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Category Archive: First Aid

What Should You Put in Your First Aid Kit?

first aid kitOSHA requires employers to provide “adequate” first aid supplies for their employees. While OSHA doesn’t define what “adequate” is, many employers use ANSI first aid kit standards as a guide.

ANSI First Aid Kits

ANSI standard Z308.1-2014 lists first aid supplies for two types of first aid kits: Class A for common workplaces and Class B for more complex or higher risk environments. Kits are further divided into different types based on other factors, such as indoor or outdoor use.

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Should Your Workplace Have an Automated Defibrillator?

automated defibrillatorAccording to OSHA, over 220,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest each year in the U.S.—and about 10,000 of these occur at work.

When sudden cardiac arrest victims receive defibrillation quickly, survival rates improve significantly. According to the American Red Cross, each minute of delay reduces the chance of survival by about 10%.

Given that the average response time for 911 responders is eight to 12 minutes, more and more workplaces are adding automated defibrillators (AEDs) to their first aid programs.

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Conventional CPR vs. Hands-Only CPR

hands-only cprIf you’ve hesitated to learn CPR because it seemed too complicated or were concerned about risks associated with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, then hesitate no more.

Since 2008, the American Heart Association has recommended Hands-Only CPR for most adults. This means that you can conduct CPR without mouth-to-mouth breathing in most cases.

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First Aid Kits vs. Bloodborne Pathogen Kits: What’s the Difference?

bloodborne pathogen kitsPeople sometimes confuse first aid kits and bloodborne pathogen kits. In fact, the two kits serve different purposes.

First Aid Kits

Most of us are familiar with first aid kits. Generally, they contain supplies needed to treat relatively minor injuries, such as cuts, abrasions and burns. Some kits, especially those designed for industrial or manufacturing workplaces, have supplies to treat more serious injuries as well. Kits typically contain bandages, gauze, pain medication and disinfectant.

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