Attention Childcare Providers: DHS-Compliant First Aid Kits are Available at Think Safe

October 22, 2015

If you’re a childcare provider, aDHSK01_lrre you prepared in the event of a medical emergency with first aid supplies approved by the Iowa Department of Human Services? If not, now is an excellent time to purchase DHS-compliant first aid kits from Think Safe, offering over 300 first aid essentials and items that comply with State of Iowa first aid supply requirements. These requirements are listed under Iowa Code 237A and 441 Administrative Code, Chapter 110. 110.5(1) specifically discusses health and safety conditions. You can review this information at the Iowa DHS Provider Portal.

From gauze, bandages, and eye wash to ice packs, bio hazard bags, and disposable thermometers, our DHS-compliant first aid kits are fully supplied with the tools you’ll need to respond to medical emergencies. And all of them fit securely in an easy-to-use hard plastic carrying case, complete with our four-pocket easy refill system.

At Think Safe, we know childcare is no easy job. It takes skill and heart, patience and imagination. It takes being prepared for anything. So, take some of the guesswork out of your day, and check out our Iowa DHS-Compliant First Aid Kit.


Interested in finding out how Think Safe’s products can benefit your workplace? Simply contact Think Safe at 888-473-1777 or click on the More Information button, and we’ll be happy to contact you. Or, if you like what we do, refer us to a friend!

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Explore Comprehensive CPR and First Aid Training Options with Think Safe!

October 5, 2015

1-Profile_pic__In_Person_Training_LogoWhen a medical emergency occurs and a life is on the line, every single minute is crucial. Learn how to get the most from those minutes or renew your expiring certificate today by registering for one of Think Safe’s monthly in-person training classes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Think Safe offers comprehensive training classes in first aid and CPR (healthcare provider or lay rescuer), bloodborne pathogens, mandatory reporting, automatic external defibrillator (AED) use, and many more. Our trainers are experts who make learning these life-saving skills easy and interesting.

We offer our in-person training classes every month, so you have plenty of opportunities to gain these critical skills. Check out our upcoming Cedar Rapids CPR and first aid training classes!

­Upcoming Class Schedule

10/10/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 9am to noon
10/15/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm
10/24/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 9am to noon
10/29/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm

11/05/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm
11/14/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 9am to noon
11/19/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm
11/28/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 9am to noon

12/03/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm
12/12/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 9am to noon
12/17/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm

To register for one of these classes, simply call us at (319) 377-5125 or visit our in-person training calendar at http://inperson.firstvoicetraining.com to register online.


FVT-Animated-CPRCan’t attend one of our in-person training classes? No problem. We’ll bring the training to you! Today’s companies know ongoing employee training is critical to improving safety and productivity in our ever-increasing competitive environment. As an industry leader in technical training, Think Safe has conducted thousands of standard, modified, and custom in-house training programs to meet the needs of companies throughout North America. We would like to offer you the same opportunity through our First Voice Training Network!

You can choose course content from our extensive list of training offerings and then have the opportunity to discuss your specific needs with an instructor. Our experts can tailor your in-house training to meet your organization’s unique objectives, emphasizing areas of high interest, and using examples and case studies that are relevant to you.

Not only can we bring a trainer to your site but we can also provide eLearning, followed by an in-person skills check. We call this blended training, and it helps to cut down on your labor and/or overtime costs. Or, consider the benefits of having your own in-house CPR and first aid instructor program:

  • Tailor the content to your specific needs
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Save on travel time and out-of-facility expenses
  • Instructors can run demonstrations anytime with any size of class, including new hires
  • Equipment or problem-specific issues can be openly discussed
  • Cost effective for large teams
  • Promotes teamwork and camaraderie among workers trained together
  • Workers remain on site in case of an emergency
  • More comfortable learning environment

To learn more about these options, discuss your unique training needs, or get a same-day quote, call us at (319) 377-5125 or submit a request for onsite information.


Testimonials

“…I just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful training. We all had a great time and learned a lot.
You are an outstanding instructor!”
–J. Schmede, AGL Resources

“Think Safe has an integrated approach that has helped us to have better communication throughout our facility in the event of a first aid or medical emergency. Their proprietary software is also helpful in ensuring equipment or any training we have remains up to date and in compliance with OSHA needs.”
–Safety Director, Raining Rose

Interested in finding out how Think Safe’s products can benefit your workplace? Simply contact Think Safe at 888-473-1777 or click on the More Information button, and we’ll be happy to contact you. Or, if you like what we do, refer us to a friend!

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Allamakee Community School District Receives Donation of AED and First Aid Kits for Buses

September 1, 2015

WinkejpgWaukon, IA The district bus barn and school bus drivers now have some updated and new equipment for their emergency preparedness use as of Monday, August 17, 2015. The equipment includes the addition of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device for storage/use at the bus barn and new bus first aid kits equipped to National and State School Bus Transportation standards. This addition of equipment was made possible from a donation made by The Richard Lyle “Butch” Winke Memorial fund and his surviving spouse Mary Kay Winke from rural Waukon and nieces Michelle (Kerndt) Scroggs and Paula (Kerndt) Wickham. Both nieces attended Allamakee Community School District but now live in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. Richard Lyle “Butch” Winke passed away December 27, 2014.

Mary Kay Winke attended the event with her nieces and other family members. The AED and first aid kit and suppliesCopy of Mary Kay Winke and Nieces funding was provided by the family and memorial fund as a way to celebrate and remember Butch’s dedication and commitment to children during his near 30 years of service as an Allamakee Community School District Bus Driver. Butch’s nieces are employed in the emergency preparedness and AED program industry, so the memorial and donation is dear to everyone’s heart. Stated Randy Nordheim (Transportation Director), “Butch was a quiet individual but was a dedicated employee during his tenure with the school district. The donation is a wonderful legacy to honor the beloved and missed #23 school bus driver.”

Bus Kit-FrontAED devices are a critical component in increasing survival rates among sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims. SCA is the leading killer in the United States and does not discriminate based on age. SCA annually claims over 300,000 lives alone in the United States; more people every year Bus Kit-Backare killed by SCA than by cancer and strokes combined. The key to fighting SCA is defibrillation (use of an AED) within a very short period of time from the onset of SCA. The statistics show that for every minute that passes there is a 10% decreased chance of survival. AEDs allow for defibrillation during the initial minutes after 9-1-1 EMS has been called; those critical early minutes make all the difference between life and death during SCA events.

AED Cabinet-ClosedAED Cabinet-OpenHaving an AED at the bus barn helps to improve response times for the employees in the Transportation Department, which is outside of the main campus school areas where AEDs are currently deployed. The first aid kits were assembled in the USA, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The kits were custom labeled, showing the #23 bus on the front cover of the kits, and the #23 bus was parked at the bus barn during the event.

 


Interested in finding out how Think Safe’s products and training options can benefit your workplace? Simply contact Think Safe at 888-473-1777 or click on the More Information button, and we’ll be happy to contact you. Or, if you like what we do, refer us to a friend!

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BEWARE: Brown Recluse Spider Bite

November 14, 2014
This is a First Aid training student’s pictures of his own experience with a Brown Recluse Spider bite.

This is a First Aid training student’s pictures of his own experience with a Brown Recluse Spider bite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think Safe provides First Aid training courses! Online, in-person, and blended options are available.

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If you would like more information on First Aid or CPR training, please complete the following form and we’ll promptly contact you! 


Pet First Aid and CPR Training – Keeping Our Pets Happy and Healthy!

July 31, 2014
First Aid Funny – Cat CPR! Is this really how to do Cat CPR?

 

What is Pet First Aid and CPR training and why do I need to know about it?

First aid is literally (definition): aid or management that is rendered as soon as a problem is identified at the scene of the injury or illness by those first to respond to a problem until the time when professional care is provided. Many people confuse first aid with specific “specialized advanced (veterinary care) treatments” for illness or injury. First aid care is important for you to provide BEFORE getting to the vet as delays in simple basic care are proven to create more adverse long term health problems or death for your pet.

Don’t be left unprepared when caring for your four-legged family members. When your pet is injured or ill they cannot tell you what is wrong, which is why it is vital that you learn signs and symptoms of pet illness and injuries and what should immediately be done. Learn steps to prepare for emergency situations, to ensure you are ready for any of life’s unexpected events. Pet first aid courses are available to teach you basic pet care, CPR, rescue breathing, Heimlich maneuver, and many vital steps to take in saving your pets life. Learn how to respond to health emergencies and provide basic first aid for the four-legged members of your family. Practice and preparation will help you be calm and effective in an emergency, protecting you and your animal from further injury or suffering.

Why Choose Think Safe’s First Voice Pet First Aid & CPR Course?

Think Safe’s Pet First Aid & CPR Course has been updated with the latest recommended guidelines outlined by the first evidence-based research on how best to resuscitate dogs and cats in cardiac arrest, published in June 2012 by the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (ROVER).

Now, with the most up-to-date course on the market, the First Voice Pet First Aid & CPR Course, being prepared is as simple and easy as turning on your computer in the comfort of your own home. If you’re already CPR certified, online Pet First Aid and CPR training is a great addition!

Check out our value-added Pet First Aid Kits – both Basic and Deluxe versions – to supplement your first aid knowledge!

  • Canine and Feline Friendly
  • OWNER friendly
  • Veterinarian Approved

 

Pet First Aid Training

Pet First Aid Training with Basic Pet First Aid Kit

Pet First Aid Basic Kit

Pet First Aid Deluxe Kit

 

For more information, or to purchase the training and/or kit, please complete the following form or contact Think Safe at 888-473-1777.


4 Steps to Take in an Emergency Situation for Caregivers

February 19, 2014

Here are 4 simple steps you’ll need to take when you find yourself in an emergency situation as a caregiver with a responsive person. Practicing these will help you know exactly what you need to do in an emergency.

4 Steps to Take in an Emergency Situation

Keeping your wits about you will be key, should an emergency arise. Practice these steps so that you’ll know exactly what to do in an emergency situation with a responsive person:

1. Assess the situation (S.A.M.P.L.E.). Answer some questions to get a better understanding of the event, and so you can relay that to emergency rescue when they arrive. Is your loved one conscious and breathing? If they are not, call 9-1-1 immediately and begin CPR compressions.  If they are conscious and responsive, look for:

(S)igns & Symptoms: What do you notice for deformities, open wounds, tenderness, swelling, if any? Do you notice any sweating, anxiety, rapid breathing?

(A)llergies: Do they have any? 

(M)edical Conditions or medications being taken or when were they last taken?

(P)rior problems they have had? Prior health history or medical emergencies?

(L)ast food and drink they had?

(E)vents: What were they doing just prior to the emergency? Did you or they observe anything odd or different?

Other questions: Was there a complaint of pain or anything else relevant? What is different or unusual about your loved one? Observe and compile as much as you can before calling 911.FA-Card-Front

2. Call 911. Do this when you have the even slightest hint that your loved one is facing a life-threatening emergency. Do not attempt to take anyone with a potentially serious problem to the hospital yourself. Rather, 911 should be called immediately. It’s crucial to accurately describe the situation and speak slowly and clearly when talking with the 911 operator.

3. Loosen any tight clothing. Make sure your loved one has nothing constricting the airways, like a restrictive shirt or tie, and keep them in a comfortable position while you wait for help.

4. Comfort and communicate. Talk to your loved one until 911 arrives, but don’t encourage the victim to talk. You want them to be as calm as possible until emergency rescue arrives. Take slow, deep breaths to help yourself stay calm as well.

You don’t have to be intimidated by the potential for an emergency. When one happens it may seem frightening, but the time you take to be prepared can make the difference between life and death.

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, caregiver to your parents, office executive, or a blue-collar worker, Think Safe has innovative emergency first aid tools and training that can be customized to fit your needs. Check us out online or call our experts today at 888-473-1777!

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*Thanks to the following source: Linda Foster, MA at CarePages for some of the above content.

CPR Facts & Statistics

February 12, 2014
  • About 75-80% of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.
  • Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim’s chance of survival.
  • CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.
  • Approximately 95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
  • Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people knew CPR and had an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to use, more lives could be saved.
  • Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occurs during that time.
  • If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7-10% for every minute of delay until defibrillation. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse.
  • Coronary heart disease accounts for about 450,000 of the nearly 870,000 adults who die each year as a result of cardiovascular disease.
  • In 2013, more than 360,000 people in the United States died from Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).  Sudden Cardiac Arrest is most often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). Cardiac arrest can also occur after the onset of a heart attack or as a result of electrocution or near-drowning.
  • When sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs, the victim suddenly collapses, becomes unresponsive to gentle shaking, stops normal breathing and may be only occasionally gasping.  Immediately call 9-1-1 and provide CPR and use an AED, if one is available!

For more information on Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) or a FREE CPR training session, fill out the form below!


Stayin’ Alive

January 29, 2014

You HAVE to check out this video!

CPR can save lives and it’s not hard to learn!

If you witness someone experiencing cardiac arrest first call 9-1-1 then administer CPR.

The current accepted method for untrained rescuers is “Hands Only CPR”, which involves 100 compressions per minute with no breaths. If you administer chest compressions to the beat of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” or Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” you will achieve that rate. You should continue to do chest compressions until help arrives or the victim wakes up. It’s normal to feel pops and snaps when you first begin chest compressions, but don’t stop. You’re not going to make the victim any worse.

Thanks to the Chattanooga Fire Department for teaching us all a valuable lesson on the importance of CPR and dancing!

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Copyright: http://www.chattanooga.gov/fire-department/fire-dept-videos


Another Life Saved, Another AED Donated

January 22, 2014

Newtown, PA – January 6, 2014 –As a result of a recommendation by a responder who saved a man’s life using CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), the Flamingo Cocktail Bar in Redlands, as well as other nearby businesses, will have access to a HeartSine AED.  The donation is part of HeartSine’s Forward Hearts program that enables a saved person or his/her responder to donate an AED to the organization of their choice.

The AED being donated by Anytime Fitness's Noel Basilides to bar owner Michael Plunkett

The AED being donated by Anytime Fitness’s Noel Basilides to bar owner Michael Plunkett.

Noel Basilides, an assistant manager at Anytime Fitness in Riverside, was able to use his recent CPR training to save the life of a 75-year old man with a heart condition.  The man, who wishes only to be known as Thomas, had just finished his daily four-mile run on the treadmill when Noel noticed that he didn’t look well.  Before Basilides could react, Thomas suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and fell on to the moving treadmill before being tossed to the cement floor.

Says Basilides, “When Thomas collapsed on the treadmill, he hit his head and passed out.  I thought he was unconscious due to his head injury, but realized it was more serious when he didn’t wake up and then stopped breathing.”

Fortunately for the stricken man, Basilides had just attended a mandatory CPR class the previous week, and knew to call for help, perform CPR and use the AED.

“I have to admit that I was really scared to press that shock button, but was very glad I did.  After the shock, we followed the AED prompts to perform more chest compressions and thankfully Thomas started breathing.”

The paramedics arrived a full nine minutes after the call was placed.  Thomas’ doctors told Basilides that he survived due to the quick response to use the AED.  After a short stay in the hospital, Thomas has made a full recovery.

Adds Basilides, “After being able to save a life because the gym had the AED, I can’t talk enough about the importance of having these devices in all businesses.  Frankly I can’t understand why AEDs are not required by law.“

Due to his lifesaving efforts, Basilides was asked by Thomas to choose the recipient of the new HeartSine AED.  He chose the Flamingo Cocktail Bar, a popular local family-run bar in Redlands where he also works as a security guard.

Owner of the business, Michael Plunkett is pleased about the donation.  “After hearing from Noel about his experience with an AED, we are grateful that he selected our business to receive the donated AED.  We intend to provide our staff with CPR training, and will make other businesses near us aware of the AED should they ever need to use it.”

Noel Basilides with the AED that saved a man's life.

Noel Basilides with the AED that saved a man’s life.

HeartSine joins Think Safe, the distributor who sold the AED to Anytime Fitness, to make the Forward Hearts AED donation on behalf of Thomas and Noel.  Think Safe President, Paula Wickham adds, “This is the way things should work.  The Pay It Forward Program allows recognition of a life saving event and enables others to share their story and life saving victory over the disease that is the nation’s leading killer.  Another life may be saved in the future, outside the gym, due to Anytime Fitness doing the right thing for their club members. Our congratulations go out to HeartSine and Anytime Fitness for another valuable life saved!”

For more information on The Pay It Forward Program or how to get an AED grant or AED donation, fill out the form below. 


More Lifesaving Stories… (Giving Thanks)

December 5, 2013

The Think Safe online marketing team just had a meeting and decided that we are long overdue for a recent blog post.  Topic: Being Thankful.

It is a good time to be thankful with Thanksgiving just having past us by and the Christmas holiday upcoming.  Life is precious and in just minutes, can be taken away….or, given back.  Three examples:

Think Safe Client Location – Life Saved:  Riverside CA Anytime Fitness …read all about it at:  http://clubindustry.com/blog/members-saved-clubs-have-plenty-be-thankful

Think Safe Client Location – Life Saved:  Plainfield, IN Skyzone Franchise.  A man in his 50’s is successfully saved at trampoline part and PAYS IT FORWARD by donating AED to Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Think Safe Client Location – Successful AED use event:  New Jersey Fitness facility – AED is used to successfully shock man in his 50’s that collapses from sudden cardiac arrest. 

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SCA Survivor Sue Young

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SCA Survivor Patti Farrell

These are just a few of the successes we have had in recent months.  How prepared are you for these types of emergencies?  As the year comes to a close, the Think Safe marketing team wishes all of our clients and associates a safe and prepared New Year to come! Thank you for your business and for your trust.  

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