Be sure you know about sports first aid and precautions to avoid injuries in youth sports.
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
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.
About 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
When thinking about Burn Awareness this week, remember scalds... 84% of scald burns occur in the home:
During mealtime, always place hot items in the center of the table away from the edge to prevent spilling hot liquids and food.
When opening microwave popcorn bags allow the bag to sit for at least a minute and open the bag away from your face (Steam in popcorn bags is hotter than 180 degrees and can burn you in less than a second!)
Never place hot liquids on low coffee tables or end tables that a young child can reach and burn themselves.
Every minute, someone in the United States suffers a burn injury serious enough to require treatment. Be burn safety ready with the proper burn treatment supplies on hand.
CPR training is a vital lifesaving skill that everyone should learn! Our CPR training includes Adult, Child, and Infant all in one sitting in order to cover all age groups. In California, pre-school and day cares may require the EMSA (Emergency Medical services Authority) approved course with an “EMSA Sticker” that is affixed to the card. We would be more than happy to schedule a full Adult, Child & Infant CPR (which includes AED principles and “Compression-Only CPR, too!) training for you, but we also want to make sure this is the training that you need!
The EMSA requirements are for a much longer and more expensive full day curriculum (not only for you- but us too!). Not only that; these trainings are focused solely on childcare. What would you do if you came across another age group that needed CPR? While skills are similar- they are not the same. You want to have your students learn all types of CPR, as this is a skill they will take out into the community and home with them as well! If this training is for Parents or Volunteers, our Adult, Child & Infant CPR training will be more than appropriate and we would be happy to schedule a CPR Training for you! If this is for your school staff and licensing, we recommend you check your licensing requirements. In some cases, California EMSA requires preschools and day cares to conduct the much longer and more expensive EMSA approved course which we do not offer.
EMSA requirements may only fall under the State of California- other than that you are good to go! CPR Training is a vital lifesaving skill that could change the life of anyone that you come across. We teach Adult, Child, and Infant C.A.R.E. CPR™ which covers everyone!
Make sure that you have the right course and most importantly learn the skill and apply it to your everyday life!
How long is your CPR course?
2 ½ hours - Includes Adult, Child, and Infant C.A.R.E. CPR™; including AED principles and Compression Only CPR too! A 2 year certification card is included as well as Student Handbook, CPR Reminder Pen, & Student Practice Materials!
How long is your FA course?
2 ½ hours - This is an OSHA Standard First Aid & Emergency Care course which covers Soft tissue injuries, bleeding control, shock burns, musculoskeletal injuries, head, neck and spinal injuries, medical emergencies, poisons, heat and cold emergencies and more!
How long is a combined course for CPR & FA?
How long is the EMSA course?
8 to 14 hours.
How long is the certification good for?
2 years - Student Handbooks (which are issued to you on the day of the training) are yours to keep so you can reference to or use as a review guide. Some companies prefer to have the training once a year in order to continue to practice their skills.
What if we only need Child and Infant CPR?
Our classes include Adult, Child, and Infant CPR Training for “½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!” Think about it- you never know where you will be where a loved one or family member may need your assistance! 80% of lifesaving CPR is performed on a Family Member! It’s already included in our course and will not cost your any more $ or time!
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), vaccinations can be protective as long as flu viruses are circulating. And although seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, flu activity usually peaks in January or February, and can last well into May.
Why a new vaccine?
According to Marion Gruber, Ph.D., director of FDA’s Office of Vaccine Research and Review, there are several reasons that new vaccines must be manufactured each year.
“Influenza viruses can change from year to year, due to different subtypes and strains that circulate each year,” says Gruber. A vaccine is needed that includes virus strains that most closely match those in circulation, and the protection provided by the previous year’s vaccine will diminish over time.
Know that Magnets are Dangerous before you grab that cool gadget gift...
High-powered magnets are a safety risk to children - toddler through teen.
So many gifts seems innocent and cool, but have risks one might not consider.
An increasing number of incidents reported to CPSC indicate that children are swallowing these magnets and the injuries are serious.
To protect the safety of consumers, especially young children, tweens, and teenagers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to approve a new national safety standard for high-powered magnet sets.
High-powered magnet sets are hazardous to young children, who have mouthed and ingested these magnets. The magnets also pose a serious risk to teens and tweens, who have used them to create mock lip, tongue, and nose piercings.
When two or more magnets are swallowed, they attract to each other internally. Many incidents have resulted in surgeries to remove the magnets. When a magnet has to be removed surgically, it also can require repairing the child's damaged stomach and intestines.
If you suspect magnets have been swallowed:
» Seek immediate medical attention
» Medical symptoms to watch for are: abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
» In X-rays, multiple magnetic pieces may appear as a single object.
These high-powered magnets are not the magnets off your grandfather's refrigerator door. They are up to eight times stronger than magnets that are used in toys.