Archive for August, 2009

Be Prepared

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Unless you are in the medical field, chances are you have never been called upon to use your CPR, first aid, and AED skills in a real life situation. Although this may be the case, it is recommended that your refresh your skills by completing an emergency responder course every two years. You will not only refresh your memory of vital knowledge and skills but you will learn new guidelines that have been implemented or changes that have been made since your previous course.

Is it time to refresh your CPR and first aid skills? Do you hold a CPR or First Aid card from another training organization? If so, you are eligible to attend the EFR Refresher course. Plus, you can get AED training at the same time you refresh your CPR skills. Please use this link to find EFR Courses: EFR Course Finder online

Let’s get prepared!

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Kids Retain CPR Basics

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Fritz Sterz, from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, studied 147 nine year old children who had received six hours of life support training. The students were taught CPR, AED, usage of the recovery position, and calling for emergency services. Upon examination four months after the training, 86% performed CPR correctly.  The body mass index (BMI) of the children was the factor that had the biggest influence on depth of compressions and amount of air inhaled. Age did not play a role, indicating that a well-built nine-year-old can be just as capable as an older child.  Sterz said, “We found that students as young as 9 years are able to successfully and effectively learn basic life support skills. As in adults, physical strength may limit depth of chest compressions and ventilation volumes, but skill retention is good.”

Keep Your AED Properly Maintained!

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Imagine that you are at work chatting with a coworker.  Now imagine a strange look comes across your coworkers face as he suddenly collapses.  Recently, you completed a CPR, First Aid, and AED class and spring into action.  You shout for someone to call 911, and check for breathing and a pulse.  You detect neither and as you begin CPR, you suddenly remember… the AED!  You shout for someone to get the AED that has been mounted in the hallway of the building for years now.  The AED is retrieved; you open the case, try to turn the device on and… nothing.  To your horror, you realize that the batteries are dead!

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) can be a lifesaving tool, but can be useless if not maintained.  An AED maintenance schedule is imperative to keeping your device functioning properly. Follow these rules and, chances are, you and your AED will be ready to save a life.

  1. Place your AED in a visible and unobstructed location
  2. Verify the battery installation is correct
  3. Check the status / service indicator light
  4. Note the absence of the visual/ audio service alarm
  5. Inspect exterior components and sockets for cracks
  6. Confirm that you have two sets of sealed AED pads that have not expired
  7. Keep accurate records and replace the AED battery as recommended for your particular device
  8. Refer to the manufacturer manual for more information and proper maintenance procedures for your particular device

Safety and Health Expo 2009

Once again Emergency First Response experienced a very successful Safety and Health Expo at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. 2009 saw our fifth year exhibiting at this highly acclaimed international health and safety exposition.

Emergency First Response exhibits at this show to grow business and enhance brand awareness. Each successive year sees more and more companies recognizing our label and taking an interest in our services.

It is our opportunity to solicit large international corporate clients for contract work as well as gathering leads to pass on to appropriate Workplace First Aid facilities. This year a record number of leads were gathered which we are currently following up.

September is National Preparedness Month

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September marks the 6th annual National Preparedness Month which is a nationwide effort organized by the Ready Campaign.  We encourage you to do yourself and your community a service and participate in National Preparedness month by evaluating how equipped you are to handle potential disasters.  Do you have enough provisions stored to last you and your family at least three days?  Have you established an emergency plan and discussed it with the members of your family?  Do you know how to find the emergency broadcasting channel on your radio?  Find out more about National Preparedness Month and what you need to do to get prepared by visiting www.ready.gov. Keep in mind that a small amount of effort now, can mean the world later.