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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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