Nearly every mother who’s met long hot summer days with energetic kids just freed from another year of school has faced that dreaded moment when she couldn’t stand it anymore. The frolicsome vitality that comes with the promise of summertime seems to literally burst from kids everywhere. I recall my own mother exclaiming (in desperation for some peace), “Go outside and find something to do.” Those were the days when “going outside” was a welcome assignment – long hours spent in water fights with the buddies, exploring the neighborhood on bikes, climbing trees or swimming at the local pool awaited the command, “find something to do.”
Think disco and almost always the same song that hit Billboard’s number one song in February 1978 pops into mind. Its title is almost prophetic and singing that same number one song today could save somebody’s life. The secret is in the beat!
Stayin’ Alive released in the mid-seventies by the Bee-Gees has evolved, becoming a valuable tool when a life is on the line. Training taught through certification centers such as Sure Fire CPR in Orange County, uses the rhythm of Stayin’ Alive to help students pace compressions delivered during cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. With a tempo of 100 musical beats per minute, the song lends itself well to pacing the correct rate of contractions for effective circulation given through CPR.
CPR training can save lives. And it can also be an excellent way to build office camaraderie.
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Managers and supervisors would agree – it’s never a bad time to increase employee morale. CPR training might not seem like an ideal event to have fun, but it’s actually the perfect method for creating some unexpected office entertainment.
Let’s say you work in the accounting department. It’s highly likely you don’t get a chance to mingle with the folks in shipping & receiving too often. Likewise, upper management probably doesn’t interact with production workers on a frequent basis.
Enter a CPR training session.
This type of get-together is not just a chance to learn crucial life-saving skills. You can enjoy some inter-department communication. It’s a great chance to meet new faces (recent hires, interns, etc.). And if the instructor is game, the class can incorporate some healthy competition. For instance, your office can split up into groups to see who has the best reaction times, CPR procedures and teamwork.
Best of all, the simulated session only FEELS like a real-life emergency. If one of your team members forgets to dial 9-1-1, well, the manikin won’t complain.
If nothing else, CPR training lets everyone get away from their daily tasks for a few hours. And who knows? Those employees from the other end of the building might just turn into friends outside the office!
If you’d like to schedule an inspiring training session (either at your facility or our convenient office locations), SureFire CPR is the sure-fire way to go. In addition to our CPR training, we have PALS certification programs, ACLS classes and much more. Plus, we have a new office location and a professional, friendly staff second to none in the industry.
Would you like to learn more about SureFire CPR? Just call (888) 277-3143 to speak with our customer service team, or check out our contact page. We can help your office with any CPR training event.
Does your home have a fire evacuation plan? How about your place of employment? In a dire emergency such as a fire, people will panic. Having a solid plan in place will help restore order and ultimately may help save lives.
Checklist for Fire Evacuation
Most people aren’t aware of how to respond in a crisis until it’s too late. There are some things you should be aware of when formulating a fire evacuation plan or procedure. And the following checklist is a great place to start.
Identify all acceptable exit areas. This includes access doors, fire escapes, large windows and more.
Pick a place for everyone to meet. A central location makes it easier to identify everyone.
Designate a safety coordinator. This person will have a list of all building occupants and, in the event of a fire, will make sure everyone is accounted for. If your safety coordinator also knows CPR, BLS, ACLS and other emergency life-saving procedures, that’s even better!
Know your local fire department’s phone number. It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t know.
Practice makes perfect. Have random drills to simulate a fire evacuation. If mistakes are made, have the safety coordinator point out the flaws. Remember, just a minor mistake can cost lives during a fire evacuation.
Have a safety kit ready. In case anyone is injured when waiting for the fire department to arrive, this can help out in a big way!
These six steps are just a start. Depending on your home or business, you can add as necessary.
We hope this blog can enhance your company’s safety policies. To further bolster your total safety plan, why not give SureFire CPR a call? We offer PALS certification programs, CPR classes, BLS courses and much more. As Southern California’s premier CPR training company, we have convenient office locations, a dedicated staff and the most flexible instruction options available anywhere.
SureFire CPR can come to your facility, and we can also instruct individuals & groups at any of our offices.Contact us today to set up your classes. Or, just give us a call at (888) 277-3143.
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After receiving her CPR Certification with SureFire CPR, Candy Lopez saved her husband’s life!
It was a typical Monday evening at Candy’s house in Anaheim. Candy, her husband, and kids sat down for a dinner of hot dogs. Her son went to the garage to get a soda and the next thing Candy knew, he was screaming for her to come quickly to help.
When Candy ran into the garage, she was alarmed to see her husband – red-faced and coughing as her son was hitting him on the back. Her son looked over with a panicked look and said “He’s choking!” Remembering the training from her CPR course, she immediately told him not to hit him in the back and she looked at her husband and encouraged him to keep coughing.
Candy’s husband looked at her, his face scarlet and said, “I can’t breathe!” Candy replied, “If you can cough and talk, you can breathe.”
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Very shortly afterward he stopped coughing at which point Candy tapped him on his arm and asked, “Are you ok?” to which he shook his head and looked at her like she was crazy. Then she asked, ” Do you need help?” Candy’s husband shot her another “are you crazy” look and nodded furiously.
Candy asked, “Can I help you?” and he kept nodding. At this point she was standing behind him, holding her thumb up, and wrapping one hand over the other. She proceeded to give her husband the Heimlich. The hot dog flew out and her husband started breathing and coughing one again.
Candy says the sense of calm she felt while those last few minutes had occurred was gone and in its place was pure adrenaline. Not only had she just taken her CPR and First Aid class only a week before, but she had just used what she had learned on one of her family members.
Candy says, “My son graduated high school a couple of days afterwards, and both my husband and I were there – thanks to my CPR class! Thank you, SureFire CPR!”
Spring is a time for new beginnings – a time to step back outside and feel the fresh air and sunshine that permeate with the new season; a time to plant new seeds, ideas and adventures in life; a time to learn vital information that can save the life of a loved one.
Every profession has its own unique “knowledge base” of skills & tools. Mastery of this knowledge is critical for getting ahead in your chose career field. And for any nurse (RN, LPN, visiting nurse) or a nursing student, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training is paramount.
Why Every Nurse or Nursing Student Should take a PALS Class
Let’s look at PALS training for a nurse two different perspectives: professional and practical.
Professional: Just like any other career, the nursing field puts a premium on acquiring useful skills. And without PALS on your resume, you’re bypassing some terrific opportunities. In addition to your CPR and other qualifications, PALS opens many doors. With PALS certification, you can work in various children’s health clinics, hospitals and also act as a visiting nurse for critically ill infants and children. Additionally, PALS is useful for those students “moving on” in their career path, whether they’re trying to become a doctor or choosing a different path that involves children. Teachers and pediatric physical therapists are just two that come to mind.
Practical: Here’s the thing about PALS training – it doesn’t take a ton of time or expense. Our class (either initial or renewal instruction) covers all the essential elements, including airway management, pediatric case studies, BLS review and much more. In only 12 hours (divided over 2 days), you’ll gain life-changing, live-saving skills that can be immediately applied to your nursing career. And if you’re a student, PALS training acts as a springboard to exciting job possibilities right out of school!
Essentially, the question isn’t, “Why should a nurse or nursing student sign up for PALS training?” The question is, “Why not?”
SureFire CPR is all about saving lives. Aside from our top-flight PALS certification program, we also offer comprehensive CPR, BLS, ALS training and more. With a brand new office and a professional & dedicated staff, we’re the best choice for obtaining medical-related accreditation in Southern California and beyond.
For more information about our flexible and affordable training classes, please call us at (888) 277-3143. And remember, your schedule is our schedule. We realize nurses and nursing students have limited availability. Contact us today to set up your PALS class. In the nursing field, PALS knowledge is a key to career advancement.
May is National High Blood Pressure month and a great time to become a little more aware of blood pressure.Known as “the silent killer,” high blood pressure is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and diabetes complications. Nearly one out of three American adults have high blood pressure. Yet out of these 68 million people, only half have the condition under control.(American Medical Group Foundation)
Mention the word, “Stroke” and all types of reactions occur.People are acutely aware of the critical nature that comes with Cerebrovascular Accidents (aka: Stroke).Fortunately, that type of public awareness has made it easier for victims of a CVA to receive the timely treatment required to possibly reverse and/or treat the devastating effects of a stroke.Health care journals have defined CVA as:
With summer approaching, public activity increases – particularly for children and teens.Unfortunately, accompanying sunny days filled with outdoor activities, the rate of injury also increases.While the medical experts encourage increased physical activity, added attention to safety and prevention of injury is the objective.Finding the best method to support this goal is sometimes challenging.However, resources are becoming easier to find with courses in CPR and Basic First Aid available in almost every community throughout the U.S.
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