April 20, 2017

April is Cancer Awareness Month and we are focusing on Oral Cancer.

When detected early, oral cancer is usually curable. Due to lack of regular and opportunistic screening, it often will go undetected until the later stages.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

  1. A mouth sore that does not heal.

  2. A mouth sore that bleeds spontaneously.

  3. A velvety white, red or speckled (red & white) patch in the mouth that is persistent.

  4. A hard, raised lesion (lump), crusts and/or eroded areas on the lips, gums or other areas in the mouth.

  5. An unexplained bleeding in the mouth.

  6. A persistent pain in the mouth.

  7. Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the tongue.

Note that about 20% of the time, whit...

April 7, 2017

How can I reduce MY risk for a heart attack?

Even if you have heart disease, there is a lot you can do to improve your heart’s health.

First of all, follow your healthcare provider's advice.  Then set goals to reduce your risk of heart attack, such as:

  •  Don’t smoke, and avoid second-hand smoke.

  •  Treat high blood pressure, if you have it.

  •  Eat a healthy diet that’s low in saturated fat, trans fat and salt.

  •  Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week.

  •  Reach and maintain a healthy weight.

  •  Control your blood sugar, if you have diabetes.

  •  See your doctor for regular check-ups.

  •  Take your medicines exactly as prescribed.

Getting exercise and i...

January 3, 2017



...taking an emergency response training course with A.L.E.R.T.

Book now; Train later.

October 27, 2016


A stroke is a medical emergency where a blood vessel in the brain bursts, or more commonly, is blocked.  Without treatment, cells in the brain rapidly begin to die.

One in six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime.  

It can be very debilitating and is more treatable than ever before BUT time is critical.  Responding quickly could mean the difference between disability and recovery.



F - Facial Drooping

A - Arm Drifting

S - Speech Difficulty

T - Time to call 911

Stroke kills nearly 6.5 million people worldwide every year.  91% of patients who receive treatment of the clot-dissolving drug tPA and a stent retriever within 2.5 hours showed very little or...

March 9, 2016

During our courses we always tell our participants to check for medic alert tags.  There is a growing trend of people getting medic alert tattoos.  This could be a fabulous idea, except that there are no standards as to what they should look like.  There are those which could easily be mistaken for something else unless they are looked at very closely.  Another problem with tattoos is that if an individual 'grows out' of their allergy, they still have the tattoo stating otherwise.


Some people have put the medic alert tattoo on other areas of their body which may or may not be checked by the first-aider.  We always check the wrist, so that's the best place for the tattoo.


Medic Alert Tatt...

March 4, 2016


It’s true that women don’t always care for themselves like they do for their families.  They feel they need to keep the family together but if they really got ill, the whole family would fall apart.

Although heart disease is often thought to be a problem for men, it is the leading cause of death for Canadian women, according to...

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