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April 2017
  • Did You Miss the Deadline? Reinstate Your Instructor Credentials; Request Your Complimentary Instructor Resource Kit Today!

    Bird on a WireEvery five years, guidelines detailing how rescuers should perform vital first aid and basic life support techniques are updated based on medical research. NSC follows these guidelines to provide our instructors and their students with the most current materials based on the latest science. The new materials offer 20% new content and valuable course enhancements.

    All NSC instructors and instructor trainers are required to order a new instructor resource kit for the programs they are authorized to teach. The deadline to start teaching with the new materials was Feb. 28. If your instructor credentials have lapsed and you want to continue teaching the NSC programs, order your new complimentary instructor kit today. Contact Paul Wojturski at (630) 775-2295 or email

    Why Choose NSC First Aid Training?


    The National Safety Council has a proven history of First Aid education. For decades, NSC has helped organizations prepare their employees for emergency situations.

    NSC offers comprehensive training materials for instructors and employees that leverage some of the most advanced teaching tools. They help ensure your employees know what to do – and what not to do – in case of a medical emergency. That can literally save lives. See how our programs stack up.

    Free Webinar: Why Choose NSC First Aid Training?

    Many colleges and career schools have adopted the NSC First Aid curriculum for their students. Join us for a FREE webinar and find out why!

    During this FREE one-hour webinar and Q&A session, our first aid expert will present an in-depth course comparison of the First Aid programs of nationally recognized providers. You'll receive the information you need to make the best choice for your students.

    Date:  Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    Time: 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. CST
    Presenter: Robb S. Rehberg, PhD, ATC, NREMT, Director of First Aid Training and Program Development at NSC, Professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training Clinical Education, William Paterson University

    Register Now.

    Our Course Materials are 'LMS Ready'

    If you're an instructor teaching at an academic institution (such as a college, university, or technical or vocational school) and you use a learning management system (LMS) such as Blackboard™, you'll be happy to know that our course materials can easily be added to your LMS course shell. 

    Instructional videos, PowerPoint presentations, instructor materials and other ancillaries can be easily incorporated into your course.  Whether you use your LMS to supplement your traditional classroom course, or you teach a blended learning/hybrid course, NSC First Aid programs give you complete flexibility to add digital content to your curriculum. Contact us for assistance in adding these materials to your LMS.


    Let's Work Together to Keep Each Other Safe

    Preventable deaths are at an all-time high in America. In fact, more than 130,000 people die needlessly every year – one every four minutes – from something preventable like a car crash, poisoning or a fall. What if we could reverse this trend and bring the number down to zero? National Safety Month, held each June, is a time to focus on the leading causes of preventable injury and how we can work together to eliminate them.

    This year's National Safety Month theme – Keep Each Other Safe – looks at how we can bring safety in the workplace back to our home and communities. Each week will focus on a different theme:

    • Week 1: Stand Up to Falls
    • Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge
    • Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
    • Week 4: Don't Just Sit There

    Visit to sign up for a variety of free resources to share, including a poster, tip sheets and graphics.

    Spring Cleaning for Your First Aid Kit

    First Aid Kit After the winter season, spring is a time for renewal and cleaning up our homes.  It's also a time when accidents in the home increase. From cleaning out closets to cleaning up your yard, accidents can happen anywhere. Make sure your first aid kit is ready to go.

    • Check over-the-counter drugs for expiration and dispose of any that are expired
    • Show your family what is in the first aid kit and explain how to use each item
    • Keep the first aid kit in a place where everyone can reach it when it is needed
    • Make sure everyone in the family knows where the kit is
    • Make sure the kit is fully stocked with:
      ​Gauze pads (at least 4"x4")
      Box of adhesive bandages
      2 triangular bandages
      At least one blanket
      Adhesive tape
      A splint
      Directions for requesting emergency assistance
      Wound cleaning agent
      ​2 large gauze pads (at least 8"x10")
      1 gauze roller bandage
      Latex gloves
      2 elastic wrapes
      Resuscitation bag, or airway or pocket mask

    Understanding Seizures is a First Step to Responding

    SeizuresSeizures can have multiple causes and can occur at work, at home or in the community, so understanding them can be extremely useful.  The symptoms of seizures vary, with one type of seizure causing loss of consciousness and shaking while other seizures consist of staring spells or out of control movement or speech.

    Seizures can come as a result of any condition that results in abnormal electrical excitation of the brain, including epilepsy, trauma to the head, infection (brain abscess, meningitis), a brain tumor, stroke, low blood sugar, drug use or a very high fever.

    In the event of a seizure, the main goal is to protect the person from injury. This can be achieved by letting the person rest on the ground in a safe area clear of furniture or other sharp objects. You can cushion the person's head, loosen tight-fitting clothing and remove eyeglasses. Turn the person on his or her side if vomiting occurs.

    Paramedics should be called if a seizure lasts more than five minutes, if the person's behavior after the seizure is abnormal, or if another seizure starts soon after a seizure ends.

    Call 9-1-1 if:

    • This is the first time the person has had a seizure
    • A seizure lasts more than 5 minutes
    • The person does not awaken or have normal behavior after a seizure
    • Another seizure starts soon after a seizure ends
    • The person had a seizure in water
    • The person is pregnant, injured or has diabetes
    • The person does not have a medical ID bracelet (instruc­tions on what to do)
    • There is anything different about this seizure compared to usual seizures

    Report all seizures (even a mild one) to a health care pro­vider. If the person is known to have epilepsy or recurrent seizures, their doctor should be notified so medications can be adjusted or other instructions given.

    Technical Bulletin for Instructors Regarding Epinephrine

    NewsIn an attempt to reduce injury and infection when administering epinephrine to victims suffering from a severe allergic reaction, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated patient instructions for the use of epinephrine auto-injectors. Specifically, these updated instructions, which were issued in February 2017, include the following recommendations:

    • The amount of time for administration of epinephrine using an auto-injector should be reduced from 10 seconds to 3 seconds (or per manufacturer instructions)
    • Rescuers should hold the victim's leg to limit movement during administration of epinephrine, especially in children

    This information will be included in future updates to all NSC First Aid programs. In the interim, instructors are advised to include this updated information whenever covering epinephrine administration using an auto-injector in NSC First Aid courses.

    Complete and updated patient information can be found here.

    Need to Place AEDs Where Kids Play? GotAED Can Help

    We all know the benefits of having AEDs in public places, especially in schools and sports and recreation facilities. However, funding for such initiatives can often be a challenge. And while budgeting for AEDs and applying for grants from government agencies and charities are common sources of funding, availability of funding is often limited. 

    Enter GotAED, a project inspired by Simon's Fund.

    "GotAED is a crowdfunding site dedicated to getting AED devices into places where kids learn and play," says Darren Sudman, executive director of Simon's Fund. "We are always approached by groups looking for a donation and unfortunately, we cannot fulfill all of the requests. This site will empower and enable any person or group to launch a campaign, raise $1,100 and get an AED device."

    If your school or sports program is interested in initiating a campaign to raise money for AED placement, GotAED may be an effective way to realize that goal. 

    Do you know a First Aid Hero?

    HeroWe are proud of our instructors and the important work you do. Below is a recent testimonial we received from a first aid student. We will be highlighting these on the NSC First Aid web pages. If you know of anyone with a first aid story they would like to share please direct them to to our First Aid Hero page to enter their story.

    Learn how first aid saved a loved one: 

    On June 24, 2014 we had to do a refresher course on First Aid and CPR. Finding this out I was a bit whiny about it. I thought this is such a waste of time I have plenty work that needs to be done this class is just going to put me behind even more on my every day duties in the office. Little did I know this refresher course was one of the most important things I was going to do in a long time.

    On July 4, like most people, we had a get together with our friends and family. As we all sat around eating all the amazing foods and socializing, my husband got up and walked away from the table. I truly didn't think anything of it.

    Upon his return he was ready to collapse holding his throat. Without hesitation I stood up and gave him the Heimlich. The first try didn't work, so I did it again and with a bit more thrust. At that time the steak he had been choking on expelled out of his throat and he started breathing and coughing. I had total mixed emotions happy, sad, a bit shaky but mostly grateful. 

    Later that evening, I asked him why he would come to me instead of the men sitting around the table who are much stronger. He said "You go to the one you trust in a situation like this." With that being said I wanted to say thank you to Porter and my company for having mandatory training not just for people in the field but for those in the office also. You never think you will have to use it, but never can turn into a few weeks later when the moment arrives and a life-or-death situation is at your fingertips, whether it be a complete stranger or one of the most important people in your life.        

    CPR and First Aid is very important. It helped me save my husband's life and I count my blessings every day!

    Recently Launched NSC Courses

    NSC's Bloodborne Pathogens & Airborne recently gained a new look.  The program focuses on the fundamentals of bloodborne pathogens training, essential information on hepatitis viruses and HIV, and how to prevent infection from these pathogens. It also gives key facts about airborne pathogens, including tuberculosis, making it the only program that exceeds regulatory standards.  The program is available as a classroom or online course. Learn more.

    The NSC Emergency Medical Response program offers the most authoritative first aid training on the market and we are working to make sure it is the best training available to our instructors.

    In addition to the curriculum changes to the programs, we are taking this opportunity to update the design and layout to better suit our instructors' needs. Students receive a copy of our Quick Reference Guide which is also available as a FREE mobile app – putting reference materials in the responder's hands at the scene (see download instructions below). We are excited about the changes and know you will be too! Learn more.

    Introducing the FREE NSC Emergency Medical Response App

    The NSC Emergency Medical Response Quick Reference Guide is a vital reference tool. NSC is excited to offer a portable digital version of the guide. It contains the same need-to-know content as the traditional guide, but in a convenient, always-with-you, electronic format. It's FREE and can help you save a life.

    The app is now available from the App Store and Google Pay. Search "National Safety Council" to find and install the app.

    Desk Copies Available

    Would you like a peek at our student textbooks or workbooks? We have free desk copies available. Please request a copy by completing this form.

    Instructor Resource Center

    The staff at NSC is working diligently to launch our NEW Instructor Resource Center. The new center will be packed full of vital information to help you conduct your trainings. Be on the look-out for an announcement coming soon on this great new resource!

    Student Roster Entry Tips

    Are you having trouble entering your student rosters? Here are some tips to ensure a successful upload:

    • The following fields are required: First Name, Last Name, Address Line 1, City, State, Zip, Email Address, Grade (P/F), Birth Date (MM-DD-YYYY), and IsNationalClient. Leave all others blank excepting Address Line 2 where applicable.
    • IsNationalClient should be set to 0 even if, technically, this isn't true. Setting it to 1 causes broken code to run that will cause the upload to fail.
    • Do not use "na" or other "not applicable" shorthand in mandatory fields; this is guaranteed to cause an upload failure. Make up birth dates and email addresses that conform to the expected formats for said fields if you have to.
    • Make sure your data is clean (e.g. all ZIP codes should be 5 digits).
    • Save files as CSV, not Excel, since the latter tends to add invisible extra lines that cause the upload to fail. Edit in Excel since that is easier, but always save as CSV.

    Make sure no extraneous lines are added in CSV files by opening them in Notepad; if a line is full of ',,,,,,' delete it.

    Reminder: Use Correct Terminology on Course Completion Cards

    It is important for all instructors to remember to use correct terminology when filling out course completion cards. Please consult your Instructor Manual for a complete list of accepted course names.

    All instructors are reminded of the following with regard to issuing course completion cards:

    • Two separate completion cards must be issued whenever a combined First Aid and CPR course is taught. Instructors may not issue a single card for both first aid and CPR.
    • All completion cards must be printed or typed. Hand-written completion cards are not acceptable.
    • Expiration dates for all cards may not exceed 2 years from completion date.
    • Cards must be filled out completely and include the correct course name. The course completion card template you received with your instructor kit includes a field in the upper-right hand portion of the card.  The correct course title must be printed on every card:

    • Only official NSC course titles may be printed on completion cards. The only course titles that may be used on NSC completion cards are:

      For First Aid Cards:

      • First Aid
      • Pediatric
      • Advanced First Aid
      • Emergency Medical Responder

      For CPR Cards:

      • Adult CPR & AED
      • Adult and Child CPR & AED
      • Adult, Child and Infant CPR & AED
      • Pediatric CPR & AED
      • BLS for Health Care Providers

    Cards are valid for up to two years. For more information, please consult the Instructor Guidelines located in the front of your Instructor Manual.

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