The Government’s Requirements on First Aid Preparedness

July 31, 2009

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Be it running a company or working for one, you need to know what is recommended for first aid treatment and preparedness protocols. There are groups like Raise Your Hand trying to spread awareness, and of course the United States Department of Labor: Occupational Safety & Health Administration (commonly known as OSHA) does its part to spread the word too.

Here’s how OSHA puts it:

It is a requirement of OSHA that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards. However, it is unrealistic to expect accidents not to happen. Therefore, employers are required to provide medical and first aid personnel and supplies commensurate with the hazards of the workplace. The details of a workplace medical and first aid program are dependent on the circumstances of each workplace and employer.

OSHA even provides general information that may be of assistance here.

Here at Think Safe we spend a lot of time and energy into making sure our products not only meet OSHA’s standards, but exceed them as well. Be it the First Aid Cube, our Online Training, top-rated ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach, or the American Lifeguard Association-endorsed Emergency Instruction Device, the First Voice line of products are setting new standards in emergency first aid preparedness for the home or business.

Minimum’s mentality will never do when it comes to saving a life. Why risk everything by not taking the appropriate actions to ensure the safety of your loved ones and employees? If you need more encouragement, just remember that Uncle Sam says so too.


Distributor of the Month, July 2009: John Crumpton

July 24, 2009

Informed CPR, first aid, and AED training experts know that training has to be interactive, hands-on, repetitive and engaging to help improve the odds of proper skills use during emergencies…is that all that can be done?

John Crumpton of STP Consulting is Think Safe’s First Voice featured distributor of the month for July 2009. John [email at jdcrumpton [at] verizon [dot] net] and his address is P.O. Box 313 Chino, CA 91708.  Based in California and an expert with 23 years of experience in the industry he prides himself on his attention to detail and servicing of his customer base.

Handing off a new certificate of completion with the Backpack SET System in front on the table.

Handing off a new certificate of completion with the Backpack SET System in front on the table.

STP Consulting provides AED, First Aid, CPR, Bloodborne Pathogen, Oxygen and EID training and any program management or product needs and servicing that allows for solid first aid and medical emergency care programs for organizations.  STP carries the complete First Voice AED/EID line of products and services.

Paula Wickham, President of Think Safe congratulates STP Consulting and states, “John is providing great value to his clients. He understands that technology is an asset to first aid programs when integrated properly, allowing everyone better protection and confidence during stressful events.”

Listening close with the First Voice Emergency Instruction Device for reference.

Listening close with the First Voice Emergency Instruction Device for reference.

For more information on becoming a distributor of Think Safe’s First Voice products, contact us at info [at] firstvoice [dot] us for more information or call 888-473-1777.


MACWORLD PUBLICATION CALLS EMERGENCY FIRST AID APPLICATION ONE OF THE BEST

July 22, 2009

MACWORLD PUBLICATION CALLS EMERGENCY FIRST AID APPLICATION ONE OF THE BEST
iPhone Users ‘Encouraged’ to Consider Think Safe ResQr First Aid Application

HIAWATHA, IOWA, July 22, 2009 — Think Safe’s ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach application was recently reviewed by Macworld and awarded a 4.5 out of 5, ranking it as the top-rated first aid app according to Macworld. The publication cited, “This is a great way to walk people through performing unfamiliar tasks in stressful situations.”

Author of the Macworld review, and certified in American Red Cross CPR and lifeguarding, Lisa Schmeiser, wrote, “iPhone [or iPod Touch] apps provide a handy way to refresh a memory that’s gone blank in the face of an emergency or to provide first-aid knowledge you never thought you’d need… [ResQr’s an app that] Red Cross card-carriers and rookies alike can appreciate.”

President of Think Safe Inc, Paula Wickham, stated, “We are proud to be a considered a top app of the reviewed. ResQr was designed to encourage parents or others providing care to be prepared to manage through a stressful medical emergency event or give quick interactive training – not be another reference guide. We are looking forward to incorporating images and video next.”

ResQr is a family of First Aid and CPR apps for mobile and computer platforms that coach, and support you through an emergency first aid event in real time, as it happens.  Compliant with the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, ECC and National First Aid Science Standards, ResQr apps bring peace of mind knowing that you have clear, concise instructions walking you through the first aid emergency step-by-step.

About Macworld
Macworld is the premier source for news, reviews, help and how-to, videos, and podcasts for the Apple market, including the Mac, Mac software, Mac OS X, the iPod and iTunes, and the iPhone. Along with reviews of Mac-compatible hardware such as printers, digital cameras, and displays, Macworld reviews iPod cases, headphones, speakers, and accessories, and iPhone-related products. (Macworld.com)

About Think Safe Inc
Think Safe is committed to setting new standards for comprehensive emergency readiness and response. Manufacturing products and software for complete injury management and providing services that improve access to first aid and CPR training, Think Safe products and services are a good fit for corporate and industrial environments, parks and recreational facilities, schools, convention and sport centers, remote or high-risk locations, as well as parents and caregivers. Think Safe offers its patent pending First Voice™ Emergency Instruction Device and consumer first aid kits as well as useful emergency software for computers and mobile devices (ResQr). For details about Think Safe and its products, call Jen Mittan at 319-377-5125 or visit www.think-safe.com.

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Reflecting on a CPR Story

July 16, 2009

It is a calm day here at Think Safe, early in the afternoon, and as I browse through my Google Alerts I came upon one that led me to this interesting blog – one that matched my mood for the day. People often ask in training sessions, “How hard is it to really perform CPR on someone?”  This story by gwalter at Daddytude can easily tell you… Here’s an excerpt:

I was jolted into an embarrassed reality. I had taken my first CPR class when I was 15 years old.  I’d run my first emergency call that same year.  I’d run dozens of calls on a volunteer ambulance in rural, eastern Washington – and yet, here I sat, trying to understand, but without understanding.  This woman had no pulse.  How did I miss that? In my inexperienced hesitancy, I was taking my clues from my partner.

What did I take away from this story?

Even those trained and experienced find these types of emergencies hard (at least initially in their careers) as life is the thing that matters…and all those intangibles in life that go along with it. I just read The Shack and – for those who have read it too – you’ll get what my true meaning is in that statement. Make it a great day!

Think Safe President, Paula Wickham


Mom to the Rescue!

July 14, 2009

I am constantly amazed by the goodness of people. My employees, my family… I have a new story! I’ll try my best to recap the event…

So Pat (my Mom whom I love dearly) was working her job at the rural Waukon, Iowa Fareway grocery when she heard “Pat! Pat!” …it was a young high school girl that was checking out a customer and was frozen in time – looking straight ahead and not moving by the time Pat looked to the source of the cry.

Mom dropped what she was doing and scurried over to behind the counter. The customer was standing upright but would not respond to some questions and was an odd color – a yellowish gray – and Mom knew something was about to happen. Having years of experience with a severely epileptic husband, my Dad, she knew what to do.

She braced herself close to the person and kept asking questions…and then it happened – the customer fainted. But she was ready! Mom caught her, kept hold and got more help. Her past experience had taught her a valuable lesson and saved this young gal a good knock on the head minimally.

In first aid training sessions I often talk about just being prepared and thinking/processing to your best ability… however, I will admit I have been close by when three people whom all have taken nasty bumps on the noggin from fainting episodes. Why didn’t I react and catch them? What was I thinking? I watched as their color faded…they did not move…there was something wrong…and then bam – they fell as I watched.

Paula's Mom, Pat

Patty-cake (Mom’s nickname) gets the applause on this one. Way to go Mom! I love you!

Think Safe President, Paula Wickham


Great Grandma’s Baseball Slam to the Head

July 9, 2009

It’s the beginning of many baseball summers ahead for my family I have a feeling. Our eight and a half and ten year-old boys love the game. Last weekend (a seven-game weekend) my husband Matt was videotaping Ethan’s game next to the fence on the 1st bag side.

Ethan's Baseball Team

One of the batters made contact with the ball, and a 70 year-old great grandma sitting in her lounger next to Matt received an 80 mph line drive head slam she won’t soon forget.

Everyone thought that fence was going to stop the ball but it rose, skimmed over and angled right for her left side of the head. Her family and rest of the crowd sat frozen…for what seemed a long time but probably was 10-25 seconds. Then Matt – first to say anything – said “better get an ice pack on that right away” as she was slumped backwards and instantly had a contusion and bruising with a large lump forming. An initial assessment by a doctor in the crowd, then more ice, and they packed her up in a car that drove up and sent her off to the ER for several cat scans.

Three games and about six hours later she was back, looking like a boxer after a Saturday night fight – and she watched the team pull in the victorious win!  The durability of the human body is amazing…

Are you ready for this type of incident at your summer youth events?  With the First Aid Cube or a case of icepacks from Think Safe and you are!

First Voice First Aid Cube by Think Safe


THINK SAFE DELIVERS A NEW SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION APPLICATION

July 8, 2009
THINK SAFE DELIVERS A NEW SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION APPLICATION
New iPhone application part of ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach family
HIAWATHA, IOWA, July 8, 2009  — Think Safe has released a new first aid app to the iTunes App Store, extending the company’s innovative, mobile First Voice first aid product line. Taking individual buttons from the full ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach app – first aid and CPR software that quickly helps a person provide assistance for hundreds of emergencies – Severe Allergy Coach helps you know what to do when you suddenly find yourself in an emergency event that requires allergic reaction assistance. By giving step-by-step, yes/no questions Severe Allergy Coach provides you with a simple set of instructions to coach anyone from the trained to the untrained on how to give proper allergic reaction assistance.
Severe Allergy Coach is available at the iTunes App Store.
Allergic reaction emergencies may cause obstructed airways, asthma, or other breathing emergencies. Without prompt and appropriate treatment, the distress can lead to serious consequences, including severe brain damage or death caused by a lack of oxygen to the body’s vital organs, muscles, and tissues. “We provide a solution to these challenges, improve outcomes, and decrease stress or panic,” says CEO/President of Think Safe Inc, Paula Wickham.
Severe Allergy Coach features:
Step-by-step instructions for allergic reaction emergencies
Audible pacing & instructions for CPR rescue (adult, infant and child)
Step-by-step instructions for CPR emergencies (adult, infant and child)
Nearest ER location finding assistance (iPhone only)
Emergency Intake Questionnaires for incident reporting
About Think Safe Inc
Think Safe Inc is committed to setting new standards for comprehensive emergency readiness and response. Manufacturing products for complete injury management and providing services that improve access to first aid and CPR training, Think Safe Inc products and services are a good fit for corporate and industrial environments, parks and recreational facilities, schools, convention and sport centers, remote or high-risk locations, and a host of other public gathering places. Think Safe Inc offers its Emergency Instruction Device and patent pending SET systems in a variety of models, from a dedicated portable unit to software for computers and mobile devices. A selection of lightweight, portable cases and bags is available to meet various space, use, and environmental needs. For details about Think Safe Inc and its products, call Jen Mittan at 319-377-5125 or visit http://www.think-safe.com.
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THINK SAFE DELIVERS A NEW SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION APPLICATION
New iPhone application part of ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach family

Think Safe has released a new first aid app to the iTunes App Store, extending the company’s innovative, mobile First Voice first aid product line. Taking individual buttons from the full ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach app – first aid and CPR software that quickly helps a person provide assistance for hundreds of emergencies – Severe Allergy Coach helps you know what to do when you suddenly find yourself in an emergency event that requires allergic reaction assistance. By giving step-by-step, yes/no questions Severe Allergy Coach provides you with a simple set of instructions to coach anyone from the trained to the untrained on how to give proper allergic reaction assistance.

Severe Allergy Coach is available at the iTunes App Store.

Allergic reaction emergencies may cause obstructed airways, asthma, or other breathing emergencies. Without prompt and appropriate treatment, the distress can lead to serious consequences, including severe brain damage or death caused by a lack of oxygen to the body’s vital organs, muscles, and tissues. “We provide a solution to these challenges, improve outcomes, and decrease stress or panic,” says CEO/President of Think Safe Inc, Paula Wickham.

Severe Allergy Coach load screen

Severe Allergy Coach features:

  • Step-by-step instructions for allergic reaction emergencies
  • Audible pacing & instructions for CPR rescue (adult, infant and child)
  • Step-by-step instructions for CPR emergencies (adult, infant and child)
  • Nearest ER location finding assistance (iPhone only)
  • Emergency Intake Questionnaires for incident reporting

About Think Safe Inc

Think Safe Inc is committed to setting new standards for comprehensive emergency readiness and response. Manufacturing products for complete injury management and providing services that improve access to first aid and CPR training, Think Safe Inc products and services are a good fit for corporate and industrial environments, parks and recreational facilities, schools, convention and sport centers, remote or high-risk locations, and a host of other public gathering places. Think Safe Inc offers its Emergency Instruction Device and patent pending SET systems in a variety of models, from a dedicated portable unit to software for computers and mobile devices. A selection of lightweight, portable cases and bags is available to meet various space, use, and environmental needs.

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New Workplace First Aid Kit Safety Standards Announced by ISEA

July 7, 2009

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The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has released an updated standard focusing on minimum requirements for workplace first aid kits, after being approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2009 American National Standard – a revision to the 2003 edition, was prepared by members of ISEA’s Industrial First Aid Group, along with leading industry stakeholders.

Think Safe Inc was included in the preparation process as one of the industry stakeholders (as can be seen listed in the Foreword of the ISEA standard document).

“It’s an honor to be a part of the review team responsible for setting new standards in first aid. That is, after all, one of the main goals for Think Safe – innovating first aid technology and setting new standards in the field,” Paula Wickham (CEO/President of Think Safe).

Updates include the designation of new kit types, expansion of the required supply list to include a first aid guide and a redesign of the product label to draw attention to the fact that each workplace is unique and therefore may necessitate the availability of additional first aid supplies.

First Voice First Aid Cube by Think Safe

All Think Safe first aid kits exceed ANSI/ISEA standards and vary in size and purpose. Check out the First Aid Kits here!


Fourth of July Weekend Safety Tips

July 1, 2009

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You’re starting to go grocery shopping; picking up the hamburger meat, hot dogs, buns, and all sorts of other foods that will make the perfect Fourth of July barbecue. The kids have ten boxes of sparklers each at the ready and you’re gearing up for the all the friends and family that you will be seeing for the first time in days, weeks or months. The location is set, the swimming suits packed and – oh yeah! – you just remembered the sun block. “Am I forgetting anything…?”

Our nation’s independence is a great thing to celebrate, and I hope you do. Are you preparing for all possibilities? Don’t forget about emergency first aid preparedness. As you go out to the parks and city streets to cook out and watch fireworks, here are some things to keep in mind:

Holiday Traffic Safety

  • Be aware of and avoid intoxicated drivers. Some signs include:
    • Drivers who turn with a wide radius.
    • Drivers at speeds 10 miles below the speed limit or speeding excessively.
    • Drivers who are following too closely.
    • Drivers who have a slow response to traffic signals.
  • Never drink and drive. Alcohol is the single largest factor involved in motor vehicle deaths. Have a responsible designated driver when you head out for Fourth of July activities.
  • Don’t allow the holiday rush to affect your driving. A few extra minutes saved by reckless driving aren’t worth the injuries you may cause to yourself and others.
  • When attending firework displays and special events, remember to obey all traffic lanes and signals, and avoid cutting directly across parking lots. Never race other drivers to an open parking space. When leaving the festivities, pay attention while backing out of your parking space to avoid hitting other vehicles or pedestrians.

Outdoor Grill Safety

  • The first step to cookout safety is to have fresh food. Store meats and other perishables in an insulated cooler to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Keep grills away from all flammable materials, including trees and shrubbery. Store unused starter fluid and charcoal briquettes away from the grill, preferably in a fireproof container.
  • Keep your children away from the grill. Gas grills can have an interior temperature of more than 800 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never add starter fluid to an already burning grill. The fire can spread up the stream of starter fluid and into the can causing an explosion. Also, wash your hands after using starter fluid to avoid setting yourself on fire.

Firework Safety

  • Be sure that the fireworks display you plan on attending is a legitimate one. Legitimate firework events will have proper authorities and medical staff in attendance.
  • Never take pets to a firework display. Animals can become spooked very easily by the loud noises fireworks make. Remember the bug spray. Mosquitoes and other insects are en masse this time of year.
Source: American Association of Safety Councils