Changes to Standard First Aid

The information posted in this blog on changes to standard first aid is for information purposes only. If you want to learn to recognize and treat for first aid emergencies take a standard first aid course or a sfa recert.

Every few years, ILCOR releases its recommendations to change the CPR and first aid standards. It releases this information to the Red Cross, Lifesaving Society, Heart and Stroke foundation and any first aid and CPR provider. Typically, to prevent too much confusion and to keep things simple, the first aid and CPR changes are very minor. Its comparable to the idea of fine tuning an engine. The first aid and CPR engine works great but it gets due for a tune up once in a while.

This years tune-up to the lifesaving society’s standard first aid program involves a number of minor things and an introduction to diagnosing and treating for Jellyfish stings. The Lifesaving Society has a strong focus on Life guarding and water safety, hence it has introduced recognition and treatment of Jellyfish stings.

The treatment is simple and straightforward. It involves flushing the area with vinegar for 20 seconds and then submergingthe affected area with in hot water. The hot water should not be so hot as it burns the victim, however, it should be as hot as possible or bearable without burning the victim. Try to keep the affected area in the bearable hot water for at least 20 minutes. If the condition does not improve contact 9-1-1 or poison control.

To learn more about standard first aid and the changes to the Lifesaving Society standard first aid program register for a standard first aid course in Vancouver with Vancouver First Aid Ltd.  We also offer sfa recerts in Vancouver and throughout the lower mainland.

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