With Memorial Day weekend approaching, we all know that many of us will be lounging around a pool with friends and family.
However, it is important to remember that more than 3,200 people drown each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Drowning is also one of the leading causes of unintentional death in children between the ages of 1 and 9.
Here are a few tips for pool owners and pool goers:
1. Have proper pool equipment including a pool cover to prevent kids and pets from entering pool unsupervised.
2. Keep lifesaving equipment nearby including rings and floats.
3. Keep your pool clean and clear with suction and mechanical devices away from swimmers and pets.
4. Always supervised children.
5. Limit alcohol use in order to avoid an deterrent from being observant.
6. Check the pool and the pool area for glass, electrical equipment, and toys to avoid a mishap.
7. Take an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid certification class so that you are prepared for any emergency.
Lastly, remember the sun and the heat can restrict one's level of attentiveness.
So be aware. Stay in the shade and when its extremely warm and you are becoming fatigued, drink lots of water, and wear sunscreen.
Happy Memorial Day!
Are You Afraid to Perform CPR?
Don't be. But unfortunately, a new survey by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation found that 13% of respondents said they had recently been in a situation where they could’ve performed CPR but didn’t. The fear and anxiety associated with these situations is completely normal. But is how we respond that makes all the difference.
Subsequently, the American Heart Association reported that each year in the United States, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital, and only about 11% of those treated by EMS survive.
Part of the elimination of fear is a knowledge and awareness of what to do in an emergency situation. In an emergency situation, every second counts.
After recognizing that the individual in crisis does not have a pulse; starting compressions immediately and continuing with two breaths is priority.
If someone else is there to assist you that is even better as this can allow you to perform more high-quality CPR.
In our classes here at Help-A-Heart CPR our goal is to increase your confidence as a laymen rescuer and give you the skills to effectively perform chest compression and breaths, initiating commands for assistance, and effectively utilizing the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) if available..
We also provide First Aid certification classes along with CPR/AED training. So if would like to increase your professional and personal skills that would allow you to address the emergency cardiovascular care of the Adult, Child, and Infant then we can help.
With more and more states requiring CPR Training for high school students as a requirement for graduation; there are still some states that are lagging behind. So do you think that CPR training should be compulsory?
Some states like Michigan have been proactive and have recently unanimously passed the "CPR in School" bill.
The new requirement, signed into law just before the end of 2016, will make it mandatory that Michigan schools train students on hands-only cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, and the use of defibrillators at least once between grades 7 and 12. As of right now, the training in Michigan public schools is done in seventh and ninth grades, from which students receive certificates good for two years.
The exciting thing is that Michigan joins 35 other states and the District of Columbia that already have laws requiring CPR training before graduation. However, the United States and its implementation of CPR and cardiovascular emergency care are still less advanced as compared to a few European countries. For example, a number of European countries require first aid training, and it has been reported that as many as 95% of Norwegians and 80% of Germans are trained and proficient in CPR and AED use.
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is the CEO of Help-A-Heart CPR, LLC and an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.