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Monday, 31 October 2011
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

Protective Equipment for CPR

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This blog post on protective equipment for CPR is for information purposes only. To learn the proper methods on doing CPR take a CPR course in Vancouver with Vancouver First Aid Ltd.

Imagine a lifeless body, a mouth full of spit, saliva and possibly blood and you are the only person around to help. You have taken the precautionary steps of checking for hazards and found no dangers. You have checked for responsiveness and received no response. You point out the nearest competent person and send them to call E.M.S. and bring an AED. You remember the check, call, care Red Cross system and have opened the airway and checked for breathing. You don’t feel a single breath. You landmark on the center of the chest and begin chest compression’s and complete 30 at a rhythm of at least 100 per minute. Now it is time to ventilate and give two full breaths. You look at the mouth and it is full of spit, stomach acid and some blood and you do not want to seal your lips around that mouth for fear of disease and infections. What do you do? What should have been done?

Protective Equipment:

The best response to a situation like this is not a reactionary one, rather a preventative one. If your workplace encourages or expects you to be trained in CPR then they should have the protective equipment for when the emergency situation arises. A pocket mask and pair of gloves should be available next to, or in the workplace first aid kit. If done properly, with the right equipment, a rescuer should not have any skin on skin contact with the victim. If your workplace requires you to take CPR, make sure your employer provides the necessary protective equipment to do CPR safely. Two types of breathing apparatus’ should be available. Either a pocket mask with a one-way valve to prevent transmission of fluids or a bag-valve mask for CPR HCP candidates. Gloves’ should be standard in any first aid kit.

Compression Only CPR:

If you are caught outside the workplace without protective equipment, or your workplace has ignored your wishes for a pocket mask, and you find yourself needing to rescue a stranger with a mouth full of blood you do have options.  Most people, trained in CPR are hesitant to perform mouth-to-mouth on strangers due to fears from infectious diseases. The Red Cross, and other first aid and CPR providers have allowed for compression only CPR in situations like this. Rather than have the hesitant and trained bystanders wait for E.M.S., they can increase the chances of survival for the victim by doing compression only CPR.  Compression only CPR is not as effective as compression’s with ventilation’s but it does help circulate oxygenated blood and causes some oxygen and carbon dioxide transfer from compression on the lungs.

Registration:

Whatever the situation, if the victim is not breathing, rescuers have options. Options include doing compression’s and ventilation’s with or without protective equipment or doing compression only CPR. These options cater to the comfort level of the rescuer and increase the chances of survival for the victims. To learn more about CPR or to re-certify your award take a first aid or CPR course with Vancouver First Aid Ltd. We teach the latest Red CPR methods with the most advanced equipment at the cheapest prices. We have courses throughout the Lower Mainland including Surrey, Richmond and Burnaby. To register for a course select the course from the side menu bar or from the main menu. Select the date and time that works for you and fill out the registration form to guarantee a spot in the class. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email us at info@vancouverfirstaid.ca or call at 778.709.9180. Learn to save a life and keep your certificate current by learning CPR!


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Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

Heart and Stroke Foundation Re-Certifications.

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Vancouver First Aid Ltd, provides Heart and Stroke Foundation re-certification with the Canadian Red Cross. Candidates with a Heart and Stroke Foundation award are eligible for a Red Cross re-certification. All of the major first aid and CPR providers adhere to the standards created by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). This committee, using statistics and research, recommends changes to CPR standards to all the major providers. The major providers including the Canadian Red Cross, Lifesaving Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation and St. Johns Ambulance all follow the same new CPR standards. Because the providers are so similar in CPR they allow for re-certifications of each other awards. This means that Red Cross providers, such as Vancouver First Aid, can re-certify awards issued by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, St. Johns Ambulance and the Lifesaving Society.

In order to re-certify your award with the Canadian Red Cross through Vancouver First Aid Ltd you must meet the following criteria:

  • A candidates previous certification must have been completed via a credible provider such as the Lifesaving Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross or St. Johns Ambulance.
  • A candidate must have completed their previous certification with a Canadian provider. If a candidate has an award from a provider from a different country, he or she must receive approval from the Canadian Red Cross before attending a renewal course.
  • A candidates must have been issued a certificate within the past 5 years to be eligible for a re-certification course. Candidates that have not completed a course within the past 5 years must re-take the first aid and / or CPR course.
Available courses for renewal at Vancouver First Aid Ltd:
Standalone CPR courses:
  • CPR level “A” and AED
  • CPR level “C” and AED
  • CPR Health Care Provider (HCP) and AED
First aid and CPR courses:
  • Emergency first aid with CPR “A” and AED
  • Emergency first aid with CPR “C” and AED
  • Standard first aid with CPR “C” and AED
  • Standard first aid with HCP and AED
When attending a re-certification course candidates should:
  • Bring previous certification card and manual.
  • Dress comfortably.
  • Bring a snack / lunch if applicable for the course.
Benefits to a renewal course versus a full course:
  • A renewal course is significantly cheaper than a full course. Some re-certification courses are nearly half the price as a full course.
  • A re-cert course is significantly shorter than a full course. Most re-cert courses are half the length as full courses.
  • Refresher courses cover the same curriculum as the full course but give more opportunity for candidates to work on area that need improvement.
Registration and Locations:
Vancouver First Aid Ltd strives to offer courses in convenient and comfortable locations throughout the Vancouver Lower Mainland. Are courses are the cheapest in Vancouver and we promise to never cancel a course. We know how important it is for you to remain certified so we do everything we can to keep your certification valid. To register for a course in your area select the course from the side menu bar. Once you have selected your course choose the date and time that works for you. For more information on locations select the “locations” tab on the main menu. We would be happy to answer any of your questions. We can be reached via email at info@vancouverfirstaid.ca or via phone at 778.709.9180. Learn to save a life and take a first aid and CPR course!

 

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Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

Fall Changes to Vancouver First Aid

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Vancouver First Aid Ltd proudly introduces 5 new first aid and CPR web-pages. These web-pages were designed to attract a national audience and to promote first aid and CPR training throughout Canada. We strive to offer comfortable and convenient courses and registration. These website will hopefully allow us to attract a bigger audience and teach more people the confidence and skills to deal with emergency rescue scenarios such as anaphylaxis, heart disease and myocardial infarctions. The following is a list of new web-pages that will partner with Vancouver First Aid Ltd.

First Aid and CPR

This website will attract an audience looking for courses combining the skills of first aid and CPR. This website will cater to only the following courses:

  • Standard First Aid
  • Standard First Aid Re-certifications
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Emergency First Aid Re-certifications
  • Childcare First Aid
  • Childcare First Aid Re-certifications
CPR Level C
This website will focus on attracting clients and customers interested in CPR courses with a strong focus on CPR “C”. This website will cater to the following Red Cross courses.
  • CPR level “A”
  • CPR level “A” re-certifications
  • CPR level “C”
  • CPR level “C” re-certifications
  • CPR level HCP
Emergency First Aid
The website is designed to attract customers looking for emergency first aid courses. This website will focus on the following Red Cross training:
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Emergency First Aid re-certifications.
Red Cross First Aid
This website will cater to clients and customers looking for Red Cross first aid and CPR courses. This website will have a strong focus on the major programs offered by the Red Cross. These programs include
  • Babysitting
  • Childcare First Aid
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Standard First Aid
  • CPR “A”
  • CPR “B”
  • CPR “C”
  • CPR “HCP”
  • Re-certification Courses
First Aid Courses
This website will attract an audience looking for first aid courses throughout Canada. This website will focus on the following Red Cross first aid courses:
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Standard First Aid
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Childcare First Aid
  • First Aid Re-certifications
At Vancouver First Aid Ltd we welcome all visitors and we encourage the growth of first aid and CPR training throughout Canada. We strive to build a healthier and rescue ready population in Canada. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to ask at info@vancouverfirstaid.ca or call us at 778.709.9180. Take a first aid and CPR course and be prepared to save the life of a loved one.

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