Tuesday, 10 October 2017

World First Aid Day: Safe Steps First Aid scheme

Almost 16,000 people die from injuries every day globally, and 80 per cent of such tragedies are due to accidents at home.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has cited home injuries as the easiest to prevent, and it has produced a series of six public service announcement videos to educate people on basic first-aid skills.

The topics covered in the Safe Steps First Aid programme include how to deal with burns, falls, stroke and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Mr Ong Wee Chee, 26, is the programme's first Singaporean ambassador, told The New Paper that seven out of 10 emergency calls he receives in a 12-hour shift can be treated with basic first-aid skills.

He said: "We (the Red Cross) advocate that family members learn first-aid skills to help the patient first, then see if there is a need to call an ambulance."

Read the full article @ http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/safe-steps-first-aid-scheme-sees-first-sporean-ambassador

Watch Safe Steps First Aid programme @ https://safesteps.com/first-aid/

Warning: AVA seizes instant hotpots containing meat

Image: channelnewsasia

An instant hotpot product line has been pulled off the shelves after the authorities said they have not approved the product, which contains meat.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said it has not approved the import of instant hotpot products containing meat, such as Ba Shu Hotpot.

As AVA did not approve these products for sale, the ‘AVA certificate’ circulating online is fake.

Food products containing meat can only be imported from approved sources that comply with AVA food safety standards and requirements, as these products could carry animal and food-borne diseases of public health and trade importance, AVA said.

Ref: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ava-seizes-instant-hotpots-containing-meat-products-not-approved-9293812

Go vegan? There's more than meats the eye

"A meat-free diet can be lacking in nutrients such as protein, iron, iodine and vitamins B12 and B6..."

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/go-vegan-theres-more-meats-eye

Moderation is key, healthier choice or not

"Having the Healthier Choice label only means the product is healthier compared with similar products," said Mr Louis Yap, a dietitian at Parkway East Hospital. He occasionally encounters patients who overuse such products in their cooking.

He added: "If consumers use a large amount of this product to suit their taste buds, it is essentially no different from using a regular product in lesser amounts."

Ref: http://str.sg/4CMh

Technology: Ng Teng Fong Hospital almost 99% paperless

Image: AsiaOne

Unless you were a patient of the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, it might have escaped your notice that the hospital has surged ahead of the pack in one respect - becoming almost 99% paperless since it opened in July 2015.

From patient information and the monitoring of vital statistics to drug dispensing at the correct dosage and timing, all data flows seamlessly through the acute hospital's electronic medical record system.

The exceptions are some hospital operations that still require paper, such as medical certificates and when the hospital communicates with third parties such as patients' employers.

Ref: http://str.sg/4CQo