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Kayla Shepherd31 Mar 2019

SEPSIS


Sepsis is best described as a serious complication as a result of an infection and without quick diagnosis and treatment, sepsis can in turn lead to multiple organ failure and even death.


The symptoms of sepsis are also commonly associated with the first signs and symptoms of meningitis, including fever, vomiting, generally feeling unwell and a headache. Signs of sepsis can also include the chills and shivering and a fast heartbeat and breathing.


There are others signs and symptoms to look out for in children under five and these can include; a bulging ‘soft spot’ on a baby’s head, sunken eyes, floppiness, stiff neck, not drinking for more than 8 hours when awake, green, bloody or black vomit, grunting noises or pauses in breathing.


If you notice anyone with any of these symptoms you should seek medical advice immediately.


Sepsis is often mis-diagnosed as a generic infection or something less sinister and that seems to be the case for many stories reported in the media of late. Most recently, This Morning featured a story of a mother of twins who had repeatedly taken her 18 month old child to the doctors/hospitals due to concerns as she displayed many of the above symptoms. She was constantly told that her daughter was suffering from a urine infection and she would get better over time, still the mother was unsure until one morning her husband got up early for work and turned on the light and the child was tinged blue. Only upon another emergency trip to hospital was sepsis finally diagnosed and the child treated. Luckily, she made a full recovery.


This seems to be the case for many stories of sepsis reported in the media, so many patients are mis-diagnosed with an infection and sent home until they later returned critically ill.

But the over-arching message that each one of these stories stresses the most is to always ask your health professional ‘Is it sepsis?’ ‘Could it be sepsis?’ to encourage them to explore other avenues and potentially diagnose it within the critical period. Not all patients will display all of the symptoms so even if your loved one or child is only displaying a few, ask the question and demand more thorough tests, even if just to rule out sepsis.


Sepsis seems to be on the rise in the UK, but is this because we are now all so much more aware of it and are fighting for a correct diagnosis. Sepsis is incredibly serious and should be treated as so. Each year in the UK, a staggering 25,000 children are affected by sepsis with 5 people every hour being killed by sepsis and so we need to be aware of all of the facts, signs and symptoms so we can confidently fight for a proper diagnosis.



If you need any more information on sepsis please visit:


https://sepsistrust.org/about/about-sepsis/



https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/clinical-policy/sepsis/






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Kayla Shepherd31 Mar 2019

Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis can be defined as a severe and sudden reaction that occurs as a result of someone who suffers from allergies being exposed to a particular allergen.

But do we truly understand the severity of anaphylaxis and it’s potentially fatal results?

 

The media has recently reported various tragic stories involving anaphylaxis that has highlighted how serious allergic reactions can be; the most recent being involving large consumer chain ‘Pret A Manger’ whereby not all of the ingredients and potential allergens were highlighted and as a result someone sadly died. There have also been similar instances on aeroplanes in recent years.

Despite significant media coverage of the ‘Pret A Manger’ incident, a fact that many are still unaware of is the occurrence of biphasic anaphylaxis; this secondary reaction is a recurrence after anaphylaxis and after appropriate treatment is given to the initial anaphylactic reaction, this can happen with no additional exposure to the allergen and can occur anywhere from 1-72 hours after the initial reaction but commonly between 8 and 10 hours.

 

An allergic reaction is the immune system’s way of reacting inappropriately to a threat; a food or substance, this causes histamines to be released from cells in a person’s blood and tissues; resulting in swelling of the lips, mouth and lower airway which can cause breathing difficulties.

 

In terms of onset, reactions usually occur within in minutes, but they can however occur up to 2-3 hours later and increase in severity rapidly.

 

It is important to note that not all anaphylaxis causes are related to food, non-food related causes can include wasp and bee stings, penicllin or latex to name but a few.

In some very rare instances, there is no actual cause identified and this is called ‘idiopathic anaphylaxis’.

 

Symptoms of anaphylaxis are often referred to as ABC symptoms; Airway, Breathing and Conciousness/Circulation.

Anaphylaxis can result in a significant fall in blood pressure which is often referred to as ‘anaphylactic shock.; if a person becomes floppy and weak this can lead to collapse and as a result they slip into unconsciousness, in some incredibly severe cases, even resulting in death.



Society as a whole seems to underestimate the potentially fatal dangers of anaphylaxis; when on aircrafts or at public events where service announcements informs us that somebody in the vicinity has a severe allergy, we must heed these warnings and avoid exposing them to these foods or substances.

Reactions will differ in severity, as will triggers, some sufferers will have to actively ingest a substance in order to trigger a reaction, whereas other sufferers may begin to react as soon as they are exposed to an airborne trigger and so we must not underestimate the fatal implications anaphylaxis can have.


If you suspect someone is going into anaphylactic shock in your presence, seek medical help immediately. Time is of the essence for anaphylaxis and the person will need treating; either with their own epi-pen or other medications as soon as possible in order to reduce the risk of fatality.


If you would like more information on anaphylaxis, please visit the following websites:


https://www.allergyuk.org


https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk




Safety Mode Ltd25 Jan 2019

Attitudes & Fears – First Aid in the Workplace


First Aid is not just a vital skill for you as an individual but also an essential skill to have within the workplace.

So why is First Aid training in the workplace so limited?

I recently conducted a presentation at a local Business Network Meeting, whereby I asked the 59 people in the room who had undertaken First Aid training in the last 12 months, to which not one person stood up. I then asked how many people had undertaken First Aid training in the last 3 years – only 5 people out of 40 stood up.

This is a staggeringly scary statistic, and one that needs to change urgently.


Many employers think that just because one member of the team or the manager has undertaken First Aid training, that this is enough – I couldn’t disagree more. What happens if that person isn’t in on a certain day? What happens when your First Aiders take annual leave? Even scarier, what if it’s your First Aider that is taken ill or is injured?


In my opinion, every person in the workplace should have some form of First Aid training and experience. Whilst employers may find this costly, in my opinion, you can’t put a price on saving a life.


For some businesses, managers don’t seem to value the importance of First Aid in the workplace beyond the legal requirements of having one or two members of the staff team fully First Aid trained.

Similarly, many don’t appreciate that despite what type of business you are, everyone should have First Aid skills; many believe that if you are an office-based workplace there is less need for everyone to be First Aid than say if you are a construction-based company. This couldn’t be further from the truth; accidents in the work place can happen anywhere, at any time and at varying levels of severity, and so ensuring that everyone is adequately prepared to deal with these first aid emergencies, and it should be viewed across all work places to be a high priority.


There are obvious medical and life-saving benefits to staff being First Aid trained, but there are also other practical benefits that will benefit any workplace.

Not only will employees learn vital life-saving skills, but First Aid training will also enable them to become more safety aware, which in turn supports the decrease in the number of accidents that occur within the workplace.

In addition to this, First Aid training gives employees the knowledge and confidence they need to manage an emergency situation without fear or hesitation.

These vital First Aid skills are so important to every person of all ages and walks of life, so much so, the Government has recently confirmed plans to teach CPR in schools. (You can read more about this here: https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/news-from-the-bhf/news-archive/2019/january/government-confirms-plans-to-teach-cpr-in-schools)


If you are considering investing in First Aid training for your staff team, get into the ‘ MODE’ and act fast.    

First Aid is a lesson you will never regret learning.

Kayla Shepherd20 Jun 2018

Restart The Heart Campaign

On the 16th of October The British Heart Fondation is again running their annual intiative Restart the Heart, this initiative aims to train as many people as possible in CPR in one day.

Last year 195,000 young people were trained in life saving skills across the uk !! 

If you suffer an out-of-hospital cardic arrest in the uk, you have less than one in ten chance of surviving!  Safety Mode Ltd want to help change that and you can help ! we are looking for schools or anyone that works with young people over the Worthing area who would like to take part in the campaign. Do you know;  anyone who works in a school or maybe the school your children go to, a community youth group, would they like to get involved and provide an opportunity for young people to learn these life saving skills?

Did you know that you maybe eligible for free CPR training kits !! 

This September will also be the 1 year anniversary of the very tragic day our company director lost her husband, this is another reason why we at Safety Mode Ltd are keen to spread far and wide the importance of learning these skills, life is too short so learn these life skills TODAY !


Go to the British Heart Fondation website to find out more

or Contact Kayla:  Kayla@safetymode.co.uk for more information



Kayla Shepherd7 Mar 2018

Encouraging the future generation

On the 8th March 2018 I will be supporting year 10 students at Worthing High School. Safety Mode Ltd will be part of 'THE BIG INTERVIEW'where individuals from several businesses from the local area will be interviewing the students in a realistic interview situation. 

I am looking forward to re creating a life like interview experience for the students and providing them with supportive and constructive feedback. Which will put them on the right track to follow  their career passions. 


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