New Emergency Instruction Device (EID) Launches in Europe

April 26, 2010

Think Safe is proud to write about our 2010 European EID that is now available in Dutch and European English.  For Please see:  http://bit.ly/RescueMate for full details.

"RescueMate"

European EID – RescueMate

This EID has everything you need and is European & ECC compliant:
– first aid, AED and CPR training and emergency use
– fire training
– evacuation training
– communication training

A full occupational health tool for any workplace or organization!

COMING SOON!  German and French languages

For more details on how to distribute this product, please contact us at 888-473-1777 or complete the form below and we will be happy to contact you.


Proven Effective! AEDs in Schools Save Lives

August 12, 2009

The following is from AEDs in School Prove Effective at MedPage Today by Todd Neale on the importance and effectiveness of having AEDs at every school.

In a survey of high schools that had an AED program and had had a cardiac arrest within the preceding six months, 64% of cases — students and nonstudents alike — survived to hospital discharge, according to Jonathan Drezner, MD, of the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues.

Most of the schools (83.5%) had an emergency action plan in place for responding to sudden cardiac arrest, the researchers reported online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

More than 92% of individuals suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest do not survive to hospital discharge, and survival declines 7% to 10% for each minute defibrillation is delayed, according to Dr. Drezner and colleagues.

One study found that survival after exercise-related cardiac arrest in particular was only 11%.

Responding to the low survival rate, many schools have implemented AED programs and emergency response plans for sudden cardiac arrest.

However, it had remained unclear how effective early defibrillation was for treating cardiac arrest among student-athletes and others in schools.

To explore the issue, Dr. Drezner and colleagues identified 1,710 U.S. high schools that had at least one AED using the National Registry for AED Use in Sports.

According to a survey completed by school representatives, 83.5% of the schools had an established emergency action plan for sudden cardiac arrest; 60% of those with a plan developed it in collaboration with local EMS.

However, only 40% practiced and reviewed the plans at least once a year, and only 18% posted a written emergency plan at each athletic venue.

Of the respondents, 2.1% of the schools had had a sudden cardiac arrest occur on premises within the preceding six months.

Almost all (97%) were witnessed, 94% received CPR from a bystander, and 83% received an AED shock.

The average time from arrest to first shock was 3.6 minutes for students (mean age 16) and 1.8 minutes for nonstudents, including teachers, coaches, visitors, and other adults (mean age 57).

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of cases survived to hospital discharge, including nine of 14 student-athletes and 14 of 22 nonstudents.

“Although some deficiencies in emergency response planning were identified, a high survival rate for both student athletes and older nonstudents with sudden cardiac arrest was reported in high schools with on-site AED programs,” the researchers said.

“The need for ongoing CPR training, fully developed and executed emergency plans, and links to EMS are vital to the immediate and long-term outcomes of shock delivery,” Dianne Atkins, MD, of the University of Iowa in Iowa City said.

“The tragic death of an adolescent has a profound effect on the community, and the desire to protect this population may outweigh financial considerations,” she said.

Dr. Drezner and colleagues acknowledged some limitations of the study, including the low response rate (11%), the inclusion of schools that already had AED programs, the use of self-reported data, and the possibility that some cases of sudden cardiac arrest may have been missed.

For information on Think Safe’s AED solutions contact our AED Expert James Moroney.


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.


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