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CPR/First Aid

Discussion in 'Education & Training' started by Thebastidge, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. Thebastidge

    Thebastidge 10411 NE Fourth Plain Blvd Vancouver WA 98662 Well-Known Member

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    Your best safety tools reside in your own head. I'm a big fan of taking training on anything that interests me, but especially anything that might affect keeping breath in my body.

    One thing I noted from my last multi-day rafting trip was how few of us had current CPR certification. Only two of us out of almost 20 people, although over half had done some sort of CPR training in the past.

    Standards have recently changed a bit, they get reviewed by ILCOR about every 5 years. Some people may be confused about rumours they've heard about "eliminating" rescue breaths.

    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...tee_on_Resuscitation)

    (http://www.ilcor.org/home/)

    Current guidance is that rescue breaths are important, but not essential. If you are uncomfortable with giving rescue breaths for any reason including cultural or personal reluctance, fear of infection (going in either direction, from rescuer to victim or victim to rescuer) then just give the chest compressions.

    Chest compressions will move SOME air in and out of the lungs. The blood is pumping slowly enough that it probably would not effectively exchange all of the oxygen available in a rescue breath (which is only about 40% of the oxygen available in an unassisted breath) anyway.

    So chest compression are the most important, rescue breaths are good to have. Get the blood flowing, you can make the difference.

    It's important to know that the absolutely most effective use of CPR is on drowning victims, and it has a VERY high rate of resuscitation, especially for children.

    Grown adults experiencing cardiac arrest without external factors causing it tend to only benefit from CPR when professional medical care is applied immediately after CPR. They generally have some kind of 'heart condition' of a degenerative nature and will need aggressive medical intervention to fully recover.

    Drowning victims, and child victims especially, usually just need to get their throat/lungs cleared and a little jump start to get them back to function. The time the heart can be stopped before permanent damage occurs does vary widely, but is a considerable time in cold water.

    I just thought I would share this info as I finally took the plunge from regularly-re-certifying as a CPR provider to CPR Instructor last weekend, along with some other employees in my shop. We're now certified under the Emergency First Response program (http://www.emergencyfirstresponse.com/english/) which is associated with PADI, the professional association of dive instructors. This program has quite a bit more than the basics you'll get from infrequently-scheduled Fire Department CPR classes or the Red Cross, specifically in respect to water sports injuries.
     
  2. Thebastidge

    Thebastidge 10411 NE Fourth Plain Blvd Vancouver WA 98662 Well-Known Member

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  3. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Good on you guys... the Healthcare Provider CPR is much more complete than the ARC CPR cert. It would be awesome if you would also offer the healthcare provider first aid course as well.

    I've been thinking about going back and renewing my EMT-B at some point, would be nice to take the class knowing what I know now.
     
  4. willseeker

    willseeker N. Portland. Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure you know this but sometimes a simple chin tilt will open a compressed airway.

    Thanks for sharing. Alot of us fail to prepare.
    Will
     
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  5. EastsideFirearms

    EastsideFirearms Seattle Eastside Area Member

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    I was just going to say, basic first aid/CPR should be a top priority for really anyone, but even more so if you're preparing... All the guns and ammo in the world won't help you if you bleed out at a wrist injury because you couldn't find the blood vessel in your upper arm...!
     
  6. bellarum

    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

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    Im a union worker and we are required to take a 8hr 1st aid/cpr class every two years because of the changes. We can also take a 4hr refresher once a year. I just took my refresher on Wednesday. I share what I learn with my family for obvious reasons. Hope to never need to use the info but, if it helped someone someday it would be awesome!
     
  7. Thebastidge

    Thebastidge 10411 NE Fourth Plain Blvd Vancouver WA 98662 Well-Known Member

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    We're working up to offer more advanced training. We'll have the blood-borne pathogens course offered pretty soon. It's important to me that all of our offerings are fully vetted information and we have appropriate levels of experience to offer them. I am doing instructor development among my staff with this goal in mind. We had another successful CPR/1st Aid course on Sunday, where I assisted. That was pretty fun. There were some guys in there who needed it for their job as they do work on power and telecom line clearance.