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Nov 112015
 

Superior First Aiders:

Building on the strong dynamics of TeamWork and Leadership, Superior Cabinets (www.superiorcabinets.ca) recently put many of their staff through the Standard First Aid course at both their Saskatoon and Edmonton locations.

Students taking part learned and demonstrated in depth skills on Emergency Scene Management and how to handle both simple and complex Injury and Illness conditions, all while having some fun.

One of the most intrinsic lessons learned by the participants in a first aid course is not only the skills it takes to save a life, but also the self awareness of ones own natural reaction in the event of emergency and uncertainty.  Then taking that state of pre-disposition and learning how to become more effective in dealing with people, uncertainties and hazardous situations is what separates out a confident first aider versus someone more likely to stand idly by or take un-recommended personal risk.

Sep 022014
 

You Can Feel Safe at Little Gym

Had an amazing time with the staff at Little Gym in Airdrie AB. There were a lot of laughs and a great time was had by all as we “stretched” our abilities in Emergency First Aid, and I watched them “Hand Spring” into action in the scenarios.

Here’s a few pictures of the First Aid course

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Jun 272013
 

Let’s Impact the Calgary Flood – 50% Donation.

What a crazy week I think we can all agree.  The devastation that visited so many Alberta residents is overwhelming; but what was more overwhelming was the humanitarian drive that us Calgarian’s, Albertan’s, and Canadians have.  I have heard countless stories this week of people and business selflessly going out of their way and putting their own need aside to help others that have been harshly impacted.

As Impact Training & Consulting is a Red Cross Training Partner, we want to help out with the relief efforts going on through out our province.  July 8-9 we are hosting a public First Aid & CPR course in Calgary at the Winston Heights Community Association.  We are donating 50% of the net revenue of that course to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Flood Relief Program.

If you would like to get in on this by getting your First Aid Certificate and giving to help others, please don’t hesitate to contact us today, or register online here.

If you can’t make it but would like to still donate to the Red Cross relief program, you can do so by following this link:

http://www.redcross.ca/donate/donate-online/donate-to-the-alberta-floods

 

Take Care and Stay Prepared

Jason Green

Impact Training & Consulting

Jun 102013
 

I was taking my lunch today at Bankers Hall, when I noticed a security guard helping a man with a bag laydown on the bench.

Watching for about 15 seconds i thought to myself… “Bizarre, security usually kicks people off the benches that are laying down.

Oh Wait….. This is an emergency. CHECK CALL CARE!”

I got up, and made my way cautiously to the downward escalator, thinking “perhaps today is the day I will have to use the breadth of my First Aid skills that I have been practicing and teaching for the past 8 years perhaps today I will get to try out CPR and an AED for real…. ok, of course today is the day i did not bring my barrier device and gloves.”

As I approached the bench, I introduced myself to the attending security guard and man laying on the bench appearing to be in some serious pain.
“Hi, my name is Jason, I am a first aid instructor. Can I help?”

The security guard recognized my expertise and allowed me to take control.
Upon inquiring about the situation, he advised the person was having chest pain and that the EMS had been notified.

I asked the security guard, please get the first aid kit and the AED. He radio’d on.

Engaging the gentleman on the bench i began to assess what was possibly happening.
going through varied number of symptoms, as nothing was coming as blatant or in need of assistance immediately, I thought to myself…. “Now What”

I had to go to my skills….
CHECK – CALL – CARE
Well, the scene was safe
the person did not have and immediately life threatening issues (he could breathe and had no deadly bleeding)
ok. so what’s next….
the secondary survey.
As I worked through the SAMPLE questions, the Vitals check and the Head to Toe examination,
it became more and more vague in assessing what was wrong.
What I could tell was he was cool and clammy, had difficulty breathing, some abdominal and lower back pain… I was clearly thinking this was a possible Angina or Heart Attack.
CALL… well 911 was already on their way and I had the AED on site and ready to go.
CARE…. wait, there was nothing requiring me to actually assist or give first aid for. I couldn’t just start CPR, the poor guy was still breathing.

He had asked me to drive him to the hospital, but I advised him, we had the best transportation coming for him.

I stayed on scene for about another 3-4 minutes continually engaging the person about his condition as we and the security team we waited for EMS and took information for the 911 dispatcher on the phone.

The paramedics arrived, and I debriefed one of the team members about the details i had discovered. They thanked me and walked the person out to the bus.

as I walked away and reflected, it came to my mind that the majority of the times i have been involved in an emergency, most of the time I am usually sitting beside the person going through my primary survey and secondary survey, and left thinking to myself “Now What?”

I have to wonder if for most people that get engaged in an emergency, if they experience the same. There was nothing for me to do, nothing to address, nothing to care for, except to give rest and reassurance to the individual. Perhaps this was the blessing in disguise.

This is leading me to make some adjustments to my areas of focus in my training events. I need people to know what to do, when there is nothing to do. Had he have fallen over and gone into cardiac arrest, I would have been ready, had he had a major bleed or a crushed chest, I would have been ready; but since he was just laying there with symptoms of a heart attack and no medication to take, there was nothing for me to do, but sit and make him more comfortable. Perhaps this is the life of a first aider.

May 072013
 

Church volunteers now ready to keep parishioners and children safe

I had a great time with the volunteers at Dalhousie Community Church.

We held a 2 day Standard First Aid course (On consecutive Saturdays) and on the last day the weather was so nice outside, I just had to utilize it for our scenarios.

I took some pictures along the way, and everybody had an amazing time.

 

Dec 032012
 

Keep Safe This Holiday Season

As we dawn into this festive Christmas season, I just love to see people enjoying the holidays and all the fun that goes along with it; the hustle and bustle through out the malls, Christmas light displays, beautifully decorated trees, and festive gatherings of family, friends and coworkers.

This reminds of all the potential for accidents and emergencies that many time leave families in devastation instead of celebration.  Here are some important safety tips to remember this Holiday Season.

1. The National Fire Protection Association reported that December is the biggest month for house fires.  Caused primarily by candles and mobile heat sources, be sure to remember these fire safety facts:

  • Never leave candles burning unattended or in proximity to decorations, drapery, bedding or anywhere children could reach them.
  • Unplug mobile heat sources when not in use
  • Ensure your Wood burning fireplaces are maintained and flu’s are cleaned regularily
  • Ensure if using a real Christmas tree that you check its water level daily to prevent excess drying and potential fire hazard
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in an easy to reach location

2. Slips, falls and Bone-Muscle-Joint Injuries

  • Help prevent slips, falls (and potential lawsuits) by keeping your walkways clear of ice and snow
  • When shoveling your walk ways ensure you are in good physical condition before engaging in this rigorous activity
  • Lift with your legs, and not your back.  Nothing takes the fun out of Christmas like a hernia or back strain
  • Warm up your muscles, tendons and ligaments with some light lifting before trying to lift that huge shovel full of snow

3. Winter Driving

  • When celebrating this season, make sure that if you have any alcohol or other substances that can impair judgment that you call a cab or designate a driver that will make sure everyone makes it home alive.
  • Slow down and take your time.   By allowing yourself an extra 5-10 minutes, you can take your time and ensure you and your vehicle make it to your destination scratch and dint free.
  • Purchase a winter safety kit for your car.  These can be found at any AMA or Canadian Tire location, and come with many tools to get you out of a potential negative situation, or keep you warm while you wait for help

4. Brush up on your First Aid and CPR Skills.

  • Review the chapter on Bone, Muscle and Joint Injuries and on Burns in your Canadian Red Cross First Aid Manual
  • Attend a First Aid Course to get Certified or Recertified.  Impact Training & Consulting has many training options.  check out our website to find a course or to book a course for your group or workplace.

Merry Christmas Everyone, and may you be prosperous and successful in 2013.

The staff at Impact Training & Consulting

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