Embracing Growth and Change

One thing is for sure – in workplaces all over Wisconsin – change has become a mainstay. From layoffs or mergers to new responsibilities or maybe even just new coffee in the break room, our industrial and corporate cultures have become so adjusted to change that it is often surprising when time passes and new footings don’t take hold.

Here at Safety Matters, we too are coming upon some very big changes. Last year, we not only trained over 2,500 people but we also had 4 reported lives saved by Good Samaritans who underwent training with our company.

Along with those great successes, we knew that in order to keep expanding our business it was time to bring Stacey on to the team full time. Some of you may know her – Stacey Dickert has been training with us part-time for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge in Health Communication that will surely bring a twist to our classes. Oh and she is my daughter – too.

What this means for you:

  • Your classes’ can be bigger. With another instructor available, we can offer team teaching and increase your class sizes to 20 for CPR and AED and larger yet for first aid depending on your room’s size.
  • We have increased availability and more opportunity of online training and simple skills checks.
  • We have added northern Illinois and Chicagoland to our service area.
  • You will receive increased communication about renewals, standards of care and new offerings at Safety Matters.

Some of you may know that AHA is working to finalize the new standards CPR in early 2015. Prior to the release of those guidelines, many research studies are published telling us a little bit about what the new guidelines will look like. Safety Matters has just returned from the ECCCU 2014 conference; where we spent 4 days listening to top notch cardiologists, researchers and professionals, discuss the latest studies and their implications on our CPR practices.  While we have to wait until 2015 to know the new guidelines that we will be teaching to – Safety Matters is ahead of the game with what those standards will look like. There will be change.

One research area in particular, related the quality of the depth and rate delivered in our chest compressions to more successful patient outcomes. While, we know that 2 inches can be a difficult depth to compress to, the studies point to just how vital the compression depth really is. We’ve also learned that more frequent practice leads to increased student confidence and better overall skills. Regardless of how many changes there are – we are keeping a close eye on the science involved and are excited to share with you our findings as we get closer to the new guidelines next year.

Last but not least – we are excited to announce our new website and this little blog, which are going to serve as a tool for both our clients and the community. We hope you find the information you need about our services here, but would also love to engage through our blog. Shoot us a comment/question or recommend a topic. Stacey and I will both be blogging when there is new and vital information to share.

Thanks for reading!

Patti Dickert