Top Benefits of a Virtual CPR Training Class

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Top Benefits of a Virtual CPR Training Class

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of our daily lives changed. The risk of infection from in-person school, work, and social gatherings lead to society finding new ways to connect, the most popular being virtual classes and meetings. At Red Safety, we’ve followed this trend to ensure everyone’s safety by transitioning to virtual CPR training classes. Anyone can now enroll in and complete our CPR training from the comfort of their homes using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Here are some of the top benefits of taking one of our virtual CPR training classes: 

Learn Life-Saving Skills in the Comfort of Your Home

Learning how to administer CPR properly is an important life-saving skill that anyone can learn. Now that we have virtual CPR training classes available, taking steps to complete CPR training has never been easier! Simply sign up on our website and select a date and time that works for you with a class that can be completed from the comfort of your home. 

Worry-Free Classes Can Provide a Comfortable Learning Environment 

Between work, family, and your social life, finding the time to drive to an on-site location to take a CPR class can be stressful. With online CPR training, you can choose when and where you complete the training for less stress and a comfortable learning environment that meets all of your needs. Plus, less stress may help you retain more information, according to an article in Psychology Today

Take Part in Our Interactive Teachings From Our Instructors 

We want you to get the most out of our virtual CPR training classes, which is why we provide interactive classes for anyone to join. No matter where you are, you can log into our virtual sessions and learn CPR in an interactive, informative setting. 

At Red Safety, we strive to provide our customers with the tools they need to live healthy, safe lives with sound peace of mind. One of the ways we do this is by offering CPR training courses, now available virtually. Take part in our interactive teachings with qualified instructors to learn the life-saving practice of CPR, right from the comfort of your home or office. To sign up for one of our virtual CPR training classes today, simply fill out the form on our website or give us a call at 888-557-5167. We proudly serve the Tukwila, Seattle, and Renton areas. 

For all of your security, fire safety, and CPR training needs, contact us at Red Safety today! 

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CPR Training Tips: Signs of Choking

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CPR Training Tips: Signs of Choking

Choking is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. People of all ages can experience choking, but the most susceptible to death by choking are small children under the age of 5 and older adults. If administered quickly enough, CPR is an effective way to eliminate the choking hazard and possibly save a life. 

Here are four of the most common signs of serious choking to look for before administering CPR

Uncontrollable Coughing 

Coughing caused by choking is different than a cough from a cold or flu. If something is blocking a person’s airway, the body’s natural response is to get rid of the object by coughing it out. According to Healthline, if you notice someone presenting uncontrollable coughing, check for additional symptoms such as bluish skin, loss of consciousness, the inability to speak or cry, wheezing, a weak cough, and panic. All of these may indicate a severe choking situation that needs immediate attention. 

Struggling to Breathe 

It is important to keep in mind that choking does not always cause a cough. Sometimes the object in the airway may be too large, making it impossible to cough. Or, if the person’s breathing is severely compromised, they may drift in and out of consciousness and be unable to cough at all. The Heimlich maneuver, also known as abdominal thrusts, is especially helpful for clearing the airway at this stage. To successfully perform the Heimlich maneuver, stand behind the choking person, and wrap your arms around their waist. Then, make a fist with one hand over the person’s belly button, grasp the fist with your other hand, and give quick bursts of 6-10 abdominal thrusts to attempt to dislodge the object. 

Grasping Throat

Grasping the throat is an indication of choking when the person is unable to speak. Alongside the other choking signs, it is safe to assume that the person is choking and needs immediate help. Failure to call an ambulance or administer back blows (five firm strikes between the shoulder blades while supporting the person’s chest) may result in loss of consciousness. 

Passing Out 

Depending on how long the person has been choking, they may experience loss of consciousness and pass out. If the person is unresponsive, place them on their back and tilt their head back to raise their chin and open their airway. Check inside their mouth to see if there is a visible object that is blocking their airway, but never reach inside their throat to try and remove anything yourself unless it is clearly inside the mouth, not the throat. Call for help and administer chest compressions to stabilize the person while you wait. 

Performing the Heimlich maneuver and properly administering CPR can save a person experiencing choking symptoms. No matter your work or lifestyle, it is always beneficial to be prepared for choking situations so that you can be of assistance to someone in need and potentially save a life. 

Red Safety offers CPR training and first aid classes in Renton, Tukwila, and the surrounding areas. Sign up for one of our private classes today! 

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Life-Saving CPR Tips

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Life-Saving CPR Tips

It’s always best to be prepared in case of emergencies. While no one wants to imagine anyone in physical distress, being well-equipped with CPR knowledge gives you the power to save someone’s life potentially. Here are some life-saving CPR tips to take note of:

  1. Check for Breathing and Responsiveness

If you notice anyone who appears to be in distress, start by assessing the situation. First, check the person for responsiveness. If the individual does not respond to basic questions or taps on the shoulder, try to check their breathing. Clear their airways by tilting the person’s head slightly upward and then listen for their breaths. According to the American Red Cross, gasping for air or choking sounds is not considered breathing.

2. Perform Chest Compressions

The chest compressions guidelines are pretty much the same for adults, children, and infants (but not newborns 4 weeks and under). Start by placing the person on a flat surface on their back. Kneel beside them, close to the chest region, and put the palm of one hand on the center of the person’s chest between the nipples. Then, place your opposite hand on top of the first one, keep your elbows straight, and begin compressions using your upper body’s weight. The compressions should be about 2 inches deep, at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute, if rescue breaths are not administered. If they are, then the guidelines suggest 30 compressions to two rescue breaths.

3. Administer Rescue Breaths

Rescue breaths can be given through mouth to mouth or mouth to nose, depending on the circumstances. If administering mouth to mouth, pinch the person’s nose closed so that the air is sealed during the breaths. Two breaths are meant to be given following 30 compressions. Watch for a rise in the person’s chest following the rescue breaths. If you do see a rise, wait for the chest to fall again before resuming the process.

4. Repeat if Necessary

If the person is still struggling to breathe after completing the above steps, continue the process while waiting for professional medical help. If there is an AED on hand, you may need to use it at this point.

5. Use AED if Necessary

The AED is an automated external defibrillator that can assess the injured person’s heart rate and determine whether a shock or continued CPR is necessary. AEDs come with detailed instructions, as well as voice prompts and directions for the user. Keep in mind that AED usage is intended for use only on people 8 years and older and that nothing and no one may touch the person while the electric currents are given.

While all of these tips are important to learn, the most crucial step is calling 911 immediately. Administering CPR is a means of stabilizing a person in need while awaiting professional medical help. If there are any signs of a person in a health crisis, always call 911 first thing.

Whether you’re just learning CPR or looking for a refresher, consider signing up for one of our CPR training courses at Red Safety. We offer CPR classes year-round, including the option to schedule a private lesson in Seattle, Renton, and Tukwila, Washington. To schedule a class with us today, simply fill out our online contact form, and we will be in touch shortly. Thank you for taking the time to potentially save a life, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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