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First Aid for Heat Stroke

First Aid for Heat Stroke

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

  First Aid for Heat Stroke   With the summer months comes running through the sprinkler, backyard barbeques, and a whole lot of sun! Living in Canada, it can be exciting to finally have warm weather and spend time outdoors soaking in the beautiful rays of sunshine. The sun is healing for some, but with sudden and constant exposure to the heat, there are also risks.   Heat stroke is one of the most common ailments brought on by increased time in the sun. Not only can it harm your skin, but it can have effects on your brain as well. So how do you protect yourself from heat stroke for those days you want to enjoy nice weather? Let’s learn a bit about it:   What is Heat Stroke? Simply put, heat stroke occurs when your body overheats. If you have been sitting in the sun too long, or are exercising outdoors without proper protection, your body will start to feel the effects. Heat stroke can also be seen in individuals wearing too much clothing on hot days (preventing their skin from breathing) or consuming alcohol (dehydrating the body). Common symptoms of heat stroke are: High body temperature (usually 40 C or above) Hot and dry skin (no sweat) Nausea Reddened skin (similar to sun burn) Headaches Disorientation or delirium Increased breathing and heart rate If you suspect yourself or another has heat stroke, it is important to take action right away.   What to do if you have Heat Stroke Unlike dehydration or heat exhaustion, heat stroke requires immediate emergency attention. The increased body temperature can lead to other harmful effects such as damage to the brain and other organs. When someone begins showing signs and symptoms of heat stroke, it is crucial that you get help right away (call 911 or find a medical on-site worker) as well as work to lower their body temperature. Take action immediately to help lower the person’s body temperature by doing the following:   Give them a Drink Immediately give the person something cool to drink. It is important to rehydrate the person so that their body temperature can begin...

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Healthy Mini Doughnuts

Healthy Mini Doughnuts

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

Healthy Mini Doughnuts For the month of July, food from the Calgary Stampede midway is a focused satisfying dreams and cravings. The unique and delicious surprises can be anything from Cereal Monster Sandwiches to Crispy Chicken Feet on a Stick. No matter where your taste buds lead you on Stampede week, you can guarantee that the food will make your eyes light up but your stomach upset. Most choices on the midway, unfortunately, are not a healthy option. One of the most popular and sought after treats on the midway are mini doughnuts. Covered in sugar or powder, these delectable little bite-size donuts are always an addicting choice. And while the term ‘mini’ may seem like a good choice, these doughnuts are served in a large bag (or even a bucket) and taste good enough that you will eat the whole batch. Save yourself the sugar, calories, and stomach upset and make your own mini doughnuts at home! This Healthy Mini Doughnuts recipe cuts back on the sugars and uses a doughnut maker instead of a deep fryer. These 62-calorie mini snacks are the perfect thing to binge on instead of the stampede sweets.   Ingredients (Makes 12 snacks) – 2 cups Self-Rising Flour – 1 tsp. Baking Soda – ½ tsp. Salt – ¾ cup Coconut Sugar – 5 Tbsp. Coconut Oil – 1 tsp. Vanilla – 1 tsp. White Vinegar – 1 cup Water – Natural Sprinkles to decorate   Directions Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl (flour, baking soda, salt, coconut sugar). Make 3 holes in the dry mixture (2 small and 1 large). Pour the vanilla and vinegar into the smaller holes, and the coconut oil into the larger hole. Pour the water over the top of the mixture. Mix together well, ensuring that the flour is completely combined. Spray your doughnut maker with cooking spray. Spoon small spoonfuls of the mixture in to your doughnut maker. Cook doughnuts until they are golden brown in colour. Choose how you would like to decorate and flavor them (chocolate drizzle, natural sprinkles, cinnamon, coconut). Serve and enjoy!   Choose these homemade doughnuts over the deep-fried,...

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AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Cardiac Science

AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Cardiac Science

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Cardiac Science   When selecting an AED, it is important to consider the similarities and differences between AED brands. A popular choice is the Phillips Onsite Defibrillator, an AED supplied and supported by First Edition First Aid Training Inc. Another common option is the Cardiac Science AED, specifically the Powerheart G3 model. There are many similarities between the Philips defibrillator and the Cardiac Science Powerheart, but there are also many differences: price, size, battery type, etc. Although cost may be a factor when choosing an AED, choosing the cheapest price is not necessarily the best option. You want to make sure your AED is best in class given its important role, and performs 100% when emergencies occur. Here we will compare Philip vs. Cardiac Science to help narrow which is the best AED for you.   Cardiac Science Powerheart G3   Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Price and Accessories The Cardiac Science AED is made with usability in mind. The AED has clear instructions as well as self-checking features (similar to that of the Philips Onsite AED) that make it ready to use. The AED is priced around $1,455, but can change depending on the retailer and package (prices range depending upon location as well as type of package e.g. Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Pro).   The standard Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 package includes the following (may vary depending on retailer): Powerheart G3 AED 2 Adult AED Pads Powerheart G3 Battery Pack (4-year warranty)   Accessories dependent upon retailer: Quick Start Tool Kit (Training and Demo Software) Premium Carry Case Fast Response Kit AED Orientation CD and USB Connector Cable for AED data analysis AED decals (2) and wall sign CPR and AED training vouchers (for 2 individuals)   Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED Size The Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED is one of the larger AEDs available as well as one of the heaviest (second to the Zoll AED). The Cardiac Science AED weighs a total of 6.6lbs with the battery and pads installed. This is quite heavy for an AED, and is therefore less compact and easy to transport. Although it is only...

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Healthy Banana Crumb Muffins

Healthy Banana Crumb Muffins

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

Healthy Banana Crumb Muffins   One of the common breakfast temptations is banana bread. Heavy enough to fill you up, and tasty enough to leave you satisfied in the morning. This breakfast treat is great even for an afternoon snack alongside your coffee. The problem with banana bread is that it is often unhealthy and is filled with sugar and butter. Even the banana breads that sound healthy (“Walnut Banana Bread” or “Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread”) are not necessarily the better option. Take out those sugars and get your banana fix with these healthy banana crumb muffins! With reduced amount of sugar and butter (and extra banana) you will feel full and ready to go with your now healthy breakfast or snack selection!   Ingredients (Made to serve 10)   Muffins 1 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour 1 tsp. Baking Soda 1 tsp. Baking Powder ½ tsp. Salt 4 Bananas (mashed) ¼ cup White Sugar 1 Egg (lightly beaten) 1/3 cup Butter (melted)   Topping 1/3 cup Packed Brown Sugar 2 Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour 1/8 tsp. Ground Cinnamon 1 Tbsp. Butter   Directions Preheat oven to 375º F. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups or line your muffin pan with muffin papers. Mix together the flour (1 ½ cups), baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Beat the bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a separate bowl. Stir the banana mixture into the dry mixture until just combined. Spoon the batter into muffin cups or papers. In a separate dish, combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together for the muffin toppings. Blend in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle the topping mixture on top of the pre-poured muffin batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the muffins are golden in colour.   Feel great about breakfast with these delicious muffins! Thank you to allrecipes.com for the great recipe made healthy!   http://allrecipes.com/recipe/222088/healthier-banana-crumb-muffins/?internalSource=staff%20pick&referringId=16695&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&clickId=cardslot%203...

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What AED do I Need?

What AED do I Need?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

  What AED do I Need?   You’ve made the decision to purchase an AED. So, do you know what AED is best for you? When purchasing an AED there are many aspects you need to consider: what brand do I purchase and what type is best? First Edition First Aid Training Inc. has made the decision to supply Philips defibrillators for a number of reasons (dependency, usability, etc.). Philips is a brand we can trust, but also one that offers a machine for different needs. They are not a one-machine-fits all because something that is perfect for your home may not stand up on a worksite. Below are 3 types of AEDs that First Edition First Aid Training Inc. supplies and how they help you answer the question, “what AED do I need?”   Heartstart Onsite AED An AED for the Office   What AED is better for the office than the Heartstart Onsite Philips Defibrillator? The Onsite defibrillator is a great choice for those looking to keep their AED in work-space locations. Whether you work in an office, café, lounge area, or board room, this AED is made with your workspace in mind. The compact kit is easily stored away, and has everything you need for an emergency. Various packages of this AED are available to guarantee you are prepared for anyone who may frequent your space. For example, child SMART pads are available for those who work in a place with children, like an elementary school. The Onsite AED is equipped with more accessories to help with more medical emergencies in populated areas (ex. The Fast Response Kit contains razors, gloves, mask, etc.).   Heartstart Onsite AED Package Inclusions: Onsite AED 1 Battery 1 Adult SMART Pad (additional pads optional) Carrying Case Fast Response Kit DVD Infant/Child SMART Pads (optional) Spare Battery (optional)     Heartstart In-Home AED An AED for Home   The Heartstart In-Home AED is just as the name describes, it is best for your house and home. Although we hope that an emergency will never occur in our homes, the reality is that it happens. This AED is the exact same as...

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My AED is Chirping, What Does that Mean?

My AED is Chirping, What Does that Mean?

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

  My AED is Chirping, What Does that Mean?   The room is quiet until suddenly you hear a chirping noise. You follow the sound and discover your AED is chirping. What does that mean? It is common for an AED to give a chirping sound when something needs attention or care. Don’t stress! This is one of the many amazing features these defibrillators have. With Philips AEDs, self-checking occurs daily to ensure that when an emergency occurs, you have the best possible resources ready. When your AED is chirping, it can mean more than one thing. At any time when your AED begins to chirp, press the information button and the AED will read what the problem is. The machine will tell you whether it is an issue with the pads, battery, software, or another more serious problem. Below are the different reasons and follow-up measures you should take when your AED begins to chirp!   Expired AED Pads   Each AED package will include a set of pads. When in use, the pads attach to the individual and will emit a shock when needed. Always remember to replace pads after each use, but when unused, the pads also have an expiry date. The defibrillator will know when the pads expire or have been open to air and have lost effectiveness (pertaining to the gel). If your AED is chirping and informs you that the pads have expired, it is important that you call and order new pads right away. The longer you wait and put off ordering them, the increased risk of someone not getting the attention they need in an emergency. To stay ahead of your AED, you can simply look at the expiration date located on the bottom of the pads and order yours before your AED chirps!   We also highly recommend purchasing a spare set so that when one is used you have a backup available for use right away.   AED Software Update Needed   Philips is constantly updating and developing new technology to ensure that our lives and hearts are saved in the most efficient and safe way possible, so it...

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