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Safety Training Pros acquires Foster Calm Wilderness Training

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Safety Training Pros Inc. today announced it has acquired Foster Calm Wilderness & Leadership Training. Foster Calm will continue to provide world-class wilderness training as a division of Safety Training Pros.

This acquisition expands Safety Training Pros current product offerings for Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder. Foster Calm has been a leader of wilderness & leadership programs since 2001, when founder Bobbie Foster began training wilderness first aid in the northern California area. Today, the Foster Calm brand is recognized as a leader in the field of wilderness safety.

“Safety Training Pros and Foster Calm Wilderness Training look forward to serving you and your organization with an expanded portfolio of emergency training, superb first aid supplies, and AED Sales & Service” said the company founder Katryna Anderson.

Safety Training Pros and Foster Calm are now both headquartered in Sacramento, CA.

More information about the training classes it offers can be found at the company website: safetytrainingpros.com


Shallow Water Blackout

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Shallow Water Blackout (SWB) is the silent killer. Shallow Water Blackout occurs when a swimmer holds their breath while underwater. Swimmers are at risk of passing out due to a lack of oxygen. Since there is no struggle or signs someone is in danger, it can quickly result in death. Unfortunately, the number of deaths attributed to SWB is not fully known, because they are often labeled as a traditional drowning. So, what exactly is shallow water blackout? Why does SWB continue to occur and how can we, as Lifeguards and Aquatic professionals, make the public more aware of this issue.

What is Shallow Water Blackout?
According to http://www.shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org/how-it-happens, Shallow Water Blackout results from hypoxia (low oxygen) to the brain. What triggers one to breathe is the elevation of carbon dioxide (CO2), not low oxygen (O2). The danger is exacerbated with hyper-ventilation prior to breath-holding. One basically “blacks out” or faints in the water. For some, their lungs will take on water leading to drowning while others simply suffocate or die of other causes brought on by the breath-holding.

SWB can happen in as little as three feet of water. It can happen so fast that even the most experienced lifeguard could miss it.

Swimming World magazine stated some are caused by kids who dare their friends to a breath-holding contest. Not wanting to lose, one of them will push their bodies past the limit, when their brain shuts down before it tells the body to go to the surface.

Why does it continue to happen?
There is a lack of education and awareness on the dangers of breath-holding. When you go to a pool you almost always see a “No Running” or a “No Diving” sign posted but “No Breath-Holding” signs have yet to become the norm.

Another issue is that underwater breath-holding and underwater swimming has been practiced for decades. Breath-holders, whether it be a competitive swimmer, a child, freediver, etc., do not understand how to prevent SWB.

The CDC warns that “dangerous underwater breath-holding behaviors” can lead to otherwise strong, healthy swimmers losing consciousness underwater and drowning.

What can we do to make those who visit our facilities more aware of SWB?
As an Aquatic Professional, I think that taking the time to educate the public, as well as the lifeguards who serve those that use your facility, is key in helping to raise awareness. Pool signage and a small handout with information and tips on preventing Shallow Water Blackout (see tips below) for the bathers could go a long way.

Tips to Prevent SWB:
• Don’t Play Breath-holding games      
• Don’t Hyperventilate
• Don’t Swim Alone
• Don’t Ignore the Urge to Breathe

Holding an in-service training for your lifeguards on the importance of monitoring breath holding could help them identify risky behaviors. Make sure that they always scan the bottom of the pool. Remind them that even when its swim team practice, they should stay vigilant (remember: they have lifeguards at the Olympics too). Creating a conversation among the staff about staying safe is always a good thing!

At Safety Training Pros we proudly serve the Northern California & Northern Nevada for all your aquatic training needs. We offer Waterfront Lifeguard, Lifeguard, Shallow Water Lifeguard, Basic Water Rescue, Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Lifeguard Instructor, and Pool In-Service Training.

If you or your facility need training, please contact us at [email protected] or 1-844-900-SAFE.


Planning for Emergencies in the Workplace

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Emergencies happen when you least expect it, however the more prepared you and your facility are to deal with these types of incidents and accidents the safer everyone will be. Various documents have been produced by OSHA, FEMA, and other government agencies to help businesses prepare for emergencies. Does your company have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for a Fire, Medical Emergency, Bomb Threat, Chemical Spill, or a Shooter on Site? Would you or your co-workers know what to do?

The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. At Safety Training Pros we are committed to making sure businesses are more effective when it comes to Emergency Planning, In-Service Training, and much more. We want to make sure that your staff is safe in case of an emergency.

FEMA has established the Ready Program that includes five steps to prepare workers for emergencies of all types. Well-developed EAP’s give employees the understanding of how to respond in a variety of emergency situations, they know where to go, how to keep safe, and what equipment to take and/or use. With proper training this means that they are able to respond quicker and safer thus reducing injuries and fatalities. Below are the five steps of the Ready Program from http://workplaceemergencyplans.com/

1. Program Management
• Know the regulations that govern your business emergency action plan
• Organize an Emergency Action Team to implement the development and administration of your emergency program

2. Planning – The Practical Considerations of Developing an Emergency Plan – Planning must include:
• What to do in the event of an emergency
• Steps to take to prevent emergencies
• Ways to limit the business impact of emergencies

3. Implementation – What the Emergency Action Plan Must Include
• Resource Management
• Emergency Response
• Crisis communications
• Business continuity
• Information technology
• Employee assistance
• Incident management
• Employee Training

4. Testing and Exercises
• Testing and evaluating the emergency plan
• Differentiating between different types of exercises
• How to conduct exercises
• Evaluating the exercise results to know effectiveness of the emergency plan

5. Program Improvement
• Determine when the emergency plan needs to be reviewed
• Evaluate the emergency plan
• Make changes and improvements to the plan

It is important to remember to include both management and employees in creating an emergency action plan. Create a Safety Team that meets on a regular basis. Make sure to review the plan and assess it so that necessary developments and changes can be made. It’s also important, of course, that you write up this plan and provide copies to every employee in your workplace.

Remember, you don’t come to work expecting an incident or accident to occur, but the more prepared you are the safer everyone around you will be. For more information on safety training such CPR, First Aid and AED please contact Safety Training Pros at 844-900-SAFE (7233).


How to write a patient care report

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Many emergency responders including Lifeguards, complete a patient care report on the incidents they respond to. Responders involved in the incident need to complete the appropriate report form as quickly as possible after providing care. Record only factual information of what was heard and seen and any action taken. Do not give personal opinions.

Documentation is important for legal reasons as well as for tracking when, where and how often incidents occur. Reports provide valuable information for facilities to use when they assess safety protocols, such as staffing levels or placement of lifeguard stations.

Here is a checklist of questions providers should answer before submitting a report:

  • Are your descriptions detailed enough?
  • Are the abbreviations you used appropriate and professional?
  • Is your report free of grammar and spelling errors?
  • Is it legible?
  • Is the chief complaint correct?
  • Is your impression specific enough?
  • Are all other details in order?

 

1. Check descriptions
Upon the completion of every incident, your report documents all events that occurred. This includes a detailed assessment of the situation and a full recounting of the treatment administered to the patient. It is specific, informative, free of ambiguity and negligence.

  • Which arm is the patient having pain?
  • Is it the upper or lower part of the arm?
  • What was the timeline of the incident?

 

2. Check (and recheck) spelling and grammar

Your report should paint a picture, but this is impossible to do without proper English. Besides not being accurate or professional, incorrect English may very well lead a reader to believe something false. For example, there may be confusion (and laughter) if a report says “patient fainted and her eyes rolled around the room.” Though this is a humorous example, dire consequence can follow confusing reporting.

Reporting should be free of misspellings and the understanding of what you are trying to say should be clear. For example, the trauma surgeon should have a good understanding of the mechanism of injury that brought the patient to the hospital from reading your report.

3. Assess your chief complaint description
An area of the report that is frequently misused is the chief complaint which should explain why you were needed or why the patient is being treated. Chief complaint is not the cause of the injury. For example, a chief complaint is pain to the right lower arm, not the fact that the patient has fallen off a ladder. Using the patient’s own words is an appropriate practice if they describe symptoms of their chief complaint.

4. Review your impressions
An impression encompasses the reasons for patient treatment. Trauma and fall are too vague to be used as impressions. Include the body areas or symptoms that are being treated. In other words, what treatment protocol is being followed?

If you are following a stroke protocol, and your assessment indicates a possible stroke, this should be included in your impression. Multi-systems trauma injuries bring additional challenges, but if multi-body systems are involved, they all should be included in your impression of the patient.

5. Check the final details
The patient’s SAMPLE including past medical history and medications are important to note. Document the patient’s history completely. Remember bystanders or those close to the patient can often provide valuable information about the patient.

Another important aspect to clearly document is the outcome of your treatments. Some reports have a standard text box that indicates improved, but in your narrative you should clearly document how the treatment improved the patient’s condition.

After the incident and upon completion of the report writing, you may be asked to attend an operational debriefing. The goals of the debriefing are to examine what happened, assess the effectiveness of the EAP, condier new ways to prevent similiar incidents and to be alert for stress reactions after a critical incident. Be sure to avaoid assigning blame or criticizing anyone’s actions or reactions.

For additional in-service training at your facility, contact the rescue professionals at Safety Training Pros 844-900-SAFE (7233).


National Lifeguard Shortage

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Over the past several summers swimming pools, rivers, lakes and beaches have been affected by an increasing shortage of lifeguards. Many news articles and press releases have brought attention to this problem but agencies continue to struggle season after season. City recreation departments and private health clubs spread the word about employment opportunities, but applications slowly trickle in. Pool managers with staffing struggles delay their openings and in some cases close pools entirely. So what has happened to the appeal of being a lifeguard? It’s a great learning tool and stepping stone for those entering health care or public safety fields. For many teens and college students it can be a great summer job.

A 2014 American Red Cross survey found 10 Americans die every day from unintentional drowning — two of them are children younger than 14. As a certified Lifeguard you can help to prevent these types of incidents and accidents from occurring. Safety Training Pros provides Lifeguard classes, beginning in March, throughout Northern California. Our classes are Fun, Fast and Easy! We prepare each student for real life situations. Students learn the knowledge and skills needed to help prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, students learn patron rescue and surveillance skills, land and water rescue skills, as well as first aid and CPR/AED.

In order to take the class you must be at least 15 years old and pass certain swimming requirements: 300-yd continuous swim using front crawl (freestyle) and breaststroke. 2 minute tread using only your legs. Timed event – swim and retrieve a 10-pound object from a depth of 7-10 feet. Retulifeguardrn to the surface with object and exit the pool without the use of ladder or stairs. Successful completion of the course includes a 2 year American Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR/AED & First Aid certificate.

For a list of our upcoming aquatic classes please visit us at https://safetytrainingpros.com/lifeguard-certification or call us at  844-900-SAFE (7233).


10 Ways to Make Your Workplace Healthier

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Having a happy and healthy workplace can increase productivity and moral. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey, people spend nearly nine hours on work-related activities during their day. With so much time spent at work, it goes without saying that a positive work environment is vital to your wellbeing. Below are 10 tips on how to make your workplace more positive.

  1. A happy employee is a productive employee. People who enjoy their jobs are likely to engage more thoroughly with their work.
  2. Keep the Office Clean and Organized. Adding plants can help create a pleasant environment as they’re both visually appealing and help clean the air.
  3. Get healthy. Encourage yourself to get healthy. Join a gym or take a walk during lunch. Reduce the amount of unhealthy foods and snacks you eat throughout the day.
  4. Stay home when sick. Enough said.
  5. Team building. Keep relationships within the office healthy by scheduling teambuilding activities.
  6. Be positive. Present an attitude of positivity and approachability.
  7. Have a good work and life balance. Don’t let work be your number one priority.
  8. Bring your pet to work. A growing body of evidence suggests that pets in the office can have positive health benefits.
  9. Lighting. Proper lighting is essential for a healthy work environment. Natural light is best.
  10. Relax. Take a deep breath.

Here at Safety Training Pros we know the importance of creating a safe and happy workplace. We strive to make sure that all of our clients maintain an environment that is healthy in a variety of ways. Understanding how to protect yourself and others from diseases, knowing how to assist in an emergency and taking CPR and First Aid classes, are just a few of the ways we try to help. For more information on classes that we provide please contact us at 844-900-SAFE (7233) or visit our website.

 


Cruise Lines and Lifeguards

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In 2013, six months after a four year old boy nearly drown on one of its ships, Disney Cruise Line quietly became the first and only major cruise line to have lifeguards. That is up until now. Royal Caribbean International has put a help-wanted ad out for lifeguards. This is GREAT! Major kudos to Royal Caribbean in seeing the value and necessity of having trained lifeguards stationed at aquatic areas located aboard the ship.

According to Cruise Lines International Association, more than 1.5 million children are aboard cruises every year. While some cruise ships have over 1,000 employees aboard, there are no lifeguards aboard three of the biggest cruise lines — Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Lines.

thSeveral children have drowned or nearly drowned in pools on cruise ships in recent years, leading critics to question the industry’s pool safety practices. Having a “no lifeguard” sign isn’t enough. It doesn’t keep people safe. Kids don’t read signs and some children can’t even read what the sign says.  In June, an 8-year-old boy was pulled from the pool on Anthem of the Seas after being submerged for eight to 10 minutes, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. He died two days later. This is only one example of several accidents that have happened at sea while families have been on vacation.

Its always important to remember that Lifeguards are there for emergencies but nothing should take the place of a parent/guardians watchful eye and close presence on weak and non-swimmers. More cruise lines, like Disney and Royal Caribbean, should take the initiative to prevent accidents before they happen.

If you are interested in becoming a certified Lifeguard please visit our website or call us at 844-900-SAFE (7233). We continually add classes for the 2017 aquatic season including Lifeguard, Waterfront Training, Safety Training for Swim Coaches, and Title 22.


Holiday Season Drunk Driving Awareness

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According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is the deadliest for drunk driving accidents. 973 people were killed in drunk driving crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s in 2015.

Sacramento County DUI Coalition reminds everyone to follow these simple tips to stay safe:

  • Plan a safe way to get home before you attend the party. Alcohol impairs judgment, as well as reaction time. If you’re impaired you’re more likely to choose to drive drunk.
  • Designate a sober driver; take public transportation, a car service, or a call a sober friend or family member to get home.
  • Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
  • If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.

 

Always remember to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!

On New Years, Berg Injury Lawyers offer free cab rides home. In Sacramento, between 10pm on December 31st and 4am on January 1st, Call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Tell them “Berg Injury Lawyers is picking up the tab” ($35 Limit)

The safety experts at Safety Training Pros would like to Wish you a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season!

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Workplace CPR, AED & First Aid Training

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save-livesIs your workplace prepared for an emergency? Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. Workplace injuries and illnesses cost our economy 198 billion dollars a year. Many businesses are required to train their staff in workplace safety using Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. Others see the value in training their employees because they know that training could have a huge affect on reducing the number and severity of workplace injuries. Getting trained is easy and our professional instructors will ensure your employees have the knowledge and skills to respond to real-life situations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximates that 10,000 cardiac arrests occur while victims are at work, and when CPR and First Aid care is provided within the first five to seven minutes of an incident, a victim’s chances of survival can increase by 60 percent. CPR and AED training is a hands on course that teaches students how to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest along with the safe use of an automated external defibrillator.

Additionally, First Aid training provides information about how to assess and respond to medical and trauma situations includes bleeding, shock, head and spinal injuries, stroke, anaphylaxis, and much, much more.

Employees in any occupation can benefit from being prepared to respond to an emergency in the workplace. Safety Training Pros can help ensure that your company is up to date with safety regulations and best practices. We offer an assortment of convenient, competitively priced training options. For on-site training information request a quote, contact us at [email protected], or 844-900-SAFE.


Creating a First Aid Kit for Your Home

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Having a great First Aid kit at home is easy to do. Below is an article, by Tracey Neithercott, that outlines the supplies you need for both major and minor emergencies. It also has a section for Diabetes and Medications. Get trained and know what to do in an emergency. If it is time for you to get certified, join our open enrollment class on December 14th. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the experts at Safety Training Pros 916-538-6447 or [email protected]

When it comes to your health, preparing for the worst isn’t pessimistic. It’s smart. That’s why experts advise everyone to stash medical supplies for a rainy day. Or, you know, a day when you’ve just sliced your finger, sprained your ankle, or broken out in hives.

A well-stocked first-aid kit is easy to prepare and useful in both minor and more serious emergencies. The bathroom may seem like the ideal spot to stash the essentials, but because of heat and humidity, it’s not the best place to keep medicine or many diabetes supplies. Instead, store your first-aid kit in a room where you spend a lot of time or in an easy-to-reach area of a closet.

Creating your own kit is easy. Start with a waterproof container, then add the supplies listed (“In the Kit,” below). As far as medications go, experts recommend adding baby aspirin to the mix, which can help during a heart attack. (After calling 911, chew two baby aspirin or one non-coated adult aspirin. Chewed aspirin works faster than swallowed pills.) There’s less of a consensus about other medications. Those that must be kept cold, such as insulin, don’t need to be included. Others, such as cough syrup, ibuprofen, and antidiarrheal drugs, can be added to the mix.

The tricky part is keeping items current. “If you’re going to put medications in there, anything that can potentially expire, you want to check that often,” says David Berry, PhD, ATC, an athletic trainer, professor at Weber State University, and member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. He recommends reviewing the items in your first-aid kit at least twice a year and replacing anything that is expired.

Also remember to refill the kit as you use items in it. “The problem is, people take things out, they use them, and they don’t replace them,” Berry says. “[You] need to replace those items so in case an event transpires, [you] have the equipment readily available again.”

Wound-care products are some of the most important items in your kit. Irrigation solution, for instance, is helpful for cleaning wounds of dirt, debris, and bacteria. That’s a particularly important step for people with diabetes, who are more susceptible to infection.

Berry says plain soap and water will do the trick, but it’s smart to store saline solution in your kit, which comes in handy when you can’t make it to the sink. Noticeably absent: hydrogen peroxide. Neither that nor alcohol is useful for cleaning wounds. “If you look at the research, they actually destroy some of the healthy cells,” he says. “You don’t want to destroy the healthy tissue.”

Another aspect of building a first-aid kit you’ll want to pay attention to: your family’s allergies. Is someone allergic to latex? Stock non-latex gloves and bandages. Do you have an allergy to certain antibiotic ointments? Be careful to stash the right type in your kit.

For diabetes, take extra precautions. You can’t store insulin in a first-aid kit because it needs to be refrigerated before opening. But you can stock other supplies, such as a backup meter, extra insulin pump infusion sets, batteries for any devices you use, fast-acting glucose and glucagon for lows, syringes and pen needles, lancets, and a backup container of test strips (just be sure to use them before they expire!).

Finally, keep a list of emergency phone numbers in your kit, such as the poison control center 800-222-1222 and your doctors’ office.

If you’ve injured yourself, make a follow-up appointment with your health care provider. First aid is essential, but it’s only the first step in the process. Continued care can ensure you stay safe in the long run.

In the Kit

The following supplies make for a comprehensive first-aid kit.

General
Adhesive cloth tape
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Aloe vera gel for burns (first degree only)first-aid-kit
Antibiotic ointment
Antiseptic wipes
Bandage roll (such as an Ace bandage)
Bandages in assorted sizes (such as Band-Aids)
Calamine lotion
Compact mobile splint (Sam Splint)
First-aid guidebook (such as American Red Cross Pocket First Aid)
Gauze pads
Hydrocortisone ointment
Instant cold packs or plastic bags for ice (1 quart or 1 gallon)
Latex-free face shield
Latex-free gloves
Low-dose aspirin (such as baby aspirin)
Scissors
Thermometer
Triangular bandages (for slings)
Tweezers
Wound wash (such as saline solution)

Diabetes

  • Batteries (for meters, pumps, and continuous glucose monitors)
  • Blood glucose meter
  • Fast-acting glucose (such as tablets or gels)
  • Glucagon kit
  • Infusion sets for pumps
  • Injection pen needles
  • Insulin syringes
  • Lancets
  • Skin prep wipes
  • Test strips (for blood glucose and ketones)

4 C’s of Wound Care

  1. Clean the wound with soap and water or using a wound wash, such as saline solution.
  2. Coat with antibacterial ointment, such as Neosporin. Use sparingly.
  3. Cover with a bandage.
  4. Call for a doctor’s appointment to follow up if needed (if you need stitches, for example, or the wound shows signs of infection, such as redness and pus).

Medications (Optional)

While it’s not entirely necessary to store medications in a first-aid kit (aside from aspirin, which is crucial during a heart attack), it may be a good idea to include the following. When you hit the road, grab your kit. That way, if you’re ill but can’t find a pharmacy, you’ll have the basics on hand.

  • Antacid
  • Antidiarrheal (such as Pepto-Bismol*)
  • Antihistamine (such as Benadryl)
  • Cough syrup
  • Decongestant
  • Ibuprofen

*Or your doctor may prescribe a just-if-needed antimicrobial medication, such as tetracycline.