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New figures reveal 650 care home deaths in the last five years caused by dehydration

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have unearthed some shocking truths about the standards of care home training in some facilities in the UK. The ONS revealed that over the last five years (between 2005 and 2009): • 667 elderly care home residents died of dehydration • 157 residents died of malnutrition • 1,444 died because of pressure ulcers – also known as bedsores • 1,928 deaths were linked to the hospital ‘superbugs’ MRSA and Clostridium… Read more »

Caretaker praised for saving resident in Dundee flat fire

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon 1

The caretaker of a block of flats in Dundee which went up in flames last week has been praised for saving the life of a resident trapped inside. After being alerted to the fire alarms sounding at around 11.30pm last Friday (28th January), the caretaker of the Burnside Mill flats in Milne’s East Wynd rushed inside in a rescue bid. Whilst other residents from the property’s twenty flats were alerted to the blaze and able to escape in time, one… Read more »

Understanding the main principles of health and safety risk assessment

Posted: February 1st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

It can be incredibly beneficial for a business if all employees are clued up on the main issues and principles relating to health and safety. If everyone is aware of how to work safely, as well as how to spot, avoid and prevent hazards, it can create a much safer workplace culture. This is why it’s a good idea to send as many of your staff as possible on basic health and safety training courses. A new course called the… Read more »

Lye shopkeepers fined for food hygiene offences

Posted: February 1st, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a discount store in the West Midlands town of Lye have been fined thousands of pounds by the local council after admitting a number of food hygiene offences. Whilst on a routine inspection of the Lye Discount Store on High Street, Dudley Council’s environmental health team uncovered total of ten breaches of food hygiene and safety regulations. The case was brought to Halesowen Magistrates Court, where shopkeepers Mohammed Nazabuth and Parveen Akhtar were accused of failures to:… Read more »

Fire safety awareness: an essential part of care training

Posted: January 31st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire safety training is essential in every workplace, particularly if you hold a position in which you are responsible for the safety of another person. This is why fire safety and awareness training is so crucial for those working within the care sector. Fire safety awareness training for the care sector differs to fire training for other industries in that it is more specialised. As a care worker, you have responsibility for people who may have more difficulty reacting in… Read more »

Warwick restaurant wins top food hygiene marks two years running

Posted: January 31st, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A bar and restaurant in Warwick is celebrating this week after being awarded the highest food hygiene award possible from the local council. Every year, the Environmental Health team at Warwick District Council awards local establishments with awards for food hygiene, and the Catalan Mediterranean and tapas restaurant has won the gold award two years in a row. The restaurant, located on Warwick’s Jury Street, won the prestigious award for demonstrating exceptional standards of food safety and hygiene during the… Read more »

Harrow bagel firm fined for worker finger injury

Posted: January 28th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a bagel factory in Harrow have been fined at the City of London’s Magistrates Court earlier this week for health and safety breaches, after an accident led to one employee losing the tips of his fingers. Ixxy’s Bagels factory worker Raakesh Patel was trying to clear a dough blockage in a machine in November 2007 when the incident occurred. A moving blade sliced off the tops of the middle and ring fingers on Patel’s right hand, resulting… Read more »

Paediatric first aid training: an essential for childcare workers

Posted: January 28th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If you are aiming to work within the childcare sector, paediatric first aid training is one of the first and most important steps you will take on your career path. It is crucial to know what to do in an emergency when children are in your care; it is an intrinsic part of your job. Basic paediatric training is not enough to satisfy the Ofsted requirements for working with children, so you will need to take a more in-depth, advanced… Read more »

Dundee neurodisability centre under scrutiny after Care Commission inspection

Posted: January 27th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A specialist care home in Dundee has been ordered to improve standards in relation to patient care, after the Care Commission conducted an unannounced inspection at the end of last year. The Commission’s inspectors were not impressed with what they found upon visiting the Linlathen Neurodisability Centre, which is located just north of Broughty Ferry in Dundee. A report produced after the inspection explained that the quality of patient care and support at the home was not up to scratch…. Read more »

Learning how to work safely with an IOSH training course

Posted: January 27th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

If you want to learn more about health and safety at work in a general sense, an IOSH Working Safely course could be extremely useful to you. These one-day courses offer anyone from any sector the chance to learn about or brush up on their health and safety knowledge. They are specially designed for people without any particular managerial or supervisory responsibility. IOSH is the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety, the British accrediting organisation for health and safety professionals…. Read more »

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