CPR & First Aid Certification in Orange County, CA

At OC Safety, our mission is to make the world a safer place through high-quality safety training and certification courses. We believe that education and preparation are the best way to save lives, and we're proud to offer ACLS certification, BLS certification, CPR AED certification, and other certification courses to individuals, groups, and companies in a comfortable setting. If you're considering getting CPR certification for yourself or your organization, you're taking a great step towards improving safety – but it can also get confusing. To help demystify the process of CPR & first aid training, we've put together a glossary with some of the most common words you'll hear during CPR training.

CPR & First Aid Glossary

  • ABC: Usually stands for "airway, breathing, circulation." Also called a primary survey, this is the first thing to check if someone appears to be unconscious.
  • Abrasion: Superficial skin damage. Essentially, a shallow cut or scrape.
  • Anaphylaxis: A severe, whole-body, life-threatening allergic reactions. Common allergens for anaphylaxis include peanuts, bee stings, and some other foods.
  • Angina: A sensation of pain in the chest, usually triggered by anxiety or physical exertion, that's caused by the narrowing of arteries in the heart.
  • Aspirin: A drug that reduces pain and slows blood clotting.
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED): A medical device that uses a controlled electric shock to restore a heartbeat after a heart attack.
  • C-Spine or Cervical Spine: The portion of your spine in the neck.
  • Concussion: A concussion occurs when an injury or physical trauma "shakes" or "jars" the brain, often causing it to strike the wall of the skull.
  • Contusion: Another word for a bruise. This occurs when there's bleeding just under the skin.
  • Epinephrine: A medication that supports blood pressure, used to treat severe asthma and allergy attacks.
  • Epi-Pen: A medical device that delivers a controlled dose of epinephrine. Usually used during severe allergy attack or anaphylaxis.
  • Fracture: Literally, a break. Usually used to refer to broken bones.
  • Compound Fracture: This refers to an injury where a bone breaks and the broken end pierces the skin, protruding from the body. Also called an open fracture.
  • Hyperglycemia: High blood sugar.
  • Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar.
  • Recovery Position: A position where someone is lying on their side, propped up by one leg. This position is used to prevent unconscious patients from asphyxiating on vomit.
  • Shock: A condition where not enough oxygen is reaching the body. Shock can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from blood loss to allergic reactions.
  • Splint: A medical device attached to a broken limb, usually by wrapping, that immobilizes the limb and protects the fracture.
  • TIA (Transi Ischaemic Attack): Also called a "mini-stroke." Essentially the same thing as a stroke, but the symptoms resolve within 24 hours. TIAs are often warning signs for a stroke.

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Now you know a few of the common terms used in CPR & first aid, and if you're ready to take it to the next level, we can help. OC Safety proudly provides informative, easy-to-understand training in CPR, first aid, and a wide range of other safety topics. Don't wait: contact us today to schedule your class. You never know – with the skills you learn in your training, you may just save someone's life.

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