First Aid Kit Tip: Triangular Bandages

There’s no denying it – triangular bandages are my single favourite item in a first aid kit. Triangular (or cravat) bandages are simply right-angle triangles made from a strong material. They can be used to create various types of slings, to soak up additional blood from a wound or to tie on a splint for greater immobilization.

 

You can find triangulars in most pre-packaged first aid kits, but if you need to restock, here are a few places to buy triangular bandages online: MEC, FirstAidProduct.com and DCG First Aid, just to name a few.

DIY ALERT!

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of buying them, you can make your own! Take a clean bed sheet and cut out a square that is 40″ x 40″. Then cut the square from one corner to the opposite corner. What you will end up with is two right-angle triangles that are each 40″ x 40″ x 56″. Store neatly folded in your fist aid kit with a few safety pins at the ready.

In a pinch, a piece of fabric or t-shirt can also be substituted for a triangular bandage.

Here’s a quick video about how to use triangular bandages to create a tube sling for an upper arm injury: http://youtu.be/9Cifk_ohsDo

 

Be calm, be confident & think common sense!

 

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Safety in the Workplace

When speaking to a group of university students yesterday about health and safety in the workplace, I thought today would be an ideal time to touch on this topic.

Workplace health and safety is absolutely critical to a successful work environment, whether you work in an office setting, manufacturing facility, outdoors or in the classroom.

You have the right to a safe workplace. 

It is the employer’s responsibility to train employees about dangers that exist within a specific workplaces and provide necessary protective equipment. That said, it is the employees responsibility to wear the protective equipment and ask questions whenever there is uncertainty.

For great information about health and safety in the workplace, including first aid training requirements, check out the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s health and safety website.

 

Remember – be calm, be confident & think common sense!

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Child Choking Quick Reference Guide: Available Now!

Choking is a huge fear for most parents and I have addressed how to deal with infant choking emergencies in the blog, so now it’s time to address choking emergencies for children (when your child can stand on their own two feet without help, use this procedure).

The important thing to remember is that coughing is okay. Coughing is our body’s natural way of getting rid of something unwanted in the airway. It’s important to stay calm and simply encourage coughing. Only if you no longer hear any noise (as well as red or blue face and/or clutching at their throat) should you move in and take physical action.

Click here to download our FREE Quick Reference Guide for how to help a choking child.

Be calm, be confident & think common sense!

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