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    Monthly Archives: February 2013

    • CPR and AED training for coaches

      A training team will be training 18 coaches CPR and how to use an AED, or automated external defibrillator. Section V colleges are required to know this, but if you coach in a recreation league, you're not. And the training team with the Brighton Volunteer Ambulance says the training could save lives.

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    • First Aid Training, Safety Courses Help Owners Save Their Animals

      "You are your pet's 911," says Ines de Pablo, the owner of a Northern Virginia-based pet emergency management company called Wag'N Enterprises. She is 911 to a lot of other people's pets, in addition to her own cat and two dogs. FAS has Supplied Wag'N with their Pet First Aid Supplies for years... have you got yours? Read full article @ Huff

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    • Why are they called "Perks"?

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      "Perk" makes me think of a hyper High School Cheerleader.

      Why do we call them "Perks" when the etymology is from the word "Perquisite" can we just not wrap our minds around "Perqs"?

      perquisites  plural of per·qui·site (Noun)

      Noun
      1. A thing regarded as a special right or privilege enjoyed as a result of one's position.
      2. A thing that has served its primary use and is then given to a subordinate or employee as a customary right.
      3. a privilege, gain, or profit incidental to regular salary or wages; especially : one expected or promised
      4. gratuity, tip
      5. something held or claimed as an exclusive right or possessionExamples of PERQUISITE Use of the company's jet is a perquisite of the job.<give the movers a perquisite if they do a good job>
        Origin of PERQUISITE Middle English, property acquired by means other than inheritance, from Anglo-French perquisit, Medieval Latin perquisitum, from neuter of perquisitus, past participle of perquirere to purchase, acquire, from Latin, to search for thoroughly, from per- thoroughly + quaerere to seek

        First Known Use: 15th century

      From Merriam-Webster & Google

    • Pet Talk: First aid for your pet

      When a friend or significant other gets hurt we generally have a good idea of how to take care of them, but what do you do when your pet is in an accident? Unfortunately, most pet owners do not prepare themselves for these tragic incidents until it is too late.

      "It is absolutely necessary to know if your veterinarian has an after hour emergency service and if not, who they recommend calling in case of an emergency," said Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. "It is also imperative that you can call your veterinarian for advice on what to do to help your pet until you can get it to a clinic."

      Two common emergency situations that pet owners should be equipped for are poisoning and trauma.

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      "If you suspect that your pet has eaten something toxic, contact your veterinarian. They may tell you to make it vomit by feeding it hydrogen peroxide," states Stickney. "While hydrogen peroxide is generally harmless, there are some poisons that will actually make things worse if the pet vomits so it is important that you contact your veterinarian first. Having a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the medicine cabinet before you need it is a good idea.”

      As temperatures begin to rise, snake bites become more and more common with pets. If you think your pet has been bitten by a snake, stay calm and take it to the vet right away. Do not use a tourniquet on the animal, as this will limit the blood flow to the area causing more harm than good.

      "The area where the pet was bitten will swell up very quickly," said Stickney. "Just because there is no visible puncture wound does not mean that your pet did not get bitten. If you are able to kill the snake, then take it to the veterinarian with you. If they can identify it they will have a better idea of how harmful the bite is."

      Traumatic events such as getting hit by a car, bike, or other vehicle, are sadly not uncommon for pet dogs and cats. While the animal might look okay, it is a good idea to have it checked out by a veterinarian anyway.

      "Trauma can be very deceiving. What appears to be a minor injury on the outside may hide a lot of damaged tissue on the inside," said Stickney.

      The first thing to do if your pet has been injured and is bleeding is to put pressure on the area to slow blood flow. Wounded pets may bite from pain, fear, or confusion so it is good to have a muzzle to use in this type of situation.

      "Your pet might be your best friend, but when dogs are hurt they may not remember that," said Stickney. "If you have a big dog, I would also recommend that you have a dog stretcher. They make it much easier to move large injured animals."

      Less severe accidents such as minor cuts and scrapes are common and can be handled much like you would treat yourself.

      "Make sure that the cut is as clean as possible," said Stickney. "I would not recommend putting antibiotic cream anywhere your pet can lick it off as this just causes more germs to get in the wound. If the cut is on an area they can't lick than something like Neosporin will be fine. Elizabethan collars are useful for preventing a pet from gaining access to an injury."

      ARTICLE FROM Texas A & M
      SEE Pet Emergency Supplies

    • Drugs - U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Generic Drugs

      Generic Drugs: Same Medicine, Lower Cost

      Perhaps you’ve had this experience: You go to your local pharmacy to buy medicine. You’re inclined to go with the familiar brand name product, the one you know from commercials and other advertising. But the generic version is much less expensive. “If it’s so inexpensive, it must not be as effective or safe,” you think. You would be wrong, but many consumers have the same thought.

      Over-the-counter generic Drugs are the SAME as Name Brand according to the FDA Over-the-counter generic Drugs are the SAME as Name Brand according to the FDA

      In this Consumer Update, find out the scientific standards generic drugs must meet to be approved for sale and learn about what FDA does when new complaints or evidence arise indicating that a generic drug may not have the same safety or effectiveness as was previously believed.

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      The Consumer Update includes a photo slideshow of FDA scientists testing generic drug products.

    • Fire Department hosts hands-only CPR sessions - #CPR

      Residents have a better chance of “stayin’ alive” thanks, in part, to the Scottsdale Fire Department’s hands-only CPR classes.

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      These sessions teach individuals how to perform chest compressions, use automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and follow proper procedures.

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      Common signs of unresponsiveness include not breathing and failure to react to an external rub on the chest.

      In emergency situations, individuals must critically assess the situation and act quickly.

      The individual requiring hands-only CPR must be flat on his or her back, on a hard surface.

      Performing chest compressions involve interlocking fingers, one hand on top of the other, and firmly pressing into the chest, at least two inches deep.

      The first few compressions may cause a crackling-like sound, analogous to twisting bubble wrap, but individuals must continue to press down at 100 compressions each minute.

    • Volunteers taught #CPR and #FirstAid

      It's impossible to say how many lives were saved on Sunday.

      CPRBut the chances are good that at least several people — who might otherwise have become victims of cardiac arrest or some other medical emergency — will now live longer lives.

      The scene was the Torrance County Fire Department's dispatch center in McIntosh, where two dozen volunteer firefighters gathered for a day-long class on first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation — CPR for short.
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    • Too many student-athletes are dying from sudden cardiac arrest and other causes.

      To address the problem, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and other members of the Youth Safety Sports Alliance met last week and issued key lifesaving recommendations for school and youth sports groups.

      Apply for AED grant funding -Funds available to help deploy Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in Homes, Schools, for Sports Teams, businesses, public places and more! www.AedGrant.com

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    • Lawmaker Proposes CPR Training for All Drivers

      The Joint Committee on Transportation will be meeting on Wednesday and one of the bills up for discussion would require drivers to be certified in CPR. The goal behind the LearnCPRproposed bill, number 6054, is "to increase cardiac arrest save rates by requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation training prior to the issuance of a motor vehicle operator's license.”

    • Find Winter Sports and Activities at Public Recreation Areas

      Many public recreation areas host a variety of winter sports and activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Find a location near you.

      Winter_SportsBe prepared for Winter Sports with Sports First Aid Kits & Winter Warmers

      Unlike some of the wildlife that live within them, America's public land / recreation areas do not hibernate for the winter. Rather, many of these areas are open to a host of recreational opportunities unique to the season. Cross-country and downhill skiing as well as snowshoeing, snowboarding, and dog-sledding are just a few of the activities that you can enjoy on public lands. Licensing, fees and seasonal restrictions vary from site to site.

      Learn more @ Recreation.gov

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