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CPR Classes near Fremont, CA
Date: October 19th, 2013
Time: 1pm -4pm
The American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED certification class covers CPR for infants, children, & adults, choke-saving, and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). This course is for renewing, re-certification, or initial students.
Next to USPS, across street Diddams
545 Meridian Avenue, Suite E
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 724-9985
Basic First-Aid for Minor Injuries – Courses offered in San Jose
There are certain skills, such as CPR, that we may devote ourselves to learning whilst all the while hoping we never have to call upon the knowledge and use it. First-aid could also fall into this category, though the circumstances that call upon us to use it may be more frequent. Knowledge of the basic treatments for common types of cuts, bruises and other injuries can be crucial when professional help is unavailable. Whether we’re out in the wild, at home waiting for an ambulance or otherwise alone with a person in need, our quick responses can mean the difference between an arrested and an aggravated injury.
The golden rule for all forms of first-aid is, “First of all, don’t do any more harm”. You should never perform a procedure if you’re unsure of your ability to pull it off. The same principle applies to administering medicines that you’re not familiar with. If you’re debating whether or not an injured person should be moved, choose to err on the cautious side. An exception to this rule of thumb would be when remaining at the place of the accident carries continued risk (i.e., in cases of fire, avalanche, flood, building collapse, etc.)
A big part of the aid that we give to a victim is emotional in nature. Human contact and support are crucial in the aftermath of physical trauma. Always strive to remain calm and centered. This not only enables you to function with greater efficiency but also conveys your emotional stability to the person you’re caring for.
Immediate first-aid for all forms of bruises calls for a cold compress or cold water. If you use ice, wrap it in a cloth so that it doesn’t come into direct contact with the person’s skin. Apply for ten minutes at a time, with intermittent breaks, for a total application time of one hour.
Puncture wounds run a high risk of infection. Rinse them well with water and leave them open to heal. Closing the wound may actually promote infection. A little initial bleeding will be helpful, as this will carry bacteria out of the punctured area.
Scrapes that are caused by abrasion are oftentimes painful, but they should nonetheless be scrubbed to remove any dirt and stone particles within the wound that could cause infection. Use soap and water, and apply an antiseptic ointment to the affected area immediately afterwards.
If a person has been cut, remove all of their clothing from the area so that you can gauge the severity of the wound. The greatest risk in such cases will most likely be blood loss. Stem the bleeding by applying direct pressure to the cut for ten to fifteen minutes. If the injured area can be elevated then this will also slow bleeding. Strive to calm the person and discourage movement, as this can aggravate the wound.
More severe cuts occur when the skin has been shaved at an angle (skin flaps) or flayed off completely (avulsions). A skin flap should be reconnected to the underlying skin, with some form of bandage and tape, after the wound has been cleaned. The flap itself should be kept intact, as it can help the tissue beneath to heal. Avulsions need to be taped closed, if at all possible, to stem the severe bleeding that can result.
The American Heart Association recommends that everyone takes a CPR and First-aid class at least once every 2 years to be properly trained for an emergency. San Jose CPR Certification offers this course about two times a week in Santa Clara County.
Anyone can take the American Heart Association Heartsaver First-Aid course with no medical training experience!
This class covers: Basic First Aid training, life threatening first-aid emergencies, bleeding control, allergic reaction, poisoning, environmental emergencies.
We recommend this course to the following audience:
• Child care providers (EMSA approved)
• Teachers (clear credentials), camp counselors, coaches
• Fitness trainers & personal trainers (ACE, NASM, ISSA, AFAA)
• Foster care, social workers
• Parents, grandparents, nannies, babysitters (+ 10 years old)
• Construction, general workplace
How to Have a Happy and Safe Halloween in San Jose
Thousands of people across San Jose will celebrate Halloween this year. However, not everyone has the Halloween celebration that they had hoped for. If you are thinking about celebrating Halloween this year, then here are a few tips to follow that will make sure that you, your family, and your friends have a happy and safe Halloween.
Costumes and Trick-or-Treating
Dressing up and going trick-or-treating are a huge part of the Halloween celebration. However, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration before the fun begins. First of all, have you made sure that your child’s costume is safe? You will need to make sure that there is nothing that they can trip over on. This means that there should be no parts of their costume that are loose around their feet. Also an Adult who is CPR and First-aid certified should supervise the children.
When going Trick-or-Treating, it is important to remember that not everyone celebrates this time of year. If you live in an area where elderly people live then make sure that you inform your children of which houses to avoid. You should also make sure that your children look for any signs in windows or doors. People who don’t wish to be disturbed on Halloween will usually have a sign stating this. The children should carry flashlights and use glow sticks to make sure they can be easily scene by cars. Unfortunately, some people drive cars in San Jose very fast, so be careful.
Halloween parties can be great fun for adults and children alike. However, there are certain safety tips to abide by. First of all, it is important to make sure that you do not allow excessive alcohol consumption in your home, especially if young children are present. If you are having both children and adults at your Halloween party, then it would be wise to inform the guests of this, and ask them to be mindful of the children in attendance, when they are choosing their costume.
If you celebrate Halloween, but you do not take part in the activities, then you may wish to think about any Trick-or-Treaters in your area. It is important to remember that there is always a minority who will try to cause trouble. Eggs and flour are thrown, and in some cases, fires can be started. If you have noticed that your house has been targeted then it is important that you do not tackle the offenders yourself. Instead, contact your local San Jose police station. They will deal with the issue for you.
These are the three main aspects of Halloween that can either be a great success, or a complete nightmare. By following the tips mentioned above, you will be able to have a very happy and safe Halloween.
How to Choose the Best First Aid Training Course
San Jose First-aid responders play a critical role in the larger system of emergency medical care within any community. From the first recognition of a problem, a well-trained responder can quickly assess the situation, initiate calls for help, and then focus on caring for the victim until medical care arrives.
Becoming a skilled and confident first-aid responder requires training, but just what kind of training? How do you select from among the many first-aid training courses available? Here are four key questions to help you select a first aid training course that best fits your needs.
Training Population: Who is going to receive first-aid training and why?
Context: Where will your first aid responders serve and who will they serve?
Competencies: What competencies do the trainees need once they finish training? What do you want them to be able to do
Requirements: What kinds of requirements or certifications must the training meet?
Let’s take a look at each question in more detail.
1. Training population: Who is going to receive First-Aid Training?
First-aid courses are available to meet the learning needs of a wide range of trainees, from children, to skilled medical personnel. The age and prior knowledge of trainees determine whether you need an introductory course or a more advanced skills course. Educational levels and English proficiency are also factors to be considered when choosing first-aid training.
Action: Write down the characteristics of the people you are going to train, including:
- the number of persons to be trained
- age range
- educational levels; and
- prior knowledge or training in first-aid
2. Context: Where and who will your first-aid providers serve?
First aid training should be context-specific. This means that the training content and topics should closely match the needs of the setting and the population your first-aid providers are likely to serve. For example, if you are training teenaged babysitters for the church nursery, you probably won’t need for them to know how to use external defibrillators. However, if you are training volunteers for a marathon, defibrillator training would be entirely appropriate.
Action: Brainstorm all of the possible emergencies your first-aid trainees might need to respond to, and all of the types of people they might need to help.
3. What do the trainees need to be able to do once they finish training?
First aid training should be context specific and competency-based. Competency-based training means that the trainees can act in an emergency, versus just “knowing stuff”. It is not necessary for you to try to list every competency for first aid training. But you do need to be able to recognize whether the content of different training vendors meets your particular needs.
The most basic first aid training should cover the following topics:
1. First aid concepts
- Definition of first aid
- The role and responsibilities of the first aid provider
- Basic hygiene in emergencies
- Situational assessment
- Who to contact for various types of emergencies in your specific area
- Steps for the first responder to follow
- First aid kits and what they should contain
2. First aid responses to persons who
- may have been electrocuted
- are unconscious
- have broken bones
- have open wounds, bleeding or shock
- are choking
- have minor injuries
- have eye injuries
The rest of the content should address the types of incidents likely to occur in your particular setting.
Action: Conduct an online search of training providers who offer training for your specific context. Compare and contrast course content, and decide if it is competency-based. Will trainees be able to ACT after training?
4. Requirements: What types of requirements or certifications need to be met?
First-aid training is often required to meet requirements or regulations. For example, high school athletic coaches are required by law to know how to use external defibrillators on the athletic field. Make sure that you have identified all external regulations and requirements for your first aid training.
Action: Identify any certification or legal requirements for first aid training.
Putting it all together: Selecting the course and vendor
Once you have brainstormed your requirements, you are ready to evaluate first-aid training courses and vendors. With so many courses and vendors to choose from, the work you do upfront to understand your training needs will pay off in finding training that best fits those needs. San Jose CPR Certification provides American Heart Association First-aid certification courses in Santa Clara County. Or call the American Heart Association for more information at 408-724-9985
San Jose BLS Certification Offers a Free American Heart Association BLS Study Guide
Upcoming San Jose American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR Certification Class
San Jose CPR Certification is an American Heart Association Training Center located in San Jose, CA that provides AHA CPR, BLS, ACLS, and First-aid certification courses to the residents of Santa Clara County. Many people are required to take the AHA BLS for the Healthcare Providers CPR class including EMTs, dentists, nurses, nursing assistants, phlebotomists, physical therapists, and others in the medical and healthcare field. The American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Providers CPR class is about 4.5 hours long and continuing education credits are issued to dentists.
Before registering and taking the BLS course, it is recommended to study the skills of adult, child and infant CPR, chokesaving, how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator), how to use a CPR pocket mask, and how to use a bag valve mask. The BLS certification card is valid for two years, so it is a good idea to study before the renewal course. San Jose CPR Certification provides BLS renewal and BLS certification courses in Santa Clara County and also provides a Free San Jose BLS Study Guide.
San Jose CPR Certification is an official American Heart Association BLS Certification Training Center (license # CA-20784) which means the BLS certification cards can be issued on the day of the class, as opposed to other BLS training schools who must mail out the cards. Also students are not required to pay for the training until the day of the course. San Jose CPR Certification offers the lowest prices in Santa Clara County for American Heart Association BLS classes and is backed by the Low Price Guarantee.
The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, First-aid, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.
Register today for an American Heart Association BLS Class in San Jose or call for more information at (408) 724-9985.
Continuing Education Credits for San Jose Dentists after CPR Class
San Jose CPR Certification now offers official Continuing Education Credits for dentists in Santa Clara County. It is a requirement for dentists in California to have their American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Provider CPR class and students also receive 4 CE credits. Ask for your CE credits after registering for a class.