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CPR Level HCP replaced by Basic Life Support

Effective March 31 2019 Canadian Red Cross CPR Level HCP (Health Care Provider) has been officially discontinued at a National Level. It is no longer available in Canada. The course has been replaced by the new Canadian Red Cross BLS (Basic Life Support). BLS is focused on high performance resuscitation and professional skills and does not provide prevention education and address other first aid components as was the case in the (now discontinued) Red Cross CPR Level HCP curriculum. The BLS course will be of interest to LPN’s, RN’s and MD’s working in an acute care hospital. Other facilities that may want BLS training / certification will be Sedation Dentistry Clinics, Medical Clinics and Doctors Offices. It is not a suitable course for members of the general public needing first aid and CPR for home or workplace emergencies.

CPR Level C is the best course for most people needing CPR training. This level of CPR can be taken as a stand alone CPR-C course or as part of Emergency, Standard or Marine first aid classes.

If you are interested in BLS, please contact us for information on our private group BLS courses. We are not currently providing public level BLS courses.

Big News with Worksafe BC

Effective July 1 2018, all Canadian Red Cross Emergency and Standard First Aid courses are acceptable training for BC workplaces! For decades the only courses recognized by Worksafs BC were their own Occupational First Aid programs. That era has now officially come to an end with Worksafe BC now accepting Red Cross programs as well. Very exciting news.

We do a lot of training in the aviation industry where pilots need to have Red Cross certification to satisfy Transport Canada and Worksafe BC certification specifically for ground or water loading operations at off airport sites. Now they only need one certification for both.

Another area affected is schools. Worksafe BC requires schools to have staff certified in Occupational First Aid, yet that training does not include any form of first aid or CPR for children. Now they can take Emergency or Standard which covers all age groups.


2017 Programs Starting

Effective June 1 2017 we will begin offering the new 2017 Red Cross programs for all courses. There are new books and updated course content for all programs. In addition to all the existing content from the 2012 program, Red Cross is now including information on dealing with Overdoses, Mental Health Emergencies as well as updated hemorrhage control as well as numerous other additions or updates.

In the fall Red Cross will be introducing Electronic Certifications so you can download and print your own certificates if you need to submit to employers or just need another copy. Books are also going to electronic format so you can re-download your manual at any time as well as the new 300 page Comprehensive First Aid Guide.

Red Cross First Aid Manual

New 2017 Manual for Standard, Emergency and Marine First Aid

New Course Wilderness & Remote First Aid

We are very excited to be able to announce that Critical Choices First Aid is now able to provide Canadian Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid training and certification.

This exciting course provides all the content of the popular Standard First Aid & CPR, plus Wilderness_First_Aidspecial material on techniques for wilderness and remote areas. Course also offers strategies for providing extended care for up to 24 hours. The course starts in the classroom on Friday evening and then the next two days are spent in a wooded environment. This course requires greater physical activity and endurance than typical first aid training and is suitable for those who work or live in remote locations or who are outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

Our instructor Sean is an experienced climber, backpacker and wilderness guide. He will make this a very enjoyable and informative weekend.

Additional details and course schedules are available on the Wilderness First Aid section of our web site.


2016 Red Cross First Aid Program Changes

Every 5 years, ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation) announces theirilcor-logo recommendations for basic and advanced life support standards. For the preceding 5 years ILCOR looks at the results of emergency care on real world patients and asks the question “Could we do better?” At the end of the 5 year period they publish their new findings that this results in changes to the first aid and CPR programs.

In October 2015 the latest findings were announced and now training providers around the world are reviewing those recommendations. Below are some of the upcoming changes for Canadian Red Cross programs as published in a recent Canada AM article.

Use of tourniquets to stop bleeding
In the past, the Red Cross recommended applying pressure to stop bleeding, but said only “properly trained” professionals should attempt to use a tourniquet to constrict blood flow to the wound.

Now, however, the organization says a tourniquet is appropriate to use when simply applying pressure won’t stop the bleeding.

“It’s one of those procedures in first aid that’s sort of been in and out, but now the latest research we’re seeing out of Afghanistan and Iraq is that (tourniquets) are in fact saving lives,” said Don Marentette, the national director of first aid and program development at the Canadian Red Cross.

Cleaning cuts and abrasions
In older guidelines, the Red Cross recommended using soap and water to clean cuts, but new evidence shows that soap could actually cause irritation, Marentette said.
“We found now that there are a couple of studies that tell us that certain kinds of soap are irritating to skin tissue when it’s been cut,” he told CTV’s Canada AM on Wednesday. “The best thing to do is just some good clean tap water.”

Epinephrine doses for allergic reactions
Many patients with severe allergies already carry one emergency dose of epinephrine, often in the form of an EpiPen, to use in case of an allergic reaction.
According to the new guidelines, however, some people with severe allergies may consider keeping a second dose on hand.

“The biggest change now we’re seeing is that, often, those people need a second dose,” Marentette said.

This means that patients should take one dose if they go into anaphylactic shock, but if there’s no change in their condition after ten minutes, patients should receive a second injection.

Chest pain linked to heart problems
The Canadian Red Cross now recommends adults who experience chest pain believed to be caused by cardiac problems should chew one or two low-dose aspirin pills, then call 911.
As long as the patient knows they aren’t allergic to aspirin, Marentette said the organization now knows “there’s a significant benefit” to taking aspirin when experiencing heart problems.

Head injuries and concussions
The Red Cross is now advocating that any athletes who suffer a blow to the head leave the game immediately.

“What we’re suggesting is that, if someone sustains a blow to the head that is … consistent with a concussion, that they remove themselves from the field of play as soon as possible,” Marentette said.

The first aid program director said the organization is hoping to change attitudes around concussions and prevent young athletes from trying to play through their injuries.
“We really want that to stop,” he said. “We want to gauge that a little better and get the message out to Canadians: If they get hit in the head hard like that, stop.”

Here is the full Canadian Red Cross Published Guidelines

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