hidden plaque build-up with no exposure to dangerous radiation, no discomfort and with immediately available results.
The CardioHealth Station optimises cardiovascular risk management by looking beyond traditional risk factors, like cholesterol and blood pressure. Imaging of sub clinical atherosclerosis in the carotid artery helps in identifying those that are at higher CV risk, early enough to take preventative action. This innovative technology enables you to offer a preventative approach to your patients and to identify patients at higher risk of heart attack and stroke, then offer a more personalised treatment and life style advice to lower patients risk.
To discover more about this product contact us today. In the meantime please review the product brochure here or watch the video for an online demonstration.
Cardiacare Managing Director Linda Warren calls for the NHS to focus on preventative strategies that encourage people to manage their own health and wellbeing . . .
Check out our editorial on NHS preventive strategies in the June edition of Public Service Review: Health and Social Care (page 12).
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