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    • Back to School, Back to Basics

      It’s back to school for lots of students. The 30 Days of Good challenge on www.good.is is calling out to youngsters everywhere to learn something new (outside of school that is). The first aid treatment basics are not only a fun thing to learn, they can also come in handy when the need arrives. You can never tell when an accident or a crisis can happen. The web post shares lots of useful information as well as links to credible and helpful resources available on the Internet, including the Red Cross and Mayo Clinic, among many others.

    • Cold Dogs

      Just like men, dogs also feel the different effects of changing weather. For instance, extremely low temperatures during the cold months can make them uncomfortable. In worse cases, they can even experience hypothermia. Keeping them warm and cozy inside the home is one thing to do, although owners can also try other things to keep their dogs more comfortable. Read more on this from Jerry Welsh’s article.

    • Summary of Posts: December 30th 2012

      This week was all about touching different topics related to first aid - a little bit of everything. From bandages to mental health to blistered toes to quizzing yourself, educate yourself with these stories:

      • One of the primary skills of first aid is bandaging. Pets, just like humans, get wounded and cut every now and then. They need the same care and attention that we would want for ourselves if we were injured. Learn more on bandaging for pets here.
      • Training students and health care workers is a common phase of learning. However, a novel instructional method is training students to concentrate on their job when someone is whispering disturbing messages into their subject’s ears. Find out why this kind of first aid training is necessary in today’s nursing curriculum.
      • If you have ever thought of taking a course on life support or first aid, but still have not gotten around to actually enrolling in one, then this forum thread might help clear out some issues for you.
      • Ever wondered what it looks like at the first aid tent or booth during big outdoor events? CBS Minnesota reporter Jamie Yuccas gives us a sneak peek on the action on-location.
      • Red Cross is one of the biggest health care organizations all over the world. Health promotion and prevention of injury or disease have become integral parts of their campaign. One way to ensure these is to improve the awareness and preparedness of every ordinary citizen. Do you know what to do in case of emergency medical situations? Take the interactive quiz here.
      • We take the more serious path this week as we delve deeper into different issues regarding providing first aid care to patients with psychological and mental problems. Read more on “A Healthy Body for a Sane Mind.”
    • US Department of Labor provides $300,000 to aid West Virginia communities to recover following Hurricane Sandy

      WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $300,000 National Emergency Grant to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

      "We are committed to helping the citizens of West Virginia recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Today's grant will assist with cleanup and repair of the state's infrastructure and help those affected by Hurricane Sandy to return to normalcy."

      The funds are being awarded to WorkForce West Virginia to create temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers who will assist with cleanup and recovery efforts.

      On Nov. 27, 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared 18 counties eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program: Barbour; Boone; Braxton; Clay; Fayette; Kanawha; Lewis; Nicholas; Pendleton; Pocahontas; Preston; Raleigh; Randolph; Taylor; Tucker; Upshur; Webster; and Wyoming. The state has targeted Barbour, Preston, Tucker, Upshur and Webster. Additional counties may be included at a later date if further evaluation warrants their inclusion. More information on designated disaster areas in West Virginia is available from FEMA at http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4093.

      National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG/.

    • A Healthy Body for a Sane Mind

      Mental health is one topic of discussion not everybody is comfortable with - which is completely understandable. From the point of view of health care providers (paramedics, nurses, doctors, etc.) this can be quite the challenge. As professionals, they are bound to perform medical procedures ranging from basic first aid to life-saving measures regardless of the person’s state of mind.

      A common misconception revolves around the belief that mentally challenged patients are comprised only of the types we often see in the movies - the delusional, manic, suicidal, and paranoid patients. While there is no contesting the truth about these states of mind, what the public fails to grasp is that mental illness does not necessarily present itself only through grandiose behavior patterns.

      A lot of mentally (and oftentimes, emotionally, too) challenged individuals may not be jumping off buildings, committing murder, or hearing voices in their heads. Milder forms of mental problems exist in the subtler, depressive states - people who do not feel joy or contentment in their family life, career, or in life, in general. These people may feel the urge to sleep, or just lay still in bed for hours and hours - progressing to days on end. They lose the drive to perform productive activities and lose track of their goals. These people need just the same care and attention as everybody does.

      Health care professionals are trained from the get-go to recognize these different presentations of mental issues, be it from the manic or depressive end. The care given to these patients requires understanding, skill, and training. One issue that could arise is the provision of first aid care - a kind of medical treatment which necessitates fast thinking and fast acting, especially in life-threatening situations. Some patients may see such actions as threats and become more aggressive and less cooperative, which entirely compromises the treatment plan, putting their lives at risk.

      One nursing faculty member has taken the initiative to incorporate the principles of mental health to the curriculum used for nurses. The curriculum makes use of unusual training methods and setting - such as having the students “hear voices” all throughout the implementation of care. This way, they can get a better grasp of what the other person may be experiencing at the moment. This aims to improve not only their understanding of the thought processes of the patient, but also increases their empathy and compassion to help the patient with more care. Learn more about this type of training environment and what other lessons are taught in addition to first aid skills from this article.

    • Are You Prepared for Emergencies?

      There is always the availability of EMS or a nearby hospital to look after us whenever we have medical emergencies. For US residents, it is as easy as dialing 911. There are some situations, though, which puts us in charge of the problem when there is no help available. To help prepare people with such cases, Red Cross is offering trainings and courses for basic life support and first aid. Take a shot at how well you would do when given certain emergencies with this interactive first aid quiz.

    • Stationed at the Scene: First Aiders on Duty

      A majority of big events have first aiders or paramedics on standby in case any medical emergency happens. This is particularly true for huge crowds or celebrations that last for many hours. Jamie Yuccas takes us where the action is and gives us a peek on what these first aiders actually do. She reports for CBS Minnesota from Falcon Heights. Take a quick look at what being a skilled first aider on-location entails. You might be surprised to learn what the most commonly treated problem is.

    • US Department of Labor awards $10 million grant to combat child labor in Ecuador and Panama

      WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of two new cooperative agreements to support efforts by the governments of Ecuador and Panama to combat child labor among vulnerable groups. Both projects include a focus on children from Afro-descendant, indigenous and migrant populations.

      International Labor Organization will receive $3.5 million to fund a project that will strengthen policy and enforcement initiatives to combat child labor in vulnerable populations. Under a separate agreement, Partners of the Americas was awarded $6.5 million to provide education to children and livelihood services to their families as part of a strategy to reduce child labor. In Ecuador, both projects will include efforts to address the relationship between child labor and disability, a neglected area in global efforts against child labor. Both projects will promote the sharing of experiences in combating child labor throughout the Latin America region.

      Since 1995, Bureau of International Labor Affairs' projects have rescued approximately 1.5 million children from exploitive child labor. The Labor Department has funded 260 such projects implemented by more than 65 organizations in 91 countries. ILAB currently oversees more than $210 million of active programming to combat the worst forms of child labor. More information is available at http://www.dol.gov/ilab/.

    • First Aid Courses Aren’t Reading Classes

      It is nice to learn that more and more individuals are getting interested with promoting health care and equipping themselves with basic skills and knowledge for possible emergencies. First aid, along with basic life support, is an essential skill that every person should have. In a forum thread, one person inquires about the necessity and practicality of undergoing first aid training. See what others have to say, and know why learning first aid off a textbook is not the best way to go.

    • First Aid and Mental Health

      When mentioning first aid, the things that come to mind include saving lives, dressing wounds, maintaining good airway, and other life-preserving measures. Mental wellness does not present itself in the picture. This is rather unfortunate, though, given that even people with psychological and/or psychosocial conditions would need the same kind of first aid and medical care if the need arises. Learn how a nursing faculty member is pushing the integration of mental health first aid to prepare the future nurses for these kinds of cases.

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