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.

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New 2017 Manual for Standard, Emergency and Marine First Aid

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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.

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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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Private Onsite First Aid / CPR Training

Critical Choices First Aid Training is a training partner of the Canadian Red Cross. Did you know we can provide private group training at your home, office or group location for groups as small as 6.

Does your workplace offer a safe environment in which to do work? Does your office staff know First Aid / CPR? Do they have certifications through the Canadian Red Cross? Are your employeesFirst Aid / CPR certified? Is your hotel staff up to date with theirFirst Aid / CPR certifications? Do your teachers knowFirst Aid / CPR? Has a staff member’sFirst Aid / CPR certification expired and is in need ofFirst Aid / CPR renewal training?

Contact us to discuss training for your group on a schedule that meets your needs.

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Defibtech Parnership

For years we have promoted the Defibtech AED’s. We have Defibtech AED trainers in the classroom and have highly recommended them to our students and clients. The reason is simple, they are rugged, durable, built to take abuse! In addition they are beautifully simple to use and one of the most popular AED’s on the market. One thing that is very unique is that software updates due to CPR standards changes are free of charge! We are not aware of any other AED brand offers that service!

The Defibtech is lower priced than many brands of AED and best of all you don’t have to get them from eastern Canada or the USA. They are right here in Langley. Need accessories, batteries or pads, we have them right here.

See our Defibtech information page for complete information and downloads.

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