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AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Zoll

AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Zoll

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Zoll   When you Google ‘Best AED’ a number of selections show up. You want the ‘best’ because with every minute that passes in an emergency without an AED, the survival rate drops 7-10%. That is why it is important to ensure your AED is the best – to save a life. Each AED will have features and inclusions that vary. You want to choose an AED that would increase survival rate, be easy to use, and get the job done effectively. In your search for the best you probably came across the Philips Defibrillator. This is also the AED brand we decided to sell because we believe it is the best. That said, there are a number of other AED brands to choose from, one of which is Zoll. Zoll has a very different set up and design than the Philips Defibrillators. Between the two companies, there is a difference in price, battery life, memory, testing, and much more. Here we will compare Philips vs. Zoll so you know which is the better AED for you!   Zoll AED Plus Zoll AED Plus Price and Accessories   The average price of the Zoll AED Plus is $1,699.00. This is not the cheapest AED on the market, but also not the most expensive. This AED, made with simplicity in mind, is targeted towards beginners. The machine has First Responder steps included in the automated voice instructions to assist those who are not up to date in their first aid training. Every aspect about this AED (pads, voice commands, etc.) are there to assist a beginner through the emergency.   The Standard Zoll AED Plus package includes the following (may vary depending on retailer, some retailers may provide extra First Aid Response additions): One-Piece CPR-D Pads Set of Lithium Duracell Batteries Carry Case Zoll Data Review Software Zoll AED Plus Demonstration and Setup CD 5 Year Warranty (additional 2-year warranty extension available for registered devices)       Zoll AED Plus Pads Unlike most AEDs that use two pads to attach to a person in need, Zoll has one single pad. The one-piece pad, shaped...

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Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

Healthy Shepherd’s Pie   Comfort foods. These are the foods that make us warm and fuzzy inside but usually leave us feeling bloated and gassy. The truth is that comfort foods are our favorites because they taste amazing, not because they are high quality ingredients. Shepherd’s pie is one of these dishes: filled with heavy mashed potatoes, a lot of greasy beef, and topped with unhealthy amounts of fattening cheese. If only these delectable dishes could be good for us…   You will be happy to know that they can! All it requires is changing/altering those greasy and fatty ingredients with something that your body can appreciate! Reduce the carbs in the potatoes by adding cauliflower, cut back on the cheese, and make a conscious decision to use even more vegetables. Forget unnecessary bloating, and instead feel the comfort from this altered, healthy Shepherd’s pie recipe!   Ingredients (Made to serve 6-8)   Healthy Potatoes   2 large Potatoes (peeled and chopped) 1 small Cauliflower head (chopped – 2 inch pieces) 2/3 cup Milk 3 Tbsp. Butter (divided) Salt and Pepper   Filling   1 lb Ground Beef ½ Onion 2 Garlic Cloves (minced) 3 Tbsp. gluten-free Flour 1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tbsp. gluten-free Tamari or Soy Sauce 15 oz. can Chicken Broth 2 cups Frozen Vegetable Medley (add more vegetables and less beef for an even healthy option!)   Directions   Bring a few inches of water to boil in a pot and add steamer basket. Add potatoes into the steamer basket and cover with lid – steam for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the chopped cauliflower into the steamer basket – steam for 10 minutes (or until potatoes and cauliflower are tender). Place potatoes and cauliflower into food processor. On the side, warm the milk and 2 Tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan. Add the milk and butter mixture to the food processor (season with salt and pepper) Process mixture until smooth and set aside. Preheat oven to 400° Brown the ground beef, onions, garlic, and salt and pepper in a large skillet over medium heat then drain. Add the...

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How Much Does an AED Cost? – Your Ideal AED Price

How Much Does an AED Cost? – Your Ideal AED Price

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

How Much Does an AED Cost? – Your Ideal AED Price   The purchase of AEDs is becoming more popular. Many would agree that it is worth every penny no matter what the AED price. Just knowing that an AED can help in emergencies makes it an excellent purchase. Not only does having access to one increase a person’s chance of survival innumerably, just having one on site is often a selling feature and ease of fear.   Why the AED Price Shouldn’t be the Focus   The principal of a product’s price is dependent on the trust we put in quality. It is the same as not wanting to spend less money on tires simply to save money. We will pay more so we are safer behind the wheel (and so are our family and friends). AEDs follow the same concept. Finding the cheapest version does not mean that you are cheating the system. There are downfalls paired with why those models are cheaper (for example, lower battery life, difficult battery insertion, faulty machinery, etc.). Buying the cheaper version also ensures you aren’t purchasing the highest quality. First Edition First Aid Training Inc. sells Philips AED’s because we believe in quality. When someone’s life is on the line, we want the AED to work 100%. Why take the chance on a system that is complicated or less superior, especially when it is a matter of life or death? If we aren’t willing to pay the AED price, are we willing to risk someone’s life?   What All AEDs Have   Depending on the brand, the AED price and style can vary. At First Edition First Aid Training Inc., we supply the same Phillips brand AED’s and packages to ensure that there is continuity between the products. Depending on the type of AED you purchase, there will be different product additions (for example, child SMART pads are only available in select packages). Despite different packages, it is good to know that each AED will offer the same following features:   Step-by-step guidance (installed voice instructions to guide you through the process) Ready to use (easy set-up, pre-installed pads and...

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Earth Day 2017: Ways to Reduce Our Environmental Impact

Earth Day 2017: Ways to Reduce Our Environmental Impact

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Blog, Category | 0 comments

Earth Day 2017: Ways to Reduce Our Environmental Impact Save the Earth, so it can Save You   In the month of April, there is a day (April 22, 2017) that we celebrate our Earth – Earth Day 2017. This wonderful, amazing, and interesting place that we live, filled with about 7.5 billion people. With that many people on the planet, we must be careful what we do to ensure it lasts longer. Saving the environment is good for future generations, but it is also good for your health! Sure, there are people out there telling you to never use your car and technology again, and they may have a point. But for some, that is not realistic for the lives we maintain. We live in a busy and fast-paced world with numerous demands set upon us. So, what are we doing that is so bad? What are some ways we can save the environment that won’t make us leave our jobs and homes? Knowing our impact on the world is a great first start! Also knowing some simple ways we can change our lifestyles to save our planet! Be good to the planet and it will be good to you!   Our Negative Environmental Impacts   Technology It may seem like science fiction, but the increase in technology that our society depends upon is actually harmful. An increase in electromagnetic energy, also known as space weather, can deeply affect our planet. Although it may not be as serious as the world ending, electromagnetic radiation and particles can interrupt our signal transmissions (such as GPS signals).   CO2 In addition to space weather and electromagnetic energy, CO2 is another area that causes our planet harm. Just because it is not an immediate harm, does not mean we shouldn’t take action towards protecting our planet! CO2 is often associated with climate change. This natural gas is produced in increased amounts because of humans. As many know, the increase in CO2 is a greenhouse gas that traps in warmth and heats up our planet. This increased gas has even been said to increase the acidity in our oceans. This affects sea...

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Grow Your Own Medicinal Plants

Grow Your Own Medicinal Plants

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Blog, Category | 0 comments

Grow Your Own Medicinal Plants Buying medicinal ingredients can be expensive, but did you know that you can easily grow medicinal ingredients yourself? We aren’t talking anything illegal, but there are many medicinal plants that have medical properties that you can grow in your own garden. Whether by using their leaves, using the salve produced by the plant, or from the scent they give off. Plants can be beneficial to our health without having to break the bank. Plus, they add that sense of natural décor in your home!. Check out these 5 medical plants that you can grow yourself!   Aloe Vera This one of the amazing medicinal plants that is not only great for improving the air quality in your house, but it can act as a healer. Most people go out to buy Aloe Vera to apply to sunburned areas of skin. Instead, break off a piece of the plant’s leaves. This will reveal a gel-like salve that you can apply to the affected area. It will not absorb as fast as some store-bought mixtures, but know that even if it dries on your skin, it will still be absorbed. Strangely enough, Aloe Vera is also beneficial to eat! The outside of the plant is not very appetizing, but eating the inside of the plant (gel included) can assist with heartburn, possibly lower your blood sugar, act as a laxative, and keep your skin hydrated and healthy!   Lavender Lavender is one of those medicinal plants we love to have around. It smells amazing and also acts as a pest deterrent (say goodbye to summer mosquitos!). Lavender is also a flavour popular to use in baking and cooking. If you choose to eat lavender, it can provide vitamin A, Calcium and Iron into your diet in small doses. More commonly known, lavender has been said to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as pain and headaches. It’s calming effects can wipe your worries away and help you fall asleep!   Peppermint Peppermint plants grow like weeds and can often get out of control if grown in a garden. Place your peppermint in a planter pot so you can manage it. This...

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AEDs in the Office – Workplace Emergencies

AEDs in the Office – Workplace Emergencies

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Blog, Category | 0 comments

AEDs in the Office – Workplace Emergencies AED’s are becoming a more common occurrence in all types of locations. It is now more widely known that with the assistance of an AED, the chances of survival greatly increase. Although it is expected that larger locations (such as malls, airports, etc.) will have and AED available, it should be available in smaller locations as well! An office is a place that should be mandatory to have an AED. Workplace emergencies do occur, and having that AED can save a person’s life. Office buildings are less accessible than homes or one-level buildings so it is extra important to have life saving devices on hand to give the emergency crews more time to respond. Here are some things you need to know about having an AED in the office!   How Many AEDs are Needed in an Office If your office building has an AED, that is step in the right direction. But does every floor have access to one? The time it takes for an AED to be delivered between floors could greatly reduce a person’s chance at life. Even if they do survive, the longer a person is deprived of oxygen, the more permanent damage the person will incur. Having an AED present on every office floor is vital to survival.   Make AED’s Accessible When finding a spot to place your AED, it is important to make sure it is in an easy accessible spot. The office can be filled with obstacles (desks, chairs, or even cubicle walls). Because an AED is not used often, some may consider getting it out of the way. When it is not accessible during in emergencies, staff will need to spend valuable time locating the AED and running it back to the victim – and in a situation where every second counts, this search could cost a life. Put your AED (and accessories) in a location that can be seen by everyone and has a clear path. Ensure it is not behind lock and key. If things get in the way, chance of survival will decrease exponentially. Save those seconds of oxygen deprivation...

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Sunday Recipe Makeover – Vegetable Green Curry

Sunday Recipe Makeover – Vegetable Green Curry

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Blog, Category | 0 comments

Vegetable Green Curry Takeout is expensive when feeding more than two people. But every now and then you probably crave some excellent curry to satisfy your spicy craving. It is a spice that evokes feelings of warmth and satisfaction! How can you get the food you desire without over-paying for delivery costs? This vegetable green curry recipe is one that the entire family will fall in love with. Filled with healthy vegetables and amazing flavours sure to get your taste buds singing! It is a simple one-pan recipe that is quick to make for those nights you don’t have as much time. Simply get your rice cooking, mix your ingredients and off you go!   Vegetable Green Curry Ingredients (Recipe made to serve 4) 4 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil (divided) 1 Block of Extra Firm Tofu (cubed) Small Onion (diced) 4 Cloves of Garlic (minced) 3 Tbsp. Green Curry Paste 2 Medium Carrots (peeled and sliced) 20 Snow Peas (cut in half) 10 Baby Corn (cut in half lengthwise and widthwise) 10 Button Mushrooms (quartered) 2/3 cup Vegetable Stock 2 cups Coconut Milk 2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce 4 tsp. Lime Juice 1 tsp. Brown Sugar Rice (to serve)   Vegetable Green Curry Directions Heat a large pan/wok over medium-high heat Fry one Tbsp. of vegetable oil and the tofu to the pan, stirring occasionally until browned on both sides Remove and drained on paper-towel lined plate Add 2nd of vegetable oil and onions into the pan – fry until soft and translucent Add the garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes until soft and fragrant Add the curry paste as well as a bit more oil (if the pan seems dry) Fry the curry paste for about 2 minutes Add all vegetables (carrots, baby corn, mushrooms) to the pan and fry for 3-5 minutes until the carrots begin to soft Add the vegetable stock and coconut milk to the mixture Reduce heat to medium Simmer the mixture gently until the vegetables are fully cooked Add the tofu, soy sauce, sugar and lime juice to the pan Adjust flavors according to personal preference. Remove from heat and serve over rice   Shout...

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DIY First Aid Kit – Using Household Items

DIY First Aid Kit – Using Household Items

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

Make Your Own First Aid Kit – With Household Items   First aid kits are important to have around the house. They should be accessible and filled with everything you may need in case of an emergency. Most often, people only have a box of Band-Aids and some Polysporin lying in a drawer and don’t bother to actually make a first aid kit. But the fact is that if you make your own DIYfirst aid kit, you will feel comfortable and prepared that you have what you need should an emergency occur. First aid kits don’t have to be the pre-bought expensive ones. You are able to make your own using things right there in your own home. Find these items around the house to make your own hefty first aid kit!   Container for your DIY first aid kit Begin your first aid kit by finding some sort of sealable container you can keep the items stored in. If you have any left-over or unused Tupperware bins, they work great! Rubbermaid bins can withstand water and will stay sealed, making sure that your first aid kit does not go bad or get ruined over time. Be sure that your container is labeled so that if you are not around to tell someone where it is they can easily locate it in your house. Place your container in a visible and accessible spot – a place that it can stay dry and out of the way. Your hefty first aid kit is on its way to completion!   Basic DIY first aid Kit essentials Of course, there are some items you will have to go and purchase. This will include a few of the medications and pre-made items for your kit, but you can also find plenty in your house. Here are some items you most likely have and can include into your kit: Excess Safety Pins: Include any safety pins you have lying around and place them into a small Tupperware container so they are not rolling around in the bottom of your kit. Sewing Needles/Kit: Almost everyone has a small sewing kit (usually including thread, needles and a...

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Responding to an Emergency: A Step by Step Guide

Responding to an Emergency: A Step by Step Guide

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Blog, Category | 0 comments

  Knowing how to do first aid and CPR is an important skill to have in an emergency situation. Of course, you hope that it should never come to that point, but preparation is key. There are certain steps you should take between finding the person and using an AED to save their life. With all of the information out there on the actions you should take, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, the reason we get certificated is so that we do know what to do when the time comes. Keeping yourself up to date on the latest and most effective efforts is important when jumping in to save someone’s life. No matter how scary it may be, remember that simply stepping up to assist has increased that person’s chance of survival significantly. Even more so if you use an AED! Reduce your stress – Here are step-by-step instructions so you are knowledgeable if the time should come!   Finding the Individual DANGER: Search for any dangers that may affect you! It is important that before rushing in you ensure that the area is safe for yourself. RESPONSE: Is the person able to respond? If there is no immediate response, use your fingers to tap on their collar bone to see if you get a response and yell “Are you okay?” or “Can you hear me?”. If you get a response that is a good sign! If not, continue… AIRWAYS: If the victim is unconscious it is crucial that you check to make sure their airway is open. First check their mouth. They may have choked on something that you can easily remove. If there is nothing in their mouth, gently tilt their head back and lift their chin. This will allow open the person’s airway. BREATHING: Check to see if the person is breathing at all. Lean over the person and put your ear to their mouth while facing their chest. Watch for 5seconds. If you can see their chest rise and fall that is a good sign. If you do not see/feel anything it means air is not getting to their brain and the time is ticking....

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CPR Recertification – Why Knowing the Latest is Best!

CPR Recertification – Why Knowing the Latest is Best!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

  Some people believe that lifesaving training is based off of common sense, and that doing a course is a once in a lifetime thing. The fact is that first aid and CPR recertification training should be something we constantly return to and learn the latest. Not only is this preparing you better for an emergency, but it is also protecting those around you by becoming the knowledgeable individual present. Over time, methods, practices, and approaches change and what we learned a few years ago in a CPR class no longer applies. Science is to thank for these changes. As we learn more about the human body and how it works, we can better understand how to assist in an emergency. Knowing the latest allows you to step in and confidently/properly help out. Not only that but it will also increase the chance of survival of the individual in need of assistance.   Changes to Past Approaches Over the years as science has developed further, approaches to first aid and CPR have changed drastically. Research has proven many past approaches to be incorrect or can cause more harm to the individual. One prime example of this is the idea of patting on the back to aid someone who is choking. This was something encouraged and thought to be helpful for many years. After a while it was understood that this was not helping and was actually causing more harm than anything. Now, it has been brought back! It was concluded that any movement is good movement when a person is choking, so back-patting is once again encouraged. It may seem like a confusing tirade of changed minds, but it just proves that the more we study, the more we learn.   Another change that has occurred in the past few years was that CPR included mouth to mouth. This was discouraged for a while, seen as a way that contaminants could be passed and then harm could be done to the person providing aid. It is encouraged that if you have access to a barrier, it can prevent the direct contact and indeed helps the person in need. The...

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