5 Reasons Why First Aid Training is Important

This is part 1 of a 4-part series contributed by Donna Wishart, a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa Area. In this series, Donna will walk us through the importance of first aid training and give some great tips for how to get started training your workforce to perform life-saving first aid.

First-Aid

The human body is susceptible to injury, illness and trauma. We never know when an injury may happen to us, the people we care about or those who are around us. It is always good to have some basic knowledge to take care of critical situations, to keep it from going from bad to worse, or to assist until medical help arrives. Administering first aid to victims in the event of accidents, mishaps and illnesses during office and school hours is encouraged. One must know the basic principles of first aid and this knowledge is gained by taking a First Aid class to become certified.

Listed below are the 5 top reasons why first aid training is so important.

  1. Increases safety: Prevention is the basis of first aid training. We teach that it is better to be safe than sorry. Knowledge of first aid promotes a sense of safety and well being among people. It prompts them to be more alert and safe in their surroundings. Awareness and the desire to be accident free makes you practice safe habits, reducing the number of causalities and accidents.
  2. Helps save lives: If a person who is trained to give first aid responds to a casualty in his vicinity, immediate action can be taken and lives can be saved. It is natural for most of us to rush to support any injured person but a trained person is more reliable, confident and composed while in trauma situations.
  3. Helps relieve pain: Minor injuries require a simple solution such as applying an ice pack or a quick rub. A trip to the emergency room can be avoided if a First Aid trained person attends to the victim.  The certified person can reduce and temporarily relieve the pain by performing simple procedures.
  4. Makes people more secure: Knowing that you can save your own life if needed or take care of the people you know during an emergency helps you relax and be more confident. This sense of security promotes a healthy and safe environment. The presence of trained people provides reassurance to the others.
  5. Prevents the situation from becoming worse: A trained person would know how to keep the situation from escalating. Many emergencies are progressive in nature so it is important to manage the initial signs and symptoms. A first aid certified person will provide temporary treatment which will keep the condition of the victim from deteriorating, till professional help arrives.

Knowledge of first aid instills confidence among people, their families, their colleagues and associates. Basic first aid skills are very helpful in dealing with trauma situations.

Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers a variety of first aid training classes.

Tune in for part 2 of this series, to hear about the most common types of workplace injuries and illnesses, and how to prevent them.

First Aid Statistics – 7 Facts

Part 2 of our 4-part series contributed by Donna Wishart (a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa area) helps to explain just why first aid training is so important. Workplace injuries and accidents are far more common that we might think – read on to discover more!

Safe practices while at work, home, or play can prevent many injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Once injury or sudden illness occurs, effective first aid can make the difference between a rapid or prolonged recovery, a temporary or permanent disability, and even life or death.

That is motivation enough to ensure you and your employees are first aid and CPR/AED trained, but wait until you read the statistics.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, defines first aid as “emergency care provided for injury or sudden illness before professional emergency medical treatment is available.” The statistics for workplace or home injuries or deaths are alarming. An incident can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time.

Statistics

  1. Workplace injuries and illnesses kill about 2.2 million people in the world each year.
  2. Accidental injury is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for individuals younger than 44 years of age.
  3. Fifteen workers die each day in the U.S. from traumatic injuries.
  4. Approximately 4 million workers suffer a nonfatal injury or illness each year.
  5. In the U.S. about 1/3 of all injuries happen at home.
  6. In the U.S. about 20% of injury deaths happen at home.
  7. For every home injury death there are approximately 650 nonfatal home injuries.

Having someone at your workplace that is certified in first aid or CPR to deliver initial emergency procedures until EMS arrives can be the difference between life and death. Are you and your employees trained and ready to respond in an emergency?

Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers a variety of first aid training classes.

Tune in for part 3 of this series for a true story of a life that was saved by the successful application of CPR and emergency first aid.  You won’t want to miss this!

When It’s Life or Death, CPR Makes all the Difference!

In part 3 of our 4-part series contributed by Donna Wishart (a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa area), you’ll hear about a life that was saved by the quick action of a coworker trained in CPR.  Donna also shares some quick facts that demonstrate how important CPR is, and how quickly you and your workers can learn it.

First, check out this amazing story of a young lady who nearly died after a cardiac arrest, and was saved in large part from the quick thinking and acting of Gonzaga University staff!

Facts about CPR:

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults. Most occur in persons with underlying heart disease, though sometimes these underlying diseases are unknown until the cardiac arrest episode.
  • CPR doubles a person’s chance of survival from cardiac arrest.
  • 75% of all cardiac arrests occur in people’s homes.
  • The typical victim of cardiac arrest is a man in his early 60’s and a woman in her late 60’s.
  • Cardiac arrest occurs twice as frequently in men than in women.
  • In sudden cardiac arrest the heart goes from a normal heartbeat to a quivering rhythm called ventricular fibrillation in about 2/3rds of all cardiac events. V FIB is fatal unless an electrical shock called defibrillation is administered with an AED. CPR extends the window of time in which defibrillation is effective by keeping vital organs supplied with oxygen.
  • CPR provides a trickle of oxygenated blood to the brain and heart to keep these organs alive until defibrillation shocks the heart into a normal rhythm.
  • If CPR is started within 4 minutes of collapse and defibrillation is provided within 10 minutes of collapse, the person has a 60% chance of survival.  CPR can hold off the life-threatening effects of cardiac arrest for up to 6 minutes, giving emergency crews ample time to arrive on scene and begin defibrillation.

Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers a variety of first aid training classes, including CPR and AED training.

Tune in for the conclusion of this series to start your organization’s Emergency Action Plan!

Start Your Emergency Action Plan Today!

In the conclusion to our 4-part series, Donna Wishart discusses how to get started with an Emergency Action Plan for your facility or jobsite.  This essential step will put you the right path towards a safer workplace and a more informed staff.

Emergencies can strike without warning and effect your company’s ability to maintain production.  When an emergency hits, your response could mean the difference between life and death.

Survival can depend upon your readiness. No matter what type of business you are in, an effective Emergency Action Plan will help to ensure your employees can survive the worst possible emergency.

Your emergency response plan needs to be not only current but effective. It cannot be a policy on paper only. Your plan needs to include proper equipment and adequate training as well as proper maintenance of both.

Things to Consider

  • What are your human resources?  How many employees do you have?
  • What type of facility do you have – warehouse, office, outdoor jobsite?
  • What type of work is conducted in your workplace?
  • What medical dangers might be present?
  • Do you have an Emergency Response Team?
  • How close are your local EMS locations, and how quickly can they respond?
  • What first aid supplies do you currently have, and what new supplies might you need?
  • Do you offer regular training to first responders?  Is the training geared toward the specific hazards present in your workplace?

Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers a variety of first aid training classes, including CPR and AED training.

To take the next step, and begin your Emergency Action Plan, contact Wishart Safety or your local Ritz Safety representative!