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!

More InformationRefer a friend
Advertisements

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!

More InformationRefer a friend

Local YMCA Receives Lifesaving Donation of Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

July 2, 2015
Cedar Rapids, IA – June 23, 2015 – Think Safe andHeartSine presented the YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area with a donated AED on Tuesday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Helen G.Nassif YMCA.Five months after staff at the Helen G. Nassif YMCA saved the life of a local school teacher using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), the YMCA was awarded a second AED from HeartSine, the device manufacturer. Valued at $1595, the AED will be located in the Welcome Desk at the request of the man whose life was saved after experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest while using the YMCA’s indoor track.On January 20, 2015, staff members performed lifesaving measures to the member after he went down on the track. They grabbed the AED and another staff member who was working out at the time, cleared the area and later brought the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to the site of the emergency. Two YMCA members who are health care professionals witnessed the event and joined in the lifesaving effort until an ambulance arrived. The patient survived and as a result, HeartSine, the AED manufacturer, awarded an AED to an organization chosen by the survivor. He chose to have it donated to the Helen G. Nassif  YMCA so the facility has an AED on each level.

Think Safe is the local distributor who sold the AED to Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA. The donation is made possible by HeartSine, the AED manufacturer, through their Forward Hearts AED donation program. On behalf of survivors who’ve benefited from their AED products, HeartSine awards an AED to the organization of the survivor’s choice. Think Safe President, Paula Wickham said, “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, in the pool area, due to Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA doing the right thing for their members. Our congratulations go out to HeartSine and Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA for another valuable life saved!”


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!


New AEDs Hit U.S. Market

June 10, 2015

Cardiac Science Unveils Powerheart® G5 AED
Cardiac Science is proud to announce the Powerheart® G5 AED in the United States. The G5 is easy to use, reliable, rugged and boasts advanced technology. By using variable escalating energy, it delivers customized energy needed to a patient.

Cardiac Science G5

HeartSine Unveils samaritan PAD 450P AED
HeartSine® Technologies debuts the first and only FDA-cleared Automated External Defibrillator to provide real-time verbal and visual feedback on the rate of CPR compressions. The samaritan PAD 450P is compact, easy to use, and also boasts the highest IP Rating.

HeartSine samaritan PAD 450P


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!

More InformationRefer a friend

USTR NEWS: Remarks by Ambassador Michael Froman at the White House “Made in Rural America” Forum

August 21, 2014

USTR NEWS
UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE
http://www.ustr.gov Washington, D.C. 20508 202-395-3230

For Immediate Release Contact: Andrew Bates
August 8, 2014 ABates@ustr.eop.gov

Remarks by Ambassador Michael Froman at the White House “Made in Rural America” Forum
From Linn County to Lima: Making it Here, Selling it Everywhere
Cornell College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
August 8, 2014

*As Prepared for Delivery*

“Thank you, Linda, for that kind introduction. And thank you for all the work that you, Dennis, and Doug are doing to grow Linn County’s economy through trade and investment. Thank you also to Cornell College for hosting this important event.

“And since we’re at a leading liberal arts college, I thought I might start with a little history lesson. But don’t worry, this isn’t summer school, I’ll keep it short. There’s an early history of Linn County, published in 1878, that makes the following prediction about Cedar Rapids: ‘It is unquestionably destined to become a populous center of trade, but at the same time will not sacrifice its more enjoyable characteristics in the pursuit of wealth.’

“In a sprawling book of over 800 pages, those words stuck with me for two reasons. First, Cedar Rapids has become a populous center of trade, having exported nearly $900 million in merchandise during 2012. Second, towns like Mount Vernon are a testament to the fact that Iowa’s economic rise has not come at the expense of its character.

“That conviction—that we must advance both our interests and our values—is at the core of President Obama’s trade agenda. And nowhere is that commitment more evident than in the White House Rural Council’s ‘Made in Rural America’ export and investment initiative. As part of that initiative, it’s a privilege to join you today for the third of five regional forums organized in collaboration with the National Association of Counties.

“Many of you are here to decide whether exporting should be the next step for your farm or small business. Others are already exporting and will be sharing their experiences with us today or learning how to further bolster their sales to foreign markets. We’re brought together by a shared appreciation for rural America’s importance to the greater U.S. economy and by the economic opportunities that exist outside our borders.

“In recent years, Iowa workers, farmers, and businesses large and small have been a leading example of how trade creates better jobs and drives economic growth. As the second-largest agricultural exporter in America, Iowa has been a key contributor to the roughly 40% increase in U.S. agricultural exports since 2009. That includes last year’s national total of nearly $150 billion in agricultural exports—the highest in U.S. history. And, thanks to Iowa, we are on track for another record-setting year.

“Of course, the best part about these records is that the success is shared. Across America, our exports last year supported more than 11 million jobs, and increase of 1.6 million jobs since 2009. Agricultural exports alone supported nearly 1 million jobs, and we know that on average, export-supported jobs pay 13-18% more than non-export supported jobs. We also know that agricultural exports create positive ripple effects throughout the economy as value is added at each step between the farm and the table. In 2012, every dollar of agricultural exports stimulated another $1.27 in business activity.

“Among these numbers are millions of farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses, many of them in Iowa. In 2012, more than 3,300 Iowa companies exported, and more than 80% of these companies were small businesses.

“I’ll be visiting some of these small businesses during my stay in Iowa, including Kimberley Family Farms, which is based in Maxwell. Coming from a line of farmers and ranchers that goes back to the 1850s, the Kimberley family has incorporated best practices, such as no-till farming, for soybeans into their farming. Today, Kimberley Farms has a total grain storage capacity of roughly 400,000 bushels in 5 different sites, and it exports soy and corn to Asia.

“I’ll also visit Kemin Industries, a Des Moines-based company that manufactures over 500 specialty ingredients for the global feed and food industries, as well as the health, nutrition and beauty market. Kemin’s products reach over 2 billion people across more than 90 countries. The innovation behind Kemin’s success shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, there’s a long-list of famous brands with Iowa roots, including Maytag, Stover, Chrysler and others.

“Yet another example of how Iowa’s innovative small businesses are growing through exports is the story of Think Safe, a Cedar Rapids-based first aid and safety company. Think Safe was founded in 2004 after a former flight nurse for St. Luke’s Hospital identified the need for a product that could offer first aid instructions to untrained people during rescue situations. Earlier this year, Think Safe received a patent for a device that does just that, and today, its products are sold to distributors in Africa, the European Union, Mexico and Canada.

“And by all indicators, trade is only growing more important to Iowa’s economy. According to a recently-released ranking by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Iowa is 7th in the nation in export intensity growth, meaning that exports are growing to contribute an even greater share of Iowa’s GDP. And during 2011, one-quarter of all manufacturing workers in Iowa depended on exports for their jobs.

“Through President Obama’s trade agenda, we’re working on multiple fronts to help lower barriers for U.S. exports so that more American businesses can export and those who are already exporting—like Kimberly Family Farms, Kemin Industries, and Think Safe—can export more. These are 3 of the nearly 300,000 U.S. small businesses that currently export, and with less than 1% of all businesses currently exporting, we have a lot of room for growth.

“That’s why we’re negotiating ambitious, next-generation trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. When completed, TPP will lower barriers for U.S. exports to the world’s fastest growing region, representing 40% of the global economy, including three of Iowa’s four biggest exports markets: Canada, Mexico, and Japan. As the economies of the Asia Pacific grow, incomes rise and middle classes emerge, more and more people will be looking for better, safer, more diversified diets.

“These shifting consumption habits will continue driving demand for meat, dairy, organic, and other ‘Made in Rural America’ exports.

“Our discussions in TPP are also aimed at setting high standards across a range of issues that will level the playing field for American workers and businesses. We’re doing this not only because promoting fundamental worker rights and protecting the environment is consistent with our values, but also because we know that when global competition is fair, America’s workforce and businesses—the most productive in the world—win.

“We’re also unlocking opportunities for “Made in Rural America” exports in America’s largest market: the European Union.

“Through our negotiations in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or T-TIP, we’re knocking down non-tariff barriers that have prevented some small American businesses from competing in the European market. T-TIP will also enhance market opportunities for a number of goods that Iowa is already exporting to the EU, including soybeans, animal feeds, pork and other livestock products.

“In parallel with our T-TIP negotiations, we are working to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers affecting agriculture exports. Last year, the Obama administration resolved nearly 200 trade-related barriers involving U.S. agricultural exports, including resolutions that helped increase total U.S. beef exports by 12% and U.S. pork exports to Colombia by 63%. And we’re continuing to make progress on these issues.

“When completed, TPP and T-TIP will give us free trade with almost two-thirds of the global economy, and the United States will be at the center of that economy as the world’s production platform of choice. More businesses will want to move their operations to the United States to take advantage of our talented workforce, abundant and affordable energy, dependable legal system, and all the other qualities that make America great. Farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and other will grow it here, raise it here, make it here, and sell it all around the world.

“We’re also standing up for American families, farmers and businesses by vigorously enforcing our existing trade agreements. This administration has made enforcement a top priority, and its track record in upholding the rules-based trade system is second-to-none.

“We have brought 18 disputes in the World Trade Organization, and having won every dispute decided so far, we’re on our way to creating billions of dollars in additional opportunities for U.S. exporters.

“At the end of the day, all of these efforts—opening new markets, deepening our existing economic ties, resolving unwarranted barriers, and enforcing our agreements—create opportunities, but it falls on each of us to seize them. The idea of exporting to Asia might seem daunting, but you’re not alone. As you’ll hear more about today, there are a number of local, state, and federal resources available to help you tap into the 95% of consumers and 70% of the world’s purchasing power that exists outside our borders. Together, we can make those opportunities a reality.

“Thank you.”

To find out more about Think Safe products and how to become a U.S. dealer or international dealer, please complete the following form.


Press Release: First Voice Handling the Elements with Rugged First Aid System

August 18, 2014

Leading the way in multilingual workplace technology-aided first aid response

Hiawatha, Iowa, August 24, 2009 – Think Safe delivers state-of-the art upgraded first aid innovations consistently, while maintaining its track record of meeting and exceeding industry standards. The Rugged+AED Self-contained Emergency Treatment (SET) System is one of those innovations, providing a compact and low cost-of-ownership rugged AED, color-coded first aid supply bags, and the highly endorsed Emergency Instruction Device (EID) all packaged in a rugged, waterproof Pelican case made to handle the toughest situations.

Donald Linder, doctor of emergency medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital – one of the nation’s

Dr. Donald Linder with the Emergency Instruction Device outside his hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Dr. Donald Linder with the Emergency Instruction Device outside his hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Top 100 Heart Hospitals – says that the system is comprehensive and a key first aid tool to supplement CPR and first aid training. “With over 3.8 million disabling workplace injuries and over 250,000 Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) deaths in the US annually, and first aid and CPR skills studies showing only a six-week retention, First Voice provides a quality solution for the retention problem and the failure to have the right supplies immediately accessible.” In a SCA event, studies show that a 4-minute or less time to defibrillation is one of the keys to survival and recovery of the victim.

“Our Rugged+AED SET System adds high value by its tough versatility and easy to find color-coded supplies matching our First Voice EID’s audible and visual coaching prompts,” says CEO/President of Think Safe Paula Wickham. “This system is designed for any rough environment that is subject to the elements, or venue that is expected to comply with OSHA’s general industry and workplace first aid and AED requirements or recommendations.”

First Voice Rugged+AED SET System

First Voice Rugged+AED SET System

The Rugged+AED SET System steps a responder through all major and minor first aid events with clear and calm multi-step instructions utilizing the EID and the coordinating first aid supplies, all housed (including the rugged AED**) in the Pelican case. The system is available from select distributors including CPR and First Aid Training Centers or first aid supplies and safety distributors nationally. More information can be found online (www.firstvoice.us).

All protocols within the system are compliant with 2005 approved ECC/American Heart Association and American Red Cross First Aid and CPR protocols. With a recently added new EID “Language” button responders can now hear emergency instructions in Spanish or English, with the capability of 20 or more additional languages available. The contents of the color-coded first aid supply bags allow the Rugged+AED SET System to meet and exceed OSHA and ANSI’s newly updated 2008 first aid compliance standards.

**AED is optional, added to fit specific needs

To learn more about the First Voice SET Systems, contact Think Safe at 888.473.1777 , or complete the following form and we will be happy to 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.