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Wishart Safety Classes

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We specialize in On-Site training and services that are customized to your specific needs.

Training and services include:
 

  • CPR/ AED (Automated External Defibrillator) - Adult, child, and infant.

  • Basic First Aid

  • Bloodborne Pathogens

  • OSHA 10 and 30-hour Training, customized with your selection of OSHA-approved mini-sessions: Hazardous Communications-Waste & Materials, Fall Protection, OSHA Compliance, Excavating, Cranes, Scaffolding, Fleet, Mason, Cutting & Welding, Steel Erection, Personal Protective Equipment, and more.

  • Confined Space

  • Fall Protection

  • Flagger Safety

  • Forklift / Powered Industrial Trucks Operator

  • Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP)

  • Respiratory Fit with Medical Evaluation - (On-Site)

  • Rigging and Signaling

  • On-Site Toolbox Talks

  • Job-Site Inspections

  • AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Inspections

  • COVID 19 Screenings -Non-contact infrared thermometer temperature checks with armbands/stickers - daily or randomly as requested

  • On-Site Urine Drug Test / Screening
     

     Proudly providing these safety training service in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater area.  If  you do not see the training you are looking for please contact us
 

Learning CPR in the Tampa Bay Area

Here in Tampa, Florida, our weather is outstanding allowing year-round outdoor time. The economy is booming so jobs draw growing families to our state. Simple lifestyles make the elderly want to retire here. These are good things but they all pose a risk for cardiac arrest. That means that we all need CPR training!

Florida is the lightning capital of the country. The months of June, July, and August are the deadliest. Longer days and warm weather have more people outside. As of July 2018, Florida had 5 deaths due to lightning strikes. The entire nation has a national average of 28 strikes in a year. Lightning strikes send an electrical current through the body that stops the heart. These victims almost always go into cardiac arrest. Bystander CPR is the immediate treatment.

Florida leads the country in construction job growth. Construction workers make up 22% of the workforce in Florida. Construction workers also have the highest accident rate among workers in Florida. Bleeding emergencies, electrical strikes, falls can all lead to cardiac arrest. OSHA requires CPR/AED/First Aid trained workers on every construction job site.
 

Florida has a population of 20 million of which 23% are over 60 years old. Florida has the highest percentage of senior citizens 65 years or older at 17.3%. The national average is 13%. Elderly people are at the highest risk for cardiac arrest and Florida has the most elderly citizens. Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. Our training teaches you how to perform CPR to save a life.
 

Wishart Safety understands the importance of making CPR training practical and memorable. Our authorized and qualified instructors combine lectures, videos, and skill practices to give students a comprehensive understanding of how each step works. The classroom environment is relaxed and supportive of the learning process.

The lecture portion promotes discussion among students. Real-life experiences shared by instructors and students add depth to each class. Questions are welcomed and answers are direct and thorough.  The video adds the visual component that compliments the lecture. This is where students can see how compressions force the heart to circulate blood and how an AED can restart the heart. The video is played in short increments with a discussion after each section.

Interactive skill practice includes adult, child, and infant single-rescuer CPR followed by two-man CPR. Individual manikins and breathing barriers are issued to each student. During our training, we practice the skills on the floor with audio CPR feedback devices ensuring high-quality CPR. Any student unable to get onto the floor is allowed to stand and work at a table. This is the portion of the class that ensures students are comfortable and confident with their CPR skills.
 

Will you be prepared to help?
 

The first thing that happens when an emergency occurs is your five senses kick in. You hear something, see something, feel extreme temperature changes, smell an unusual odor—something alerts you that there is an emergency in your midst. Your first responsibility is to assess that scene for safety. You have to be sure that whatever has happened to that person will not happen to you as you approach the scene.  Our classes emphasize that you are the most important person in this rescue effort.

Once you have determined that the scene is safe, assess your victim. Gently tap him on the shoulder and shout. Try to get this person’s attention. If your victim does not respond, look at the chest. Check for breathing for at least 5 seconds and not more than 10 seconds. If you see a visible chest rise this person is breathing which means he is not a candidate for CPR. If there is no visual chest rise this means your victim is unresponsive and not breathing. An unresponsive person that is not breathing is a candidate for CPR.

Now that you have assessed your victim and determined this is a life-threatening emergency, rapid activation of 911 is the single most important step that you can take. Even though it feels like you want to fall to your knees and start doing what you know how to do to help this person by pumping on the chest, the best thing you can do is to pause, call 911 and get help on the way. If you have people with you, put them to use!

Designate someone to wait outside to manage the entrance of the paramedics to the exact location of the emergency. Often times when 911 is called, valuable time is wasted while they try to figure out the logistics of the location. Think about a school campus. EMS can arrive at the address of the school but where do they need to be—the gym, the classroom, the library, etc.? That is why it is so valuable to have someone waving them down and escorting them directly to the victim. If there is an AED available, tell someone to bring the AED to the scene. Start CPR and continue until the AED arrives and is ready for use. If there is no AED available, start CPR until EMS arrives. Our classes make this sequence of events easy to understand and retain.
 

Performing CPR
 

CPR is about maintaining basic life support before emergency medical personnel arrives. We are working with an unconscious person that is not breathing. We are on the clock now. This person is not breathing and his heart is not beating which means no oxygen is getting to his brain. We know that the brain is the most sensitive of all our organs to oxygen. If our brain is deprived of oxygen for 4 minutes some damage will occur, 6 minutes significant damage occurs and in 10 minutes there is no chance for survival.

The only way to get the heart to do what is supposed to do again is with chest compressions. Chest compressions have become the single most important focus of CPR. Research has proven the direct correlation between high-quality compressions and ventilations and successful outcomes for cardiac arrest victims.

CPR is often associated with restarting the heart of a victim. Statistics prove there is a 5% chance that CPR is going to restart the heart. That means there is a 95 % chance CPR will not restart the heart. The reason CPR is so valuable is that there is a 100 % chance, that if done correctly, CPR will keep the brain oxygenated. CPR is essentially about saving the brain and not the heart. CPR is physically exhausting and meant to maintain basic life support for the first few minutes of the onset of cardiac arrest until a higher level of care arrives.
 

Now that the scene is safe, we have assessed our victim and 911 is on the way, it is time to attend to our person. We are going to perform CPR following our CABs

  • Compressions

  • Airway

  • Breathing
     

Time is critical at this point. Immediate response is necessary for the victim’s survival.
 

We promptly start chest compressions. Chest compressions are done with the heel of your hand on the center of the chest (lower half of the breastbone). For an adult, child, or infant victim the ratio is 30 compressions to 2 breaths. Compressions are done at a rate of 100-120 times per minute at a depth of more than 2 inches for an adult and 1/2 to 1/3 the depth of the chest for a child or infant. An adult victim is 8 years old and above. A child victim is 1 year through 8 years old and an infant victim is 0-12 months old.
 

Compressing should be done by pushing hard and fast. Our training stresses the point that aggressive chest compressions save lives. Chest compressions manually push down on the heart forcing blood out of the heart and circulating it to the vital organs.
 

After 30 compressions we need to deliver 2 breaths but first, we have to open the airway. We do that by tilting the chin up to remove the tongue from the back of the throat. Now we are ready to deliver two breaths.

Plug the nostrils and place your mouth over the mouth of the victim using a breathing barrier. Deliver two normal breaths just until you see a visible chest rise. Your exhale contains 16-17 % oxygen which is enough to sustain life. After delivering the two breaths get back on the chest doing chest compressions to circulate the oxygenated blood. When you are doing CPR you are manually putting oxygen into the victim and manually compressing on the chest to circulate the oxygenated blood. This cycle continues uninterruptedly until a higher level of care arrives.
 

When a cardiac arrest occurs a person’s normal heart activity and breathing functions are disrupted. The victim will collapse and CPR is the immediate treatment. The rescuer will follow their C – A – Bs / Compressions – Airway – Breathing. If there are no breathing barriers available or you are uncomfortable with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, “Compressions Only” CPR is acceptable. “Hands-Only” CPR is better than no CPR at all.  CPR training builds confidence in skills and a willingness to respond for students.

What is an AED?

AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) have become promising rescue tools that allow laypeople to dramatically affect the outcome of a cardiac event. With the use of an AED and the knowledge of high-quality CPR, laypeople can increase the victim’s survival rate by 50-75 %. AEDs are very common in all aspects of life. They are in retail stores, schools, arenas, stadiums, gymnasiums, federal buildings...

AEDs are very simple to use. The first thing to do is turn it on. Once the AED is on, the voice prompts and pictures will guide the rescuer through each step.
 

The first step is to get the pads on the victim’s chest. Look at the pictures on the pads and apply the pads to the victim’s bare chest. Once the pads are on the chest, the unit will analyze the heart rhythm. If there is a rhythm it can fix it will direct you to deliver a shock. If no shockable rhythm is detected the unit will say no shock. AEDs are not necessarily shocking machines. They are only going to shock the victim if there is a rhythm that the AED can correct. After the unit analyzes the heart rhythm and directs a shock or no shock, the unit will now direct you to start CPR. In two minutes the unit will say stop CPR and reanalyze the victim. This sequence continues until a higher level of care arrives.

Every AED comes with a Rescue Ready bag that contains essential items. There is a towel, a razor, scissors, gloves, and barriers. Typically cardiac patients are diaphoretic which means they are sweating profusely. The pads will not stick to a wet chest so a towel is provided to dry the chest off. If a man has a very hairy chest the pads will not adhere to the skin so the razor is provided to shave the area before placing the pads on the chest. AED pads must form a seal on the patient's bare chest so the scissors are provided to cut clothing to expose the bare skin of the chest. Gloves and CPR barriers are for the personal protection of the rescuer.
 

AEDs can be used in wet environments. They cannot be immersed in water. If it is raining, the AED is fine to use. AEDs can be used on metal surfaces like scaffolding or stairwells. If a victim has a pacemaker or medical patches, do not place pads directly over either one. Try to peel the patch off the skin. The AED pads should be placed one inch away from the pacemaker or patch. If there is body jewelry in the way of correct pad placement, place the pads one inch away from the jewelry.
 

Don’t be afraid of an AED. They are user-friendly pieces of equipment that will support the rescue worker’s efforts. Some AEDs will monitor chest compressions with an audible metronome so it is easy to count and stay in the 100-120 compressions per minute ratio. There are pictures on the screen to help the rescuer stay in position. Some AEDs keep track of the number of shocks and the time that the rescue effort has been going on. This is very helpful to 911 because the information is documented across the top of the LED screen on the AED.  CPR classes allow students to practice with AED trainers to become familiar with pad placement and voice prompts. If you have access to an AED, use it!
 

Chain of survival
 

CPR is physically exhausting and meant to maintain that basic life support until a higher level of care arrives. No rescuer will ever do CPR long enough for the victim to sit up, shake his hand and say thank you! The chain of survival represents the big picture. That means each step that needs to happen to give this victim his best chance for survival. There are 5 links in the chain of survival, all working and dependent on each other, for a positive outcome.

The first link is recognizing an emergency and calling 911. Once that is in place, the second link is to start CPR. The third link is to get the AED, apply the pads, and follow the prompts. The fourth link is that EMS arrives and finally the fifth link is the victim ends up at the hospital. All of these things are necessary for this person to survive.

As the first responder, you start the game out. Upon a victim’s collapse, the faster 911 is called (link #1) and CPR is started (link # 2) the greater the chance the other links have to be successful. The rescuer’s willingness to quickly respond can mean the difference between life and death. The sooner 911 is summoned and CPR is started, the greater chance of keeping the brain oxygenated. If CPR has been started immediately, EMS will have a viable candidate to work with. As the first people on the scene, it’s critical to respond quickly. CPR training teaches the steps to call 911 and starting CPR.

Course Syllabus

Introduction to the anatomical relationship between oxygen, the heart, and the brain

Identifying the Good Samaritan Law, Bloodborne Pathogens and Fears of Emergency Response

Instructor-led practice of performing  30 compressions, opening the airway, and delivering two breaths
 

  • Timed skill practice for single-rescuer CPR

  • Timed skill practice for 2 rescuer CPR

  • Skill practice for child and infant CPR

  • Instructor demonstration of an AED

  • Skill practice with AED trainers

  • Foreign Body Airway Obstruction group skill practice

  • Discussion of all topics and skills

  • Class evaluations completed.

  • Class dismissed

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Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator): 

We follow the most current guidelines (2020) to provide the CPR/AED training that will create a safe workplace and give employees the knowledge and confidence to perform these life-saving steps.

Each class is lead by a team of experienced instructors and includes printed handouts, video training as well as hands-on learning.

Course includes:

- CPR/AED skill cards for students to keep.

- Canvas key ring breathing barriers for students to keep.

  • Individual manikins for students to practice and demonstrate chest compressions and breaths

  • AED (Automated External Defibrillator) demonstration using real AED trainers so students can simulate a live rescue by applying the pads and using the rescue ready kit on a manikin.

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Basic First Aid:

Students are taught the importance of responding quickly and effectively employing emergency skills until a higher level of care arrives. Instructors use real first aid equipment to demonstrate the proper techniques of using the items found in a first aid kit- ie: pressure bandage, tourniquet, rescue blanket, burn gel, Epi-pens ... .  Students practice first aid skills that provide the knowledge and confidence to save lives, reduce recovery time and possibly determine the difference between a temporary or lifelong disability for the victim. Each class incorporates lectures, videos, and hands-on skills practice.

Course content includes:

  • Bleeding Emergencies - Capillary, Venous, Arterial, Nosebleeds

  • Fractures and Dislocations

  • Muscle Injuries

  • Shock

  • Burns - Thermal, Electrical, and Chemical

  • Heat-Related Illnesses - Cramps, Exhaustion, and Stroke

  • Choking - Adult, Child, and Infant

  • Stroke

  • Severe Allergic Reactions

  • Bites and Stings

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Forklift:

The students will learn how to inspect, handle a load, refuel and recharge a forklift safely.

Each class will be lead by a team of experienced instructors and include lecture, video training, and hands-on forklift operation.
 

Course includes:
 

- How to reduce the risk of personal injury, property and product damage when operating the lift truck

- Understand how to safely operate the lift truck by knowing its operation, capabilities and limitations.

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Custom Courses

Wishart can build a complete custom course for clients depending on their workplace needs.  Contact Us today for Custom Solutions.

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Bloodborne Pathogens:

 Students understand what Bloodborne Pathogens are and how to reduce their risk and the risk of others to exposure to various viruses. Students are introduced to precautionary practices relevant to people and environments that are recommended by OSHA , CDC and WHO. All courses include lecture, video and hand-on skills practice.
 

Course content  includes:

  • Common of viruses and modes of transmission

  • Use of  common types of Personal Protective Equipment

  • Effective infection control practices

  • Exposure control plans

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OSHA 10 & OSHA 30 Hour Training:

Our instructors have extensive experience in safety / risk management for residential, commercial construction and general industry sectors.  They are experienced in environmental compliance, including hazardous waste management, hazardous communication and emergency planning.

All course instruction meet the current guidelines and is nationally accredited and reviewed by OSHA, Department of Transportation (DOT) and  Joint Commission of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO).

This course can be customized to your needs  with selections from the OSHA approved mini-sessions:

  • Hazardous Communications-Waste & Materials

  • Fall Protection

  • OSHA Compliance

  • Excavating, Cranes

  • Scaffolding

  • Fleet

  • Mason

  • Cutting & Welding

  • Steel Erection

  • Personal Protective Equipment

  • Plus many more!