Awareness is a focal point of initiating CPR in a timely manner.
Imagine that you are in a parking lot and someone collapses from cardiac arrest. With the help of the PulsePoint application, assistance may be closer than you realized.
The PulsePoint application allows individuals who are trained in CPR and willing to help in an emergency to register with the application. In the event that an emergency occurs and CPR is needed, the PulsePoint application will generate a distinctive tone to users and first responders in the immediate area. A map will also appear allowing the first responder to know the exact location. The map will also indicate the exact location of an automated external defibrillator that is close to the incident. Unfortunately, it is estimate that approximately 325,00 lives are lost each year due to sudden cardiac arrest and the survival rate for victims is less than 8 percent. In addition, permanent brain damage occurs after the brain is without oxygen for 8 minutes. After 10 minutes, the opportunity for a successful resuscitation usually drops significantly. Using resources made available such as PulsePoint may allow first responders and off-duty professionals such as firefighters, police officers, and nurses to also work collaboratively to update and report AED locations as needed.
Controlling one's blood pressure has long been known to help reduce cardiovascular disease as well as other health concerns. It is subsequently vital to know one's blood pressure.
The American Heart Association recently changed the optimal parameters for blood pressure lowering numbers from from 140/90 to 120/80. Various changes to one's lifestyle might include lowering salt intake, increasing exercise, losing weight, quitting smoking, and relieving stress.This modification in the ideal blood pressure range means 46 percent of U.S. adults are identified as having high blood pressure, compared with 32 percent under the previous definition. A blood pressure of less than 120/80 still will be considered normal, but levels at or above that, to 129, will be called “elevated.”
Of particular concern, under these new guidelines;
1. High blood pressure rates could nearly triple among men age 20 to 44 – up to 30 percent from 11 percent. Women in that age group will see their rates almost double, to 19 percent from 10 percent.
2. Roughly three-quarters of men between 55 and 74 could be diagnosed with high blood pressure.
3. Black and Hispanic men will experience a 17 percent increase in rates. Asian men will see a 16 percent increase.
Remember to check your blood pressure regularly, reduce stress, eat healthy, and get plenty of exercise!
February is heart health awareness month. With heart disease on the rise, attention to physical activity and diet and nutrition is vital. Various benefits of cardiovascular activity include the following:
1. Decreases risk of coronary artery disease and stroke.
2.. Reduces symptoms and decreases chances of another heart attack
3. Improves heart and lung performance while creating healthy habits
4. Improves blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels
5. Maintains a healthy body weight
6.. Increases energy and stamina while decreasing stress levels
The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking and at least 75 minutes of vigorous activity, or an equal combination of both. However, it is important to remember that patients and individuals with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions and/or specific medical questions or needs should consult with their physician regarding what type of physical activity is safe for them.
Due to the overwhelming number of requests for pet cpr and first aid; we will begin offering the Pet CPR & First Aid certification beginning March 1, 2018. This course will be provided in alignment with Pet Emergency Education and will offer the student a comprehensive base knowledge of the assessment of a pet related emergencies including burns, poison control, shock, choking, allergic reactions, andcpr. Pet Emergency Education is a nationally recognized training and certification providing pet training to animal and veterinary professionals as well as pet owners.
The curriculum provided is based upon empirical research conducted at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. The Pet Emergency certification is also affiliated with such organizations as FEMA and the American Association of Veterinary Boards and is a continuing education provider for Certification for Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Having recently completed the FEMA Animals in Disasters Certification Program and the Pet Emergency Education Instructor program I am looking forward to offering this class as part of our existing curriculum. If you or your organization are interested in hosting a Pet CPR & First Aid class, feel free to contact me directly or Pet Emergency Education at http://petemergencyeducation.com/
With opiod addiction skyrocketing in the United States and especially in our rural communities, the latest data indicates that drug overdose deaths in the US increased by approximately 21 percent between 2015 and 2016. This was an increase from a record high of more than 52,000 to a new record of nearly 64,000. Unfortunately, approximately two-thirds of those overdoses were linked to opioids.
With American consuming more opiods than any other country, the questions we must ask is "Why?" Perhaps it is because life has lost meaning for many of the American population due to economic and social changes. Maybe this meaninglessness is further contributing to total despair? Help and further treatment is on the horizon. A new opioid addiction treatment that is injected monthly instead of taken daily as a tablet was approved recently by the Food and Drug Administration. This new product is known as Sublocade.
It is speculated that this new version of the drug may help patients reduce relapses, disrupt the treatment market, and possibly dispel misconceptions about the drug’s potential for abuse. It has been reiterated across various professional organizations that this treatment could become the first-line medication for opioid addiction replacing naloxone. Further, It could open up opportunities for getting more patients on buprenorphine.
The new product, known as Sublocade
Winter is here and even though we live in Texas, we still experience frigid temperatures which can be hazardous to anyone's health. Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, is a dangerous condition that can occur when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures.
What is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia is caused by continuous and lengthy exposure to very cold temperatures. When exposed to cold temperatures, the human body begins to lose heat faster than it’s produced. This exposure will eventually use up your body’s stored energy, which leads to lower body temperature.
Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia especially dangerous, because a person may not know that it’s happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.
While hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water. Some warning signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. Taking a first aid and emergency resuscitation (CPR) course is a good way to prepare for cold-weather health problems. Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems. Happy Holidays and take care and be safe this Holiday Season.
Help-A-Heart will begin offering the American Heart Association Advanced Care Life Support (ACLS) initial and renewal class beginning in January, 2018. Pre-registration will be required.
The ACLS class will be an instructor-led classroom advanced course that emphasizes the importance of team communication, various methods of advanced systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. The ACLS class will also cover airway management and related pharmacology. The skills will be taught in small group sessions and group learning and testing stations will be utilized to present case based scenarios.
The ACLS initial course will be a 2 day course and upon completion the student will receive a certification card valid for 2 years. The ACLS provider manual is required and may be purchased for an additional fee.
The ACLS renewal course will be a 6 hour course and the student will be required to have a current ACLS Card from the American Heart Association. Upon completion the student will receive a certification card valid for 2 years. Both the initial and renewal class will require a written and a practical skills test. For those that choose the Heartcode ACLS online course option; the practical skills test only will be required.
The ACLS classes will be kept small with no more than 6 students. Check out our January 2018 schedule for class dates and don't forget to register early for your ACLS initial or renewal class. All return students will receive a 10% discount.
A recent study by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health indicated that gender may determine whether or not someone receives CPR for bystanders.
This is the first study to examine gender differences in receiving heart help from the public versus professional responders.
The study, involved nearly 20,000 cases around the country and reported that only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in public received CPR as opposed to 45 percent of men. Although it may not be a large discrepancy; there is still a difference.
Men were also 23 percent more likely to survive from a cardiac arrest in public. Empirical research has suggested no none cause as to why rescuers were less likely to assist women and did not find a gender difference in CPR rates for people suffering from cardiac arrest at home.
Check out the article.
The American Heart Association (AHA) just recently released updated their 2017 CPR guidelines specifically for kids and 911 dispatchers.The AHA is now recommending 911 assisted compression-only CPR instructions when cardiac arrest is suspected. The use of telephone CPR not only provides assistance to the bystander not trained in CPR/AED/First Aid but also reminds the CPR-trained rescuer of the importance of provide high-quality CPR in a stressful situation. Unfortunately, only one-half of the 911 dispatchers in the US provide telephone CPR, which has been identified as a critical intervention in the chain of survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
The updated AHA guidelines reinforce the need for compressions and rescue breaths during CPR for people younger than 18. More than 7,000 children die from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest annually. In most cases, it is the result of a lack of oxygen, and rescue breaths can keep oxygenated blood flowing through the system.
Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, it is important to not be afraid. Part of this increased confidence can come from increased knowledge and awareness which can be optimized through training and recurrent training on AHA CPR/AED/First Aid guidelines.
The following is the link to the AHA updated guidelines for first responders and laymen rescuers. A must read for everyone.
We all know that medical emergencies can arise in various unexpected locations. The Business Insider recently presented a list of the best first aid kits for the workplace, the home, the car, those on a budget, and for the more experienced first responder.
When choosing a first aid kit, it is important to consider those that might depend on it, where it will be stored and/or carried, and in what situations the likely users might endure an injury or illness.
The chosen best overall first aid kit was the First Aid Only All-Purpose First Aid Kit comes with all the basic medical supplies you need for quick diagnostics and the treatments of many maladies.
The best kit chosen for the workplace was the Be Smart Get Prepared 250 Piece First Aid Kit which is OSHA and ANSI compliant and covers the first aid needs of up to 50 people, making it perfect for the office.
The best first aid kit chosen for the car is the TripWorthy Compact Travel First Aid Kit in your car, truck, or boat, you'll be ready to face minor medical emergencies even when you're miles from home.
The Lightning X First Responder First Aid Kit was chosen as the best first aid kit for the more experienced first responder.
The Coleman All Purpose Mini First Aid Kit was chosen as the best first aid for those on a budget. Perfect for students, camping enthusiasts, and even those weekend fitness warriors.
Check out this article for more detailed information on the prices of these various first kits.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.