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Standby CPD iPhone App

Standby CPD is a monthly CPD booklet for ambulance staff, ideal for passing the time on standby. Written by a working paramedic and peer reviewed, it is certificated and evidence-based.

With this easy-to-use app, you can now access your Standby CPD issues on your iPhone and download them for offline access. It comes with one issue preloaded for free!

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Standby CPD: Ankle Injury - RICE with spice!

There is a damsel in distress in this issue, although everything is not quite as it seems...

This issue explores ankle injuries, particularly sprains. Appropriate assessment techniques are discussed, including ruling out fractures with the Ottawa ankle rules.

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Standby CPD: Pulmonary Embolism - a clot to go!

You probably wear a Tylek suit as often as your helmet, but you'll be glad you've got one on this job! The patient has collapsed with sudden shortness of breath, while painting his house...what are you going to do?

This issue will explore the common causes of pulmonary embolism, the disease processes and the signs and symptoms that you need to consider.

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Standby CPD: Thermal Burns - a hot topic!

It's freezing cold and your colleague wants a fire. You get one, with a badly burnt woman inside! The fire service has put her out, but she needs your help.

This issue explores the anatomy and physiology of the skin, and the pathophysiological processes that occur when it gets burnt. In addition, there is coverage of acute smoke inhalation injury and the appropriate assessment and management of the patient with thermal burns.

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Exempt Front Line Ambulance Staff From Working Longer

This is an e-petition running on the UK Government website:

"John Hutton's report in March 2011 exempted "uniformed services" from the working longer section of his report on Public Sector Pensions. Upon further clarification during the negotiations that the uniforms in question belonged to the Army, Police and Fire Service and that the Ambulance Services were not included. Subsequently there is a real concern that if ALL frontline 999 Ambulance Staff (Paramedics, Technicians and any assistant role) will be expected to undertake the full range of duties then the number of ill health retirement applications will increase and the vulnerability to assaults by members of the public is likely to increase and the cases of stress related illnesses such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is also likely to increase and the associated costs will need to be funded from public monies. As a representative of Ambulance Staff I call on the Government look to exempt front line Ambulance Staff from working longer and maintain their ability to retire at aged 60."

Rather close to home for me, so I gave this my vote. You might want to as well by heading to: UK Government e-Petitions Website

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