2013 Year in Review

This has been another exciting year for ON-SITE First Aid filled with wonderful people and opportunities! Before the year comes to an end, let’s have a look back at a few blog posts:

January – How to Supplement Your First Aid Kit for Your Furry Friend
February – Heart Facts
March – Gnome First Aid
April – Canadian Blood Services
May – Pop Culture First Aid #5: CPR
June – The Little Bee Sting Helper Card
July – Defibrillator Hot Spots in T.O.
August – First Aid Kit for International Travel
September – Concussion Checklist
October – My 2 Favourite Things: The Office Meets CPR!
November – Flying Under Fire Escape Kit
December – Sprains and Strains

2013-in-Review

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. Contact us directly to set up an in-home, in-studio or in-office session today!

 

 

Sprains & Strains

Sprains and strains refer to painful stretching or tearing of tissues between bones and muscles, but these injuries are typically not serious and can be treated with a little RICE (more on that in a minute) and lots of TLC. We are especially prone to sprains and strains in the winter time when involved in activities like skating, skiing or snowboarding for the first time in a long time and doing so without adequately warming up our muscles.

Check out this month’s Quick Reference Guide all about treating sprains and strains.

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Be calm, be confident and think common sense!

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First Aid Super Tip #9

Broken limbs cannot be planned for, and as much as we hope that we’ll have a beautifully stocked first aid kit at the ready, this isn’t always the case. In a pinch, use anything with a stable straight edge to support the injured limb.

First Aid Super Tip #9: If your victim has a broken leg, circumstances dictate that you have to move them and you don’t have a first aid kit with splints available, tie one leg to the other. The non-injured leg will act as a splint in a pinch and will allow for easier transport of the victim  (although they should ideally stay put and let help come to them, especially if the injury is severe).

 

Be calm, be confident and think common sense!

dianasig

There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. If you are in the Toronto area, contact us directly to set up an in-home, in-studio or in-office session today!

 

 

Rescue Pop-Up

Matthew Reinhart is a brilliant and imaginative paper engineer behind such titles as Encyclopaedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs Pop-Up and Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure (which Mr. Obama ran out to buy!).

He has created nearly 30 pop-up marvels, one of which about rescue vehicles. Rescue: Pop-Up Emergency Vehicles teaches children about all different types of emergency vehicles in beautiful, 3D illustrated form. This is a perfect introduction into the exciting world of emergency rescue!

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Be calm, be confident and think common sense!

dianasig

There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. If you are in the Toronto area, contact us directly to set up an in-home, in-studio or in-office session today!

 

Flying Under Fire Escape Kit

Remembrance Day is right around the corner and I am proud to say that my Grandfather flew a typhoon in RAF 193 Squadron on D-Day in the Second World War. In relation to first aid and emergency kits, here is an excerpt written by my Grandfather (Jack “Boots” Brown) from a the book Flying Under Fire: Canadian Fliers Recall the Second World War recounting the supplies that he and other pilots were provided with before a typical fighter/bomber operation:

“We were each issued a pouch of French currency and an escape kit containing a water bottle, chocolate, a needle and thread, a fish hook, a compass, pills to keep us awake, and a list of French, German and Spanish words. Then we returned to the crew room, emptied our pockets of any identifying material, and donned life jackets and escape boots. These boots could be converted to street shoes by cutting off the uppers in the event that we had to wear civilian clothing to evade capture. In one boot we carried a dagger to deflate our seat-pack dinghy should it accidentally inflate in the air. We put on gloves and a flying helmet containing goggles, a microphone, earphones, and an oxygen mask.” (p.73)

193_sq_smallThe pilots of 193 Squadron pose with one of their aircraft and a 500-pound bomb at St-Croix-sur-Mer, Normandy, on 1 July 1944. My Grandfather, Jack “Boots” Brown, is pictured in the front row, 6th from the left.

Be calm, be confident and be thankful for those who fought for our freedom!

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My 2 Favourite Things: The Office Meets CPR!

There’s no denying that I’m an Office nut. The Office that is!

Michael, Jim, Dwight and the gang are fantastic and never were they more wonderful than when a CPR trainer came to visit!

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It’s absolutely true that you can do CPR to the tune of Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees and no one does it worse (in the best way possible) than The Office crew. Click here and here to view the quick clips!

 

Be calm, be confident and never (ever) do what Michael Scott does.

dianasig

There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. If you are in the Toronto area, contact us directly to set up an in-home, in-studio or in-The Office session today!