How to place a casualty into the Recovery Position

How to place a casualty into the Recovery Position

There are many different ways to help a casualty during an emergency, but what can we do if we find someone unconscious? If the casualty is “Unconscious without Spine Injuries” the Recovery Position is designed to help keep the victims airway open as well as keeping the Head, Neck & Spine in a relatively strait line so that they can Recover. Many people have used this position not even thinking about it when they were even sick, injured or intoxicated.

To Perform the Recovery Position:

1) Kneel Beside the casualty and place the casualty furthest arm from you above their head.

2) Place the arm closest to you across the casualty’s chest as a protector arm.

3) The Key is in their Knee, bend the nearest leg up at the knee.

4) Carefully slip your hand under the hollow of the casualty’s neck to support the Head Neck & Spine, at the same time use your forearm by slipping it carefully under the shoulder for leverage.

5) Place your free hand on the Key Knee and gently roll the casualty away from you by applying steady pressure against the knee and shoulder at the same time. The casualty’s head should rest on their raised arm.

6) To secure the position pull the key knee further up and bring their protector arm out to use the elbow to stabilize the position.

7) Check the Airway to make sure their still breathing.

We never know what can happen, its always good to be prepared and have the knowledge we need to help those who need it.

“This material is for information purposes only and is taken from The Canadian Red Cross / Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation & Alberta Health Services. This information should not be used in place of medical, Technical advice, instructor, and/or treatment. If you have questions, speak to your local Physician or Safety Training Facility.”

Just Remember:

Protect Yourself!!! Call 911!!! Don’t Waste Time!!!

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How to help a Conscious Drowning Person

How to help a Conscious Drowning Person

Drowning can be a very dangerous situation not only for the victim but also for those attempting to rescue people in danger of drowning. You should always refer to a special trained rescuer like a lifeguard to rescue someone by swimming out. The fear of drowning can cause a panic response in victims which can lead to the victim inadvertently dragging the rescuer down with them.

If you do see someone in danger of drowning and you have access to flotation devices like water-boards, pool noodles or something that you can hold out to reach the victim follow these simple steps:

1) lay down flat on the ground to gain an anchor point for your body, spread your legs and firmly brace yourself.

2) Hold out the object so that the victim can grab it.

-Brace yourself and pull the victim towards the edge of the water allowing the victim to secure themselves.

3) Help the victim from the water if safe to do so.

These steps are designed to help you in any emergency. The difference may be someones life.

“This material is for information purposes only and is taken from The Canadian Red Cross / Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation & Alberta Health Services. This information should not be used in place of medical, Technical advice, instructor, and/or treatment. If you have questions, speak to your local Physician or Safety Training Facility.”

Just Remember:

Protect Yourself!!! Call 911!!! Don’t Waste Time!!!

Learn First Aid Today & Save a Life Tomorrow with Saving Grace Medical Academy Ltd.

Covid-19 and your Safety as a Student

Covid-19 and your Safety as a Student

Thank you for taking the time to look over this post, it is amazing that we have come so far in the middle of a Pandemic as an Educational hub for Heath Care Professionals across Alberta.

Recently we have been getting many questions about:

  • – “Why are you not teaching in class?
  • – “I have heard this school saying they are training in class why aren’t you?
  • – “Do I have to do the class online or can I just wait it out?

We want to be clear with our students so that they understand that we:

“Have your Health and Safety as our TOP Priority”

At Saving Grace Medical Academy we have chosen to follow the guidelines and restrictions released by our local Alberta Government for “Your Safety and the Safety of our Staff“. Covid-19 has posed some serious challenges for any educational facility. Reduction in students, reduction in capacity, reduction in income, and so much more can lead any business down a path that could end in ruin.

However, we have chosen to “Stand by the guidelines regardless of the outcome”

The guidelines released by the Alberta Government on November 24th and updated again on December 8th outlined some heavy measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 in our province.

Two major Restrictions that came forward were:

  1. All Group training is here by cancelled
  2. If an Employee can work from home they “Must”

What does this mean?

For some educational facilities it meant very little to be honest, and many have chosen to ignore the restrictions and keep training in person regardless of the dangers, citing that it does not apply to them as it is not worded to address Vocational Schools specifically. Thus placing students in Large Groups within the confines of a classroom with random strangers not in your cohort.

For us here at Saving Grace Medical we want to be clear “Your Safety has ALWAYS been our priority“. At Saving Grace Medical we have maintained a high standard of PPE, social distancing, and sanitization throughout the pandemic. So to answer those first three questions we have been getting quite frequently and even more so after the December 8th release.

Why are you not teaching in class?

  • All Basic Life Support Provider CPR&AED “HCP” courses can be taught online, Thus allowing us to follow the guidelines by training you properly “and” safely. Due to Covid-19 the Heart & Stroke Foundation has released a program called “Basic Life Support Provider Interim Training“, this 2 part course allows you to take an OHS certified online training class and granting temporary certification until the restrictions or danger has been lifted. Once the danger has been reduced in our area Part 2 “In class training, BLS Interim Part 2” will resume with a condensed CPR skill evaluation which meets and exceeds all OHS requirements as well as AHS, Covenant Health and all Governing Body requirements.

I have this school that says they are training in class why aren’t you?

  • We take Covid-19 seriously even if others don’t, it is an unknown disease that has unknown potential complications with the ability to spread rapidly even with precautions put in place. We assume that you would not want to be exposed to any disease, so we won’t put our students at risk by needlessly placing them in a confined space with unknown variables at this time when other options are available. Nobody wants to catch a disease.

Do I have to do the class online or can I just wait it out?

  • To maintain your continuing competencies as “any health care provider” in Canada, it is still a requirement to adhere to the local and governing requirements of your job. Covid-19 has posed some interesting problems for logistics of training. However being as that it is 2020, and we have a multitude of educational boons to lean on with platforms to choose from, it gives us the edge to utilize online learning as a tool to maintain the education of our students and OHS guidelines at the same time. We know it’s not as convenient as some would like it, we also know that its not the end of the world to not have your CPR and First Aid class. However, we are working within the rules set forth by OHS and AHS for your safety and have some simple measures.

Take your course online – Be patient – The pandemic will end – Life will continue

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How do you perform a Primary Survey?

How do you perform a Primary Survey?

The phrase “Primary Survey” can be a little hard to decipher if you have never taken a First Aid Course before, not only that but it is always hard to remember specific steps in any Emergency Setting for those who are not dedicated Emergency Medical Professionals.

The best way to think of the “Primary Survey” is to think about the bodies Primary Need. As humans we use many fuels to support our life, however there is one in specific that all our bodies hinge on. “Oxygen”. Oxygen is the key to any emergency, if the victim is breathing but unconscious roll them into the recovery position, if the victim is “Not” breathing “Start CPR”.

That means your “Primary Survey” is simplified to this… The victim is breathing… Or … The victim is “not” breathing.

To perform the Primary Survey look for the Primary Need by performing these 3 steps.

1) Check the Scene for Safety, then check the victim

-They are breathing, They are “Not” breathing

2) Call 911

3) Care For the Victim.

“This material is for information purposes only and is taken from The Canadian Red Cross / Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation & Alberta Health Services. This information should not be used in place of medical, Technical advice, instructor, and/or treatment. If you have questions, speak to your local Physician or Safety Training Facility.”

Just Remember:

Protect Yourself!!! Call 911!!! Don’t Waste Time!!!

Learn First Aid Today & Save a Life Tomorrow with Saving Grace Medical Academy Ltd.

Should you move a casualty before providing care?

Should you move a casualty before providing care?

Moving a casualty before you provide care has been a question that almost every class brings up. Its a great question with a simple answer There are some reason’s when moving a person may be the only option to save their life or even prevent them from further injury. You may want to move a casualty if there are dangerous environments which could also do further harm to the patient, dangerous animals, toxins / poisons, or even machinery. One thing to remember “before” you move a casualty is “Will this make things better or worse?” You “do” have to weigh the situation vs desirable outcome, often the phrase used is “Life over Limb”. If the Casualties life is in immediate threat due to their surroundings “Move them away from the danger”, however, if moving them makes the situation worse and their surroundings are “not” an issue “Keep them in the position found or in a position of comfort.

“REMEMBER” You may not have to move a patient, if their “Spine” is in danger always refer to your 911 dispatcher for further advice before attempting First Aid techniques.

How to move a Patient from a dangerous environment:

-Collar Drag – At the head of the patient – Roll the person’s clothing “Collar” behind their neck in a ball in your hand bunching their clothing under the armpits, bend with your knees and lift with your legs, drag the victim to safety.

-One Arm Drag – Kneeling at the head of the victim slide the persons torso into your lap, lay one of the victims arms across their chest and reach through their opposite arm pit to grip their folded arms wrist, slip your other hand under the other arm pit and grip the folded arms forearm, bend with your knees, lift with your legs and drag to safety.

-2 Person Collar Drag – Combine the one arm drag technique with adding a partner, each rescuer should grab the collar on opposite sides of the victim and facing in the direction you wish to go bend with your knees and lift with your legs dragging them to safety.

-2 Person Carry – Combine the “one arm drag” technique to lift the victim’s torso and add a partner to lift the legs by folding them across each other gripping by the lower leg under the calf, face in the direction you wish to go, bend with your knees, lift with your legs and carry the victim to safety.

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Above all else remember to Protect Yourself!!! Call 911!!! Don’t Wast Time!!!

Should you drive an ill or injured person to the hospital?

Should you drive an ill or injured person to the hospital?

This question gets asked by students taking our first aid courses all the time, and we do see the conundrum that many face in an Emergency as Liability, distance, Time or even a persons life may be at stake. For these very reasons we have come up with the simplest way to look at it.

Try not to……, but if you do decide to take a person to the hospital we have included some steps to keep you and the patient safe. Lets call this “Stay & Play VS Load & Go”

Stay & Play = “Wait for an Ambulance

  • – Never drive an ill or injured person to the hospital if their condition is “Life Threatening” or spine related. The movement of being in a vehicle may adversely affect their injuries. You may not have to move the patient, your 911 Dispatcher will advise you on options you may have to secure the best medical aid given.

Load & Go = “Take them to a hospital

  • – For “Non-Life Threatening” injuries or illness.

Step #1 – “911 on Speaker Phone” – Have 911 on speaker phone so everyone knows what the dispatcher needs you to do. This will also let the hospital know you are coming.

Step #2 – “Take a Partner – Have a calm person drive while you continue care. Having a partner to help in an emergency setting can make all the difference. Emergencies can change.

Step #3 – “You Can NOT Speed – as your vehicle is not a designated emergency vehicle its lack of visibility and sirens will put you and others into danger if you attempt to break the rules of the road. Just remember, if you get there safely, the victim will too, Better safe than sorry.

“This material is for information purposes only and is taken from The Canadian Red Cross / Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation & Alberta Health Services. This information should not be used in place of medical, Technical advice, instructor, and/or treatment. If you have questions, speak to your local Physician or Safety Training Facility.”

Just Remember:

Protect Yourself!!! Call 911!!! Don’t Waste Time!!!

Learn First Aid Today & Save a Life Tomorrow with Saving Grace Medical Academy Ltd.