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When Does CPR Not Work?

As your Orange County, CA CPR providers, we at OC Safety are glad to provide you with the CPR classes needed to use this vital skill. Knowing CPR can potentially save someone’s life when you least expect it. Most importantly, because the vast majority of cardiac arrests occur at home or a similar setting, the people you’re most likely to use it on are your close friends and family. This makes CPR a skill that everyone should know how to perform. However, there’s actually a common misperception about CPR which we’d like to talk about – the concept of it working or failing.

The Real Purpose Of CPR

The first thing that we want to mention is that CPR actually doesn’t have anything to do with reviving a person (despite being named cardiopulmonary ‘resuscitation’). The goal of CPR is just to sustain life. CPR attempts to accomplish this by circulating enough oxygen to a patient’s brain to keep him or her from dying. It’s actually not about starting a stopped heart. This is important to understand because during cardiac arrest, a patient’s heart will stop beating – but restarting the heart isn’t the aim. What really matters is that there’s enough oxygen flowing to the brain. While a heart can restart its beating again, when oxygen stops flowing to the brain, the brain will die and there will be no chance of coming back to life. By using CPR to keep oxygen flowing to the brain, you can stave off death until paramedics arrive with defibrillators to get the patient’s heart started. Unfortunately, this process can’t be continued indefinitely; CPR can only provide about 20 percent of the oxygen necessary to survive.

It’s Not Your Fault

When CPR doesn’t work, there’s really nothing else that could have been done. It’s just meant as a way to prolong someone’s life until paramedics can get on the scene. There’s no case of doing CPR ‘wrong’ – technically, when CPR is performed, a patient is already clinically dead (heart stopped beating). Just by attempting to do anything at all, a person suffering from cardiac arrest gains a better shot at survival. You don’t need to put any pressure on yourself when performing CPR because you truly can’t make things any worse. While you won’t be able to save a patient on your own, you can keep one alive – just make sure to call 911 as soon as possible and perform CPR to keep the airflow going to the patient’s brain until help arrives.

Contact Your Orange County, CA BLS Certification Providers!

If you’re interested in CPR training or any of the other classes that we offer, please feel free to sign up online or give us a call at (714) 960-1911. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, we encourage you to contact us. We hope to hear from you soon!

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Here at OC Safety, it’s our goal to provide everyone in and around Orange County, CA with the BLS certification and first aid certification needed to help out in emergency situations. We’re proud to provide our BLS training to everyone, from doctors and paramedics to those in the general public. If you’re thinking about getting BLS certification and learning about these training techniques, we’ll be glad to give you a few reasons why it’s a great idea to do so.

The Basics of BLS Training

BLS (Basic Life Support) training is the most basic type of certification for helping to revive those who happen to be incapacitated. Getting certified in BLS is a relatively quick training period where you’ll learn about how to revive, resuscitate, or simply sustain someone who’s experiencing cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, or any similar condition where the breathing or heart rate has been compromised.

Why You Should Get BLS Training

There’s no greater reason for why you need BLS training than just by simply saying that it saves lives. In an emergency situation where someone has a heart attack or stops breathing, you’ll be able to administer techniques to keep the blood pumping throughout the body and maintain the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. This is especially vital because even if you aren’t able to resuscitate the victim at that moment, you’re giving that person a greater chance of recovery when the paramedics arrive. The longer the victim goes without blood pumping throughout the body, the more of a chance that brain damage and other complications will occur, lessening that person’s chances of survival.

Also, it’s important to mention that over 80 percent of cardiac arrest cases occur at home or in a similar setting. This means that the most likely scenario where you’d need to use this training is in a location that’s mainly reserved for your friends and family. These are the people whose lives you may end up saving.

Contact Your Orange County, CA BLS Certification Providers!

If you’re interested in any of the classes that we offer, from BLS training to first aid certification, we encourage you to sign up online or by giving us a call at (714) 960-1911. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you and helping you achieve certification!

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At OC Safety, it’s our job to provide everyone in and around Orange County, CA with the CPR certification needed to treat patients in emergency situations. CPR is a lifesaving, but intense procedure that requires chest compressions to resuscitate a patient. When performing chest compressions, it’s suggested that each compression be about two inches (five centimeters) deep. Now, if you stop to think about it, you’ll probably realize that pushing two inches deep into a person’s chest seems extreme and way beyond what a person would be used to. And it is. Pushing that deep may even lead to a scary situation where you hear a patient’s rib break.

What Should I Do If There’s a Rib Break?

Keep going. It’s as simple as that, no matter how unsettling it may be. Sure, broken ribs hurt…a lot…and your patient will likely feel that pain when he or she gets up. However, everyone would agree that the preferred option is to have a broken rib and still be alive. Patients understand what’s at stake when CPR has to be performed and there’s almost zero cases of them significantly complaining about what had to be done. It may be worrisome to feel a rib break, but this is actually completely normal. It’s estimated that about 30 percent of patients will end up with a fractured or broken rib after proper CPR is performed.

Are All Patients at Risk for Broken Bones?

While all patients are at risk for broken bones, there are some people who are more at risk than others. These include:

  • Skinnier patients
  • Older patients
  • Patients suffering from osteoporosis
  • Patients whose CPR provider is someone with a lot of upper body strength

Contact Your Orange County, CA CPR Certification Providers Today!

If you have any further questions about CPR, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We at OC Safety are glad to help you in any way we can. If you’d like to sign up for any of the classes that we offer, you can do so online or by giving us a call at (714) 960-1911. We can’t wait to help you on your path to CPR certification!

 

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Thank you for visiting our blog! Here at OC Safety, it is our goal to help each of our students build up their confidence assisting in first aid care and medical emergencies at their own pace so they can be 100% sure they can help people appropriately. Our CPR and First Aid Training Center was established in 2009 by a local firefighter and paramedic who both dealt with life-threatening emergencies of their own. Together they decided that they wanted to establish a company that provides education and training not only to medical personnel like themselves, but to any men, women or children who are interested in learning how to make a difference in the community. In the classes that we offer, you can learn anything from CPR, to assisting in medical emergencies such as heart attack, stroke & cardiac arrest.

Detecting Dehydration

Dehydration is a potentially serious condition experienced when someone loses more fluid than they take in. Young children and older people are the most likely to get dehydrated, so it is especially important for them to drink plenty of water.

The main causes of dehydration are:

  • Excessive sweating during physical activity or hot weather conditions
  • Sweating because of a high fever
  • Severe diarrhea and/or vomiting

If left untreated, dehydration can potentially lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Symptoms of Dehydration

The following are the key signs that may tell you someone is dehydrated:

  • Dry mouth or eyes
  • Dry, cracked lips
  • Headaches, dizziness, or confusion
  • Muscle cramping or tightness
  • A reduction in urination, and dark-colored urine

Treatment - What You Should Do

When you suspect someone is suffering from dehydration, adhere to the following first aid steps:

  • Sit the patient down in a cool place
  • Give them plenty of water or Oral Rehydration Solution to drink
  • If the patient is suffering from any painful cramps, help them stretch and massage the affected areas
  • Monitor how they are feeling and record vital signs (pulse, respiratory rate) if trained to do so
  • If they still feel unwell once they are rehydrated then encourage them to see a doctor ASAP

Contact Your Orange County, CA First Aid Experts Today

Here at OC Safety, we are committed to providing you with the best training at the best price, so we will gladly price match any other Authorized American Heart Association Training Site. If you are at all interested in learning how to assist in medical emergencies for members of your community, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us and sign up for a class. Our classes won’t take up much of your time, and will leave you feeling confident and proud of your decision to be of service to others. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (714) 960-1911 or fill out an online form on our contact page. We are excited to hear from you soon!

 

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It is common for new parents to be both very excited and nervous when welcoming a new baby into their lives. Many new parents feel afraid that they don’t know everything they should regarding taking care of their babies. If you are a new parent who is concerned that you lack the knowledge and skills you need to tend to all your baby’s needs, you’re certainly not alone as most first-time moms and dads can relate to how you feel. Just remember, that as time moves on you will acquire the knowledge and skills you need to provide your baby with the tender loving care he or she needs.

One skill that every new parent should have is the ability to effectively provide CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation as it is literally a life-saving skill. CPR can restore breathing and circulation until emergency personnel arrive. Below are some of the situations that can arise with your young child that could result in him or her needing CPR in order to survive until medical help arrives:

  • Accidents
  • Choking
  • Near-drowning
  • Poisoning
  • Head trauma
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Electrical shock
  • Severe asthma

Taking baby CPR training will give you the knowledge and skills you need to restore blood flow to the brain, heart and other vital organs. CPR also restores breathing until medical assistance arrives on the scene. When you’ve completed infant CPR training, you’re given the peace of mind knowing that you’ll know what to do to in order save your child’s life in case of a serious emergency.

Sign up for an Orange County Baby CPR Class

OC Safety provides infant first aid and infant CPR training in Orange County. You can call us directly at (714) 960-1911 or find a class to take that fits your schedule. Our classes are interesting and fun to take and will teach you all the skills you need to effectively provide CPR to your child or someone else’s child should an emergency situation arise.

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OC Safety strives to provide the best in CPR training for those located in or around Orange County, CA. While it goes without saying how important of a role CPR plays in our lives and the lives of our loved ones, what usually goes unsaid is that some of our loved ones are actually our furry little friends. Whether your animal of choice is a dog or a cat, we usually take their companionship and cuddliness for granted, but what happens when our poor furbabies find themselves struggling for air?

Pets dedicate their lives toward loving and helping us humans in any way they can. They express their love and share their cuteness with us through the endless amount of cuddling after we’ve had a hard day, listening to all our troubles, keeping us company while we’re lonely, or even posing for instagram-worthy photo and video. 

As their best friend, the least we can do is learn pet CPR and be prepared in case of emergency. While we don’t offer pet CPR training, we’re more than happy to give you the basics in case the unthinkable happens to our fluffy friend!

How to Perform CPR on Your Pet

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If your pet becomes unconscious, first and foremost – don’t panic! As traumatic and terrifying as this may be, you will need to stay calm during this process. Just like if a human would fall unconscious, you’re going to have to immediately perform CPR on the little guy. The procedure of performing CPR on your pet (let’s say dog) is as follows:

  • First, you need to lay your dog on his or her side on a flat surface.
  • Check to see if your dog is still breathing. You can do this by watching the movement of your dog’s chest or feeling for it with your hand. You can also check by placing your hand in front of your dog’s nose to feel for breath. A clear sign that your dog isn’t getting enough oxygen is if the gums are blue or gray.
  • If your dog isn’t breathing, you’ll first want to make sure that the airway is clear. Extend the head and neck, open your dog’s mouth, and look to see if there are any foreign objects inside. If there’s an object blocking the airway, grab the tongue and pull it outward. If this isn’t enough to get the object out, use your fingers or a tool such as pliers to grab it and pull it out. Please be careful not to push the object in farther.
  • If the object cannot be pulled out, you’ll have to try the Heimlich maneuver. To perform the Heimlich maneuver, you’ll put one hand on your dog’s back and the other on the belly, below the ribs. With your hand on the dog’s belly, give several sharp pushes inward and upward. Check for foreign objects in the dog’s mouth and remove them. After that, close the mouth and give a few small breaths through your dog’s nose. Repeat this process until you’re sure that the airway is cleared.
  • When the airway is cleared, lift your dog’s chin to make sure his or her neck and throat is as straight as possible.
  • Hold your dog’s mouth shut and gently breathe into the nose. By doing this, the chest should slightly expand.
  • Wait until the air has left your dog’s lungs before you breathe in again. You should take one breath about every four seconds. Continue this until your dog starts breathing on his or her own or the heartbeat stops. Keep monitoring your dog’s heartbeat during this process.
  • If your dog’s heart has stopped beating, you’ll want to start giving chest compressions. The size of the dog will determine the way you perform the compressions. For puppies, you should probably only use your thumb. For bigger dogs, you’ll use either use all your fingers or your palm. You should squeeze the chest to approximately half of its normal thickness or about one inch inward.
  • Compress the chest at a rate of about 80 to 100 times per minute. Make sure to alternate one breath for every five compressions.

It’s important to note that a dog’s heart will keep beating for several minutes after he or she stops breathing. If your dog’s heart stops beating at any point, you’ll need to immediately begin chest compressions in order to keep the blood pumping.

Similarities and Differences of Human and Pet CPR

Performing CPR on humans is very similar to performing it on pets because the concept is the same. You’re performing CPR in order to circulate blood and also breathing to attempt to oxygenate the system. However, there are still a couple of key differences. Some of these differences include:

  • With humans, you start with chest compressions right away before moving on to the airway and performing rescue breathing. With pets, you start by checking the airway.
  • There’s also a difference between the breathing rate. While you’ll be giving two rescue breaths after every 30 chest compressions on a human, you should give about one breath after every five compressions on a dog.
  • Obviously, dogs are small, soft, and innocent animals – they can’t take quite the punishment that a human can. Therefore, when performing chest compressions, you’re going to be more forceful when it’s a human rather than a little furbaby.

Having said that, CPR is mostly the same between humans and pets. Just remember this – with humans, you’ll want to follow the C-A-B method (compressions, airway, breathing). Pets follow the A-B-C method (airway, breathing, compressions).

Contact OC Safety Today!

If you would like to learn more about CPR, feel free to contact us with any of your questions or concerns. If you’re interested in registering for our classes, you can do so online or by giving us a call at (714) 960-1911. We look forward to seeing you and we sincerely hope you put this knowledge to good use; your dog will thank you for it! Woof!

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The team at OC Safety routinely provides companies of all sizes and types with on-site first aid training that is OSHA-compliant in and around Orange County and Santa Ana. If you're an employer who is considering providing your employees with on-site first aid training, you should be aware of OSHA's first aid training requirements so you can decide if you need to invest in this training or just instruct your workers to call 911 and wait for assistance to arrive. OC Safety offers on-site training for various industries including construction, aerospace, landscaping and agriculture. We also provide on-site training for the city of Santa Ana.

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Here are some of the OSHA's main requirements regarding companies providing first aid training. 

Medical Treatment Must Be Available for Your Employees 

Under OSHA's guidelines, employers must ensure that either medical treatment for all injured employees is in “near proximity” or that someone at the workplace is adequately trained to render first aid. Concerning what “near proximity” means, OSHA states that a workplace with a hazardous setting (factories, warehouses, etc.) must be within 3 to 4 minutes response time from medical services in case of serious hazards and injuries from:

  • Falls 
  • Suffocation
  • Electrocution 
  • Amputation 
  • Uncontrolled breathing 
  • Breathing cessation 
  • Cardiac arrest 

For employees in lower-hazard settings such as offices, OSHA states that up to a 15-minute response time could be acceptable.

First Aid Training Must Be Tailored to Your Work Site 

OSHA states that employers must ensure that the first aid training they provide employees is tailored to their work site. This means for example, if your employers work outdoors, they should receive first aid training that teaches them how to treat injuries arising from temperature extremes and how to respond heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

What First Aid Training Must Include 

First aid training that is OSHA compliant must include teaching workers how to administer one-time treatment for minor injuries including lacerations, abrasions, bruises, first-degree burns, sprains and splinters. 

You Must Be Aware of State-Specific Requirements

In addition to Federal OSHA first aid requirements, employers must also be aware of state-specific requirements. For example, Under California OSHA regulations, a consulting physician must approve an employer’s first aid materials in writing. You can learn more detailed information about OSHA's standards and regulations by visiting the official OSHA website. 

Contact OC Safety

Whether you need more information about OSHA first aid training requirements for your business or wish to sign up for on-site first aid training for your workers, the team at OC Safety is here for you! We will gladly answer any questions you may have so don't hesitate to contact us.

We encourage all employers to provide first aid training to their workers to ensure that people with injuries are given the help they need while waiting for emergency responders to arrive. It's important to remember that just one minute can make the difference between life and death so it's always best to have someone on staff trained in first aid just in case.

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If the time has come for you or your group to recertify for ACLS, CPR, BLS or AED it's important to get the training you need from licensed and certified instructors. OC Safety offers re-certification courses to anyone who needs to renew their certificates in a very convenient and efficient manner. We are proud to offer American Heart Association-approved courses in BLS for Healthcare Providers, Heartsaver CPR, AED & First Aid and ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support for healthcare providers. 

The team at OC Safety understands that people needing to renew their ACLS, BLS and AED certifications are often pressed for time. When you choose OC Safety for the re-certification you need, we are confident that you will enjoy the time you spend renewing your skills. It's fast and easy to recertify through OC Safety to make renewing your skills very simple. 

Take Re-Certification from Certified Trainers With Hands-On Experience 

Our teachers are a team of friendly, certified instructors who have hands-on experience such as firefighters, paramedics and registered nurses who've personally used their skills to save lives. This helps make learning interesting and fun as you listen to real-life stories of how our instructors have helped people in all types of emergency situations. We make sure the students taking our re-certification courses feel confident while taking action in emergency situations to ensure they can provide the assistance needed until professional help arrives. 

Why It's Important to Recertify 

There is no grace period for re-certifying once an ACLS, BLS or AED provider card expires. Therefore, professionals requiring certification must be sure to sign up for the re-certification courses they need before their expiration date to ensure they're in compliance with regulatory requirements. This includes professionals such as: 

  • Doctors, nurses and paramedics 
  • EMTS 
  • Respiratory, physical & occupational therapists 
  • Aides or other healthcare personnel 
  • Medical or nursing students 
  • Anyone else requiring certification like personals trainers, camp counselors, day care workers, sports instructors, etc

Private individuals and groups who simply want to have the skills and knowledge needed to save lives should always renew their CPR, BLS or ACLS certifications. Doing so helps ensure that they can always respond effectively to first aid or cardiac emergencies. Because emergency situations can arise at any time or place, keeping your BLS, AED or ACLS certification updated is important, whether you're required to carry certification or if it's something you've chosen to do. 

Contact OC Safety Today 

If you would like to sign up for ACLS, BLS or AED rectification courses, please give the team at OC Safety CPR & First Aid Training a call at (714) 960-1911 or contact us online. We take pride in providing students with the best training experience with individualized attention when getting re-certified. 

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Hello 2016!

Goodbye 2015, and move over because 2016 is going to be a great year. Think of all the things you are looking forward to doing this year. Maybe a vacation, maybe you are expecting a child, maybe you graduate or begin school this year, maybe you plan to run your first marathon. Whatever the case, being prepared is extremely important, right? You wouldn’t get on a plane to a destination without having somewhere to stay, have a child without having its crib ready, walk the stage without your cap and gown or run your marathon without running shoes. (At least it’s not typically recommended). Why should being prepared in an emergency situation be any different?

At OC Safety CPR & First Aid Training, you will be trained by firefighters, paramedics, and RNs. Each have personally performed CPR and can teach the material hands on with a personal touch through their life experiences. We offer adult and pediatric scenarios in our training. Perfect for the whole family to learn.

Imagine running in that marathon and one of the runners drops down unconscious next to you. What if you were certified, prepared and able to save that person’s life?

That’s a pretty powerful thing.

Some of our students come to us for the first time and are interested in getting certified. Some of our students are returning to get recertified. The following are some examples of important cases where CPR certification would be extremely useful:

  • Babysitting
  • Daycare Employees
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Lifeguarding 
  • New Parents
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Sports Instruction

If you are in any of these fields or simply are interested in getting certified in the case of an emergency, please see below how to become a student.

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Get CPR, First Aid, AED & BLS Certified In 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Sign Up Online For A Class That Fits Your Schedule
  2. Attend Class & Complete Training
  3. Leave Class With Your 2-Year Certification Card

Contact OC Safety CPR & First Aid

Thank you for visiting our blog and interest in OC Safety. We are located in Orange, CA and train anybody and everybody who travels to our location. Most of our students come from various cities in Orange County such as Irvine, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, and more. If you have any further questions, feel free to call (714) 960-1911 or send a message through our online form. We look forward to having you in class!

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OC Safety is dedicated to providing everyone who wants to improve their basic health care skills with exceptional CPR classes in Orange County. We have helped families, doctors, nurses, paramedics, businesses, and many other community members respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Providing great first aid begins with a kit full of the right supplies.

Your First Aid Kit Essentials

Building a basic first aid kit is simple. These are among the most important staples that a general kit should include:

  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Burn dressings
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Burn cream
  • Safety scissors
  • Tweezers (metal or reusable)
  • Fabric bandages
  • Aspirin tablets
  • Nitrile gloves

Keeping Your Kit Safe

Kits should be stored in a visible, accessible, safe location. Choose a place that is comfortable for adult family members to reach but cannot be disturbed by curious children. Some items must be removed and replaced when they get old, so make a habit of checking your kit to make sure that items have not expired.

Improve Your First Aid Skills Today

First aid, BLS, and ACLS certification or recertification from OC Safety teaches people of all backgrounds the proper way to respond to medical emergencies. Take a look at our class schedule and sign up for a course that interests you. Call us today at 714.960.1911.

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At OC Safety, we believe safety is important in every arena of life and work - whether it's working in a welding shop, performing maintenance 30 stories up, or even taking care of children. In fact, safety plays a vital role in the latter - and too many childcare providers don't have the proper certifications and trainings to be prepared for situations that could arise. For this blog, we're going to talk about the importance of First Aid & CPR training for childcare providers.

A Necessary Part of the Curriculum

Whether you're the neighborhood babysitter, an elementary school teacher, or a daycare supervisor, the importance of OSHA compliant safety training can't be stressed enough. Children require specific skills that go beyond the traditional techniques of CPR - and when the time comes, there's no room for guesswork. 

As a professional childcare provider, parents and guardians trust you with the lives of their children. They look to you to keep their child safe - both from minor paper cuts and in the case of an emergency. Children are naturally curious, and while this is a great trait for building their knowledge base, it can also put them in dangerous situations, which makes emergencies more likely.

Thankfully, gaining the skills and knowledge you need to save lives is easy. All of our First Aid, CPR, BLS, and ACLS classes are comprehensive and fully compliant to OSHA standards. All it takes is one day - and who knows how many lives you'll save.

Contact Your First Aid Training Specialists

Have more questions about our classes or proper safety practices? We're always happy to help. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page with any questions you have. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to seeing you back at this blog for more information and tips on making your life and workplace safer!

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At OC Safety, we want to make you safer in every arena of your life. Whether you work in a hazardous environment, act as a leader in your job or personal life, or you just want to do your part to be a prepared citizen, our OSHA-certified safety training courses are designed to give you the skills to save lives when the situation calls for it. While there are a variety of situations and occupations that call for safety training, few are more important than the role of being a new parent. Infant CPR is a nuanced technique, requiring thorough training and practice: it's much more than just 'two breaths and ten pulses!' For this blog, we're going to talk about why training in infant CPR is so vital for new parents. 

Safety Training for a Safer Child

If you're a new parent, we can imagine how excited you are. This is a magical time to cherish your new child, and we're sure you're ecstatic to start down the path of raising a child. But it's also an important time to ask yourself: are you prepared? If an accident were to happen, do you have the skills and knowledge to keep your child safe? 

The reality is that when it comes to infants, time is of the essence. The sooner life-saving CPR begins, the better off the baby will be in the long run. The proper skills could be the difference between life and death for an infant.

Thankfully, our OSHA-certified Heartsaver First Aid CPR and new Pediatric First Aid courses will teach you everything you need to do in case of an emergency. This one day course will teach your how to perform infant CPR, how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on a child, and what to do if a child or infant is choking. You'll learn everything you need to know to be a responsible, safe new parent.

Contact Your Safety Course Professionals

Have more questions about infant safety or the classes we offer? We're always happy to speak with you. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or check out our calendar to find out when our next course will take place. Don't forget to check back to this blog for more safety tips and info, and we look forward to seeing you at our next class!

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If you see someone suddenly collapse, call out a specific bystander to call 9-1-1. (i.e. “You in the red jacket, call 9-1-1!) If there is no one around, call 9-1-1 and put your phone on speakerphone beside you so that you may take action simultaneously to save time.

Ask the person loudly if they are alright. If they do not respond, listen for breathing. Bypass checking for a pulse to save time. If you do not see or hear breathing, begin chest compressions.

Move the person to a hard flat surface. Find the mid point between the armpits, place the palm of your hand on the lower half of the sternum. Place your other hand on top and push down about 2 inches to the beat of the song, “Staying Alive.” (This is close to 100 compressions per minute). 

Continue compressions until another trained professional can take over, emergency responders arrive, or you are physically unable to continue.

Should I Get CPR Certified?

Short answer, yes. 

Why? You can save a life.

CPR is not performed enough. In the scenario above, if you are CPR certified, you will be equipped with more knowledge and abilities to help keep a person alive. Hands only is easy to learn, and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is not required if you do not feel comfortable. 

If you are interested in CPR, first aid, AED, BLS training in the Orange County area, sign up for one of our classes that best fits your schedule. We need more people like you! If you have any questions, you may call us at (714) 960-1911 or message us! We’d be happy to help.

All OC Safety classes include a two year certification authorized by the American Heart Association which you will receive upon completion of the course. Invest in bettering yourself and boosting your confidence in emergency situations. 

Be a hero.

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At OC Safety, our mission is to spread life-saving knowledge to as many people as we can. We're passionate about providing people with valuable CPR and first aid training, empowering them to save the lives of those around them. Cardiac arrest is the number one cause of death in the United States, with 360,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring each year. That's why for this blog, we wanted to take a look at what actually goes on during a cardiac arrest - as well as how to spot one and what to do to help.

The Process

A cardiac arrest begins with an electrical malfunction in the heart. The heart controls its pumping through timed electrical pulses, so once that system breaks down, the heart begins to beat irregularly - this is called arrhythmia. With the pumping action of the heart disabled, blood cannot circulate through the body, leaving the brain, lungs, muscles, and other organs devoid of oxygen. Within seconds, the victim falls unconscious, ceases breathing, or gasps for air. Without treatment, they will die within minutes.

How To Spot It

Cardiac arrests usually occur with little or no warning, but are characterized by the victim suddenly becoming unresponsive. If you believe someone is undergoing cardiac arrest, tilt their head back and check for breathing for at least five seconds - if it's a cardiac arrest, there should be none. Remember your ABCs. A – Airway, B – Breathing, C – Compressions. To learn how to properly give chest compressions, please read on to learn how to sign up for a class. You could make the situation worse if you are incorrectly giving treatment. 

What To Do

If you see someone under cardiac arrest, identify a specific individual near you to call 911 immediately. “You in the red shirt, call 911.” If there is an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) nearby, get it and use it as quickly as possible. If there is not AED, perform CPR until the ambulance arrives. 

Contact Your CPR & AED Training Experts

If you have more questions about what to do in the event of a cardiac arrest or would like more training in CPR or AED use, feel free to reach out to us at (710) 960-1911, message us on our contact page or check out any of our classes. Don't forget to check back to this blog periodically, as we'll be updating it with more tips on living healthy and saving lives.

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Why should I get CPR certified? How does CPR save lives? What is the importance of CPR training?

These are all questions you may be asking yourself and they are great questions we as Americans should be asking ourselves. At OC Safety CPR & First Aid Training, we provide high quality and professional training taught by first responders with real-life experience in these types of situations. It is extremely important to be certified as summer approaches, especially if you are a new parent.

Here are 5 reasons why you should get CPR certified:

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1. Confidence and Peace of Mind

Knowing you have the ability to sustain a life until emergency personnel arrive is a powerful thing. Give yourself the confidence and relief that you can help in an emergency situation.

2. Be Different

There are not enough certified individuals who would be prepared in the case of an emergency. Only 15-30% of people who experience sudden cardiac arrests receive bystander CPR and this is largely due to people saying they were never trained. A few broken ribs from properly performing CPR, but giving a life to live is far more important than someone unsure of their abilities injuring the already unconscious individual without a chance of survival.

3. Ability to Save Lives

Hands-only CPR is also an option. It has been shown to be just as effective for adults who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

4. Gain Respect

Getting certified in one class can help you earn respect from your peers and give them added trust in you. You become a dependable, reliable, responsible acquaintance and may even serve as an inspiration for others to get certified as well.

5. Proper Preparedness

  • Over 85% of cardiac arrests occur at home. Lives can be saved by significant others, friends, and even children.

Get Certified With OC Safety

OC Safety provides CPR, first aid, BLS and AED training and certification for Orange County. If you are looking to get certified or recertified in Southern California, sign up for one of our classes. At the end of your class, you will receive your 2-year certification card authorized by the American Heart Association. Sign up today or give us a call at (714) 960-1911 for more information. We look forward to seeing you in one of our classes!

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Hello 2015!

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Goodbye 2014, and move over because 2015 is going to be a great year. Think of all the things you are looking forward to doing this year. Maybe a vacation, maybe you are expecting a child, maybe you graduate or begin school this year, maybe you plan to run your first marathon. Whatever the case, being prepared is extremely important, right? You wouldn’t get on a plane to a destination without having somewhere to stay, have a child without having its crib ready, walk the stage without your cap and gown or run your marathon without running shoes. (At least it’s not typically recommended). Why should being prepared in an emergency situation be any different?

At OC Safety CPR & First Aid Training, you will be trained by firefighters, paramedics, and RNs. Each have personally performed CPR and can teach the material hands on with a personal touch through their life experiences. We offer adult and pediatric scenarios in our training. Perfect for the whole family to learn.

Imagine running in that marathon and one of the runners drops down unconscious next to you. What if you were certified, prepared and able to save that person’s life?

That’s a pretty powerful thing.

Some of our students come to us for the first time and are interested in getting certified. Some of our students are returning to get recertified. The following are some examples of important cases where CPR certification would be extremely useful:

  • Babysitting
  • Daycare Employees
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Lifeguarding
  • New Parents
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Sports Instruction

If you are in any of these fields or simply are interested in getting certified in the case of an emergency, please see below how to become a student.

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Get CPR, First Aid, AED & BLS Certified In 3 Easy Steps:

  • Sign Up Online For A Class That Fits Your Schedule
  • Attend Class & Complete Training
  • Leave Class With Your 2-Year Certification Card

Contact OC Safety CPR & First Aid

Thank you for visiting our blog and interest in OC Safety. We are located in Orange, CA and train anybody and everybody who travels to our location. Most of our students come from various cities in Orange County such as Irvine, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, and more. If you have any further questions, feel free to call (714) 960-1911 or send a message through our online form. We look forward to having you in class!

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Welcome To OC Safety’s CPR & First Aid Training Blog!

Orange County’s Source For CPR, BLS, ACLS, AED & First Aid Classes

Welcome and thank you for visiting our website. OC Safety is a certified American Heart Association and OSHA approved first aid and CPR training site. Be sure to keep checking back for helpful tips, facts, guides, and related industry articles about first aid and safety training. If you are in Orange County or Los Angeles and are looking for certification or recertification in any of the following areas, be sure to sign up with OC Safety. We conveniently offer you your certification cards the same day as your class.

If you are a doctor, registered nurse, paramedic, babysitter, licensed vocational nurse, emergency medical technician, or simply an Orange County or Los Angeles resident looking to get certified, we can help you. Whether you have a new baby in the family, know or want to be prepared if somebody you may or may not know suffers a heart attack or choking incident, or need to be certified for any reason, our CPR courses provide fun ways for you to get certified – easy!

We offer the following:

    • CPR Training Classes
    • First Aid Training Classes (Pediatric & Adult)
    • ACLS Certification Classes
    • BLS Certification Classes
    • AED Certification Training
    • And more!

Browse our classes and see what else we offer. We look forward to seeing you in one of our classes very soon!

Contact OC Safety

We understand how busy people are these days. That’s why we save you time and stress to make certification or recertification as easy as possible.If you would like to get in touch with us or sign up for one of our classes, you may call (714) 960-1911 or fill out our online form. Our classes are fun, educational and comfortable. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, we would be happy to speak with you.

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