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.