If your organization has decided to purchase and set up an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in your environment you’re joining the ranks of well-prepared public settings everywhere. From schools to airports to shopping malls and workplaces, AEDs are becoming the norm in well-equipped, safe public environments across the world. Having an AED at your fingertips in the case of a cardiac arrest emergency will make your organization one of the leaders in proactive health care, and adding this type of equipment to your setting is a great asset to have.
Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms in blood that are infectious and can contaminate other humans. Bloodborne pathogen training is geared towards people who work in jobs where they are exposed to blood and other bodily fluids, which can be potentially hazardous to their own well-being. Healthcare professionals need to be educated in bloodborne pathogen risks as an important part of their training. The first step in finding the right course is understanding the reasons why training is critical. Here, we outline some of the key reasons why a person should become certified by outlining what some of the main hazards are.
If you’re confused about the difference between CPR and AED you’re not alone. If you’re thinking of taking a CPR or First Aid course you’re likely seeing both CPR and AED come up a lot in course descriptions and are probably wondering what they each are and which one you need to know.
What’s The Difference?
CPR stands for “cardiopulmonary resuscitation”, which is a lifesaving method used when a person’s heart has stopped. CPR requires the rhythmic compressing of a person’s chest. Your hands pumping on the chest will physically keep the blood flowing through the body to keep the organs alive. When functioning normally, the heart pumps oxygenated blood to the vital organs and when the heart stops (a cardiac arrest) it can lead to serious organ failure, brain damage, and even death, all in less than 10 minutes. CPR manually keeps the blood flowing so it can continue to deliver oxygen to the organs and can be performed while waiting for help to arrive on the scene.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training are two different life-saving techniques, that when used together, are the most effective way of saving a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Generally, these two techniques are taught together in first aid courses, but if you are unsure of the difference between the two, or when to use each method, keep reading.
What is Bloodborne Pathogen?
A pathogen is defined as a microorganism, such as a bacterium or virus, that is able to cause disease. Some examples of bloodborne pathogens include Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), malaria, Hepatitis B (HBV), and Hepatitis C. As you may be aware, these are all very serious illnesses to contract, and none of them are currently 100% curable, although scientists are making great strides on effective treatments. However, the best treatment for these diseases is to protect yourself from contracting them in the first place.
At some point in your lifetime, you will need to use first aid- whether it’s for a clumsy child who has cut themselves while playing, or for an elderly parent who has fallen and can’t get up. But do you know what to do when faced with a medical emergency, or how to recognize when the situation can’t be solved with aspirin and a Band-Aid? Read on to learn how to recognize a life-threatening situation, and what to do if you encounter one.
Unlike the in winter seasons, everyone warms up to the chilly autumn and warm springs. Many of us want to maximize their outdoor experience before the cold season sets in and hence the hype for hikes and walking trails. It is common to find some hunting the major parks with their dogs hence increasing the risk of bites to the public. While dogs remain the best friends to human beings, they are animals that can bite. In America, dog bites stand at 4.5 million annually with half of the victims being children aged between 5-9 years. Unlike adults, children are likely to succumb to these injuries and hence the reason 20% of the bites requires medical attention.
It is hard to predict the possibility of a dog bite; it is even harder to know when a dog is about to bite. Some dogs will only bark after the bite, while some might show some aggression before the occurrence. Nevertheless, the speed at which they execute remains a mystery to most victims, and some take a few minutes before they know what to do. When it happens far from the hospital, you need a trained first aider to take care of the injuries and hence control bleeding. Basic first aid training and certification is vital for people wishing to provide first aid in such instances.
Not all working stations are dangerous, but the law holds all employers responsible for their worker’s safety. Other than improving safety awareness on job-related hazards, the best way to meet the moral and legal obligation is by training employees on ways to provide first aid. It starts with selecting departmental representatives to take first aid training and perhaps increase the number when the need arises. In modern learning, workers need not attend convention training thanks to the online courses that facilitate first aid certification programs. However, is the training necessary? Let us delve into the reasons.
1. It saves lives during emergencies
The ultimate goal of first aid training is to save lives in an event of an accident. First aid certification gives the trained lot the confidence required to gets fast response when an injury, illness or an accident occurs. For instance, CPR training helps in resuscitating victims of heart attacks. It is hard to predict when such situations will happen and are most likely to occur in the absence of trained medical staff. With adequate training on your employees, you will probably reduce the fatalities in the workplace.
2. Lowers workplace incidents
While the training is aimed at saving lives, one cannot wish away the immense awareness it spreads across the workplace. The modules cover different ways that staff can avert the accidents, which goes a long way towards avoiding the injuries. They can spot site hazards and deal with them before the accidents. They understand the working environment, hence likely to raise issues quickly triggering preventive measures. It explains why most companies have adopted safety as the primary objective that workers need to meet.
How-to CPR posters are widely available. Everyone comes across them in public locations like restaurants and schools. A web-based image search returns thousands of results for home-made and commercially produced charts. Even though these posters are popular and easy to read, they are not an effective way to learn CPR. Printing a CPR poster does not prepare you to save a life when an unexpected emergency occurs.
There are many reasons why printing a CPR poster will not help save a life:
- Posters cover only the most basic details
- Retrieving an reviewing a poster takes time away from treating the victim
- Posters do not answer rescuer’s questions nor provide detailed explanations
- The poster may contain incorrect or out-of-date information
The United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition (USLSC) prepared a 2011 report that summarizes the skills necessary for certification and employment as a lifeguard in America. The report is based on field-leading research and multiple organizations’ past experiences training highly skilled lifeguards. The standards are fully endorsed by the YMCA of the USA, the American Red Cross, and the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA). The goal of a standardized set of training standards is to increase the lifeguard’s ability to prevent injuries and death and hold all certified lifeguards to the same standard.
The USLSC report presents the skills that are most vital to lifeguard training. Based on the research studies reviewed during its preparation, the authors are able to share traits of effective lifeguards and practices that promote safe environments and decreased drowning and near drowning incidents. Lifeguard certification providers need to cover these skills and strategies in depth to ensure that their students are fully prepared to act as lifeguards.