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Why does it matter ars longa, vita brevis?

Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody would have done it, but not Everybody did it. Somebody got angry because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought Anybody would do it, but Nobody realised that Anybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody, blamed Somebody when Nobody did, what Anybody could have done.

Everybody Busy, Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Health humanities allows us to think more clearly, critically and creatively about the individual experience of health and illness. This focus on what it means to be sick or well distinguishes an arts-and humanities-based approach to health from more conventional approaches to health studies. What’s important to understand is that this does not mean that the arts and humanities are “better” or more important than biological or physiological knowledge of health. My own background is in clinical epidemiology and geriatrics, and I work closely with colleagues in the Faculty of Medicine.

What health humanities uniquely shows us is that the arts and humanities have something to teach us about the complex lived experience of health and illness. The arts and humanities are really good at helping us investigate and imagine ways into that complexity, which is often profoundly unique from person to person. The effects of health policy or illness experiences are often profoundly personal. If we only focus on the “bigger picture” of health, that individual perspective goes missing. That’s why health humanities matters.

Why now?

Health humanities has been around for about 40 years, mostly in medical schools where the arts have been employed to enhance the teaching of clinical skills like compassion and empathy. But the relationship between arts and medicine is an ancient one. Hippocrates, the founder of modern western medicine, famously wrote ars longa, vita brevis, art is long and life is short, in the document we now call the Hippocratic Oath.

What attracts PulseMedic to health humanities is how it asks researchers and educators to think about the relationship between the creative imagination of health and illness, and how those ideas get put to work in the “real world.”

What are the relationships between body, health, mobility and urban environments? What happens when these connections are out of balance? And how do traffic and mobility—by vehicle or bicycle—fit into this equation?

A quote from Chaplin to remember. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Get to know one another first aid is more than health.

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The last year we have transformed our service with Microsoft, bring you a new learning experience. Microsoft Education technologies are easy to setup and manage, integrate with existing school solutions, and maximize IT budgets.

Firstly, we would like to express our gratitude and deepest appreciation for your continued support in Pulse Medic

 

Pulse Medic, is a social enterprise that provides training a wide range of bespoke in-house training and health workshops for managers and staff at all levels within the healthcare industry. Also we believe that community involvement is imperative and we would like to use your premises as a site for some of these courses seeing that we can target clients within the Essex area. Some of the courses that we offer would include :-
Advanced Life Support
Anaphylaxis
Automated External Defibrillation
Basic Life Support
Emergency First Aid at Work
First Aid at Work (3 Days)
First Aid at Work Refresher (2 Days)

To get a wider scope of the courses we offer and what we do you can visit our website pulsemedicservices.co.uk.

We are currently in the process of moving our main office and training site to the Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation and the London South Bank University campus.

However, it is our goal to carry out sessions at different locations across London to reach a wider target market and be more accessible for our clients. Hence, we would like to list the Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre as one of our training venue on our website.

Once we have your permission to do so, we have no problem with coming into a written agreement with your centre, highlighting the scheduled times of use, delegated rooms and costs that using

The UK’s Leading CPR, Medical and Industrial First Aid Training Provider

Our Qualified Senior Doctors, Paramedics and Nurses are delivering courses every week around the UK

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Looking to arrange your CPR Training, First Aid Training, or Basic Life Support Training, then look no further. Trust our Senior Doctors
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Pulse Medic Services has grown to become the UK’s most popular First-Aid Training provider.

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We will travel to your location to deliver courses for groups of eight or more.

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Our courses can be tailored to any industry, construction, healthcare, science and more.

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We have our own training suites all around the UK.

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All of our specialist trainsers are HSE Accredited Qualified Senior Doctors, Paramedics and Nurses.

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All of our online courses are delivered using both practical and theoretical principles. We ensure every course is interactive, fun and easy to follow

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Our Clients Include

WPP Group
Guide Dogs
Centerplate
University of East London
United House

“Thank you Pulse for a fantastic training session! My managers were so impressed with your team’s professionalism & delivery”

Paul Clarke, PMG

“Thanks Martin & Michael, I feel more confident after my CPR session and can’t wait to do my First Aid Course”

Dawn, Thomas Grant School

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Should I take Drugs?

When building a first aid kit, build it for the medical emergencies you expect to see. It’s a given that you’ll include items for burns, cuts, and scrapes. Depending on the level of injuries you expect, you may even include splints and wraps for sprains or broken bones. It is a much tougher decision whether or not to include medications.

Drugs or Not?

We often forget all about drugs when building first aid kits, even though we have tons of different drugs in the medicine cabinet at home.

On the other hand, just because you have drugs in your medicine cabinet doesn’t mean you should put them in your first aid kit. Whether or not you want drugs in your first aid kit depends on how you plan to use it.

 

  • First aid kits intended for organized sports probably should not include drugs. It’s better to suggest that participants or parents bring their own. However, it’s not as big of a deal for adult sports as it is for kids – adults are generally responsible for their own decisions.
  • First aid kits designed for use primarily by family members will probably be fine with drugs
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    Gently apply pressure using a clean bandage or cloth for anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes, preferably while keeping the finger elevated.

    included. There are fewer liability issues and it’s easier to keep track of everyone’s medication allergies.

  • Travel first aid kits will need some drugs. Travel kits are intended to prepare travelers for potential medical needs and getting drugs may be a problem depending on where you’re traveling.
  • First aid kits for the home may or may not have drugs; it depends on whether the first aid kit is part of the medicine cabinet or not.

 

Drugs are so common that we sometimes don’t even realize when we’re using them. Antibiotic ointment, a staple of first aid treatment, is a drug. Bee sting swabs, used to relieve pain from bug bites, are also drugs. These topical treatments are medications, but they do not come with the same ethical dilemma as oral drugs (pills and elixirs). Questions to consider has the patient got allergies ? Can the patient swallow the tables or simply the issue of content.

First Aid Kit Maintenance

Putting drugs into a first aid kit means maintaining the kit more than if the drugs weren’t there. Drugs expire. If drugs are not regularly checked and expired drugs not replaced, you run the risk of a drug not working properly when it’s needed. Get into the habit of checking the first aid kit when you replace the batteries in your smoke alarm. A good rule of thumb is to do both when changing the clocks twice a year.

Avoid Combination Drugs

When stocking a first aid kit or your medicine cabinet, avoid combination drugs. Almost anytime a drug claims to treat more than one symptom, it usually has more than one active ingredient. Read the labels and look for drugs with only a single active ingredient. There are several reasons for this:

 

  • Combination drugs only last as long as the drug that expires first. If two drugs with different shelf lives are combined, they’ll expire together when the shorter one is past its prime. If you purchase the two drugs separately, you’ll only have to replace one when the expiration date comes.
  • Single drugs are cheaper. Milligram for milligram, combination drugs are almost always more expensive than singles. Combination drugs are also less likely to be sold as generics, a proven way to get cheaper medications.
  • You don’t always want all the effects of a combination drug. If you need a drug for fever, and all you have is a drug that combines a fever-reducer with an antihistamine, you may end up feeling drowsy when you didn’t need to. Stocking singles means you can combine them when necessary or take them separately.

 

Assuming you still want to stock your first aid kit with drugs, the following pages examine each type of drug you may or may not want to include. The beauty of building your own first aid kit is that you can customize it any way you like.

Pain relievers and fever reducers are the most basic drugs to put in your first aid kit. These drugs provide relief for many minor aches, pains, and illnesses.

Three kinds of pain relievers are good for first aid kits: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, and topical anesthetic. NSAIDs and acetaminophen can also reduce fevers. All three have distinct strengths and weaknesses.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

This class includes ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen. All three are available as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, and all three can relieve pain and reduce fevers. All three are also notorious for causing gastric upset in some people.

 

  • Ibuprofen is generally considered the safest of the three for all ages. It relieves muscle aches and pains, and it reduces fever.
  • Naproxen is very tough on the stomach, but it is a strong pain reliever that lasts for up to 12 hours.
  • Aspirin thins the blood and may cause bleeding problems. It is not for use in kids because it has been linked to Reye’s Syndrome.

Acetaminophen

This is the only drug in this class. Its action is not fully understood, but acetaminophen reduces pain and fever without reducing inflammation, which means it does not really help with swelling or redness caused by injury. Acetaminophen has also been shown to be very hard on the liver.

Benzocaine or Lidocaine

Topical anesthetics like benzocaine or lidocaine are applied directly to skin surfaces or mucous membranes (such as the inside of the mouth) to cause numbing and reduce pain. These drugs do nothing to reduce inflammation or fever and usually do not last very long. They can easily wash off with water.

They are very useful for quick treatment of minor scrapes, toothaches, and bug bites.

Allergies are common when traveling. If you’re building a travel first aid kit, consider stocking it with allergy medications. The two most common types of allergy pills sold over the counter include diphenhydramine and loratadine. Lotions are also available to treat itching from plants or other skin irritants.

Diphenhydramine

Considered by most healthcare providers to be the gold standard of allergy medications, diphenhydramine provides relief from all types of allergic reactions.

It’s even used by emergency medical services to treat or prevent anaphylaxis.

The biggest side effect of diphenhydramine is drowsiness. This side effect is so common that diphenhydramine is also sold as a sleep aid. Generally, buying it as an allergy medication is cheaper than as a sleep aid, so be sure to read the labels. Remember, there is no difference, so a bottle of diphenhydramine purchased as an allergy medication will also help you fall asleep. For this reason, diphenhydramine is a good drug to have in your first aid travel kit. Diphenhydramine is also available as a cream, often combined with calamine lotion. It’s used on bug bites and poison oak or poison ivy. As a cream, diphenhydramine should not make you feel drowsy.

Be safe, be kind, be nice we are all her to help one another and remember an ambulance is always on its way. #PulseMedic is now working to provide others  emergency lifesaving training to people in London

 

The UK’s Leading CPR, Medical and Industrial First Aid Training Provider

Our Qualified Senior Doctors, Paramedics and Nurses are delivering courses every week around the UK

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Looking to arrange your CPR Training, First Aid Training, or Basic Life Support Training, then look no further. Trust our Senior Doctors
and Nurses.

Pulse Medic Services has grown to become the UK’s most popular First-Aid Training provider.

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We will travel to your location to deliver courses for groups of eight or more.

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Our courses can be tailored to any industry, construction, healthcare, science and more.

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We have our own training suites all around the UK.

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All of our specialist trainsers are HSE Accredited Qualified Senior Doctors, Paramedics and Nurses.

Online Courses

All of our online courses are delivered using both practical and theoretical principles. We ensure every course is interactive, fun and easy to follow

Find Out More

Our Clients Include

WPP Group
Guide Dogs
Centerplate
University of East London
United House

“Thank you Pulse for a fantastic training session! My managers were so impressed with your team’s professionalism & delivery”

Paul Clarke, PMG

“Thanks Martin & Michael, I feel more confident after my CPR session and can’t wait to do my First Aid Course”

Dawn, Thomas Grant School

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ILS went really well thank you. Just to give some feedback, Martin the course trainer was brilliant. I have been on ILS courses before and have found the trainers to be a little full on and not really understand care giving and emergencies outside of acute NHS Hospital trusts. Martin understood the skills (and resources available) of nursing staff working in primary care in independent sectors and the situations that they may face.
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Martin was so nice and lovely he was the best