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Health Steps during First Aid Classes

May 2020 COVID-19 Update:

Thank you for sticking with us during these trying times.  We wish to update you on some changes to training:

  • Currently, all courses are being offered in a blended-delivery format (online+in class for skills).  
  • In class skills sessions are in very small groups to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more.
  • Skills are practiced on yourself or on a mannequin.
  • You will be screened before entering the class facility.
As restrictions begin to be lifted, we are gradually working towards returning to normal training.  We hope to resume in-class training in small groups (8 people) at the beginning of June (if earlier is possible, we will start earlier).  Please be advised that we will require masks be worn during skills practice.  You may bring your own mask or purchase a disposable mask from us for $2.50.

 

March 2020 COVID-19 Update:

Worried about attending first aid training with covid-19 cases increasing in Alberta?

Please, don't be.  We know many folks are concerned; therefore we are making this post to explain the steps we take during classes to keep our participants and staff safe.  These steps are not new to the covid-19 outbreak - we hold a high standard of cleanliness at all times during the year.

Yes, first aid training does require close contact with other people.  Therefore, participants that are showing signs of communicable illness, or who have been asked by Alberta Health to self-isolate for any reason, are asked to contact us before their class start time to rebook to a later course date.

All equipment and materials used during training is sanitized after every use.  We use a variety of cleaning products depending on what the item is, including hospital-grade disinfectant and bleach.  Many materials, including some bandages and the valves of CPR masks, are single-use and are disposed of after class.  You will know these materials as they are given to you in a sealed bag.  High-touch materials, such as tables, chairs and counters are frequently wiped down during the day and after class.

CPR is only ever practiced on a mannequin, never on a human - no mouth-to-mouth here.  The CPR mannequins have disposable lungs, and the whole mannequin is sanitized after every class.  Sanitized masks with single-use valves are always used for breaths so you are never putting your mouth on a mannequin.

The first aid curriculum includes proper use of gloves and other personal protective equipment.  Non latex gloves and hand sanitizer are available in easily accessible locations around the classroom.  Cleaning wipes are also available for use at any time.  Proper handwashing is also emphasized.

We hope that this information helps you feel comfortable attending first aid training during this time.  We also encourage you to check out our blended delivery courses - these will reduce the amount of time spent in the classroom by completing a theory component online.

We encourage you to get information regarding covid-19 from reputable sources, such as Alberta Health Services and the Canadian Red Cross - there is a lot of misinformation circulating at this time so please check the source before passing information along.  If you have any questions regarding attending your class please feel free to contact us.  Remember - Prepared, Not Scared.

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