Is Your Summer Camp Counselor CPR/First Aid Certified?

If you’re sending your kids off to summer camp this year, you’re probably hoping for a certain level of expertise from the camp counselors. You want to know that they have been counselors for years, that they’ve dealt with emergency situations, and that they have some sort of training. Of course, camp counselors are going to be pros at building

Pediatric CPR Training for Babysitters

In a recent pediatric CPR and first aid class we taught for daycare providers, there was a fifth grader in attendance. The reasoning? “I want an up on my competition.” As a babysitter in the community, it was a smart move and we couldn’t help but smile!   We all hope that we won’t have to deal with an emergency

Safety Lessons from The Office

If you love The Office as much as we do, you might remember the scene where Michael Scott demonstrates CPR. It turns into a sing-along mess, but one Arizona man recently credited the scene with helping him save a woman’s life! While the scene clearly seems to show what you shouldn’t do during CPR emergency, they do sing “Stayin’ Alive”

What to do in a Child Poisoning Emergency

Accidental poisoning in a child is something you never want to happen, but unfortunately it can. Children are curious creatures. Just think about the babies in Rugrats. Sure, it’s a cartoon, but they had epic adventures every day that went unnoticed by the parents. Children like to explore and they get into things all the time. Sometimes that means ingesting

Flying Safe: First Aid Training in Flight Attendants

You may have heard about the recent Hawaiian Airlines flight that was heading from Honolulu to New York City and had to divert the plane to land in San Francisco. A flight attendant on board was having a medical emergency. Flight attendants and doctors on board rushed to perform CPR and provide medical attention until they could land safely and

Signs of a Heart Attack

February is American Heart Month and we’re not talking about Valentine’s Day. 1 in 4 deaths each year is caused by heart disease, making it the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. Thankfully, heart disease can be prevented by making healthy choices, like participating in a regular workout regimen and following a balanced diet. American

Personal Trainers and First Aid Training

As a personal trainer, the last thing you want is a client passing out, falling and breaking something, pulling a muscle—or worse—going into cardiac arrest. What’s worse still is if trainers don’t have the skills to respond properly and give clients the attention they need until medical attention arrives. Personal trainers are often pushing their clients to their limits when

Brr…It’s Cold Out There—Frostbite Part 2

Last month we discussed frostnip and frostbite—what it is and isn’t, and what to do if you fear you might have it. With January being the coldest month in Minnesota, let’s delve into Part 2 and discuss prevention methods and the symptoms of frostbite more in-depth. Symptoms The severity of your symptoms will depend upon the stage of cold damage:

Brr…It’s Cold out There: What is Frostbite? (Part 1)

The scene in Mr. Deeds where Longfellow Deeds (played by Adam Sandler) shows his butler his foot—black, numb, and hard as a rock—may have thoroughly scared you about frostbite, or had you saying, “That’s not real, that could never happen to me!” The truth is that it can. Frostbite is defined as the freezing of the skin and underlying tissues.

Be Thankful for Safety this Year

You’re sitting around the Thanksgiving table. You’re surrounded by friends and family with a bountiful feast in front of you. (Hopefully you’re having something a bit more appetizing than buttered toast, popcorn, and pretzel sticks like in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.) You’re relaxing, enjoying the festivities, and taking a moment to think about the things you’re most thankful for. Was