BLS Training: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Basic Life Support (BLS) training is often used in tandem with CPR training. These crucial life-saving practices and procedures are important for anyone involved with emergency response situations – EMT technicians, lifeguards, firefighters, police officers and many more.

Since BLS training isn’t as well-known as CPR training, some people often make a few mistakes. These can occur both before and during the training. But don’t worry – they’re easily fixed. Let’s look at these slipups, and what can be done to remedy the situation.

Mistake #1 – Registering for an Incorrect Class

This happens more often than you think. Many people sign up for CPR training instead of a BLS class. Because there are common misconceptions between the two, you should be aware that BLS includes CPR, and also reviews other important practices. For example, the basic SureFire CPR BLS class touches on adult, child, and infant CPR, conscious and unconscious choking for victims of all ages, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training and more. If you’re unsure about which class you need, just check with your supervisor beforehand.

Mistake #2 – Inadequate Compressing

During BLS training, not compressing correctly is often cited as a problem. The compression process requires enough force and also correct frequency. And since BLS training includes child and infant CPR, this is especially true with non-adults. Remember, children and infants require enough compression to kick-start the victim’s circulatory and respiratory systems. Similar to the first mistake, this one is solved by checking with the instructor to ensure you’re doing it correctly.

Did you know that SureFire CPR can help with both of these common mistakes? Our training experts can help you sign up for the right training. And once your BLS class begins, your professional & courteous SureFire CPR instructor will help with any issues along the way – yes, including proper compression for children & infants!

As Southern California’s premier CPR training company, we’ve helped hospitals, emergency response units, government agencies and private organizations with their CPR, BLS, ACLS and other training requirements. We can help today – just call our team at (888) 277-3143, or visit our contact page for more valuable information.

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Free Hands-Only CPR Classes at the Orange County Health and Wellness Fair

SureFire CPR, the leading provider of CPR training in Orange County, hosted free Hands-Only CPR classes at the Orange County Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday August 23, 2014 from 9am to 3:30pm. The life-saving CPR classes were offered every hour on the stage throughout the day.
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CPR for Students is Required in NJ; Coming to California, Too?

CPR for Students is Required in NJ; Coming to California, Too?

CPR for Students is Required in NJ; Coming to California, Too?

With the emphasis on school safety stronger than ever, New Jersey is taking a bold approach. Starting this school year, all New Jersey high school students will be required to have CPR training.

The initiative has gained momentum throughout the last decade, and legislators finally thought the time was right to act. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno signed a law recently, which requires all high school students (in New Jersey, defined as 9th through 12th grade) to acquire CPR training.
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Essential Safety Items to Pack When Going Camping

Camping is one of the most popular American outdoor activities. From pitching a tent in the backyard to extensive trips to national parks, it’s an excellent way to have fun and create memories. And to make sure those memories are fond ones, you’ll want to be prepared as you head into the Great Outdoors.

These essential safety items should be in everybody’s backpack.
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What To Do If You Get Bitten By A Snake

With summer in full swing, many of us are out enjoying the great outdoors. But all kinds of things live outside our homes, including a few really unpleasant creatures.

This blog will focus on what to do in the event you’re bitten by a snake. The United States generally doesn’t have the types of famous venomous snakes that inhabit Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent, however here in Southern California there are a few nasty species to keep your eye out for. Some of these bad guys include sidewinders, and a few different species of rattlesnakes, including western rattlesnakes, and the mojave rattlesnake.

What to do if you get Bitten by a Snake

What to do if you get Bitten by a Snake

To avoid getting bitten by a snake, it’s best to keep away from brush and other concealed areas (areas under sheds and porches). If you disturb a snake’s home, they’ll defend their territory – some ferociously.

If you are bitten by a snake, here are some general rules to follow:

• Move away from the snake. Repeat bites are common in encounters where the victim doesn’t leave the area.
• Try to identify what kind of snake bit you. Failing a picture, try to get a mental image. This information will be helpful at the hospital.
• Keep the affected body part still. Unnecessary movement can spread venom and further irritate the injury.
• Even if you see no swelling or discoloration, get to a health clinic or hospital immediately.
• Do not try to suck the venom from your wound. If the snake is venomous, this just puts the poison into your mouth, throat and lungs. Bad idea – keep the venom as isolated as possible.
• Remove any jewelry. More than 50% of snakebites are to the hands. Remove bracelets, rings, watches and anything else.

And just like any other emergency, it helps to stay as calm as you can. The situation can become much worse by panicking.

According to the California Poison Control Center, rattlesnakes account for more than 800 bites each year in California, with most bites occurring between April and October when both humans and snakes are most active outside.

With our informative Southern California CPR training classes, as well as BLS classes, ACLS classes and other emergency training, SureFire CPR can help keep you prepared for any situation.  Our passionate and professional staff includes current and former emergency response personnel, including nurses, EMT technicians, firefighters and more.

To learn about our individual class offerings, or to schedule your group for essential instruction, please call us at (888) 277-3143.

Thank you for reading the SureFire CPR blog!

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Rockin’ the Summer with Kids Play

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.”

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Safety in Numbers

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.

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Group Activities for Your Office – How CPR Training Can Bring Your Office Together

CPR training can save lives. And it can also be an excellent way to build office camaraderie.

Are Men More Susceptible to Cardiac Arrest?

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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.
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Checklist for Fire Evacuation

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

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.

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CPR Certification Can Save a Life

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!”

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