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There are many types of seizures that can affect the entire brain or certain parts of it, causing a wide range of symptoms from loss of consciousness and minor twitching to violent convulsions. The type of seizure that most people are familiar with are known as tonic-clonic seizures, where the person falls down and begins shaking aggressively until the seizure subsides. This is one of the few types of seizures that are classified as major seizures, and knowing how to respond when you notice someone having a seizure can help save their life.

At OC Safety, we help people make a difference in their community, providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to be able to respond quickly and correctly in the event of emergency to protect those around them, whether they are family, friends, or strangers. To make sure you are ready to face the unexpected, below is a detailed guide on what you should do if you see someone having a seizure.

The Stages Of A Common Tonic-Clonic Seizure

The first step of reacting to an emergency is understanding the situation and what you’re dealing with. For the case the of tonic-clonic seizures, they are broken down into two main stages:

  • Tonic Stage - the first stage involves a sudden complete or partial loss of consciousness and tightening of the skeletal muscles, often resulting in the patient falling over. It is common for the patient to let out a load moan or other sounds as the air is being expelled from their lungs. This phase typically only lasts for a few seconds.
  • Clonic Stage - in the second stage of the seizure, the patient will start to experience convulsions caused by their muscles rapidly contracting and relaxing. The convulsions can vary in terms of their severity, ranging from small, exaggerated twitches to aggressive shaking and stiffened limbs or extremities. Other movement is common during the clonic stage, such as rolling over or stretching out the body and curling back up. Other signs that the patient has entered the clonic stage of the seizure are they eyes rolling back, closing their eyes, and the lips becoming a slight tint of blue.

A full tonic-clonic seizure typically lasts anywhere between 1 and 3 minutes, and is considered a medical emergency if it lasts for over 5 minutes. Recovering from a seizure can take anywhere between a few minutes to several hours, with common symptoms being drowsiness or lethargy.

What Not To Do When Someone Is Experiencing A Seizure

Many onlookers who witness someone having a seizure are often shocked by the rapid, violent convulsions of the clonic stage. For those that have the urge to help, a common assumption that they make is that the convulsions need to be stopped. This gave rose to the myth that you should try to restrain a seizure victim in an attempt to stop the convulsions. In reality, you should never restrain someone who is having a seizure, since it can increase their risk of injuring themselves and possibly injuring you.

The second myth stems from the fact that during a major seizure, the victim is often likely to bite down on their own tongue or the inside of their mouth, which can lead to bruising or soreness as they recover. Someone started spreading the myth that people having a seizure can potentially bite their own tongue off, so to prevent that, you should put something in their mouth during their convulsions. Do not put anything in a victim’s mouth during a seizure, since it can cause them to choke or block their airway when they start to recover.

Step By Step First Aid For Seizure Response

Now that you’re familiar with what happens during a seizure and what not to do, the steps for how to properly care for someone who is experiencing a seizure is rather simple. The steps for responding to a victim having a major seizure are:

  1. Call for medical help immediately
  2. Usher bystanders & onlookers away to create space around the victim
  3. Clear the area of any potential hazards that could injure the victim
  4. Protect the victim’s head
  5. Wait until the seizure subsides
  6. Once the seizure is finished, move the victim so they are laying on their side
  7. Ensure that they are breathing and there are no obstructions in their airway
  8. If the victim stops breathing, immediately begin CPR and call for a defibrillator
  9. Let the victim recover at their own pace. Do not panic or ask rapid questions that could cause the victim stress.

The proper way of helping a seizure victim is to let the seizure run its course, while doing your best to create a safer environment for the victim and ensuring that they can breathe after the seizure has subsided.

Contact OC Safety & Get Prepared!

If you want to be ready to handle the unexpected, contact us at OC Safety or schedule a safety certification course with us. We offer professional on-site safety training and certification programs for CPR, first aid, basic life support (BLS), and more, so you can have the tools and skill that you need to respond to any emergency. If you have questions about the classes that we offer, or about what to do when you see someone having a seizure, just reach out to us and we’ll be happy to provide you with the information you need.

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Busting Myths About Blood Borne Pathogens

Busting Myths About Blood Borne PathogensAt OC Safety, our mission is to create a safer world by providing the high-quality safety training courses that first responders, medical professionals, and other workers in dangerous environments need to protect and save lives. While many workplace dangers are clear and obvious, there are many hazards that aren't so easy to spot upon first glance. Blood borne pathogens are an example of these dangers. BBPs include conditions like HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2, and many more viruses and microorganisms. To help clarify the dangers of and best practices for avoiding blood borne pathogens (BBPs), we wanted to dispel a few common myths about blood borne pathogens.

Top Myths About Blood Borne Pathogens

BBPs are dangerous: though invisible, exposure to even a minuscule amount of blood can cause infection transmission. However there are many myths about BBPs. Here are a few blood borne pathogen myths we can put to rest for good:

  • Myth: Vaccinations Guarantee Protection. While vaccinations do help to prevent infection from a pathogen or illness, they aren't 100% effective and don't guarantee your safety if you're exposed to a BBP. Even if you've received all standard vaccines, you should still seek treatment after being exposed to blood.
  • Myth: There's No Way to Prevent Infection After Exposure. While the best option is always to prevent exposure, there are still steps you can take if you've been exposed to blood. Many pathogens can be prevented retroactively after an exposure so long as you seek immediate treatment.
  • Myth: Viruses Stop Being Contagious When Exposed to Oxygen. While many viruses break down when exposed to air outside the body, there are a host of environmental processes that can delay or prevent this process. Many viruses can even lie dormant outside of a host for years, remaining dangerous long after exiting a host.

The Importance of OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Certification

We're glad to put an end to these BBP myths, but unfortunately, there's much more misinformation about BBPs and proper BBP protocol. Thankfully, OC Safety offers a Blood Borne Pathogen Certification Class that provides comprehensive training on how to handle blood safely, how to minimize or eliminate the risk of exposure to BBPs, and what to do in case of exposure. For anyone that risks coming into contact with human blood on a regular basis, be they a nurse, paramedic, firefighter, or even tattoo artist, Blood Borne Pathogen Certification is vital to preventing BBP exposure and staying healthy.

Contact Orange County Safety Training Course Experts

Whether you yourself work in an environment with a risk for BBP exposure or you manage employees who are at risk, Blood Borne Pathogen Certification is vital. At OC Safety, we're proud to offer a comprehensive Blood Borne Pathogen Certification course that's fully compliant with all OSHA and regulatory standards. Get the protection that you and your team need: contact OC Safety today to sign up for safety classes for yourself and your organization!

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The Truth About Online ACLS Certification

For those looking to get their certification for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), online certification programs offers a level of convenience and flexibility that’s hard to beat as it can easily fit within anyone’s busy schedule. However, online ACLS certification programs do have a few downsides that can catch you off guard if you don’t know what to look for. To make sure that you know everything that you need to know before you invest your time and money in taking an online ACLS certification course, your local Orange County safety training experts here at OC Safety have put together this helpful guide. Check out the information below to learn more!

The Validity Of Online ACLS Programs

Unfortunately, even if you complete an online ACLS certification program, it does not mean that your certification is valid, as there are different types of programs that can give you varying levels of ACLS training. Since most people who will be getting certified for ACLS are professionals that need to be certified for their job, the validity of the certification is ultimately up to their employer. The requirements for accepted ACLS certification will vary from company to company, and since online programs provide you with a limited form of training, some employers may not accept the online certification.

No Endorsement From The American Heart Association (AHA)

Online ACLS certification programs are not endorsed or accredited by the American Heart Association, meaning that completing that kind of training will not get you an AHA ACLS certification card, which is often required by employers. The reason that online programs are not approved by the AHA is because if the course is completed completely online, it only requires a cognitive assessment and no in-person skills assessment. For AHA ACLS certification, passing an in-person skills assessment is necessary, which means that you would need to take a course at an AHA authorized training facility such as OC Safety here in Orange County, CA.

Are Online ACLS Certification Courses Bad?

Even though online ACLS certification programs do not provide you with a complete AHA ACLS certification, it does not mean that they are bad. Simply put, they are just not a good match for professional who need a full certification in ACLS, as it would take extra time and resources to go through another program in addition to the online course in order to complete their skills assessment. However, for those whose employers only require a basic level of certification for ACLS, online programs are convenient, flexible, and cost effective. All you have to do is check with your employer to see what kind of certification you need.

Get ACLS Certified From An AHA Authorized Training Center

If you’re looking for a full AHA ACLS certification, register for a certification program at our AHA authorized training facility here at OC Safety. With our local training center here in Orange, CA, we offer on-site ACLS skills training and assessments, led by industry professionals including firefighters, registered nurses, and paramedics. To sign up for your program, just view our calendar, find the next available date for ACLS training, click on it, and fill out the form with your information. If you have any questions about our ACLS program, or any of our other first aid and CPR classes, just contact us and a member of our staff will be more than happy to provide you with all the information you need.

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CPR Tips & Tricks

CPR is a vital life saving tool that can be used in a wide range of emergencies such as heart attacks are cases of near-drowning, helping restore a person’s heartbeat and breathing if they lose consciousness. The process of providing CPR is fairly simple, but even those who have undergone training and have become certified to provide CPR, emergency situations can still catch you off guard, making it difficult to think clearly and act quickly when necessary. To make things easier, your trusted provider for first aid and CPR training, OC Safety, is here with some helpful CPR tips and tricks that can help you when you’re facing a sudden, emergency scenario.

Always Call For Help First

While CPR can help save someone’s life in the moment, they may still need additional medical treatment, which is why it’s only meant to be used as a tool to keep someone in a stable condition until medical professionals arrive. The most important thing to do before you start administering CPR to someone is to first call 911, or get someone else on the scene to call 911 so professional medical assistance will arrive to help as soon as possible.

Hands-Only CPR

If you’re the only person in a position to help someone in need, but you're not certified to give CPR or even if your certification is expired, there is still something you can do to potentially save that person’s life. Hands-only CPR involved doing chest compressions until medical help arrives.

To perform Hand-only CPR, position yourself over the person’s chest and place the heel of one of your hands (the part closest to your wrist) at the center of the person’s chest with your fingers stretched out. Take your other hand and place it top of your other hand, gripping between the fingers of your first hand. Then, start pressing down hard and fast against the person’s chest, keeping your arms straight.

Syncing Up A Favorite Song To Compressions

The ideal rate for chest compressions is about 100 beats per minute (BPM), but being able to consistently get that rate exactly right when you’re providing CPR can be difficult. However, there are plenty of songs out there that have a similar BPM, which means that all it takes to get the perfect rate of chest compressions is to hum one of those songs. Some examples include “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce and Jay Z, and "Something Just Like This" by the Chainsmokers and Coldplay. Just do a quick search online to find one of your favorite songs that is close to 100 BPM and you can always remember it as your CPR song.

Spell “CAB”

In the moment, it can be easy to get mixed up and panicked when trying to deliver CPR. If you ever have trouble remember the order of steps you need to follow for CPR, The American Heart Association has a simple tip that can help. Just spell “C-A-B” which stands for “compressions, airway, breathing”.

Get CPR Certified With OC Safety!

Getting CPR certified is quick, easy, and will give you the tools that you need to act fast in emergency situations and provide loved ones, family members, or strangers with care that can save their life. All you need to do is book your CPR certification courses with OC Safety, your local provider for CPR and first aid training in Orange, CA. If you have any questions about getting CPR certified, or would like to know more about our other first aid training courses, just contact us and we’ll be happy to provide you with all the information you need.

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CPR, First Aid, and BLS: Are They All The Same?

OC Safety is proud to provide comprehensive safety training classes to the residents of Orange County, CA. Our mission is to promote personal and public health by equipping individuals, from parents and teachers to healthcare professions, with the skills to protect lives. ln all of our premier safety training courses, you will be taught how to recognize and respond to various emergency situations.

The aim of CPR/AED Certification, BLS certification, and First Aid training classes is simple: to prepare you to save lives. But what are the differences between these three life-saving methods? Continue reading below to learn more, and register to receive your CPR & First Aid Certification or BLS Certification today!

What is CPR?

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. When somebody’s heart stops functioning effectively and/or they stop breathing, CPR is used to continue getting healthy, oxygenated blood to the body’s vital organs in order to keep that person alive. Providing CPR generally involves performing chest compressions to circulate blood throughout the body, as well as administering mouth-to-mouth breaths to oxygenate that blood.

What is First Aid?

First aid is a set of skills that, when put into practice, can help immediately stabilize and treat an individual who is injured or ill until more comprehensive medical resources and/or professionals become available. The main aims of first aid are to preserve life and prevent conditions from worsening. First aid can be used to deal with a wide range of scenarios, from broken bones to insect bites/stings to cardiac arrest.

What is BLS?

The acronym BLS stands for Basic Life Support. Most often used on individuals who are experiencing cardiac arrest or respiratory distress, BLS requires the knowledge of CPR, as well as the ability to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED). 

Get Your CPR AED Certification, First Aid Certification, or BLS Certification Today!

As you can see, all three of these main certifications - CPR, First Aid, and BLS - have individual nuances, but they are all designed to help you know how to recognize and respond to emergency medical situations until medical professionals arrive or a patient can be taken to a hospital.

We’re proud to help the residents of Orange County develop the skills to save lives. If you’d like to sign up for any of the classes that we offer, you can contact us online or call us at (714) 960-1911. We look forward to working with you!

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