Barrier Devices and Disease Transmission.

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.

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