What Will You Learn In a First Responder Course?

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What Will You Learn In a First Responder Course?

A first responder is a person who, in an emergency event, runs toward it instead of running away. First responders are the brave people out there on the front lines helping to save lives.

To be considered a first responder, all you really have to do is fall into that category who literally is the first to respond to a scene.

However, a certified first responder is someone who is able to provide advanced medical care, including first aid, CPR, and AED – the automated external defibrillator. A certified first responder is the lowest level of the emergency medical service team.

F.A.S.T. Rescue is a Red Cross authorized provider and can train you to become an emergency medical responder in a course designed for firefighters, EMS (emergency care instructor), and police. To become a certified first responder you must finish a course approved by your province.

What to Expect

In the class you will learn exactly what to do when faced with an emergency situation. The first responder class is a 40 hour class with flexible options for creating a schedule. When you complete the course, the certification is valid for three years. Different provinces or territories may have different types of rules and regulations in their courses, and yours will be adjusted accordingly to where you live.

The course takes about three weeks to take for full time students learning at an accelerated pace. If the student is taking the course part time it can take anywhere from eight to eleven weeks.

You will go through five parts of the course, all designed for caring for injuries and sustaining life until the higher level medical personnel arrives on the scene. Essentially, everything you are learning is designed to be pre-hospital care. The course includes CPR, HCP, and AED.

The course content in part one includes how to assess the emergency scene, and how to prevent transmission of disease.

In part two you move on to the anatomy and physiology section, where you’ll learn how to handle respiratory emergencies and how to deal with airway and ventilation issues. Circulation, bleeding, and shock are also gone over.

Part three focuses on how to respond to traumatic injuries such as head and spine injuries, soft tissue injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, and others.

When you get to part four you’ll learn how to treat sudden illnesses, and what do do in the case of poisoning. You’ll also go over how to handle heat related emergencies like heat stroke, or cold related emergencies like hypothermia.

The final part of the course instructs on special situations. These include incidents that may involve multiple casualties, transportation emergencies, or moving a patient. It also goes over what to do in the case of emergency childbirth and crisis intervention.

At the end of the course, you will take a certification exam. You pass the test if you score 80% or greater.

Get trained to save people’s lives today and take your course with F.A.S.T. Rescue.

How to Get First Aid and CPR Training

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How to Get First Aid and CPR Training

Learning how to perform CPR is not only a requirement for some fields, but can also help save a life. Whether you’re a nanny, a teacher, a parent, or any other field where you’re taking care of others, learning CPR can save someone’s life in an emergency. For that fact alone, CPR training is invaluable – but caregivers who have CPR training are more than two times as likely to get contacted about a job.

When you take a CPR course, you’ll come away with a number of new skills and understandings.

You’ll know how to assess the scene of the emergency, and be able to determine the needs of the person who’s in danger. Your course will teach you first aid skills for injuries like cuts and scrapes, and what to do in case of insect or snake bites.

You’ll also cover items like what to do in case of broken bones, heat stroke, neck injuries, and other non-life threatening situations. At the end of the course, you’ll know how to behave in many emergency scenarios, giving you confidence and the capacity to help others in need.

A CPR course will teach you cardiopulmonary resuscitation, preparing you in case someone is in cardiac arrest or if their chest cavity is blocked. You’ll learn the techniques to keep blood flowing through a person’s body that helps them stay alive until medical help arrives. Mostly every course teaches you how to use an automatic external defibrillator, or an AED, to deliver a shock to the patient before you begin to administer CPR.

You can take a CPR course easily online by taking it at FAST. Once you complete the course, you’ll have your CPR certification. Some occupations require that you take your CPR training in person, but many will allow you to study the process online and achieve your certification that way.

The length of the course that you choose to take often varies, and can take anywhere for three to five hours. You should space the classes out so you can retain the information more effectively, because it’s vital that you remember the steps – remembering could save someone’s life.

There is no minimum age to take First Aid or CPR training. It’s a good idea to take a refresher course every two or three years, because CPR practices are often changing.

If you want to be able to say that you can help save someone during a medical emergency, get your CPR certification today with F.A.S.T. Rescue.

CPR Ten Years Ago vs. CPR Today: What’s Changed

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CPR Ten Years Ago vs. CPR Today: What’s Changed

If you took a CPR class any time in the last ten years, well, it’s time to take it again. The methods that you thought you knew have changed. And they’ve changed almost completely.

The guidelines are updated once every five years, which means that they’ve gone through two major revisions in a decade.

Psst – if you don’t know what CPR actually stands for, it’s cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which was introduced in 1960. Since then, and since 2010, it’s been evolving to be the most effective rescue method that it can be.

No Giving Up

In the past, CPR was thought to be useless once the patient reached a certain point past the possibility to be revived. However, cases where a patient was recovered after long periods of CPR – one being 96 minutes – turned this notion on its head.

Now CPR is encouraged to be administered until a medical professional arrives and can take over the job. Chest compressions keep the blood flowing to a patient’s brain, which can increase their probability of survival no matter how long it’s taking for help to arrive.

Goodbye, Rescue Breaths

When you think of CPR, you probably visualize someone either doing chest compressions or performing mouth to mouth resuscitation. However, rescue breaths are no longer taught when showing someone how to deliver CPR to a patient.

Take this info with a grain of salt – medical professionals and people with advanced certifications still do perform mouth to mouth, but the American Health Association deemed it less useful for non-medical professionals to perform the procedure. Chest compressions are more important in keeping the patients alive, so the attention is now focused on teaching this method alone.

People without professional medical training have been proven more likely to remember CPR steps during an emergency if they were as simplified as possible. Focusing just on chest compressions increases the patient’s chances of surviving, eliminates worry about transferring disease, and helps get rid of potential error in CPR performance.

No More “Look, Listen, and Feel”

At one point, CPR training included telling students to stop and assess the victim by checking for breath and feeling to see if there’s a problem. Now, they’ve determined it’s pretty much obvious when someone needs CPR to be performed on them, and precious seconds are wasted during the old method. Now, students are told to call 911 as soon as they realize there’s a problem, and start administering CPR as quickly as possible.

A Change of Steps

Old CPR guidelines dictated that students follow A-B-C steps in the order of clearing the patient’s airway, giving rescue breaths, and then delivering chest compressions. Airway, breaths, compression – A-B-C.

Now, there’s essentially just C – but the other steps still apply in a minor way, if the student is more versed in CPR and the steps are applicable. Now, the steps could be seen as C-A-B, with breaths being the least important step.

An Updated Ratio

About a decade ago, it was taught that for every two breaths students should administer fifteen compressions. Now, the ratio is taught as two breaths for every 30 compressions, if breaths are used at all. This increases the emphasis on chest compressions and takes it away from breathing. Compressions are what circulates the victim’s blood flow to the brain, which is what keeps them alive.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Old guidelines stipulated that students push about one and a half two inches for each compression on the victim’s chest. Now, it’s recommended that the student push two inches at least, if not more. The worry that resulted in the old guidelines less vigorous compressions was that the victim’s ribs might break, but now it’s determined that harder compressions could save a victim’s life, even if some of their ribs are broken.

100 compressions per minute or more are now recommended to be delivered to a victim, whereas before it was about 100 or less.

Obviously, you need to refresh your CPR skills. Luckily, you can do so easily with CPR classes from FAST Rescue.

What Is Standard First Aid Training?

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What Is Standard First Aid Training?

Standard First Aid Program 

Standard_First_Aid_TrainingStandard First Aid training is focused on Basic Life Support skills and includes AED and CPR level C training.

Most standard first aid with CPR level C courses are designed for individuals who may have a delayed response (for example, work at a remote job site) to Emergency Medical Services, or who may work in an industrial, construction or high-risk activity setting.

Candidates who successfully complete the course will receive a standard first aid CPR level C certificate that is valid for 3 years 


Who Should Attend Standard First Aid?

Standard First Aid courses are designed for those individuals who live or work in areas where the availability of Emergency Medical Services may be delayed and for those trying to meet Government regulations. First aid training is a great skill set that can be applied in various situations – at work and at home. 
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F.A.S.T. Rescue Wins a Top Training Partner Award

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F.A.S.T. Rescue Wins a Top Training Partner Award

FAST Rescue AwardWe at F.A.S.T. Rescue take pride in the quality, professionalism, and high standards evident in all our training programs and first aid products. And we want to celebrate and announce that F.A.S.T. Rescue has received the 2014 Top Trainer Partner Award from The Canadian Red Cross at the recent Red Cross Canada Awards.

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Ontario First Aid Kit Regulations for WSIB

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Ontario First Aid Kit Regulations for WSIB

Ontario Regulation First Aid KitIn Ontario, employers are required by law to provide adequate safety and first aid training, facilities, and materials to their employees.

The requirements for a First Aid Kit, training, and facilities varies depending on how many people are employed at your company. Whether you have one single employee, or over 200, you must have a first aid kit available and under the charge of a first aid certified employee, that follows the guidelines provided by the WSIB. Each workplace at minimum must contain a first aid station that includes the following: 

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Choosing The Right Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

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Choosing The Right Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a life-threatening emergency that can happen anywhere or anytime.

Choose The Right AED

Until recently, most places relied on first aid attendants or by-standers to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until medical help arrived.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are important life-saving devices designed to asses and deliver electrical therapy to victims of SCA or arrhythmias in an emergency situation. In the past, only professional medical attendants and paramedics were able to use AED’s. Currently there are a large number of small, compact, and portable AED’s on the market that the average person with no medical background can operate with basic training.

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Why Employers Must Provide First Aid And CPR Training?

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Why Employers Must Provide First Aid And CPR Training?

All business owners and managers have an First_Aid_And_CPR_Toronto_Ontarioobligation to keep the workplace safe. To do this involves three basic elements: steps to prevent or minimize accidents, adequate first aid supplies and proper first aid and cpr training.

Every employer should provide training to make sure its employees know what to do, how to do it and who is in charge in case a first aid or emergency situation occurs.

Proper first aid training not only satisfies provincial requirements, but fosters good will among employees, who recognize the care that their company expends to provide a safe and healthy environment for its most valuable asset: its employees.

Whether employees work in a high-hazard or low-hazard environment, they face a variety of risks. Shock, bleeding, poisonings, burns, temperature extremes, musculoskeletal injuries, bites and stings, medical emergencies and distressed employees in confined spaces are just a sampling of the first aid emergencies which might be encountered in your business.

These risks are compounded when employees don’t feel well. Their lack of concentration can result in costly injuries. Continue reading Why Employers Must Provide First Aid And CPR Training?