January 12, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.304

Care News

The British Heart Foundation is urging people to forget "mouth-to-mouth" and to concentrate on chest compressions when performing CPR.

The BHF is also suggesting people hum to the Bee Gees hit Stayin' Alive, to get the tempo of chest compressions right. Many people are worried about giving “mouth to mouth” so the message is to just forget it and push hard and fast in the centre of the chest.

The BHF said "Hands-only CPR should give have-a-go heroes the confidence to step in and help when somebody is in cardiac arrest.Thirty thousand people have a cardiac arrest in the UK every single year and half of those are witnessed, but in most cases no-one acts”.

According to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency there are 30 deaths every year and 1500 serious incidents as a result of inappropriate and unsafe equipment supplied in the community.

The first ever Code of Practice for community and other disability equipment has been launched in the UK in response to a series of critical reviews identifying serious clinical and financial failings.

The Code aims to support public sector organisations to help them commission and provide services more effectively. Incredibly, until now there has been no standardised regulation of a service area that supplies over 12 million pieces of equipment to 4 million people every year in the UK.For further details visit:http://www.cecops.org.uk/.../press-release-code-of-practice-for-community

The Future Forum has advised Government that: All NHS patients should be able to see their GP medical records by 2015.

Information from the NHS Information Centre gives the following statistics for 2009/10:

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk and Jersey.

It is with regret that we advise that Care Manager Katie Plane will not be returning after her maternity leave. With a young family, Katie has decided to seek employment with less hours.

An article from Able Community Care: The Cost of Care - is published in The Hertfordshire Law Society Gazette this month.

The new supply of ‘Pass it On’ cards are now available, please call Beulah or Kate on 01603 281917 for yours.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I have a friend coming to stay with me who has a guide dog. I want to plan various activities whilst she is here including perhaps a visit to a local cinema. Can she take her guide dog with her?"

Answer : I have checked out a couple of chain cinemas and their policy is that guide dogs are welcome. The cinema would like advance notice if a person is coming with a guide dog in order that they can arrange an aisle seat.

They also say that an alternative is that your dog could be cared for by a member of staff for the duration of the performance and they are also happy to provide drinking water whilst your dog is visiting.

Estimates published by Carers UK last year show that £840 million in Carer’s Allowance is going unclaimed annually. Do you know someone who may be able to claim?

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