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      News — Lifeguard Rescue Equipment

      How to Use a Rescue Tube

      How to Use a Rescue Tube

      Before going into details of how a lifeguard rescue tube should be used, it is very crucial to look at the features of a rescue tube itself. First, a rescue tube is made from a vinyl material and this tells you that it doesn’t soak in water. It does not allow entry of water and from a distance, the material looks like a balloon. Most of the lifeguard rescue tube have a standard dimension of 45 inches wide by 54 inches long. It has a strap that is fitted at the tapering end of the tube and they are ties around the waist or any other part of the body. On the other hand, the straps or the cords are made of nylon material. They are string and allows the rescuer to tow or pull the victim as he/she swims.

      How to Use a Lifeguard Rescue Tube

      It is very important to be aware of the fact that they come in various bright colors such as bright yellow, red and even pink. It is very uncommon to find blue rescue tubes because of the fact that they mimic the color of ocean water hence affecting the ability to spot a victim. Here basic steps of using a lifeguard rescue tube.

      Step 1: Select the right size and color of the rescue tube

      Colors do not matter a lot but the size of the rescue tube do matter. Considering that there are some of us are slim while others are bigger, it is very important to consider the right size. When checking size, consider the length of the leash. There are those that come with adjustable leashes and all you need to do is adjust according to your waist or the size of that place you would like the rescue to tube to be fitted.

      Step 2: Decide on the part of the body depending on the needs

      In cases where a victim has been injured, it is very important to consider avoiding further injuries. For example, a person whose spinal cord has been injured should not have a lifeguard rescue tube around her waist or even along the spinal cord strip. For such individuals, the rescue tube should be worn at the laps so that they can be able float when being pulled by the rescue swimmers.

      Step 3: Make sure to connect the leash with the landline device

      There should be a cord reaching to the shore. This allows the rescuers at the shore to help in puling the victim alongside the rescue swimmer. This makes work easier for the rescue swimmer or even an ordinary person.

      How to Perform CPR?

      How to Perform CPR?

      CPR, also known as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a very common and popular lifesaving technique used on many drowning victims in particular. The method tries to keep blood and oxygen flowing through the body when a person’s heart and breathing have stopped, by manually pumping the heart.

      Any trained person can perform CPR. It’s crucial to perform CPR within the first six minutes of the heart stopping. Any later than six minutes and CPR is likely not to work. If you are in a situation where no one knows how to perform CPR, then we’ve listed the steps to performing CPR for you down below.

      1.    Check Your Surroundings

      It’s important to check your surroundings and ensure that you aren’t putting your own life in danger to reach the person needing CPR.

      2.    Check Responsiveness

      You have to check the person to see if they’re responsive. Try shaking them and asking if they’re okay. If they aren’t responding, immediately call emergency services such as 911 and begin CPR while you wait for their arrival.

      3.    Position Your Hands

      If the person you need to perform CPR on is an adult, place the heel of your hand in the center of their chest. Put your other hand on top of the first one and interlock your fingers. Keep your fingers off the chest and keep the heel of your hand on the chest. For children above the age of one, use just one hand placed in the center of their chest. For infants or babies, use two fingers in the middle of their chest.

      4.    Give Chest Compressions

      Use your upper body to push down on the person’s chest. Try to perform these compressions at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute. Make sure you allow your chest to recoil between compressions. Keep repeating the compression cycle until the person begins to breathe themselves or medical help arrives on the scene. If the person does begin to breathe then make sure they lie down on their side until help arrives.

      How to Use a Lifeguard Spinebord

      How to Use a Lifeguard Spinebord

      Lifeguard spineboard kit is an important equipment which enables the lifeguards to perform rescue operations for victims. The below-mentioned steps should be followed for using the lifeguard spineboard.

      Place the Victim on the Spineboard

      You should place the victim on your lifeguard spineboard kit. You can put the rescue tube under victim’s knees to raise the legs and make it easier to place the board under them. The spineboard should be positioned below the victim to ensure that the head will be within the restraint box. Once the spineboard is in place, the primary lifeguard should lower the victim’s arms and move behind the head to put a rescue tube under the head of the board. The primary lifeguard should balance the board on rescue tube and stabilize the victim’s head by placing their hands along it.

      Stabilize the Spineboard

      After you have placed the victim safely on your lifeguard spineboard kit, you should start to stabilize the spineboard. You should work along with your secondary lifeguard to dip the rescue tube beneath the water and position it under the head of the spineboard. You should do the same stabilization procedures near the foot of the board.

      Strap the Victim Securely

      The victim should be securely strapped to the spineboard before rescuing. The first strap on the lifeguard spineboard kit should be secure over the victim’s arm and chest. This ensures that the victim is secured to the spineboard and will not slip down while rescuing. The remaining straps can be placed over other body parts after the first strap has been securely fastened.

      Secure the Head Restraints

      After securing the victim’s body to the lifeguard spineboard kit, you must secure their head by using the head restraints on the spineboard. You should cautiously slide the restraint along each side of the victim’s head and then pull your hand away slowly. Once you have placed both the head restraints, you should use the head restraint strap to completely secure the victim’s head and immobilize it from movements during rescue.

      Remove the Victim from Water

      Once the victim is secured properly, position yourself and your secondary lifeguard on either side of the spineboard. One lifeguard gets out of the water while the other maintains the control of spineboard. Once out of water, the lifeguard on land holds the head of the spineboard, while the other comes out of water. You should take care that the spineboard is carried and kept low to the ground while moving out of water to prevent it from getting dropped and causing further damage to the victim.

      How To Use A Lifeguard Rescue Can

      How To Use A Lifeguard Rescue Can

      Whether at local swimming pools or at the open oceans, being a lifeguard comes with a lot of responsibilities. You have to constantly be alert and ready to literally dive in to offer assistance to anybody that may require it. Apart from being a good swimmer, a lifeguard must also be able to master certain other skills that will invariably improve competence in rescuing victims. One of such is how to use the lifeguard rescue can.

      The lifeguard rescue can is a potentially life-saving piece of equipment that is used in rescuing swimmers in distress. It is an easy to use floatation device made of hard plastic material and comes with a strap and cord. They are durable, lightweight and very buoyant, enabling lifeguards to easily support victims back to safety. Lifeguard rescue cans are usually bright in color - mostly red. They are air-filled contraptions with handles by the side and at the rear for swimmers to hold on to while being rescued. The strap affixes the rescue can to the lifeguard's body such that they are able to swim along without any drag.

      When a swimmer is in need of assistance and their distance is not too far off, the lifeguard (who at all times must have their rescue can strapped across their shoulder) should identify the appropriate mode of entry into the water. This depends on factors such as the depth of the water, the presence of an obstacle or other people in the water, the condition of the swimmer and the position of the lifeguard station. The lifeguard must then swim towards the distressed swimmer quickly from the front with the rescue can above and in front. Once within reach, the lifeguard should reassure the swimmer and instruct them to hold on tight to the rescue can via the handles at the sides or the rear and then float them back to the surface. The multiple handles on the lifeguard rescue can allow for rescuing multiple victims.

      On the other hand, when a distressed swimmer is too far out to be reached in time by the lifeguard, the rescue can may be thrown towards the swimmer, with the lifeguard holding on to the adjoining cord. The lifeguard rescue can is thrown carefully to land just beyond the swimmer who is then instructed to grab onto the rescue can via the handles. The lifeguard then carefully drags the swimmer to safety using the adjoining cord. This is also applicable to multiple victims.

      A lifeguard must be prepared to make split-second decisions and take appropriate actions as to the proper way to go about rescuing a distressed swimmer, as the safety of the swimmers is their responsibility.

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