Posted in First Aid
Thursday, 31 March 2011

Vancouver First Aid Ltd is committed to providing the highest quality and most up to date standards when teaching Red Cross standard first aid courses. The following is a course outline for a 16 hour, Red Cross standard first aid course provided by Vancouver First Aid.

  • Introduction – 10 minutes.  Play some games or tell some stories. We all need to get to know each other!
  • The Red Cross – The Red Cross is an amazing organization with so many stories to tell and so many ways to help. Sit back, watch and listen to what the Red Cross is all about!
  • Preparing to Respond – Simple facts and more stories about how to be prepared to respond to almost any first aid situation.
  • The EMS System – Learn the facts behind the 9-1-1 system and what your taxes pay for! Learn about response times and what to expect when dialing for help from the good guys!
  • Check, Call, Care – Almost as easy as A,B,C, the quick call care system is a great Red Cross way of responding to any first aid emergency. If you can remember Check, Call, Care, everything will be OK!
  • Airway Emergencies – We all need to breath. Learn about the emergencies to do with your all important airway.
  • Breathing & Circulation Emergencies – Learn to respond when someone isn’t breathing right or if there heart isn’t working. No more mouth-to-mouth!
  • First Aid for Respiratory & Cardiac Arrest – Learn the latest ways of doing CPR. Its easier and simpler than ever!
  • Head & Spine Injuries – Learn to deal with those serious head bumps and neck breaks. Learn to stabilize the spine so that you can save the limbs of a loved one, or friend or stranger!
  • Bone, Muscle & Joint Injuries – Dealing with bruises is more complicated than just adding ice. Learn all the cool ways of healing smarter and faster when suffering from strains, bruises and sprains.
  • Wound Care – From big to small, everything but sewing up stitch’s. Learn what to do if your loved ones have a major cut or wound.
  • Sudden Medical Emergencies – This part of the course has a whole wack of fun scenarios.

Environmental Emergencies – Here we learn what to do when we are way too hot for too long or way too cold for too long. Everything from Hypothermia to Heat Stroke. Learn the right ways of warming somebody up or cooling somebody down.

Sign up for a Standard First Aid course with Vancouver First Aid Ltd. No course is too full or too small, our courses always run!

Posted in CPR
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
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Students enrolled in the BCIT Nursing program are required to have CPR level HCP or equivalent to enter and remain in the program. Health Care Provider (HCP) CPR certification can be optained via an 6 to 8 hour course by Vancouver First Aid Ltd. CPR HCP Re-certifications are also offered by Vancouver First Aid and take approximately 4 hours. Vancouver First Aid Ltd offers the highest level of standards as mandated by the Lifesaving Society, Red Cross and Heart and Stroke Foundation. Candidates can receive an award from any of these providers when earning certification from Vancouver First Aid.

Candidates in the CPR HCP course will learn the newest standards of CPR involving bag valve masks and pocket mask training. Participants will also learn to use AED’s for adult and child victims. CPR HCP certification is valid for one year from succesful completion of course. The BCIT nursing program does not accept online course certification and will only accept credible certificates from providers such as the Red Cross and Lifesaving Society.

Vancouver First Aid Ltd promises to never cancel a course or to limit the number of participants in any first aid or CPR course. Courses are offered for nurses at locations near BCIT at least twice a month. Register Today!

Posted in CPR, First Aid
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
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Langara nursing students are required to take a Standard First Aid course with a CPR-C component. Nursing students are typically required to be certified with Standard First Aid and CPR-C by the second term of the first year of nursing.  However, it is recommended that nursing students have a current Standard First Aid and CPR-C certificate prior to starting the program. Only credable first aid affiliates are accepted, such as the Lifesaving Society or the Red Cross which are both offered by Vancouver First Aid Ltd. Online courses and certification are not accepted by the Nursing faculty at Langara.

Standard first aid courses are 16 hours in length and include a CPR component. Vancouver First Aid offers Standard First Aid courses with a CPR-C component at locations very close to Langara College. Vancouver First Aid Ltd also offer Standard First Aid re-certifications which include CPR-C recertifications. It is recommended that nursing students take a CPR-HCP component as they are Health Care Providers and will likely require this level of CPR while working as a nurse. If you would like to have a CPR level HCP certificate with your Standard First Aid course please request that in the comment section of registration when registering for the First Aid Course.

Posted in First Aid
Tuesday, 29 March 2011

In order to be become a RCMP officer a candidate must meet several criteria including having a valid first aid certificate.  A RCMP candidate must be a Canadian citizen, with at least a Grade 12 diploma, complete a RCMP Aptitude test and a selection package. A physical test called the PARE test must be completed and passed. Furthermore, questions and interviews must be successfully completed involving medical, dental, psychological and visual exams.

Once Candidates have completed these tasks  and before they enroll in cadet training, candidates must obtain a Standard First Aid certificate which includes a CPR component. RCMP candidates are required to have a good understanding of basic first aid and CPR. The standard first aid program is offered throughout Canada is meets certification standards in every province. Candidates should ensure that they receive this award through a credible provider such as the Lifesaving Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, St. Johns Ambulance or the Canadian Red Cross. Online courses are not accepted. We strongly recommend the Canadian Red Cross as it has the best program and lowest prices. Strengthen your public service skills by taking a comprehensive and basic first aid course.

Register for a Standard First Aid training with Vancouver First Aid Ltd today.

Posted in CPR, First Aid
Saturday, 26 March 2011
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BCRPA and fitness leaders are required to have first aid certification. This includes fitness instructors such as Yoga instructors. Dependent on the employer, the first aid certification is valid either the length of the certification (up to 3 years if with the Red Cross) or needs to be recertified yearly. The City of Vancouver requires its fitness employees to recertify there CPR annually and their First Aid every 2 years.

The minimum requirement is an 8 hour course of Emergency First Aid with a minimum CPR-A. It is recommended and, in some cases mandatory, for fitness leaders to have a 16 hour course of Standard First Aid. Standard First Aid has a CPR-C component included in the course.

BCRPA requires candidates to have First Aid and CPR certifications from either the Red Cross, St John’s ambulance, Canadian Ski Patrol, the Lifesaving Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online first aid and CPR courses are not accepted by the BCRPA.

Vancouver First Aid offers SFA and EFA courses and recertifications throughout the Lower Mainland including: Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.

Posted in First Aid
Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Part of learning first aid is clarifying myths and learning the proper methods of treating First Aid situations. After teaching first aid for several years I have heard many stories, wife tails and myths. I have heard significant amounts of myths when teaching candidates about Seizures. Placing something into a victims mouth or throwing them into a pool are myths I’ve heard for treating seizures. Myths also include the notion that seizures are caused only by being epileptic (a medical condition).

To clarify, seizures are not only caused by epilepsy. Epilepsy is one of over a dozen probable and likely causes of seizures. Seizure’s can also be caused by high fever’s, head trauma, swelling in the brain, strokes and low blood sugar. Furthermore, seizure do not have to involve significant and violent thrashing of the body. They can be what’s called a petite mal, where an extremity may be having a seizure. Furthermore, they are usually tamer than the usual embellished thrashing that simulated victims portray.

Treatment of a seizure is usually simple, however they can be life threatening with many complications. Get the victim on the floor, if possible, and protect the head (ex: place a towel underneath the victims head). DO NOT put anything in the victims mouth. This can become a choking hazard or cause more complications. Call 911 and monitor vitals. When the victim comes to, reassure them, they will have no idea what just happened or where they are. It could take an hour or longer for them to become fully conscious and aware. To learn more about seizures and how to treat them, take a Standard First Aid Course. Become prepared by being trained!

Posted in First Aid
Wednesday, 16 March 2011

With the recent devastation in Japan its been difficult for a lot of people to not contemplate the same events happening in Vancouver.  It is important for people to be always prepared for any emergency or natural disaster by taking a First Aid course. In the event of an emergency it is extremely important for people to have a plan and to be prepared. Bottled water, dried food, radio’s, toiletries are big items on a disaster preparedness list but one necessity should top the list and that is First Aid.

Emergency services are going to be stressed and overwhelmed during the natural disaster so it is important for people to have properly stocked first aid kits and the knowledge to use them by taking a First Aid Course. By taking a bare basics emergency first aid course or a more extensive standard first aid course, individuals can learn lifesaving techniques that can save the life of a loved one. Whether it is a large cut, broken bone or even a broken neck and unconscious victim a first aid course can teach you to handle almost any stressful situation. When the time comes to react to the injuries caused by an earthquake or any natural disaster, you do not want to leave yourself asking “What do you I do?” but rather “Who needs my help?”. Register for a First Aid Course in Vancouver today and become more prepared for any disaster.

Posted in First Aid
Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Hypothermia is a potentially fatal first aid situation. Hypothermia occurs when the human body is in a cold environment for a prolonged period of time. We have all felt some form of hypothermia, especially if we have ever been in a snow ball fight. Dependant on the severity, the best first aid treatment for Hypothermia is to warm up the body, starting with the core, slowly. There are many methods. However, one popular myth is to warm up the body by getting naked with the victim and zippering up together in a sleeping bag or just huddling underneath sheets naked. Unfortunately, the cold hypothermic victim is at risk of placing the rescuer into Hypothermia. Furthermore, the removal of clothes, unless wet, is also not recommended. If its just you and a friend, stay close and keep your clothes on. Getting naked and huddling with somebody to relieve hypothermia is just a popular first aid myth! For more information on treating hypothermia take a Standard First Aid Course.

Posted in First Aid
Monday, 14 March 2011

Emergency First Aid and Standard First Aid are very similar, but different first aid courses. Emergency First Aid is a 8 hour course, typically offered within one day. The CPR training is at its most basic, with a CPR-A certification included in the course. The key topics in the Emergency First Aid Course are as follows:

  • -Respiratory Emergencies
  • -Shock
  • -Heart Attack and Angina
  • -External Bleeding
  • -Stroke and TIA’s

The Emergency First Aid course has other criteria in the course outline but the list outlines the main topics. Standard First Aid courses include all of the same course concepts as Emergency First Aid but include more advanced CPR training with a CPR-C portion involved in the course. Including all of the Emergency First Aid items, Standard First Aid involves:

  • -Environmental Emergencies
  • -Suspected Spinal Injuries
  • -Bone or Joint Injuries
  • -Burns
  • -Abdominal and Chest Injuries
  • -Facial Injuries
  • -Seizures
  • -Diabetes
  • -Poisoning.

The Standard First Aid course is twice as long with a course length of approximately 16 hours. Standard First Aid is the most extensive first aid course offered by the Lifesaving Society and the Red Cross.

Posted in AED, CPR
Monday, 14 March 2011

Defibrillators dramitically increase the chances of survival for people who have heart complications. Both the Red Cross and the Lifesaving Society strongly promote the training of the use of AED’s. However, they both have different courses for candidates to take.

The Lifesaving Society involves an introduction to AED’s during any CPR training. However, on the candidate certificate it says nothing about receiving AED training. For example, if you take a CPR-C course your certificate will only say you are certified in CPR-C even though you have received some training in the use of AED’s. If you want an AED certificate, the Lifesaving Society offers two courses: AED provider and AED responder. Both courses teach candidates WHY AED’s are used and what they do. Check out an upcoming blog on the difference between AED responder and AED provider if you need more info.

The Red Cross does not have AED specific courses. However, for each CPR related course candidates receive training in the use of AED’s and the certificate will say you were trained in the use of AED’s. For instance, if you take an CPR-C class your certificate will say CPR-C and AED. The Red Cross, to keep things simple, does not promote the reasons how AED’s work but would rather you just put one it on. This is why the Red Cross does not have AED specific courses.

Hope this helps!

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