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Monthly Archives: March 2016

  • It is coming...

    CPR & AED Awareness Month is in June - that may seem to be a long way off, but it really isn't.

    Many of our clients are already scheduling their onsite CPR & AED Training classes now to assure availability, and Instructors are stocking up on Student & Instructor Materials, as well as adding to their CPR Manikin and AED Trainer equipment to be ready for a busy busy month.

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  • Spring Outdoor and Active Injuries

    With Spring weather come sports and outdoor activities. This means bumps, bruises, scrapes and other not-so-fun surprises.

    Some first aid tips to reconsider for active seasons like Spring:

     

    Most useful for Spring is treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Sprains, Strains, Contusions and Fractures are very common side-effects of vigorous physical activities.

    General Care for injuries to muscles, bones and joints includes following the mnemonic RICE:

    • Rest – Do not move or straighten the injured area.
    • Immobilize – Stabilize the injured area in the position it was found. Minimizing movement can prevent further injury.
    • Cold – Apply a cold compress to the injured area for periods of about 20 minutes. Place a thin barrier between the cold pack and the bare skin. If 20-minute icing cannot be tolerated, apply cold for periods of 10 minutes. If continued cold treatment is needed, remove the pack for 20 minutes, and then replace it. Do not apply heat. (If you don't have instant cold packs available, fill a plastic bag with ice and water or wrap ice with a damp cloth .)
    • Elevate – Elevate the injured part only of it does not cause more pain.

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  • Happy Easter!

    Wishing you each a great day no matter what your plans are or what you are doing today!

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  • On-site Fees & Additional Travel Expenses

    Clients often as about how we keep our prices so darned low.

    How do we offer onsite training at ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™? How can we charge less for a full Adult, Child & Infant CPR class than any of the other national providers, and not have any hidden fees, or missing items?

    We've been offering First Aid Training, CPR Training, and over 100 OSHA Safety Training topics for almost a quarter century now... We specialize in Training - hence our name. So how may we assist you today? Want to check out our courses? We've been offering First Aid Training, CPR Training, and over 100 OSHA Safety Training topics for almost a quarter century now...
    We specialize in Training - hence our name.
    So how may we assist you today? Want to check out our courses?

    First - we publish all our own materials and manufacture our own student practice products,

    Second - we list what is included (many groups may "pitch" a low price, but then after the class, or scheduling advise you that they are not issuing certification cards, that the students don't get to keep their books, and that there are no materials provided for hands-on practice. (Of course, they will offer to let you buy these for more fees per student!) All these things are included in our pricing. Every student certs a student handbook, certification card, and much more - we always provide appropriate material  for each student (gloves, breathing barriers, practice bandaging materials - whatever suits the topics taught) - as part of the base fee. Heck, we even give every student a fun "banner pen" with a pull out reminder of the CPR Steps.

    Third - any variable of "extra" charges are quoted and considered right up front. The main "variable" expense is the on-site fee... this will be appropriate to the class, time, and location. Some clients wonder how this is calculated and what it covers, so we thought we would spell it out here:

    On-site fees are a standard fee applied to all trainings scheduled by corporate. We cannot tell you the exact on-site fee until you begin the scheduling process, as we will not know which Instructor will be teaching your course yet and therefore cannot calculate the distance they will travel. The on-site fee is a single fee between $97 and $127 per day/per location. This fee is a one-fee-per-visit charge, and covers Instructor travel, expenses getting to and from your training session, our expenses shipping materials to your Instructor for your class and the cost of shipping your course materials back to our corporate headquarters via FedEx in order to issue your certification cards in a timely manner. This fee amount will be clearly shown on your Training Agreement.

    If the On-site fees do not fully cover travel (such as if your location is in a remote area) your training coordinators will notify you prior to finalizing the scheduling of the class. Additional travel expenses will depend on the distance traveled from the nearest available instructor within the area.

    What if I schedule two (or more) classes in one day?

    If you schedule two classes in one day, only one on-site fee is required.

    What if we are non-profit; can you waive the on-site fee?

    Our motto is ½ the time, ½ the price and TWICE the fun!™. We offer the same prices to EVERYONE! We are more than affordable and fun!

    What if I schedule 5 trainings in 5 different locations?

    Each training is considered independent from each other. Each location would require an on-site fee.

  • Pet Poisoning

    During National Poison Prevention Week, we thought we'd go beyond the norm and share some Pet First Aid Tips, too.

    PetFirstAidKitsYou always want to protect and make sure your family is safe. This also includes the furry, four-legged family members. We have everything you need to make sure you can help your sick or injured pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) with our pet emergency first aid and supply products. Our kits are designed for handling minor first aid emergencies and stabilize them until you can reach a vet for treatment. With brands such as Me-Ow, Bow-Ow, Sporting Dog, Mayday and more, you know you are set to help your furry family friends!

    Pet-EmergencyDID YOU KNOW? Besides having a pet first aid and emergency kit to help out our furry friends in a time of an emergency, did you know you could sign up and take a Pet First Aid and CPR class? One out of four pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique was applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. Having an emergency pet first aid kit and knowing how to properly use it can be two different things. Ask your vet where the closest Pet First Aid classes are and sign up!

    INTERACTIVE TOOL - What harm will come to your dog if he/she eats these?:Pet Poison

    ASPCA is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435.

  • More on poisoning

    It is still National Poison Prevention Week, and we've discussed poisoning in the past but here are some basic reminders:

    What to look for:

    • Trouble breathing
    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
    • Chest or abdominal pain
    • Sweating, changes in consciousness, seizures
    • Burns around the lips or tongue, or on the skin
    • Open or spilled containers; open medicine cabinet
    • Overturned or damaged plant
    • Unusual odors, flames, smoke
    • Headache
    • Dizziness

     

    What to do:

    • CHECK the scene to make sure it is safe to approach as a rescuer and gather clues about what happened.
    • Look for any containers.
    • If necessary, move the person to safety, away from the source of the poison.
    • CHECK the person’s level of consciousness and breathing.
    • CARE for any life-threatening conditions, if found, and CALL 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
    • If you suspect that a person is showing signals of poisoning, call the National Poison Control Center (PCC) hotline at 800-222-1222.
    • DO NOT give the person anything to eat or drink unless directed to do so by National PCC hotline or EMS Personnel.
    • If you suspect someone has swallowed a poison, try to find out the type of poison, how much was taken and when it was taken.
    • If the person vomits, position him or her on the side.
    1 (800) 222-1222 American Association of Poison Control Centers Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week Languages: English Website: www.aapcc.org 1 (800) 222-1222
    American Association of Poison Control Centers
    Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
    Languages: English
    Website: www.aapcc.org
  • CPR Mask Demand Escalates

    American CPR Training™ has had to double its CPR Keychain production in response to overwhelming new demand. “Many of our customers and instructors were holding off on purchasing CPR masks and keychains,” explains American CPR’s Melissa Estrada, “as they were concerned that the new CPR guidelines would change to strictly ‘compression only’ CPR.” This was not the case, and CPR guidelines still call for mouth to mouth resuscitation – which of course creates infection risk for the rescuer if not properly protected.

    CPRMasksIn addition to an influx of orders from government, corporate and instructor clientele realizing that CPR barriers were still a necessity, ANSI (the American National Standards Institute) added additional demand by releasing their new First Aid Requirements which now call for breathing barriers in all business first aid kits. “Because of the new ANSI Standards release (which effectively changes OSHA Regulations for workplace first aid kits as well), our product customers and resellers have doubled their orders for our CPR Keychain masks.” notes Estrada, “So as a result, we’ve had to dramatically expand production on our 911CPR Backpack Key Chain masks and our economy mini CPR keychains to keep up with this mushrooming volume.”

    About American CPR Training™

    AMERICAN CPR MINI CPR KEYCHAIN - AMERICAN CPR TRAINING AMERICAN CPR MINI CPR KEYCHAIN - AMERICAN CPR TRAINING

    American CPR is the only National CPR and First Aid Training group centrally managed whereby clients can schedule their training classes at locations anywhere in the US, Canada, and Mexico through a single point of contact. In addition to their ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™ CPR, First Aid and Safety training programs, American CPR produces millions of CPR and First Aid items each year including the wildly popular 911CPR backpack key chains and the nationwide best-seller M-CPR mini CPR keychain which they offer through direct online sales as well as private labeled for such First Aid giants as Cintas and First-Aid-Store.com.

    About OSHA Regulations and ANSI Requirements for First Aid Kits
    OSHA regulations regarding first aid kits are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations under section 29 CFR 1910.151 and in Appendix A which references ANSI as the originator of first aid kit specifications and minimum contents requirements.

  • National Poison Prevention Week

    poisonAbout 60,000 young children end up in the ER each year due to accidental poisoning from medications — that’s more than poisoning from all household products combined. As part of
    the Poison Prevention Week Council (PPWC), Parents and caregivers need to learn to prevent medication poisoning by keeping medicines up, away, and out of sight of children.
    For National Poison Prevention Week, the PPWC and individual partners will take to social media to bring awareness to common, and often hidden, poison dangers, as well as to offer simple steps you can take to prevent poisonings.

    Learn more:  Poison Prevention.org

    Educational Videos: Accidents happen. Be prepared. Program the Poison Help line number into your phone and share it with your family and friends so it's there when you need it most. For more information, watch this video and visit www.PoisonHelp.hrsa.gov. Additional poison prevention videos are available: http://www.poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/resources/videos/index.html

  • Back and Lifting Safety

    Keeping your back healthy and keeping you on the job requires a team effort.  Management is committed to helping reduce back injuries at work, by teaching good lifting and material handling techniques.  Back safety is a shared responsibility- it requires your cooperation at work, home, and play.

    back-safety-tileNot all back injuries are a result of sudden trauma - most are of a cumulative type, where a repeated minor injury has flared up, or continued use of a heavy tool in the same position has caused pain, or a great deal of time is spent in the same position.

    80% of back injuries occur in people between the ages of 30 and 50.  With an expected life span in America reaching nearly 80 years, that is a long time to live in pain, or with limited mobility.

    How to Prevent Back Injury

    Preventing a back injury is much easier than repairing one. Because your back is critically important to your ability to walk, sit, stand, and run, it's important to take care of it. Most back pain arises from using your back improperly, so learning a few basic rules about lifting, posture and proper exercise can help keep your back in good shape.

    Exercise: Having strong back and stomach muscles is important in order to ease the work your back is put through each day. By doing simple back-toning exercises, you not only strengthen your back but also reduce stress and improve your appearance, too! Check with your doctor as to the best exercises for you.power

    Lose Weight: Pot bellies and being overweight exerts extra force on back and stomach muscles. Your back tries to support the weight out in front by swaying backwards causing excess strain on the lower back muscles. By losing weight, you can reduce strain and pain in your back. Check with your doctor for the most sensible diet plan for you.

    Good Posture: You can prevent many back pains by learning to sit, stand and lift items correctly. When you sit down, don't slouch. Slouching makes the back ligaments, not the muscles, stretch and hurt, thus putting pressure on the vertebrae. The best way to sit is straight, with your back against the back of the chair with your feet flat on the floor and your knees slightly higher than your hips. Learn to stand tall with your head up and shoulders back.

    Plan the Lift: Before you lift that box, or tool, or piece of equipment, take a moment to consider your action:

    Do you need to lift the item manually?

    How heavy is it?

    Where are you moving the item from?

    Where does it have to go?

    What route do you have to follow?

    Get Help, If Needed: If the load is too heavy, bulky or awkward for you to lift alone, find a friend to help you carry it. If no one is available, is it possible to break the load into two smaller loads? Or, can you locate a cart or dolly to help you move it? Look for simple solutions to help make the move easier on you and your back.

    Material Handling Techniques

    Mental Lifting: To handle materials safely, lift everything twice. First, lift the load mentally.  Plan every step before you do it physically.

    Size Up the Load-  How much does it weigh?  Give it a “heft test” to see whether you can lift it.  If it feels OK, go ahead and lift it.

    Get Help:  If the load is too bulky or heavy for you to lift alone, get help.  Don’t hesitate to ask someone else for a hand.  A moment’s help could save you from days of disability.

    Team Lift- When team lifting, pick one person to call signals.  The leader should direct the team so you all lift together, walk in step, and lower to load together, using the lifting principles below.

    No One to Help?:  Sometimes no one is around to help, or the job is bigger than both of you.  Arrange for mechanical help from a pushcart, hand truck, dolly, wheelbarrow, or forklift.

    Push, Don’t Pull-  Use good lifting techniques to load mechanical devices.  Whenever possible, push rather than pull.  You can push twice as much as you can pull

    How to Lift Properly

    Safe-Back-LiftingAvoid picking up heavy objects placed below your knees. Try to see that heavy objects are placed and stored above knee level and below shoulder level. If you suspect the load is too heavy to be lifted comfortably, do not chance it. Use a mechanical aid, break the load down into its component parts, or get help. The most common cause of back injury is overloading.

    Position Yourself Correctly in Front of the Load: Once you have planned your lift, the next important step is to align yourself correctly in front of the load, as close to the load as possible, with your feet straddling the load. The further the load is from the centerline of your body, the greater the strain imposed on your back.  If need be, squat down bending your knees (not your back and stomach). This gets it closer to the center of your body and helps prevent the need to bend at the waist. However, since your leg muscles are the largest muscles in your body, they are the biggest energy consumers. Repeated squatting can be very fatiguing, and reduces a person's ability to lift in this manner for any length of time. In addition to lifting the load, you are also hoisting the majority of your body weight. For repeated lifting, other strategies must be used.

    Tighten your stomach muscles. This technique helps prevent your spine from twisting. If you lift a load and need to place it off to one side, turn by moving your feet.

    Lift with Your Legs, not Your Back: Once the load is close to your body, slowly straighten out your legs until you are standing upright. Make sure the load isn't blocking your vision as you begin to walk slowly to your destination. If you need to turn to the side, turn by moving your feet around and not by twisting at your stomach.

    Set the Load Down Correctly: Once you have reached your destination, it's equally important that the load is set down correctly. By reversing the above lifting procedures you can reduce the strain on your back and stomach muscles. If you set your load on the ground, squat down by bending your knees and position the load out in front of you. If the load is set down at table height, set the load down slowly and maintain contact with it until the load is secure and will not fall when you leave.

    Disadvantages of Back Belts

    What is a back belt? Back belts, also called "back supports" or "abdominal belts" were originally used in medical rehabilitation therapy. Athletes during weight lifting have also used leather belts. Recently, the "industrial back belt" has become popular. While there are many types of belts on the market, the most common style is of a lightweight, elastic belt worn around the lower back and sometimes held in place with suspenders.

    Why are people using back belts? A back belt is a device used, in theory, to reduce the forces on the spine, increase abdominal pressure, stiffen the spine and reduce loads during lifting. It is also advertised that by wearing a back belt, the worker will be reminded to avoid awkward postures and heavy loads, reduce bending motions and in the end, reduce injuries in certain workplaces.

    Do back belts protect workers from back injury?  No evidence has so far been found to support the claim that wearing back belts improves one's back safety. In response to the substantial increase in the number of workers who rely on back belts to prevent injury from lifting, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the United States reviewed and evaluated the existing data related to back belts. Their final conclusions are:

    • back belts should not be considered as personal protective equipment;
    • back belts should not be recommended for use in occupational situations.

    NIOSH concerns led to the below conclusions:

    • the use of back belts may produce some strain on the cardiovascular system;
    • the use of back belts limits mobility and may reduce the suppleness and elasticity of muscles and tendons, potentially contributing to back injury;
    • the use of back belts may create a false sense of security, increasing the risk of lifting excessive loads.

    With these recommendations in mind, the Company  warns users and potential users of any kind of back belts about the potential health risks that could result from wearing these devices.

    Care and maintenance of your back is every bit as important as the care and maintenance of your vehicle, your home, or your tools, but this most important asset of our physical being is commonly overlooked or neglected Your back is the foundation and the structure upon which the rest of your body relies for balance and support. Used improperly, or unsafely, your back can suffer injuries that can literally change the way you live.Back-Safety

    Throughout your lifetime, your back has probably given you issues. Whether its been stiff and tight, you twisted it wrong or even have nerve issues, it has bothered you. This is especially for employees who sit at desks for long periods of time and/or deal with heavy objects throughout the day. Our training products on "Back Safety" emphasize the importance of overall back care, both at work and at home, including exercises and weight control. We cover topics such as what the most common types and causes of back injuries are, effects of back injuries, proper lifting techniques and much more. Our training products not only educate you about the back but also focus on preventative care. We also have pamphlets posters and more to pass the word on about Back Care.

    Back injuries are usually caused by repetitive motion injuries such as twisting, turning, lifting improperly or even no movement at all such as sitting at a non-ergonomic desk for hours and hours a day. Another factor that is not always thought of is weight. Controlling ones weight, can and will ease stress on the vertebrae, relieving alot of back pain they may have been attributed to other factors.

  • Gardening Safety

    Well, since last Sunday we talked about Lawn Mower Safety, and with Today being the first day of Spring - it seemed appropriate to consider overall gardening safety...

    LANDSCAPER FIRST AID KITS
    And you think gardening is tranquil? Whether you are a professional landscaper or a do it yourself homeowner, our Landscaper First Aid Kit, covers any type of ailment you may encounter outside: Insect stings, eye irritations, sprains and minor cuts. The tranquility will end the first time you touch a prickly bush, get stung by a bee, touch poison ivy, or just get something in your eye. Even simple lawn mowing or edging, you can get nicked up, pull a back muscle or step on a sprinkler hole. No matter what you do, keeping the Landscaper Kit nearby will ensure that you will be able to try and get back to your "tranquility."

    Garden Without Stress-

    Though as we have mentioned you should always keep a first aid kit by when you are doing gardening or any other type of landscaping, here are a few things you can do to prevent gardening injuries:

    • Loosen Up - Get the blood flowing and muscles loose.
    • Practice good form - Just like with lifting, keep back and knees straight by using a padded kneeler or low bench when digging and weeding.
    • Get a Grip - Use a good pair gloves. Little critters can get into cuts and scrapes on hands leading to infection
    • Finally, don't over do it - Limit yourself to 30-45 minute increment.

     

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