Choking, How to help and what to look for.

Choking, How to help and what to look for.

Choking can happen to anyone of any age, and is one of the worst fears for many new parents as it happens fast causing serious problems including death. In most cases where the victim can still cough the object will come free on its own. However once the victim is unable to cough anymore the airway is potentially blocked and the victims life is now in jeopardy.

The most common causes of chocking include trying to swallow large pieces of food, eating while talking, walking or playing, being under the influence of an intoxicant or elicit substance while eating.

What to look for:

-Inability to speak, cough or breath

-Change in face color like bluish, red, or paler than normal

-Look of panic with wide eyes “Fear”

-One or both hands clutching the throat or flailing

-High pitch whistle or noise when they attempt to breath or cough

In the Adult or Child once you have identified yourself and that you are going to attempt to help them:

1) Encourage the Victim to continue to cough the object free

2) If the victim can no longer cough, speak or breathe

-Stand or kneel beside the victim and wrap one arm diagonally across the victims chest

-Bend the victim forward at the waist at a 90 degree angle

-With the palm of your hand deliver 5 FIRM BACK BLOWS between the shoulder blades to encourage them to cough.

3) If the object has NOT come free in the first 5 Back Blows

-Quickly stand the victim up strait and place one hand in a first just above the belly button thumb side in.

-Place your other hand over your fist hand and pull sharply in and up in a ” J ” like Motion 5 Times

4) Repeat the 5 FIRM BACK BLOWS & the 5 ABDOMINAL J THRUSTS until they POP or DROP.

5) If the Victim becomes unconscious and is not breathing Call for help 911 and begin CPR 30 Compression, 2 Breaths, Repeat 5 Times in a row. After your 5th cycle of 30/2 if the victim is not breathing repeat until help arrives.

To prevent yourself or others from chocking just remind them to chew food well before swallowing, eat slowly and calmly, try not to talk, laugh or do physical activities while chewing and avoid mixing meals with other substances which could alter your personality.

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!!!

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

What to do while you wait for an Ambulance

What to do while you wait for an Ambulance

After rescuing a victim there are many things that can be flowing through your mind. Did I do this right? Was my First Aid technique proper? Is there anything else I can do to help the victim? These questions are normal and there are even more that will pop in during an emergency.

Normally an Ambulance within an Urban setting can take anywhere from 5 too 25 minutes to respond, in Rural area’s response time can vary from 15 to 40 minutes an in most cases where distance is past 30 to 45 minutes a helicopter service may be deployed to meet you somewhere. In essence this means after you’ve rescued the victim you may have a little time to make sure that your First Aid techniques have helped.

We call this skill while your waiting a “Secondary Survey”, its your second chance to find something you might have missed during your primary survey. The Secondary Survey can be performed quite easily in two simple fashions, Hands On or Hands Off. What we mean by this is you can pat the person down from head to toe looking for injuries you might have missed “Hands On”, or “Hands Off” and ask the victim to tell you what’s going on.

Both techniques are easily performed but have their uses, the Hands on Check is normally performed for victims rendered unconscious due to the emergency they experienced, and the Hands Off check likewise is performed for victims still conscious enough to walk you through the emergency by asking them the SAMPLE history questions.

What to Do while waiting for an emergency?

1) Care for the cause of the Emergency

2) Have the victim rest in a position of comfort or the Recovery Position

3) Keep the victim warm

4) Ensure the victim is breathing and has an open airway

5) Offer comfort, warmth and reassurance

6) Double check “Hands on / Hands Off” SAMPLE Questions

-S – Signs & Symptoms -Whats wrong?

-A – Allergies – Do you have any?

-M – Medications – Are you on any?

-P – Past Medical History – Has this happened before?

-L -Last Meal – When / What did you eat?

-E – Event – Do you remember everything?

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!!!

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

SHOCK – What to look for & How to Help

SHOCK – What to look for & How to Help

Shock is one of those things that all of us will experience sometime in our life and yet many of us have forgotten that it also can be a deadly scenario. “Shock Always Has A Cause” and that’s one thing that we can use to help us treat it, once you figure out what has caused it “Fix it” and shock will begin to lessen.

Shock happens when your body goes through a sudden internal or external event causing the body to demand more oxygen rich blood. In doing so the body will focus the remaining oxygen rich blood it has into key body parts to sustain your life and yet leave others unattended. Any vital organ which does not have enough blood or oxygen will eventually begin to fail. This is why “Shock Can Be Deadly”.

“Anyone can go into Shock, even those rescuing the casualties”

To make it easy just remember that it “Doesn’t Matter what caused the Casualty to go into shock” once you figure out what caused it “Fix it”.

Shock can often be caused by:

-Excessive Blood Loss – A Weak Heart – Extensive Burns – Infection – Excessive Fluid Loss – Fear or Anxiety – and many more

What to look for:

Altered Personality – Extreme Anxiety – Cool / Clammy Skin – Pale Skin tone – Confusion – Excessive thirst – Rapid Breathing – Nausea / Vomiting / weakness – Drowsiness.

How to help:

-Move or Remove the casualty “If possible” from the area that may be causing the shock.

-Assess the victim and find the root of the cause “Shock Always Has A Cause”

-Offer comfort / warmth and reassurance

-Treat the cause of the shock and follow your local emergency response techniques.

Shock Treatments:

– Altered Personality / Consciousness – Offer Comfort, warmth and reassurance while guiding the casualty away from danger or harm. Never restrain a casualty as they may lash out, find a position of comfort and wait for medical help to arrive or transport the patient using 911 recommendations to your local medical facility.

– Extreme Anxiety – Offer Comfort, warmth and reassurance, respect the casualties personal comfort level’s and boundaries and assist the casualty in breathing exercises to help reduce anxiety. Be patient and monitor the casualties breathing, if their breathing becomes altered or they are uncontrollable contact 911 for help, “211” in Alberta is also another hot key number to use if you need to talk to a qualified mental health professional.

– Blood Loss – Immediately Apply Direct Pressure to the wound with a clean non stick dressing, if bleeding persists and a pressure bandage around the dressing to secure a “Even” Pressure “Not tight” You do not want to “stop blood flow”, If bleeding persists add pressure points “The Pressure Points are in your Joints!” Place a rolled up piece of dressing or an object large enough to fit into the joint above the wound and have the casualty press the joint inward against the artery’s “This will help slow the blood flow”. “Only” Apply a Tourniquet under the advisement of a 911 dispatcher.

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!!!

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

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!!!

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

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

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

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.

Online – BLS Basic Life Support Provider CPR&AED “HCP” Is back up and running!

Covid -19 Basic Life Support Interim Training

Health Care Provider Level CPR “AKA” Basic Life Support Provider BLS

Over the years of helping students get the training they need for the employment they require, we have had countless questions on whether or not someone needs the Health Care Provider level CPR also known as Basic Life Support Provider or the general public version of CPR. We understand the confusion as many societies offer their own version of the HCP Health Care Provider CPR course. The final decision on what course a student needs is what their governing society accepts.

But what about Covid – 19?

  • How do we do our CPR class with social distancing?
  • How can we still keep up to date on life saving techniques but not infect patients?
  • What options do I have to keep certified or even recertify during the “Covid-19 Pandemic”?

We have had many students contact us as the Covid-19 Pandemic was breaking out across the world with their concerns. Fear, sadness, and uncertainty are common in this new world where “Self Isolation, Distancing, Disease and Death” loom at every turn.

We want to help our students and those around the world. Saving Grace Medical is a Family based business that has been in operation sense 2011, helping Health Care Professionals and General Public get the life saving training they need to both match Occupational Health & Safety Regulations for their workplace. We know the fear and anxiety that you may be faced with by going back to work, the fear that has been perpetuated by social media and some of the false news that may have sparked panic.

To help, we wanted to offer the newly accredited “Covid – 19 Pandemic Basic Life Support Interim Class” which will help you get through this tough time and still get the certification you need for employment within the Health Care System.

Basic Life Support Provider Interim Training

This 2 part course helps health care professionals in a simple way, by splitting the Basic Life Support Provider CPR&AED course into two pieces “Online Cognitive Learning” & “In Class Skill Assessments” we can avoid the risk of Covid-19 spreading by having our students attend a fully “Online Learning Lecture + Conference”. Then once the Pandemic is concluded the “In Class Skill Assessments” will be scheduled with the new regulations on hygiene, hand washing and social distancing to maximize safety for our students and staff alike.

For more information please feel free to contact us at www.savinggracemedical.com

Our Basic Life Support Interim Program is run through our Edmonton Location with many time slots to chose from. As Alberta Health Services also recommends that due to liability, if your BLS CPR or Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider certificate expires you should not be allowed to work until it is reactivated. For this reason Saving Grace Medical has extended our BLS program course dates as of this year to “Monday Through Saturday” and even on Sundays upon request for groups. There will be more Basic Life Support Provider CPR/AED Level C courses available for our students.

Getting you the course you need, when you need it! We hope this has helped clear some information on standards set forward by Alberta Health Services.

We look forward to seeing you!

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!!!

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

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