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  • 05 Jan 2013 8:49 PM | Anonymous member



    For 2013 please support the only country wide ambulance services charity. 

    If you would like to join our growing team of ASBF Champions, raise funds or volunteer your time to help us in any way, please get in touch.

    Visit our website:

    Or email the Secretary:

     ‘The Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund is Caring for the Carers but together we will make the difference!’

    Patron: Simon Weston OBE.

    Registered charity # 800434

  • 01 Dec 2012 8:14 PM | Anonymous member


    A Message about The Emergency Services Show 2012.

    “Thanks to the immense generosity of David Brown the Event Director and Broden Media the organisers, the ASBF were able to attend this year’s Show.” said Paul Leopold, Chairman of the ASBF.”

    He praised the event saying:

    “This year’s show at the Stoneleigh Park Show Ground near Coventry was a success despite experiencing some eventful weather. The first day visitors braved torrential rain and floods. On the second day the Show Ground was subjected to gale force winds and the large marquee in which our stand was housed became unsafe and everyone had to be evacuated whilst the necessary action was taken to deal with the problem that had occurred.”

    Complimenting the organisers Paul said:

    “David Brown’s unfailing courtesy and patience in dealing with frustrated exhibitors and visitors over a couple of hours that we all had to spend outside the marquee was a pleasure to see and an object lesson on how to remain calm, polite and cheerful (outwardly) under immense pressure.”

    The ESS was extremely busy on the ASBF stand and as part of the fundraising a fun draw for a bottle of champagne was organised. Paul explains:

    “Because of the evacuation of Hall 3 the draw for our raffle was held in the informal surroundings of the exhibitor’s lounge where Gemma Hutley, Project Manager at the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, kindly made the draw. We then presented the winner, Malcolm Maycock, Managing Director of Licence Bureau Ltd. with his prize in the equally informal surroundings of the entrance to Hall 3.”

    Finally Paul praised everyone for their support:

    “On behalf of the ASBF Trustees I thank everyone who came to visit our stand and for your generosity in the purchase of the various badges and raffle tickets and to all those who signed up to make a donation from salary to the Fund. Also, our many thanks go to Kerry London the independent multi-specialism insurance brokers who kindly presented us with a cheque for £300 following their generous donation of £5 in respect of each quotation that they made through enquiries generated from last year’s ESS. And, to top it up they raffled a cricket bat signed by the Surrey cricket team and raised a further £107 – brilliant! We look forward to seeing everyone next year.”

    ‘The Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund is Caring for the Carers and together we can make the difference.’

    Patron: Simon Weston OBE.

    Registered Charity # 80434 


    For further information visit: Or email: 


  • 01 Dec 2012 8:05 PM | Anonymous member




    “It is at this time of the year when I can reflect on the support that the charity has received from many ambulance services, their staff and many other generous people. In all honesty though, I would dearly wish that all the services would give their support to the ASBF, the only country wide ambulance charity. This would not only ensure that we continue in the provision of care for ambulance staff now but will help the charity move forward and develop care programmes up to the same level that is provided to personnel from the charities of the Fire, Police and the Military.”

    My New Year message to all the UK Ambulance Services CEO’s is very simple. “Please take a lead in supporting the ASBF in your Trust and encourage your staff to raise funds by the many means available to them. This will ensure that we are able to meet our planned future aims and objectives of providing that extra help to those members of your staff to enable them to deal with that unforeseen personal crisis or period of hardship. We will be delighted to have the opportunity to meet you to explain and discuss our plans for the development of the ASBF.

    I would like also to thank all the ambulance service magazines, journals and newspapers for publishing ASBF articles and messages and to those ambulance manufacturers and equipment suppliers for their continuing and generous support. We are so grateful. 

    On behalf of the ASBF Trustees I thank everyone for their tremendous support and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.”

    ASBF Chairman, Paul Leopold.


    For further information please visit our website:

    Or email:

    The Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund Is Caring for the Carers and together we can make the difference!

    Patron: Simon Weston OBE

    Registered Charity# 800434   

    (Words 328)

  • 24 Nov 2012 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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    A recent demonstration at the Emergency Services Show 2012 in Coventry allowed our conference team to demonstrate this facility to over 50 private owned businesses and NHS trusts. The team also met some key officials from Fire & Rescue Services from around the UK also interested in using CPDme to manage Firefighters and their continuing professional development. The portal can be used to manage the CPD and online portfolios of Police, Fire and Ambulance Staff as well as other key health and social care workers.

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  • 20 Nov 2012 12:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme at the Emergency Services Show 2012

    The CPDme promotional team are preparing to mooch down to Coventry to visit the Emergency Services Show 2012. The CPDme team have been to several shows over the last few years and this has always been a great success. Vist the Emergency Services Show Website for last minute registration or visit the Show and register on reception: 

    the website for the show is: or visit the 
    CPDme ESS2012 page by visiting (updated after during the show)

    This blog will be updated during the day and while at the show so please visit us regularly.

    The Promo Team
  • 13 Nov 2012 2:33 PM | Anonymous member



    The ASBF has commissioned a limited edition of a 150 emergency services poppy pin badges. The badges are presented in a box together with a certificate signed by ASBF Patron Simon Weston OBE.

    Each set purchased from the website are £25 and by eBay £25 plus PayPal, postage and packing.

    These limited edition poppy badge sets are starting selling quickly and to save disappointment please contact:

    ASBF Secretary Simon Fermor:

    For further information please visit our website:




  • 13 Nov 2012 2:16 PM | Anonymous member



    The Emergency Services Show,

    Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, 21st and 22nd November, 2012.

    “The aim of the ASBF is to be more in line with the support currently offered to members of the Fire, Police and Military charities” explained  Paul Leopold, ASBF Chairman.

    He said: “The next steps for the ASBF is to prepare for the next 25 years and build upon the base support and funding currently provided and available.”

    Paul went on to confirm: “Currently income to provide support for the work of the Charity is donated through salary schemes like Give As You Earn, specific fund raising events, general donations, and recently legacies. We are also indebted to the generous support of Ambulance service magazines and journals and the support from ambulance suppliers such as KL Kerry London who during the last 12 months promised to donate a percentage of every confirmed order to the ASBF and we are delighted that they will presenting a cheque to us at this year’s ESS.”

    He continued: “To undertake our aims and objectives there our important issues to be addressed from current methods of operation to a more professional and business approach. The intension is for the ASBF to be implementing its vision for the future early next year with an announcement about developments and ‘Caring for the Carers’ programmes.”

    Finally Paul said: “Meanwhile fund raising must continue and to help with this we need the support of the Ambulance Services and their staff NOW. We are actively asking people to become ASBF Champions and promote awareness about the charity to their colleagues and to encourage them to undertake the challenges of fund raising for us. Please come and visit the ASBF Stand E6 where we will be pleased to see members of the ambulance service and representatives from manufactures and suppliers. Together we will make the difference”!         


    Editorial notes:

    1. The ASBF has been in existence for over 26 years. 
    2. The ASBF is the only UK wide Ambulance Service Charity.
    3. The work of volunteers and fund raisers has enabled us to provide help for 40 people a year.
    4. The ASBF future aims and objectives must have the support of the Ambulance Service CEO’s and their staff to help achieve its developments. 
    5. ASBF Patron is Simon Weston OBE. The ASBF is a registered charity - # 800434. 

    For further information visit: Or email:

  • 13 Nov 2012 12:51 PM | Anonymous member


    Visit us at the Emergency Services Show 2012


    Relieved to receive support when dealing with a personal crisis or period of hardship?

    You can help the ASBF by becoming a representative to champion awareness to colleagues about the charity and encourage people to raise funds.

    Your support TODAY will ensure we can go on being there for BRITAIN’S UNSUNG AMBULANCE SERVICE HEROES who are calling for our help.

    We will be at the Emergency Services Show, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry,

     21 – 22 November 2012.

    Hall 3 Stand No E6.

    To find out more about your charity come and visit us, we will be pleased to see you.

    Information is also available on the ASBF website:

    Or email:




  • 03 Nov 2012 2:53 AM | Anonymous member

    Medical Emergencies
    within the
    Dental Practice


    by Wendy Berridge

    DEFINITION  Anaphylaxis is an extremely dangerous and life threatening condition, caused by a massive over-reaction of the body’s immune system. This reaction can result in respiratory and/or circulatory collapse.

    Severe anaphylactic reactions can develop slowly, or can occur very quickly depending upon how the individual was exposed to the allergic substance, the route of administration, and their own response. In general, the more rapid the onset of the reaction, the more serious it will be. The most common reactions are to insect stings, food products, drugs and latex.

    In dentistry, possible allergens include natural rubber latex and drugs such as penicillins or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. The injectable local anaesthetic agents used today are highly unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. However, some topical local anaesthetics (the ester containing agents) such as amethocaine (tetracaine) and benzocaine can cause an allergic reaction (although these reactions tend to be less severe).

    The immune system is part of the body’s natural defence system against harmful substances such as bacteria. Lymphocytes (white blood cells) recognise these “foreign” proteins and release natural chemicals, one of which is histamine. In order to experience an anaphylactic reaction the individual will have had a previous exposure to a particular allergen and become sensitised to it. If they then suffer a repeat exposure there will be a massive release of histamine. Histamine has several effects on the body when it is released in such massive quantities:

    • Blood vessels dilate
    • It constricts the bronchioles in the lungs
    • Blood capillary walls become “leaky” to fluids causing severe swelling and oedema
    • Blood becomes thick and sluggish due to fluids passing out of the bloodstream
    • It weakens the strength of the heart’s contractions
    • It can make the skin very itchy
    • It can make the skin appear red and blotchy

    As a result of the circulatory system becoming leaky to fluid, the fluid then can pass out of the bloodstream and into the tissues. This reduces the effective blood volume which produces a drop in blood pressure, the blood itself becomes thick and sluggish, and the tissue spaces fill with fluid, which produces obvious swelling, particularly of the airways and face. This swelling can cause potential airway blockage and the lungs effectively begin to fill with fluid, thus reducing the oxygen exchange.


    A casualty may show some or all of the signs and symptoms listed below. The allergic reaction can happen in seconds, so fast recognition is essential:

    • Sudden swelling of the face, tongue, lips, neck and eyes
    • Difficult, wheezy breathing and a “tight chest” due to oedema of airways
    • Rapid weak pulse
    • Hypotension (profound drop in blood pressure)
    • Red, blotchy flushing of the skin
    • Abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea
    • Itching
    • Altered sensations, numbness and tingling of hands and feet
    • Loss of consciousness

    Essentially an anaphylactic reaction will result in one or both of the following:

    • A profound drop in blood pressure
    • Respiratory distress

    Both the respiratory difficulty and circulatory collapse can result in loss of consciousness and, if untreated, death. If there is any suspicion that a patient may be beginning to suffer from an anaphylactic reaction the emergency services must be called immediately.  People who have experienced anaphylaxis often describe a feeling of “impending doom”.


    Although the ideal treatment would appear to be administration of an “antihistamine” to reverse the histamine effects this is actually too slow. The initial treatment is to stop and hopefully reverse the capillary dilation and fluid leakage. This is why it is essential to administer adrenaline as soon as possible as this will cause immediate vasoconstriction. This consists of giving adrenaline (epinephrine) intramuscularly (anterolateral aspect of the middle third of the thigh) in a dose of 500 microgrammes (0.5ml adrenaline injection 1:1000).  This dose can be repeated at 5 minute intervals if necessary.

    NOTE: It is strongly advisable to receive a practical demonstration to show the technique of any type of injection, and so for that reason it will not be discussed within this article.

    Paediatric doses for adrenaline (epinephrine)

    12 years and above: 500mcg (0.5ml of 1:1000) I/M (intramuscular)

    6-12 years: 300mcg (0.3ml of 1:1000) I/M

    under 6 years: 0.15mcg (0.15ml of 1:1000) I/M

    Patients who are considered to be at a significant risk of developing anaphylaxis may carry an auto-injector which will deliver a dose of 300mcg (0.3ml adrenaline 1:1000) for self-administration. This can be an acceptable alternative if immediately available. These auto-injectors are single-use only.

    For further clarification the dental team can refer to the Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines and “frequently asked questions” on their website.

    High flow oxygen is also a priority as this helps to increase the inspired concentration to compensate for the lungs inefficiency. The other essential is to raise the blood pressure and the easiest way to do this is to lay the casualty flat, and elevate the legs. However, care needs to be taken if the casualty is struggling to breath, in which case it is better to allow them to sit up. If at any time the casualty feels faint – do not sit them up.  If the patient is unconscious and the tongue is swelling then an oropharyngeal airway will be advisable. (A demonstration of how to insert an airway should be done when CPR training is delivered.)

    The administration of an antihistamine and steroids are given to help stabilise the casualty’s condition. These drugs do not work immediately, so therefore constitute “second line” treatment so are not essential in the dental surgery setting.


    Every patient should always be questioned carefully about any history of possible allergic reactions and any known allergen must be avoided. As mentioned earlier, if the patient has been prescribed an auto-injector then this must be recorded within the medical history notes. Before any treatment begins it is important to ensure that they have it with them. The patient will have received training in how to use their auto-injector and if it is needed if possible they should administer the injection themselves. Remember that the dosage of an auto-injector will only be 300mcg and that you cannot give a second dose. It may, however, buy you vital time until you can prepare your own adrenaline.  It is always recommended that any drugs that are to be injected should be in pre-filled syringes. This will make it easier to prepare and ensures that the correct dosage is given.

    There are certain allergens that can produce an anaphylactic reaction that are very relevant to dental treatment, and include penicillins, cephalosporins, natural rubber latex (NRL), aspirin and intravenous general anaesthetic agents. Food allergies are often important because there are associations between certain allergies to fruits and nuts that are associated with NRL. These food items include chestnuts, kiwi fruit and bananas.  If any patient gives a history of multiple allergies it is advisable to be extremely cautious when prescribing medications.

    It is also worth remembering that some of the newer haemostatic agents are produced from shellfish, which is a common food allergy.  Wherever there is uncertainty about the true nature of an allergy reported by a patient further information or advice should be sought. If the patient’s medical practitioner is uncertain as to the patient’s allergy history regarding a product that a dentist is likely to use then the patient may need to be referred to an allergist or immunologist for further testing.

    As NRL is a well-known allergen it is best practice to avoid purchasing items of dental equipment that are known to contain NRL and instead use the NRL-free alternatives which are readily available.

    Wendy Berridge delivers CPR, Medical Emergencies and AED training to dental practices throughout Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

    Contact details:

    tel: 07771590513



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