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As a safety professional, you may be considering how to develop goals around your work in the new year. Whether it’s training more people on life-saving first aid skills or updating existing safety policies, much can be done by first aid instructors and educators to enhance safety in our workplaces and communities.
Consider adopting these New Year’s resolutions to give yourself, your co-workers or your employees a healthy – and safe – new year.
Around 7.9 million Americans have heart disease and over 600,000 die from it each year, making it the No. 1 killer of Americans. That’s why we observe American Heart Month in February to help people recognize the signs of heart disease and encourage heart-healthy behaviors. That includes you! Please incorporate these suggestions into your daily routine and share them with your students, co-workers and employees.
Nearly 400,000 Americans suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year. Even people who have taken CPR courses can be caught off guard and forget their training. Display the CPR poster where people will see it regularly to reinforce their CPR training. In honor of National Heart Month, the CPR poster will be $9.99 through the end of February, a 33% discount. Use discount code CPR19.
Cardiac arrests can and do happen during work hours. Is your employee directory up to date with first responder contact information? Has everyone received CPR training within the past two years? National Heart Month is the perfect reason to ensure your employees are prepared to save a life.
Has a co-worker, employee or student used your first aid training to save a life? We would like to feature stories from responders or survivors in future issues. Submit your stories to NSC.org/FAhero.
Students frequently ask questions about a first aid “innovation” they saw on TV or online that is not what we teach in our programs. A current example is TV personalities who say rescue breaths are no longer needed for CPR. When it comes to first aid and CPR, knowing the correct procedure is simple – follow the curriculum.
Media outlets often report on research about a new first aid technique or life-saving device. The research may seem both valid and promising, so it might be tempting to use the information in class. But it is important to remember that a single research study is not enough evidence to change the way first aid or CPR is administered. Guidelines are based on all available research on the topic — dozens to hundreds of research studies.
NSC first aid programs follow current AHA Guidelines for CPR & Emergency Cardiac Care and the 2015 American Heart Association and American Red Cross Guidelines for First Aid. These guidelines are evidence-based, meaning they are backed by scientific evidence. The treatment recommendations in the guidelines undergo rigorous scientific evaluation that considers all available research on the topic. A number of factors, including the amount and strength of evidence, are considered before a treatment recommendation is made. This process makes the guidelines, and programs based on them, the most reliable source for first aid and CPR.
So, the next time a student asks about an unusual first aid technique they saw online or on TV, remind them that they already have the most accurate and reliable information available right in front of them. Students should be instructed to perform skills as they are taught in class, not how they may see it elsewhere.
According to Injury Facts, more than nine out of 10 deaths and about 80% of medically consulted injuries suffered by U.S. workers occur off the job. Those off-the-job injuries and fatalities are costly, with an estimated 350 million lost workdays and a societal cost of over $4 billion a year.
As a first aid instructor or educator, you are already prioritizing safety. Now you can help co-workers and students bring the safety mindset home when they join the Safety Ambassador Program. People use NSC materials, tools and resources to reach the public and save lives. Sample activities include:
While teaching first aid classes will not count as a Safety Ambassador activity, any of the listed activities outside your NSC courses will count. Learn more about the program, and share the Safety Ambassador Program link with everyone who might be interested.
José Segura teaches first aid and CPR for the National Safety Council, and he further serves his community as a professional trainer in principles of youth development, safety and leadership. He is the team leader for the Street Outreach Network (SON), a gang intervention and prevention team at the Department of Health and Human Services of Montgomery County, South Carolina.
As a child, Jose lived in Maryland and Washington, D.C. After graduating high school, José served eight years in the United States Marine Corps and attended the University of South Carolina. Jose began his career working with young people, establishing a mentoring program for Latino males in an underserved community in Columbia, South Carolina. José’s unique background has enabled him to run effective afterschool programs throughout Montgomery County.
Jose is happily married to Yadira Segura and has five children: Isa, Nathan, Josiah, Seth and Sara.
Do you have questions about how to make your instruction more effective? We’d love to provide the answers in a future issue of this newsletter. Submit your questions here.
Increase your safety knowledge and network at the 2019 NSC Southern Conference & Expo, April 10-12, 2019 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The three-day annual event is for safety professionals looking to improve safety in their organizations. Learn more and register.
If you haven’t visited the Instructor Resource Center, please take a look. It has been redesigned and is packed full of vital information, such as training tips, news and resources to help you conduct your trainings. Access the resource center here.
The NSC First Aid Training Catalog showcases all our latest products and first aid training supplies.
This NSC poster includes easy-to-follow instructions to reinforce and remind your employees and students about the steps they need to take in the event of a cardiac arrest. Display it prominently in your workplace or classroom where employees and students can reference it when they need it. Measures 17" x 26"; $14.99 each. Posters are available for purchase
here. Use discount code CPR19.
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