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  • 12 Nov 2010 11:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you know any good 
                    Medical Mnemonics ?

    Our Education and Development Team are currently building a database of medical and pre hospital Mnemonics that can be used to help and develop new and existing staff to aid memory when it comes to remembering complex but useful aids to managing and treating patients.

    Please send your suggestions to us by clicking the secure link below. All entries will be contacted before publishing and the top entries will receive 12 months free membership to We will either give you a new membership or extend your existing subscription.

    Thankyou for your support 

    Good Luck

    Education and Development Team

  • 12 Nov 2010 7:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 10 Nov 2010 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
                      have been invited to work alongside the organisers at the Emergency Services Show 2010

    Members of CPDme are entitled to a 30% discount on the ESS Conference.

    Also, why not book for the Integrated Pre-hospital Care Conference 
    24th - 25th November 2010

    The IPHC conference runs alongside The Emergency Services Show and is relevant for all practitioners of pre-hospital care including emergency service personnel, doctors, nurses and other practitioners from both civilian and military backgrounds, bringing together five of the leading organisations involved in pre-hospital care in the UK; 999 Research Emergency Forum; British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS); College of Paramedics; Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC); and Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC).

    More Information about the Conference can be found by clicking here

  • 02 Nov 2010 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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  • 29 Oct 2010 6:09 PM | Anonymous


    The blue "Star of Life" symbol was designed for NHTSA in response to the need for a uniform symbol representing the emergency medical services system. The six barred cross was adapted from the personal Medical Identification Symbol of the American Medical Association. For EMS the six bars represent the six systems functions: 

    [1] Detection

    [2] Reporting

    [3] Response

    [4] On Scene Care 

    [5] Care in Transit

    [6] Transfer to Definitive Care 

    Staff of Asclepius (Greek) - Aesculapius (Roman) 

    Asclepius was the Greek god of medicine. In Greek mythology he was the son of Apollo (god of light, truth, and prophecy) and the nymph Coronis. The centaur Chiron taught him the art of healing, but Zeus (the king of gods), afraid that he might render all men immortal, slew him with a thunderbolt. Homer, in the iliad, mentions him only as the skilled or "peerless physician" and further identifies him as the father of Podaleirus and Machaeon, physicians to the Greeks in the Trojan War. In later times, however, he was honored as a hero and eventually worshipped as a god. The cult of Asclepius began in Thessaly, but spread to many parts of Greece. Since it was supposed that he effected cures or prescribed remedies to the sick in dreams, the practice of sleeping in his temples became common. 

    Asclepius was frequently represented standing, dressed in a long cloak, with bare breast; his usual attribute was the staff with a serpent coiled around it. The staff is the only true symbol of medicine. The Caduceus with its winged staff and intertwined serpents, used as a medical emblem by the Military Medical Corps and some physicians, is without medical relevance in its origin since it represents the magic wand of Hermes (in Greek mythology a diety; herald and messenger of the gods; gods of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft; patron of traders and rogues; and conductor of the dead to Hades) and Mercury of Roman mythology, often identified with Hermes, who served also as messenger to the other gods and was god of commerce, travel and thievery. 

    In 293 B.C. because of the plague, the Romans adopted the cult of Aclepius who became known in Roman mythology as Aesculapius. 

    It is considered most appropriate to call attention to the other significant reference to the serpent on a staff associated with healing as follows: 

    "Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he recovered." - Numbers 21:9 


    Originally, many ambulances used an Omaha orange cross on a square background of reflectorized white to designate them as emergency units. This logo was used before national standards for Emergency Medical Personnel or ambulances were established. Designed by Leo R. Schwartz, Chief of the EMS Branch, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Star of Life was created after the American National Red Cross complained in 1973 that the orange cross too closely resembled their logo, the red cross on a white background. The newly designed cross was adapted from the Medical Identification Symbol of the American Medical Association, which was patented by the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1967. The newly designed logo was trademarked on February 1, 1977 with the Commissioner of Patents and Trade-marks in the name of the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration (registration number 1058022). The logo was 'given' to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for use as the emergency medical technicians (EMT) logo after the trademark expired in 1997.


  • 28 Oct 2010 10:04 PM | Anonymous

    If you work with children or protected adults then you may need to know about the new Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme) which will be implemented soon.  

    This membership scheme will replace the disclosure service for people who work with vulnerable groups in Scotland.  It will help ensure that people who have regular contact through work with children and protected adults don’t have a known history of harmful or abusive behaviour.  It will be quick and easy to use.  

    For information visit or call 0870 609 6006.


    As always we ask that you mention CPDme when contacting any of the organisations mentioned on our website so that we know we are providing useful information for you.

  • 12 Oct 2010 12:27 AM | Anonymous

    On request from our members, we have added 10 more CPD Diary categories to enhance the list of activities and evidence categories that your development relates to.
     If you have any more suggestions to what you would like added as a category. Please email us using the advanced members contact form and we will add the extra categories to the existing form.

    The Development Team

  • 05 Oct 2010 9:16 PM | Anonymous

              Email Server Problems

    It has come to light that we have had problems today with our email server, and you may have had any emails to us rejected, or if no rejection message, they may still not have reached us.

    If you have contacted us within the last 24 hours, please would you re-send your message so that we can look at your query and respond accordingly.

    Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this error, but we are informed it has now been resolved.

    Kind regards

    The CPDme Support Team

  • 10 Sep 2010 9:14 PM | Anonymous

    We have just got a limited batch of 3W AA Led Pocket Torches. These torches are available when you sign up or you can purchase by clicking here. These torches are 100% waterproof and are ideal for Paramedics, Ambulance Staff, Volunteer Ambulance Responders or as a gift.

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  • 31 Aug 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    The NEW Will be Launching a whole new website in August. Due to demand by our members and prospective members, we have had to build a whole new website with over 20 new features. CPDme Website has only need live since November 2009 and already reached the top 20 UK popular Emergency Service Site Hits (Google Analytics).

    We have over 15000 hits per month and have Members from over 9 different countries including Indonesia, China and New Zealand.

    Our Members will be contacted shortly to arrange Migration over to the new site. Hopefully this will come after our trial members critique the site and try and find glitches.

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