While experts work on long-term solutions to the opioid epidemic, the rest of us can take action now to save lives.   The world is struggling with two major health emergencies: COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic. While COVID-19 is constantly in our thoughts, the opioid epidemic may not be top of mind for most. But,…

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child in red cross babysitting class

Virtual Babysitting Training, also referred to as Online Babysitting Training has become very popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Red Cross developed the Virtual Babysitting course as a response to concerns from parents about children attending in-person group classes. Red Cross Babysitting Training includes basic first aid and caregiving skills for youth aged 11–15…

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Electrical sparks on dark background

When I got up that morning, I wasn’t expecting to wind up electrocuted and left for dead. The consequences of a careless mistake taught me a valuable safety lesson, and by sharing it with others, I hope to save some lives.   Everything seemed to be going smoothly that fateful day until I heard, Zzzt…

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injured worker lying slumped against wall with person giving first aid.

BC employers will be happy with a recent announcement from the Canadian Red Cross. Effective June 15, 2020, WorkSafeBC accepts Canadian Red Cross Blended Emergency First Aid as OFA Level 1 equivalent. What is Emergency First Aid? Emergency First Aid is a Canadian Red Cross training course that includes essential lifesaving first aid and CPR…

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Psychological First Aid Training Can Save Lives - Close-up of a devastated young man holding his head in his hands and a group of friends in a supportive pose around him

Who can benefit from Psychological First Aid training? First aid for the mind is just as important as first aid for the body. Like physical first aid, psychological first aid training can save lives. Individuals suffering from high-stress levels, burnout and suicidal thoughts are at an all-time high in areas such as workplaces, schools, indigenous…

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Take care of cuts and scrapes — don’t end up like Bill None of us want to go to the doctor or hospital unless we have to, so we need to take good care of ourselves. A small injury that becomes infected can lead to a life or limb-threatening condition.  A friend nearly lost his…

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