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. Read More »
CPR for Students is Required in NJ; Coming to California, Too? was last modified: September 18th, 2014 by Zack Zarrilli
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. Read More »
Essential Safety Items to Pack When Going Camping was last modified: September 18th, 2014 by Zack Zarrilli
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
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.
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What To Do If You Get Bitten By A Snake was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by Zack Zarrilli
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.
Are Men More Susceptible to Cardiac Arrest?
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. Read More »
Group Activities for Your Office – How CPR Training Can Bring Your Office Together was last modified: September 18th, 2014 by Zack Zarrilli
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.
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.”
Image courtesy of Patricia Rasch – http://www.patriciarasch.com
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!”
CPR Certification Can Save a Life was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by Zack Zarrilli
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.
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