Posted in First Aid
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

Barrier Devices and Disease Transmission.

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Disease Transmission is a important component of any first aid and CPR course. Preventing disease transmission during first aid and / or CPR training and in real world scenarios are important factors for first aiders and for first aid instructors. Disease such as hepatitis, herpes, HIV, Aids, tubeculosis and other viruses can be easily transmitted through first aid and / or CPR training or during real world rescues if proper precautions and or equipment is used.

During first aid training it is important for instructors to properly sanitize equipment such as manikins, lungs and pocket masks used during training. Instructors or training providers must clean pocket masks in a bleach solutions of 1 part bleach and 4 parts water. Disposable lungs must be removed after every use and manikins should be cleaned with either bleach or alcohol to prevent disease transmission.

When enrolled in first aid and / or CPR training participants will receive training on disease transmission. Candidates enrolled in CPR level “A” or “C” training will learn to use a pocket mask and will learn the benefits of using one. Participants enrolled in CPR level “C” for health care providers, also known as CPR “HCP”, will receive training in the use of bag-valve masks which are the most efficient at preventing disease transmission during cardiopulmonary resuscitation or assisted ventilation’s. Vancouver First Aid Ltd. will also provide its participants an opportunity to learn to use key-chain pocket masks that are available for sale. Key-chain pocket masks are durable, one-time use, barrier devices from mouth-to-mouth ventilation’s. If you are interested in purchasing a key-chain pocket mask ask the instructor from Vancouver First Aid Ltd.

Participants will also be trained in effectively donning gloves and removing them after use. Gloves are a essential component of first aid and or / CPR training especially as participants learn and provide rescue to victims of deadly bleeding. Participants will also learn to use gloves for handling complications such as vomiting and regurgitation in which the rescuer must make content with the victims fluids to effectively remove them from the airway and passage way of the victim. When treating a victim that has expelled or involved bodily fluid it is essential for rescuers to use a barrier device such as gloves, however, rescuers should also wash hands and take a shower if the rescuer has come into contact or possibly come into contact with the bodily fluids.

Barrier devices and preventing disease transmission are a essential components of first aid training for the instructor and the participants. When candidates enroll in first aid and / or CPR training with Vancouver First Aid they can be assured that they facility follows the most stringent cleaning policies and all instructors provide ample training in the use of barrier devices. For more information about barrier devices or to learn to use them during rescues enroll in a first aid and / CPR course with us.  The Red Cross also provides more information about barrier devices and Disease Transmission.

Posted in CPR, First Aid, Food Safe
Saturday, 03 March 2012
Last updated: July 13, 2014 at 16:33 pm

Upcoming First Aid and CPR Programs

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Vancouver First Aid Ltd. proudly introduces first aid and CPR courses full time during weekdays and week nights starting spring break of 2012. This means that we will have available first aid and CPR and stand-alone CPR courses throughout the week to make registration more convenient and flexible for you.

In Vancouver, we will have standard first aid, emergency first aid, and stand-alone CPR “A” and CPR “C” courses from Monday to Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 9:30pm. We will also have these same courses, with additional childcare first aid and CPR “HCP” with first aid on Monday’s and Tuesdays and on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will be rotating stand-alone CPR re-certifications and full stand-alone CPR courses on Fridays. Friday’s stand-alone CPR courses will include  CPR level’s “A”, “C” and “HCP”. All CPR courses will include training and certification in the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). This means that candidates will have the opportunity to register for courses throughout the week at convenient and comfortable times that fit your schedule. We will also continue to offer weekend courses for candidates in our Downtown location and at our East Vancouver (Kingsway) location.

In Surrey, we will also begin introducing first aid and CPR courses during the week. Starting this march spring break of 2012 we will begin offering standard first aid, emergency first aid, childcare first aid and CPR “A”, “C” and “HCP” courses on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Courses will be offered during the weekdays starting either Monday and Tuesdays. Candidates registered for standard first aid training will have the option of selecting Monday and Wednesday or Tuesdays and Wednesdays to do the course. All other courses will be offered either on Mondays or Tuesdays starting at 9:30am. Candidates will continue to have the option of registering for courses on the weekends at our Surrey Newton location and at our King George (Whalley) college location. Starting in May, candidates will have the option of registering for week-night courses at our King George location. Re-certification courses are now available in Surrey Newton on Sunday afternoon starting at 3:30 pm.

Check back regularly to see more dates, times and location to help you complete your first aid and CPR registration and certification needs. Starting in June Vancouver First Aid will be proudly introducing FoodSafe courses ( and beginning in July we will be offering OFA courses. Our summer expansion plan will involve re-introduction of our aquatics programs for water safety instructors and lifeguards.

As always, Vancouver First Aid will be offering private first aid and CPR re-certification courses for your or your business at almost any date or time. You also have the opportunity of booking a private course at our training facilities throughout Vancouver including Surrey.


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