First Aid Super Tip #5

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It’s no secret that my favourite item in any first aid kit is the triangular bandage. These helpful pieces of cloth are the perfect shape, size and strength to be incredibly versatile – from tying slings to putting pressure on a wound to becoming a makeshift muzzle for an injured dog. Here is my favourite ‘triangular trick’ taught to me by one of our fabulous instructors, Camilla Szczepkowski:

First Aid Super Tip #5: Tie a small knot in the corner (or the point, as shown below) of your triangular bandage. This knot will create a pocket for the victim’s elbow to rest in and this will save you from having to fuss around with a safety pin during a stressful emergency situation.

Triangular bandages are not wrapped in sterile packaging, so don’t be afraid to take them out of their packaging as soon as you get them and tie a knot in each one. This will save you precious time if you ever need to use it in a first aid emergency.

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As always, be calm, be confident & think common sense!

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Superhero Sick Day

Once in a while, even superheroes need a sick day.

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If you’re not feeling well, don’t feel guilty spending a day in bed recuperating. You’ll feel better for taking it easy and everyone else will thank you. To feel better even faster (especially if a sore throat is bringing you down), try my favourite, all-natural soothing drink.

Throat-Soothing Ginger Tea

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3 Simple Ingredients:

  1. Ginger Root (very inexpensive and it can be found in the produce section of your local grocery store)
  2. Honey
  3. Lemon

Use a potato peeler to remove the skin from the ginger root and chop into small pieces or grate using a cheese grater. Place the ginger in a small pot with water (approximately 3 cups). Bring water and ginger to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Strain ginger from water, add a squeeze of honey to sweeten to your liking, add the juice from 1/4 of a lemon and serve. Enjoy!

NOTE: The more ginger you add, the stronger the drink will be, but adding the same number of slices as pictured above is a good measure (4-5 medium sized pieces for 3 cups of water).

 

Feel better soon!

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There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. Contact us directly to set up an in-home family and friends first aid workshop today (in Southern Ontario). Three-hour hands-on infant and child first aid training sessions are designed with your busy life in mind.

Hyperventilation

Not sure what to do if someone you love begins hyperventilating? The first aid treatment is quite simple – check out our Quick Reference Guide below to build your confidence in dealing with hyperventilation.

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Be calm, be confident & think common sense!

dianasig

 

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!

How to Supplement Your First Aid Kit for Your Furry Friend

It goes without saying that every household, workplace and (ideally) every car, has a first aid kit. It doesn’t have to be a elaborate, but it should contain the basic necessities to stop bleeding with sterile gauze, clean a wound on the go and include gloves for basic self-protection.

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When we have pets at home, it’s not always obvious that we should also have first aid supplies on-hand to treat their potential wounds too. Here is a list of items to help you supplement your home first aid kit for your furry friend:

  1. Muzzle/triangular bandage (a hurt animal can be very dangerous if not muzzled)
  2. E-collar (cone)
  3. Rolls of gauze
  4. Water-resistant cloth medical tape (the only kind of tape that will stick to fur)
  5. Coban 3M Self-Adherent Wrap – Vet-wrap (this becomes the outside of the bandage that will hold it all together)
  6. Nylons/pantyhose (a section of pantyhose will help keep head bandages in place)

If you are in the Toronto area and you would like to host a Family First Aid session (including first aid for your furry friends) please contact us. We’ll show you how to use all of the above items to treat your entire family safely, including your family members with floppy ears and tails!

Be calm, be confident & think common sense!

dianasig

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!

New for 2013!

We are excited to announce our latest course offering: Furry First Aid & CPR!

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Furry First Aid & CPR is all about keeping your dogs, cats and other pets safe in an emergency situation. This unique course is 2 hours in length and covers the following topics:

  • CPR modifications for dogs
  • Choking (and choking prevention)
  • How to keep yourself safe (including how to create an impromptu muzzle for your pet)
  • Stay-put bandaging (ears and tails)
  • Environmental emergencies

This course can also be paired with our popular 3-hour ‘Infant & Child First Aid & CPR’ session for the complete ‘Family First Aid’. ‘Family First Aid’ is a 4-hour course where you will learn how to confidently help your little ones, as well as your pets if an emergency should arise. If you are in the Greater Toronto Area, please contact us to learn more or to schedule a session with your family.

Be calm, be confident & think common sense!

dianasig

There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills (or learn a few new ones to help your furry friends!). Contact us directly to set up an in-home, in-studio or in-office session today!