We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year.
We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year.
Winter driving can be challenging even for experienced drivers, so it is important that your vehicle is ready no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.
You should ensure that you always check:
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Here at RTC Medical Solutions we providers trainers with real life experience in dealing with medical emergencies, not just books. Our Healthcare Professionals transfer their real life knowledge onto our trainers who in turn ensure you receive the most accurate and up-to-date training available. The cost isn’t too bad either, with 1 day courses starting from £33.00 each we are one of the most competitive prices around. As for quality, well we will let you decide based on our testimonials from other customers.
Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury. Normally our immune system fights infection very well – but sometimes, for reasons unknown, it attacks our body’s own organs and tissues. If not treated rapidly it can result in organ failure and death, however with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.
If your child has any of the symptoms listed below, is getting worse or is sicker than you’d expect (even if their temperature falls), trust your instincts and seek medical advice urgently from NHS 111.
Eating and drinking
Activity and body
Early symptoms of sepsis may include:
Many of the symptoms of sepsis are also associated with meningitis.
The first symptoms of meningitis are often fever, vomiting, a headache and feeling unwell.
In some cases, symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock, when your blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level, develop soon after.
These can include:
Seek medical advice urgently from NHS 111 if you have recently had an infection or injury and have possible early signs of sepsis.
If sepsis is suspected, you’ll usually be referred to hospital for further diagnosis and treatment.
Severe sepsis and septic shock are medical emergencies. If you think you or someone in your care has one of these conditions, go straight to A&E or call 999.
Sepsis is often diagnosed based on simple measurements such as your temperature, heart rate and breathing rate. You may need to have a blood test.
Other tests can help determine the type of infection, where it’s located and which body functions have been affected.
If sepsis is detected early and has not affected vital organs yet, it may be possible to treat the infection at home with antibiotics.
Most people who have sepsis detected at this stage make a full recovery.
Almost all people with severe sepsis and septic shock require admission to hospital. Some people may require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU).
Because of problems with vital organs, people with severe sepsis are likely to be very ill and the condition can be fatal.
But sepsis is treatable if it’s identified and treated quickly, and in most cases leads to a full recovery with no lasting problems.
Some people make a full recovery fairly quickly.
The amount of time it takes to fully recover from sepsis varies, depending on:
Some people experience long-term physical or psychological problems during their recovery period, such as:
These long-term problems are known as post-sepsis syndrome. Not everyone experiences these problems.
There are around 250,000 cases of sepsis a year in the UK according to the UK Sepsis Trust . At least 46,000 people die every year as a result of the condition.
Anyone can develop sepsis after an injury or minor infection, although some people are more at risk of sepsis.
Although sepsis is often referred to as either blood poisoning or septicaemia, these terms refer to the invasion of bacteria into the bloodstream.
Sepsis can affect multiple organs or the entire body, even without blood poisoning or septicaemia.
Sepsis can also be caused by viral or fungal infections, although bacterial infections are by far the most common cause.
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RTC Medical Solutions provides Event Medical Support as a CQC Registered Ambulance Service.
As a provider of Event Medical Support we recommend that all event staff are made aware of the citizenAID App and website. CitizenAID is a UK registered charity with a focused mission to prepare individuals, communities and organisations to help themselves and each other when there are multiple casualties, particularly from deliberate attacks.
CitizenAID recognise that this system is fully transferable to any situation where there are multiple casualties.
Many know what to do when someone collapses with a heart attack. But being able to act effectively after a deliberate attack requires different knowledge and skills. In the minutes following an attack, before emergency services arrive, simple actions like opening an airway or stopping bleeding are vital in saving people’s lives. citizenAID helps the general public to stay safe and improvise effective treatment before emergency services are available to provide professional medical support.
citizenAID is a simple system comprising of an award winning free App, online familiarisation videos, a Pocket Guide, and educational material for both adults and children. citizenAID has a network of volunteers across the country who share the charity’s teaching material. There are also ambassadors who support our charitable aims and provide a geographical focus to lead the public preparation effort.
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RTC Medical Solutions Ltd offers CQC Registered Ambulance Services and Events Medical Cover nationwide.
As a CQC registered provider we constantly strive to provide an excellent level of care in the pre-hospital setting. Where better to improve care than at the core with initial training. Some providers have a sole aim of profit, RTC is different, we are aiming to provide our lerners with knowledge, experience and the confidence to fulfill their role as a pre-hospital care provider.
Our courses are structured to ensure that you get everything you can for as little as possible. Our First Response Emergency Care Course (FREC) levels 3 & 4 provides learners with the confidence and knowledge to deal with a vast range of pre-hospital emergencies. This includes but not limited to: Traumatic Injuries, airway management and catastophic bleeding.
The qualification meets the requirements for anyone looking for a career in the event medical sector. It also is suitable as an enhanced alternative to the HSE First Aid at Work qualification in higher risk working environments.
The qualification is approved by Qualsafe Awards and runs over 5 days, this can be over sucessive days or in blocks. The entry Level 3 Certificate meets the FPHC criteria for descriptor ‘D’ provider on the PHEM Skills Framework.
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RTC Medical Solutions Ltd offers CQC Registered Ambulance Services and Events Medical Cover nationwide.
Did you know that only a CQC registered ambulance provider can legally provide both Blue Light Ambulances and Healthcare Professionals (such as Paramedics and Nurses) to events in England?
Providers offering these services who are not registered with the CQC could be using loopholes or blurring the lines to avoid registering. The Health and Safety Executives opinion is that it is an Event Planners responsibility to ensure that they employ a competent medical provider?
Let’s throw an example out there… You are running an event with 4000 people and your risk assessment says you need a Paramedic or Nurse led cover with Emergency Ambulance and 4 First Aiders. You ring around a few companies for Events Medical Cover and bingo… you find a company who will provide you with just that. So you’re all covered right? Wrong!
Did you check that:
These are just a few of the due diligence checks you should perform to ensure that your medical support is adequate. As the event organiser you are responsible for ensuring that the medical support you contract is competent.
Always ask yourself ‘should the worst happen did I do enough to select a competent medical provider?’
RTC Medical Solutions is different, we are owned and managed by Healthcare Professionals and Health and Safety Officers. We also guarantee your medical cover as our services and medical teams are:
Don’t take the risk, after all the book stops with you as the event planner!
Let us take the stress away from your Event Medical Cover… we will work along side the Ambulance Service, SAG and provide adequate cover with guidance from the Purple Guide to ensure visitors to your event receive the best possible care.
Whether your event is a small fete or concert or major music festival we can help with your Events Medical Cover. Contact us now for more information on the services we can offer.
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Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have different causes. Whilst both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are characterised by having higher than normal blood sugar levels, the cause and development of the conditions are different. Event Medical Services – Diabetes Type 1 or 2, do you know the difference?
It’s not always clear what type of diabetes someone has, despite what many people think. For instance, the typical assumption is that people with type 2 diabetes will be overweight and not inject insulin, while people with type 1 diabetes will be, if anything, underweight. But these perceptions just aren’t always true. Around 20% of people with type 2 diabetes are of a healthy weight when diagnosed, and many of them are dependent on insulin. Similarly, people with type 1 diabetes will in some cases be overweight.
Because both types of diabetes can be so varied and unpredictable, it’s often difficult to know which type of diabetes someone has.
It’s not safe to assume that an overweight person with high blood glucose levels has type 2 diabetes, because the cause of their condition might in fact be attributable to type 1. In some cases, when the type of diabetes is in doubt, your health team may need to carry out specialised tests to work out which type of diabetes you have. This way, they can recommend the most appropriate treatment for your diabetes.
Common differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Despite the uncertainty that often surrounds a diagnosis of diabetes, there are a few common characteristics of each diabetes type.
These differences are based on generalisations – exceptions are common. For instance, the perception of type 1 diabetes isn’t strictly true: many cases are diagnosed in adulthood.
This information should be seen as a rough guide to the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, rather than hard and fast rules.
Common differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes
Often diagnosed in childhood
Not associated with excess body weight
Often associated with higher than normal ketone levels at diagnosis
Treated with insulin injections or insulin pump
Cannot be controlled without taking insulin
Usually diagnosed in over 30 year olds
Often associated with excess body weight
Often associated with high blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels at diagnosis
Is usually treated initially without medication or with tablets
Sometimes possible to come off diabetes medication
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means it results from the immune system mistakenly attacking parts of the body. In the case of type 1 diabetes, the immune system incorrectly targets insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Nobody knows why this occurs, or how to stop it. The immune systems of people with type 1 diabetes continue to attack beta cells until the pancreas is incapable of producing insulin.
People with type 1 diabetes need to inject themselves with insulin to compensate for the death of their beta cells. Everyone with type 1 diabetes is insulin-dependent.
Type 2 diabetes is different. The autoimmune systems of people with type 2 diabetes don’t attack beta cells. Instead, type 2 diabetes is characterised by the body losing its ability to respond to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance.
The body compensates for the ineffectiveness of its insulin by producing more, but it can’t always produce enough. Over time, the strain placed on the beta cells by this level of insulin production can destroy them, diminishing insulin production.
Type 2 diabetes and insulin injections
People with type 2 diabetes may need to take insulin injections, usually for one of two main reasons:
Low sensitivity to insulin: The more excess body weight we carry, the less sensitive we are to insulin. Being insensitive to insulin means insulin doesn’t reduce blood glucose levels as much as it should. People with low insulin sensitivity often need to be injected with insulin to avoid hyperglycemia.
Beta cell failure: If you develop insulin resistance, you need more of it to keep your blood glucose levels stable. More insulin production means more work for the pancreas. Over time, the beta cells can become burnt out by the constant strain, and stop producing insulin altogether. Eventually, you can get to a similar situation as someone with type 1 diabetes, in which your body is incapable of producing the amount of insulin you need to keep blood glucose levels under control. Insulin injections are necessary in these situations.
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Event Medical Services – Diabetes Type 1 or 2, do you know the difference?
Information from Diabetes UK
Event Medical Services – Drug Awareness is commited to ensuring a safe drug free environment at all events we cover. We always aim to ensure we give the most up to date and relevant information.
A person may experience the intoxicating effects of MDMA between 20 and 60 after taking a single dose. Those effects include an enhanced sense of well-being, increased extroversion,27,53 emotional warmth, empathy toward others,54 and a willingness to discuss emotionally-charged memories.55 In addition, people report enhanced sensory perception as a hallmark of the MDMA experience.27,28
Use of even moderate doses of MDMA in crowded, warm environments—or during periods of vigorous, extended physical activity—can dramatically increase body temperature, with potential deadly consequences.
However, MDMA can also cause a number of acute adverse health effects. For example, while fatal overdoses on MDMA are rare, they can potentially be life threatening—with symptoms including high blood pressure (hypertension), faintness,8,56 panic attacks,57 and in severe cases, a loss of consciousness and seizures.58
Because of its stimulant properties and the situations in which it is often taken, MDMA is associated with vigorous physical activity for extended periods in warm environments. This can lead to one of the most significant, although rare, acute adverse effects—a marked rise in body temperature (hyperthermia).59–61 Research in rats shows that even moderate doses of MDMA interfere with the body’s ability to regulate temperature, potentially leading to deadly consequences in warm environments.6 Treatment of hyperthermia requires prompt medical attention, as it can rapidly lead to muscle breakdown or an electrolyte (sodium) imbalance, which can in turn produce kidney failure9 or fatal swelling of the brain, especially in women.62 MDMA use in combination with vigorous exercise causes dehydration,56,57 leading some people to drink large amounts of liquids. However, this could increase the risk of electrolyte imbalance or brain swelling because MDMA causes the body to retain water.63,64 One modest dose of MDMA can also reduce the pumping efficiency of the heart in people who use regularly,65 which is of particular concern during periods of increased physical activity.
MDMA can also produce other adverse health effects, including involuntary jaw clenching,53 lack of appetite,28,53mild detachment from oneself (depersonalization), illogical or disorganized thoughts, restless legs,28 nausea,56,57,66hot flashes or chills,8,56 headache, sweating,8,57 and muscle or joint stiffness.66
In the hours after taking the drug, MDMA produces significant reductions in perceiving and predicting motion—for example, the ability to judge whether a driver is in danger of colliding with another car. This emphasizes the potential dangers of performing complex or skilled activities, such as driving a car, while under the influence of this drug.67
Once MDMA is metabolized, or broken down in the body, its byproducts interfere with the body’s ability to metabolize MDMA.68 As a result, additional doses of MDMA can produce unexpectedly high blood levels, which could worsen the toxic effects of this drug.69 In addition, combining MDMA with other substances, such as caffeine,70amphetamines,71 the amphetamine-like mephedrone,72marijuana,73 or alcohol,74,75 may increase the risk of adverse health effects associated with MDMA.29
Recreational use of MDMA is often characterized by repeated drug taking over a number of days (binges), followed by periods of no drug taking. In one animal study, this pattern of use produced irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and heart damage.76 In the week following use of the drug, many people report depression, impaired attention and memory,77–79 anxiety, aggression,80 and irritability.78
Sleep disturbances, lack of appetite, concentration difficulties, depression,79 heart disease,81,82 and impulsivity83 have been associated with regular use of MDMA. In addition, heavy MDMA use over a 2-year period of time is associated with decreased cognitive function.84Some of these disturbances may not be directly attributable to MDMA, but may be related to some of the other drugs often used in combination with MDMA, such as cocaine, alcohol, or marijuana, or to adulterants commonly found in MDMA tablets. More research is needed to understand the specific effects of regular MDMA use.
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National Institute for Drug Abuse
With the hot weather gripping the Nation, our advice on Event Medical Services – Heat Exhaustion will help you avoid Heat Exhaustion allowing you to make the most of this amazing weather.
The signs of heat exhaustion include:
The symptoms are often the same in adults and children, although children may become floppy and sleepy.
If someone is showing signs of heat exhaustion they need to be cooled down.
Follow these 4 steps:
Stay with them until they are better.
They should start to cool down and feel better within 30 minutes.
These can be signs of heat stroke.
While you wait for help, keep giving first aid and put them in the recovery position if they lose consciousness.
There is a high risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke during hot weather or exercise.
To help prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:
This will also prevent dehydration and help your body keep itself cool.
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