NSC Instructor Insider Newsletter

January 2019

Bright Ideas for a Safer 2019

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.

  • Make sure your training is up to date. Frequent training in first aid, CPR, and the use of an AED helps refresh knowledge keeps skills sharp, and ensures you know the most up-to-date information.
  • AEDs are essential. The chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest decrease by as much as 10% for each minute a shock from an automated external defibrillator (AED) is delayed. If you don’t have an AED at your facility, consider purchasing one. If you already have an AED, check the batteries and expiration date.
  • Develop or update your emergency medical response plan. Review and update key contact information, including updated current roster of internal first responders. Your plan should include a list of local hospitals and ambulance or medivac services.
  • Train your whole staff and their families. Sharing life-saving skills can go a long way toward keeping the people around you safe. Make it a goal to train 100% of employees and their families.
  • Plan an emergency response drill. Are you sure your organization can adequately respond if someone goes into cardiac arrest, is suddenly injured, or has another health emergency? A scheduled drill can help determine whether your company is truly prepared to treat injuries and save lives.

Promote Heart Health in February

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.

  • Get your annual wellness exam and remind family, employees, co-workers and students to do the same.
  • Eat heart-healthy foods. Limit foods that are high in fat, calories and cholesterol to special treats like a birthday dinner.
  • If you smoke, stop. If you don’t, gently encourage someone you care about to stop.
  • Exercise to increase wellbeing and decrease stress. This can be as simple as walking a half hour a day or taking a yoga class a couple times a week.

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.

We Want to Share Your First Aid Hero Stories

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.

Media vs. Curriculum: Where to Get the Right Information

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.

Instructors and Students Can Make Homes and Communities Safer

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:

  • Organizing a community education event on the dangers of impaired driving
  • Sponsoring a teen driving safety program at a local high school
  • Writing letters to legislators on safety issues
  • Creating a social media campaign on proper child safety seat installation
  • More on the Get Started webpage

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.

Meet Instructor José Segura

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.

What Do You Want to Know About First Aid Instruction?

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.


Attend a 2019 NSC Regional Conference & Expo

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.

Visit the NSC Instructor Resource Center


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.


Training Catalog

First Aid Training Courses

The NSC First Aid Training Catalog showcases all our latest products and first aid training supplies.

CPR Poster

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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