Calls Made for Defibrillators in Schools

Posted by admin on April 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm. Filed under: Medical Equipment

Having suitable first aid equipment at the scene of a medical emergency can make a huge difference to the outcome. The right supplies can help to minimise patient suffering and it can even save lives.

For example, if people suffer cardiac arrests, the presence of defibrillators can be crucial. If such devices are available, people can often be saved.

Woman on a mission

One woman who understands the importance of products like this is Samantha Clinton. According to a report on STV Local, the 32-year-old is on a mission to make sure that every school in the UK has a defibrillator.

She has suffered from a heart condition all her life and experienced what she sees as a lucky escape from death. She has Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and at the age of 25 she went to the doctors with her heart beating at 300 beats per minute. This is far above the typical figure of between 60 and 100 beats per minute.

Defibrillators explained

Defibrillators are machines that give the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest. They are portable and most people can be trained to use them.

Figures

According to STV Local, around 12 young people currently die each week as a result of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS). The survival rate is six per cent, but with a defibrillator the chance of survival rises to 74 per cent. Presently, only one in ten schools have these pieces of equipment.

Petition

The charity SADS UK has launched a petition to get a defibrillator in every UK school and Ms Clinton has joined the campaign.

She said: “Each machine we manage to get into a school will save lives. At the moment the government won’t take note of public opinion and the petitions they have signed.”

Talking about her own experiences, she added: “There are different things that trigger it for different people, like exercise. For me it seems to be triggered if I sit a certain way or have my back propped up with pillows. Every pulse in my body will be going really fast and my heart will be reeling.”

She went on to note that initially doctors didn’t diagnose her. About this, she remarked: “They kept saying ‘there’s nothing wrong with her’. I think because I was a teenager they thought I was just lazy or something. There came a point in my own head where I was thinking ‘am I imagining this?’ because they were constantly telling me there was nothing wrong with me.

“I thought it was because I was too unfit so I was forcing myself to exercise more and that was making it worse. When I think about it, it was more the psychology side of it that affected me. But I feel lucky now. I feel lucky that I’m actually still here. I think we should fight for other kids to get a chance.”

How we can help

If you’re looking to buy medical equipment, whether you need defibrillators, sports first aid kits or anything else, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Bound Tree Medical we should have everything you need, and at great value prices too.

 

Only the Best Products Will Do for Infection Control

Posted by admin on April 15, 2013 at 10:57 am. Filed under: Medical Supplies

Medicine has come so far over the years. It’s amazing to think how much our treatments have progressed over the centuries. For example, complex keyhole surgery is now commonplace and specialists are working on highly sophisticated stem cell treatments for a whole range of problems.

However, the simple things often remain the most important. For example, effective infection control is one of the most fundamental priorities in hospitals and other medical centres. When lapses occur, the results can be devastating. This is why infection control products are so important.

Case in point

Highlighting the significance of this issue, a hospital trust has been issued a major fine because of infection control shortcomings. Recently, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust was handed a financial penalty of £4.8 million because of the number of Clostridium difficile infections that had occurred in its hospitals since last April.

Because managers failed to hit the infection reduction targets, the trust was fined the equivalent of £65,000 a day since the start of the year.

Stats

Since April 2012, a total of 61 patients across the medical centres developed C. difficile. This was above the target of 53 set by the Department of Health.

In January, the trust had recorded 55 cases and faced a penalty of £1.4 million. However, because of the additional six cases since then, the fine was increased significantly.

A government spokesman said: “The fine is non-negotiable, but how it is spent is.  The money can be withheld money from the hospital, they can ask for it be handed over, or enter into a dialogue with the hospital to see how service improvements can be made using the money.”

Response

Meanwhile, a hospital trust spokeswoman stated that “a raft of measures” are in place to tackle C. difficile cases. She added: “The measures we have in place should be sufficient and fit with best practice. However, we operate a zero tolerance policy towards healthcare associated infections and one infection is too many.”

What is C. difficile?

C. difficile is a type of bacterial infection that can affect the digestive system and it’s most common among people who are staying in hospital. Its symptoms can range from mild to severe and they include diarrhoea, a high temperature and painful abdominal cramps. It can also lead to life-threatening complications such as severe swelling of the bowel because of a build-up of gas.

C. difficile bacteria can survive for many weeks and sometimes months on objects and surfaces and people who touch contaminated areas and then reach for their noses or mouths can ingest the bacteria.

Good hygiene practices are vital in preventing the spread of the infection. This is why it is vital that hospitals take advantage of good quality cleaning products, disposable latex gloves and so on.

Take your pick

Here at Bound Tree Medical we offer an array of medical supplies, including infection control products. If you’re keen to uphold strict hygiene practices, it’s well worth taking a look around the relevant section of our website.

 

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