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  • 27 Sep 2011 8:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


          CPDme Launch New Social Media Avatar





    CPDme believe quality social media marketing is all about building relationships with individuals, businesses and associate professions. Choosing an avatar (a picture or graphic) to represent you in any online community is one of the most important aspects of creating a professional online profile.

    Your avatar (Picture) is the image people have in their minds as they communicate with you on social media. If you choose an image that's unfriendly, or provokes negative feelings, you're working against yourself and can often make the impression that will last throughout your relationship. The avatar is what attracts people to read your post, assuring the reader that the content of the post if that of your company.

    The reason CPDme have created the new avatar is that embedded in the avatar is html coding that will be searched by google and other search engines. The other reason is that the colours have been simplified in order to maintain the brand standard that CPDme portray.

    Check out our Social Media Channels at:

    F:         facebook.com/cpdme     

    L:      uk.linkedin.com/in/cpdme

    T:      twitter.com/cpdme

  • 23 Sep 2011 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    50% Off Advertising Costs    



    CPDme are offering you the chance to have your course or conference advertised on our Website, Social Media & Newsletter for HALF PRICE. This will allow you an advert listed on our course page and GUARANTEED GOOGLE Submission for less than £25. Click Here for Details

    Check our advert page for more details or contact Daniel to discuss this great offer. This offer will end on the 10th October at 1pm GMT.

  • 14 Sep 2011 7:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
                                                 
     Are CPDme Submissions Safe ?







    Encryption in CPDme Form

    All CPDme forms contain Encrypted data that can only be read by a machine with a specific key and password that we keep hidden and protected, so if the data were to be compromised it could not be read in any way or form. That sounds great, so why don’t we encrypt the whole site? Well, it isn’t quite feasible to do so, due to the resources involved, so we protect the most valuable bits.

    We have Backups of our Backups

    Disasters happen, so being prepared for them is critical for CPDme data collection. You can rest easy when you store your data with CPDme, because we are consistently replicating (backing up in real time) your data from our site to another server. Additionally, we take 2 snapshots of your data every 24 hours and store them on a secure server for two weeks. Once the two weeks have finished, we move that data to a physical tape backup. The tape backup is then transferred to an offsite location in locked, water and impact resistant containers by screened employees requiring verification upon delivery.

    Just as we have backups of your data, we also have lots of redundancy across our core infrastructure. Paired database, web, file, load balancing and firewall servers sit next to each other in separate cabinets with separate power supplies. This level of redundancy helps us and you prepare for those worst case scenarios like lost certificates or copies of C.V's.

    I personally use CPDme to manage my own portfolio so please be assured I do trust the technology and its reliability.

    I hope this answers any questions you have about Security. You could also visit our Data Management Policies for more information. Click Here to view our Policies.


  • 04 Sep 2011 5:19 PM | Anonymous member

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    CPDme would like you to benefit from our increasing success as providers of our professional online CPD portfolio service.

    For introducing 3 new members to 
    CPDme during a calendar year we will give you FREE membership for your following 12 month membership period.

    This means that if you continually refer 3 members each year you could receive FREE Membership for Life! Click Here for more details


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  • 28 Aug 2011 3:25 PM | Anonymous
    Do you have books that you no longer use for your CPD or Study ?














    CPDme are currently working on a FREE webpage where Health & Social care professionals can swap, share and sell books that are no longer needed. This will be the first of its kind that concentrates specifically on the Health & Social Care Professions. The Development team at CPDme came up with the idea after they decided themselves they had over 100 books that were no longer needed. 

    Andrew from our Paramedic Team said "this would be a great opportunity for other professionals and students alike to share, swap and sell books that were no longer needed". Andrew himself admitted that he stores a hugh collection of books including Anatomy & Physiology, Paramedic Practice and other Essential Reads. Watch our BLOG for more details or sign up-to our Newsletter to hear about the Book SELLme SWAPme Launch.

    We estimate the Webpage will be ready in October 2011.

    CLICK HERE to sign up to our Newsletter today.


  • 26 Aug 2011 4:26 PM | Anonymous member

     
    Meet the CPDme Team

     

    Come and meet the CPDme Team, we will be attending several conferences and exhibitions this year including the Emergency Services Show 2011 on Stand E36.

     

    If you are visiting the East Lancashire area call or email us and we will be pleased to meet with you at our offices in Burnley if a member of the team is available.

     

    The CPDme Team

     

     

    Harley Scott House

    Liverpool Road

    Burnley

    Lancashire

    BB4 4LX

     

    0161 408 1917

     

    info@cpdme.com

  • 25 Aug 2011 1:36 AM | Anonymous member


     

      CPDme MEMBERS' SURVEY

       


    Dear Member,

    Here at CPDme, we are committed to providing you with the best quality service we can in order to make it simpler and quicker for you to create and maintain your CPD portfolio. Hopefully we have been doing a good job so far but we do not want to be looking at our service through rose tinted glasses. Therefore, we have created a very short 5 minute survey with the aim of improving our service for all CPDme members. The survey can be completed on your computer, laptop or smart phone. Your personal information will not be shared with any 3rd parties, CPDme Privacy Policy.

    If you complete the form we will give you an extra free month membership onto the end of your current membership, as well as entering you into a prize draw to win a free stylish flip camcorder. The winner will be announced in the December edition of the CPDme Newsletter, and would make an ideal gift in time for Christmas.

    If you feel we have provided you with an excellent, poor and even average service, we want to hear your opinions so we can improve as aspects of the service.

    Please complete the Member Satisfaction Survey.

    Thank you,

    CPDme Team.

  • 23 Aug 2011 10:21 PM | Anonymous member

    OmniGlow® StyLite™

    The OmniGlow® StyLite™ Illuminated Intubating Stylet by OMNIGLOW, LLC is a light-guided stylet that is both sterile and disposable. A light-guided stylet can be a beneficial instrument for endotracheal intubations¹ and has a reported success rate as high as 99% when used by experienced practitioners.²

    Because a light-guided stylet enables illumination of the soft tissues in the neck, it is useful for patients with a difficult or bloody airway, scarring, trauma, or in environments with limited ambient light.³

    The StyLites are a very innovative concept of bringing the old intubation stylets into 2011 while keeping them cost effective. We believe this product has the possibility of a very bright future. A little back ground. I have been working EMS at the ALS level now for over 20 years. Intubation is not always the easiest skill to perform and I saw areas where improvements were needed. A recent outburst of esophageal tubes placed pre-hospital have also been erupting and threats to remove this crucial skill have been spoken of. I am very passionate about keeping this utterly important skill in the prehospital providers hands with the intention of making Intubation more simple. I brought my ideas to the company Omniglow and together we partnered to make it happen. We are very excited for the chance of saving many lives through the use of our product globally. The product has Patents applied for in mostly all countries as well as its trade marks.

    The StyLite TM is a self illuminating intubation stylet that has its own unique light source at its distal tip. A specially patented formula of chemiluminescence that once snapped it has a high frequency light burst for approximately 3 minutes when only seconds are usually needed. As you continue to advance the et tube with the StyLite activated, the closer you get to the vocal cords the brighter they glow until you are at the cords. The natural phosphorus we have in our vocal cords reacts with the light and creates a lit path for the trachea similar to a plane landing at night. It literally takes the guess work out of finding your trachea and allows a rapid patent airway. Added benefits to the StyLite are not having to use a laryngoscope to intubate as they are their own unique light source. The old "blind" intubation will be a thing of the past with this product as Now for the first time you will be able to SEE a digital intubation pass through the cords into the trachea. I am in the process of also developing a new concept of a thumb blade to be used with the StyLites for digital intubations.

    YouTube video of the StyLite TM

    Pat Ramos

    OmniGlow, LLC
    865 Memorial Ave., Unit 4
    West Springfield, MA 01089

    References
    ¹ Davis, L.; Cook-Sather, S.D.; Schreiner, M.S. Lighted stylet tracheal intubation: a review. Anesthesia & Analgesia. 2000; 90:745-56.

    ² ³ Hung, O.R.; Pytka, S.; Morris, I.; Murphy, M.; Launcelott, G.; Stevens, S.; MacKay, W.; Stewart, R.D. Clinical trial of a new lightwand device (Trachlight) to intubate the trachea. Anesthesiology. 1995 Sep; 83 (3): 509-14.

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  • 23 Aug 2011 3:06 AM | Anonymous member

    Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme

    The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme) will go live on 28 February 2011 so if you work with children or protected adults then you may need to find out more. It will replace the disclosure service for people who work with vulnerable groups in Scotland and will be quick and easy to use.  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 behaviour. For information visit www.infoscotland.com/pvgscheme or call 0870 609 6006.

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  • 21 Aug 2011 4:32 AM | Anonymous member

    Continuing education can be pretty boring business. Not a lot of providers enjoy sitting through bone-dry three-hour lectures on the day's malady du jour. To the extent educators can liven things up, they'll get more engaged students who absorb and retain more.

    In California USA, the Bay Area Paramedic Journal Club has hit upon a format that's participatory, free-spoken and self-directed--and providers are responding. The club now has around 300 area emergency services personnel receiving its class updates, and is drawing interest from other services looking to create similar groups.

    "We haven't found a lot of other clubs like this," says BAPJC director Brian Oftedal, a longtime medic and lieutenant with the Oakland Fire Department. "We've heard from one other paramedic journal club in Canada, asking for advice on growing and how we've done what we've done so far, but mostly people are just looking for a foundation and how they can get something like this started."

     

    The BAPJC isn't new--it's been around for close to 14 years now. But its format is novel: At quarterly dinners, members present EMS-relevant research and examine hot topics among a diverse attendance of emergency medical system players. This includes EMTs, paramedics, nurses and MDs from various regional EMS systems and ambulance companies, fire departments, hospitals and health departments. Even law enforcement providers occasionally show up when a topic pertains to them.

     

    The hot meals and door prizes help get all these people in. The three hours of CE they get make it worthwhile. And the environment keeps it informal and fun.

     

    "Depending on the topic, there can be some really lively discussion," says Oftedal. "We get everybody from brand-new paramedics to people doing their FTO or internship time to veteran providers who have been on the street for 30 years. We get a good variety of views that way."

     

    The club was conceived as a field-based program and has always been run by front-line providers, but it's had the strong imprimatur of local physician leadership as well. Alameda County's longtime EMS medical director, James Pointer, MD, was a big supporter of field-based research. He retired in 2010, and while he hasn't yet been permanently replaced, the county's new interim medical director, Joseph Barger, MD, has attended club meetings for years as medical director in adjoining Contra Costa County.

     

    Since the beginning, the BAPJC has also had the benefit of sponsors. Major medical companies such as Zoll, Physio-Control and Bound Tree Medical have lent support, as has AMR of Alameda County. These sponsors underwrite the dinners and prize items, and a number have developed strong, regular relationships with the club. Last year the club became a 501(c)(3) to better facilitate getting such help. Sponsors are invited to their meetings, where representatives can display their wares and answer questions.

     

    Club meetings are limited to 50 participants, who sign up online on a first-come, first-served basis. Each meeting covers three topics--all research studies in years past, but now two studies and one "hot topic" that's dissected and debated. "Those include things that are going on in the industry now or that people can look forward to," says Oftedal.

     

    Past topics have included things like terrorism, active shooters, critical incident stress management, 12-lead EKGs, post-resuscitation hypothermia, fentanyl, and various medical devices (e.g., ResQPOD, EZ-IO). Some practices and devices discussed have worked their way into local protocols. Archived events and papers are maintained for review on the club's website. Dinners are now being podcast as well, and soon those who can't attend the actual events should be able to earn Web-based CE by listening to them online and answering questions.

     

    Beyond the strict educational value of BAPJC meetings, there's a social value as well. EMS leaders talk a lot about the merits of getting to know your neighbors--those valuable colleagues in care on whom you're so interdependent. Everything runs smoother when you're familiar and comfortable with that first-aiding firefighter, your counterpart from the next county over, the ED nurse who takes your patient or the cop who calms a combustible scene. The dinners provide a format for developing that.

     

    "Those opportunities are probably one of the best things people get out of this," says Oftedal. "People show up whom we may only normally see for 5 or 10 minutes on a scene, or briefly at the hospital. That benefits our communication. As you see these people more often, you get to know them and start running calls a little more easily with them. I know that's been the case with my engine company. We never had too many run-ins to begin with, but when you're friendly with somebody, or at least have talked to them in the past, it definitely makes working with them easier."

     

    Written By John Erich, Associate Editor EMSWORLD Magazine

     

    For more on the Bay Area Paramedic Journal Club, see www.bapjc.org

     

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