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Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

First Aid Revisions – Lifesaving Society – ASA Protocols.

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This year, 2011, the Lifesaving Society has implemented new standards and revisions for their first aid classes. Typically, after the first aid revisions created by the Lifesaving Society, the other providers, such as the Red Cross and St. John’s Ambulance soon follow. This blog will focus on the revisions for ASA (acetaminophen) protocols  for cardiac emergencies such as heart attacks, angina and strokes. The information posted in the blog is for educational purposes only. If you want to learn to recognize and treat circulatory emergencies take a emergency first aid course or a standard first aid course with Vancouver First Aid Ltd.

First aid candidates are taught to help victims administor ASA when the victim is showing signs of a cardiac emergency (heart attack). Prior to these revisions many certified Lifesaving Society certified candidates were unclear of the protocol in adminstoring ASA.  ASA medication is used to stop clotting in the arteries which reduces damage to the heart. The medication is not designed to treat the pain created by a cardiac emergency. If the patient has their own ASA medication candidates are taught to help them take it. The following precautions have to be taken prior to helping administor the medication:

  • Victim is not allergic to ASA
  • Victim has no history of asthma
  • Victim’s doctor has advised against the medication
  • Victim must not have an stomach ulcer
  • Victim has not had a recent traumatic head injury

When aiding the victim take the ASA, have the victim chew 1 adult or 2 children’s tablets. Do not substitute the the medication with Tylenol or ibuprofen (advil/Motrin) as they can have adverse effects when combined with ASA.

For more information and to learn to recognize and treat cardiac emergencies take a first aid class in Vancouver with Vancouver First Aid Ltd. We offer first aid courses throughout the Vancouver lower mainland including in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond and Surrey. Learn to be prepared for any first aid emergency.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

Standard First Aid with CPR HCP

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Standard First Aid with CPR level HCP is offered in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Coquitlam with Vancouver First Aid Ltd. We offer the cheapest and most comfortable first aid training in the lower mainland. Candidates can enroll in this comprehensive first aid class with Health Care Provider CPR for 135.00 which includes all manuals and certificates.

Standard First Aid with CPR level HCP is a required course for many professions and a prerequisite for many school programs. Doctors, nurses, lifeguards and health care workers are some of the people that are required to take this class. We understand the importance of being certified, so Vancouver First Aid Ltd, will try to never cancel your class and promises to offer the cheapest and most convenenient classes.

Standard First Aid with CPR level HCP  includes CPR for adult, child and infant victims. CPR HCP trains candidates to use pocket masks and / or bag valve masks for artificial respiration. Furthermore, unlike other CPR classes, CPR HCP candidates will learn how to check for pulse and apply rescue methods to victims that have no breathing but have a pulse.  Candidates will learn to treat and recognize Circulatory Emergency such as Heart Attacks, Angina, Stroke, Shock and deadly bleeding. Candidates will learn to attend to victims of anaphylaxis, diabetes, fractures, head and spinal injuries, seizuers, poisons, dislocations, heat exhaustion, hypothermia and other environmental emergencies. This course is 16 to 18 hours in length and usually completed within two days. Upon completion of the course candidates will receive a Red Cross certification card that is valid for up to 3 years. Candidates are required to take recertification courses based on workplace demands / employee contracts.

Courses are affiliated through the Red Cross and are available at different dates and times throughout the Lower Mainland. To register for a course selecet the Standard First Aid course in the side menu bar or select the course from the menu bar at the top of the page. All Standard First Aid courses at the Inverness location offer the option of CPR HCP. Please email or call to request dates and times of other CPR HCP standard first aid courses at other locations.  Private courses are available. To book a private course, in which the instructor comes to your office or workplace email us at info@vancouverfirstaid.ca or call at 778-709-9180.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

First Aid and CPR Re-Certifications in Surrey

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First Aid and CPR recertifications in Surrey are being offered by Vancouver First Aid Ltd. We offer convenient, comfortable and the cheapest first aid and cpr renewal courses throughout the lower mainland.  Our Red Cross recertification courses are never cancelled and are never full and we promise to have the lowest prices.

First Aid and CPR recertifications in Surrey include:

  • Standard first aid with CPR-C and AED
  • Emergency First Aid with CPR-C or CPR-A and AED
  • Childcare First Aid with CPR-B and AED
  • CPR level HCP (Health Care Provider) and AED
  • CPR level C and AED
  • CPR level A and AED

Standard first aid re-certifications (including CPR-C and AED) are approximately 6 to 8 hours in length and encorporate all the skills learned in the original course but in a condensed version. Emergency first aid recerts are approximately 6 hours long and can include CPR level A or CPR level C. Childcare first aid renewal classes are approximately 6 to 8 hours in length and include CPR B and AED training. CPR level A, HCP and level C range from 3 hours in length to 6 hours in length. All CPR recertifications include AED training.

Our comfortable and convenient classroom in Surrey encourages a no-pressure and relaxed environment. Our dedicated Red Cross instructors have several years of experience and cater to your learning style.

To register for a first aid or CPR recertification select the desired renewal course from the menu bar or from the sidebar. Select the course from the list of courses on the bottom of the page and fill out the registration form. To create your own private first aid or CPR recertification contact us via our “contact us” page or call us at 778-709-9180. Keep your certificates current and your skills up to date by taking first aid and CPR renewal courses.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

CPR courses in Surrey

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CPR courses in Surrey are now being offered by Vancouver First Aid Ltd. We proudly offer the cheapest, most comfortable, convenient and entertaining CPR classes in Surrey. Vancouver First Aid offers a wide range of different types of Red Cross and Lifesaving Society CPR training catering to whatever you need.

CPR courses in Surrey include CPR level A which is the most basic level of CPR training. This CPR involves adult only victims at the course length is approximately 3 to 4 hours. CPR level B involves CPR on adult and child victims and the course length is approximately 4 hours. CPR level C is the most popular level of CPR. It includes every type of victim including adults, children and infants for a lay rescuer. These CPR classes teach rescuers to handle choking victims, obstructed airway victims that are conscious and unconscious, and victims that are unconsicous with no breathing. The trained Red Cross or Lifesaving Society instructor will teach every complication imaginable including victims that are too large, pregnant, too small and possible spinal injuries. Instructions also include prevention and self rescue. Each CPR course includes AED training. Upon completion of the CPR course candidates will receive a Red Cross or Lifesaving Society certification card that is valid for up to 3 years.

Here’s an outline of the available CPR Courses in Surrey:

  • CPR “A” – This is the most basic level that takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete. Candidates will only learn CPR techniques for adult victims.
  • CPR “B” – This is an outdated CPR level that is only offered with Red Cross childcare first aid programs.
  • CPR “C” – This is the most popular CPR level which teaches candidates CPR techniques for adult, child and infant victims. Re-certification courses are available for CPR level “C”.
  • CPR level “C” for health care providers – This level is also referred to as CPR “HCP”. This is the most advanced course that teaches all of the components in the previous level’s but adds additional components with advanced CPR equipment. Re-certification courses are available for CPR “HCP”.

Vancouver First Aid also offers CPR HCP for infant, adult and child rescues. People working in the medical field are sometimes required to take a health care provider level of CPR. In this level of CPR candidates will learn to use a bag valve mask and/or a pocket mask to administer air. Futhermore, rescuers will adminstor pulse checks into the rescue procedure.  AED training is part of the curriculm in CPR level HCP.

All First Aid courses in Surrey offered by Vancouver First Aid include any one the previously mentioned levels of CPR. Let us know what level of CPR you need with your First Aid course and we will be happy to accomodate your needs.

To register for CPR courses in Surrey select the course that you need in the menu bar or from the side bar. Complete the registration form on that page, and to guarantee your spot in the course you can prepay via credit card or pay pal. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to email us at info@vancouverfirstaid.ca or call 778-709-9180 for any questions, comments or concerns.

 

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Monday, 08 August 2011
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

Job and Employment Opportunities for First Aid and CPR instructors.

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Vancouver First Aid Ltd is expanding to teach First aid and CPR classes in Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Downtown Vancouver, UBC and Burnaby. As we continue to expand we have job and employment opportunities for Red Cross and Lifesaving Society First Aid and CPR instructors. Instructors who work with Vancouver First Aid Ltd are paid some of the highest wages in the first aid industry in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. We offer flexible work hours to cater to those looking to work a few more hours a week or people who are looking for considerable hours. Starting pay is 20.00 / hour.

What we look for in first aid and CPR instructors:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Professional
  • Reliable
  • Confident
  • Motivated

If you belive you meet this criteria and want to teach First Aid and CPR for Vancouver First Aid Ltd. contact us using our “contact us” page, email us at info@vancouverfirstaid.ca or call at 778.709.9180.

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Friday, 05 August 2011
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

2011 Changes to First Aid Courses. How to treat for Bleeding.

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The material posted in this blog is for information purposes only. If you wish to learn the new and updated methods of treating for deadly bleeding take a emergency first aid or standard first aid course in Vancouver or anywhere in the Lower Mainland with Vancouver First Aid Ltd.

The popular acronym for treating victims of deadly bleeding has been, for more than a decade, RED. Rest and Reassure, elevate and direct pressure. The acronym is simple to teach and understand, especially since the color of blood is RED. However, the acronym RED has been removed from the standards of first aid with the Red Cross and the Lifesaving Society. It has been replaced with just applying direct pressure and resting / reassuring the wound and the victim. The rationale for the removal of elevation from the treatment of deadly bleeding is that it is difficult to apply adequate pressure on an elevated limb, its more uncomfortable for the victim and can aggravate other injuries that the victim may have. Candidates in standard first aid and emergency first aid courses will no longer be taught about elevation when treating for deadly bleeding.

Furthermore, the application of a turniquet to deadly bleeding has also been removed from the curriculum of standard first aid and emergency first aid courses. The rationale behind this is that many rescuers who improperly tie a turniquet create more complications and decrease teh chances of survival for the victim and for the injured limb. Therefore, candidates are no longer taught to tie turniquets for victims of deadly bleeding.

To register for a standard first aid course or recertification / refresher course select the course from the sidebar or menu bar. For a private course for you or your business contact us via phone at 778.709.9180, email at info@vancouverfirstaid.ca or use our “contact us” page.

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Tuesday, 02 August 2011
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

Compression only CPR

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The information posted in this blog is for educational purposes only. If you want to learn to do CPR take a CPR or First Aid course in Vancouver with Vancouver First Aid Ltd. Re-certification courses for courses such as CPR “C”, and CPR “HCP” are also provided.

For several years now, many rumours have circulated that the next round of changes to CPR would involve compression only CPR. At the beginning of 2011 changes started to take place in CPR standards. The Lifesaving Society has already completed its round of changes and the Red Cross and Heart and Stroke Foundation are slowly following. However, the much anticipated change towards compression only CPR hasn’t really happened.

The long list of potential benefits to compression only CPR is what has fueled the rumours of a future CPR which is compression only. Compression only CPR  promotes the passage of air in and out of the lungs with every compression. But the most drastic benefit to compression only CPR is that it makes CPR even easier. No more breaths or attempting to ventilate, just straight to compressions. The scary part to a lot of the providers is that it would change the simplicity of CPR, which is as easy as A-B-C, and remove the acronym ABC which has made CPR so simple and popular. It is this acronym that has made CPR so easy to learn for the past few decades. With compression only CPR, A-B-C would dissapear.

Fortunately for the A-B-C acronym, CPR hasn’t made that drastic change to compression only. However, so far, the Lifesaving Society has allowed the introduction of compression only CPR. The Lifesaving Society states

“Instructors can inform candidates that Hands-Only CPR would be appropriate if they do not have access to a pocket mask and are uncomfortable with direct mouth to mouth contact.”

In other words, if you witness somebody collapse and you are not comfortable doing mouth to mouth on the victim you can do compressions only. This will hopefully remove some hesiitation from people from doing CPR. Hopefully, the remaining providers still looking changing its standards will include such a rule for its candidates.

To learn more about first aid and CPR take a fun, no-pressure, first aid or CPR course in Vancouver with Vancouver First Aid Ltd. To book a private CPR course contact us via phone at 778-709-7180 or use our “contact us” page.

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Monday, 01 August 2011
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

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The information posted in this blog on signs and symptoms of a stroke is for information purposes only. To receive first aid training in Vancouver and to learn to treat and recognise strokes, take a first aid course in Vancouver with Vancouver First Aid Ltd.

In a previous blog I posted the signs and symptoms of a stroke according to Red Cross and Lifesaving Society standards. However, it is important to understand that recognizing a stroke is not so “black and white”. There are no definitive symptoms that you will see. Its no guarantee that any of the mentioned symptoms will arise. However, a good identifier of a stroke, which doctors use in Hospitals, is the tongue. Patients who may be having a stroke are asked to show there tongue to the Doctor. If the patient is having a stroke there is a very high likelihood that the tongue will point to the stroke side. People still recovering from strokes will also display this symptom. Please use this as part of your arsenal of tools to determine if a patient is having a stroke. There is no definitive symptom to a stroke, but the more tools we have to decipher, the better we will be at recognizing the condition.

To learn more about strokes register for a first aid class in Vancouver with Vancouver First Aid Ltd. Courses are held throughout the lower mainland. We also offer CPR recerts and First Aid recerts. Refer to the “contact us” page to book a private course.

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