Pet First Aid Instructor: Chelsea LaFranchise

For the past eight years, Chelsea worked locally in Springfield and Champaign but got her start in Emergency Medicine in Tucson, Arizona; her hometown. When Chelsea joined Vital Education and Supply, she brought her emergency room experience to the classroom, teaching CPR and first aid to school teachers, businesses, and children in the surrounding area.  […]

First Aid For Epilepsy

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month.  According to Wikipedia, the color purple, or more specifically Lavender, is chosen as the representing color.  Lavender, the plant (not the color), acts as a central nervous system relaxant and anticonvulsant. This topic is personal to me as I have a brother-in-law and a dear friend; both epileptic for […]

Taking the Class Out of the Classroom – CPR and First Aid Drills

Imagine your rescue team is called to the scene of a patient with a terrible injury, such as an amputation.  During the assessment of the patient, one of your team collapses to the ground in a heap from stress.  Now you have two patients.  What do you do? Advanced Drills are a specialized offering from […]

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke: Avoiding, recognizing and treating heat related emergencies.

During a football team’s 2-hour practice in late August, the coach has defense running sprints without rest breaks for the last 20 minutes of practice. One of the players suddenly falls to the ground. He has extremely hot skin, is sweating, and appears disoriented. What would you do? This scenario can happen at any outdoor […]

Product Expiration Guide

Life-saving equipment and supplies need periodic maintenance and replacement. Enter the school year with confidence that you will be prepared for ANY medical emergency. Perform a physical inspection of all equipment and supplies kept on hand to save lives. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)   AED Defibrillation Pads AED pads expire and batteries will run down, […]

Drowning Prevention

It finally feels like summer. Swimming pools, beaches, boating and backyard baby pools; everybody is trying to stay cool. Unfortunately, bodies of water can be dangerous places for children, even those with swimming skills. According to the American Heart Association, drowning is one of the top injury related, avoidable deaths for children 15 and under. […]

World EMS Expo, Nashville, TN

One of the core values from our mission statement at Vital Education and Supply, Inc. reads: VES believes that the commitment to frequent and repetitive life-saving training strengthens the community and work force. The follow up statement reads: VES believes that the above statement cannot be true without continuous research, observance and improvement of medical […]