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Santa Clara County Good Samariatan Laws for Providing First-aid

If you’re in a situation where someone is injured and requires first aid your first decision is whether or not you’re willing to provide it. If you decide to become the first aid provider your first priority then becomes your own safety.
Some people wonder if they’re required to provide first aid after taking a safety class. In general the answer’s no, first aid training is meant to increase your effectiveness as a first responder and as a first aid provider, but you don’t have the same legal obligations to provide treatment that doctors and other professional medical providers do.
Many people are concerned about the possibility of being sued if they provide first aid to an injured person. Good Samaritan laws generally provide protection to first aid providers as long as those providers don’t exceed their level of training. The application of Good Samaritan laws varies between countries and in the U.S. it varies from state to state. You should find out how the Good Samaritan laws are applied in your area.
After someone takes an American Heart Association first-aid class, they will receive an official certification card that shows the date of the course and when the card expires. Even though a rescuer does not possess a current card, or if their card has expired, they are still protected by the Good Samaritan laws.
Before helping a victim you must have the victims consent to do so. Identify yourself and state your level of training.
“My name’s Robert and I’m trained in basic first aid. Can I help you?”
If the injured person says no and you provide first aid anyway, you’ve opened yourself to a potential lawsuit. If the victim is unresponsive or mentally impaired the legal concept of “implied consent” allows you to provide first aid. Implied consent assumes that most reasonable people will want first aid treatment if they’re in need of it.
A minor can’t legally withhold consent for first aid treatment, but their consent needs to come from a parent or legal guardian. If the parent or legal guardian isn’t present, or if they’re unresponsive or mentally impaired, then the concept of implied consent allows you to provide first aid.
After deciding to help and getting the victims consent to do so your next priority becomes your own safety. Take a minute and assess safety at the scene. If the victim has been injured in a car accident it may be necessary to have someone stop traffic in order to make the accident scene safe for the first responders/first aid providers. If the injury was caused by machinery it’s not unreasonable to assume that the machinery needs to be shut off in order to make the accident scene safe. If a person has cut themselves and is bleeding you need to use a barrier to protect yourself against blood borne pathogens.
The hazards will vary greatly from an industrial setting to an office setting, and from being outdoors to being indoors. What’s important is that the hazards are recognized and then be eliminated or neutralized. Only after you’ve decided to provide first aid, you’ve been given the victims consent to help, and you’ve assured yourself that the scene is safe, can you move on and start providing hands on first aid.

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

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How to Have a Happy and Safe Halloween in San Jose

CPR Training Class for San Jose Children

San Jose children preparing for Halloween

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
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

First-aid Certification Class in San Jose, CA

American Heart Association First-aid Class

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