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  • Responding Immediately

    What is your response time? CERT Team Members, EMS, and others know the need to respond immediately to life-threatening situations. Do you?

    First-ResponderPreparedness begins with You

    While anyone trained in CPR & AED use knows that the window of lifesaving is mere minutes, it is important that all our readers understand that this can be the case in other emergencies as well.

    Don't wait for outside help - when a disaster strikes, know what to do - do you evacuate? Do you get to a safe area inside? Is everyone accounted for? Are the Gas, Water, and electricity turned off if they need to be? These are concerns that you as an Immediate Responder should think about - BEFORE any outside help can possibly arrive.

    You are the Hero in your own survival story. Heroism requires training and planning. Get on it.


  • Preparedness begins with You

    Your workplace should be prepared to care for employees and guests in an emergency, up to and including resources for sheltering in place, rescue operations, and first aid care.

    Your local EMS and CERT Teams train to assist and care for the community in an emergency.

    Are you all set? Not nearly.

    You, and only you can assure your own preparedness and safety. If EMS can't reach you at home, or you are in your car in a remote area when disaster strikes, how will these other preparedness plans help you? They won't.

    Prepare yourself with CPR & First Aid Training, emergency disaster survival supplies, and an understanding of what threats exist wherever you may be - and how to deal with them during and after a cataclysmic event..

    Disaster, Survival, Preparation


  • Shopaholics can live longer than others 👣

    During CPR & AED Awareness Week, we thought we'd share this interesting new concept on heart-health and living longer... shop 'til you don't drop!

    Walking is a great way to be physically active because it doesn’t require special skills or expensive equipment. Walking is a way to gently raise your heart rate, build endurance, increase respiratory health, and keep healthy.

    However, many neighborhood environment factors, such as sidewalk conditions, proximity of desirable destinations, perceived safety from traffic, and crime all influence walking-related physical activity. External conditions, such as extreme temperatures and inclement weather, may also influence walking and increase safety hazards. Mall walking programs can address many of these barriers.

    mallMall Walking: A Program Resource Guide is a new tool developed by researchers at the University of Washington Health Promotion Resource Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage the development of mall walking programs. The guide provides several examples of successful mall walking programs as well as practical strategies for starting and maintaining walking programs in malls or other venues in areas where a mall is not available. The guide also offers tips and helpful resources to walk you through all stages of the program development process, from planning to implementation and evaluation. Please share this resource with mall managers, health care providers, community organizers, physical activity and fitness professionals, those who work with older adults, and anyone who is looking for a new way to maintain their commitment to a physically active lifestyle.

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  • 💗 FREE information to share during CPR/AED Awareness Week


    Can you save a life? Can the person next to you? Share lifesaving information during CPR/AED Awareness Week!



    It is the 8th annual CPR & AED Awareness Week. We, and our Partners American CPR Training™ recognize the entire Month of June as CPR & AED Awareness Month as such vital lifesaving skills and devices cannot be considered fora mere week.

    Plan ahead… start now! Keep yourself and others AWARE!Plan ahead… start now! Keep yourself and others AWARE!

    You don’t know when or where you will be if a situation were to arise… Prepare yourself!

    Train your Group!

    Train your Group in CPR, AED & First Aid - These classes are fun, affordable, and take very little time. - especially when combined (add OSHA Standard First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens & Universal Precautions).

    • Get a Quote for CPR, AED or other training at your location, for your group for ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the FUN!™ the more you combine, the more you save in time and money! Click for your Training Quote

    Apply for an AED Grant


    Get funding assistance for placing these vital lifesaving devices at Home, Work, or in the Community.

    • See the Program (Save $200 -$1000 off each AED with the program's assistance!)

    Refresh your skills!

    If you already have current CPR & AED Training and don’t need training just yet – and you don’t have access to an AED yet – Why not get a copy of our CPR DVD to play for your group (includes all updated CPR guidelines) or CPR masks or kits for your Team? These are fun, affordable (masks from 84¢ each!), appropriate, and will certainly help raise “Awareness” of CPR & AEDs! See our Cool CPR & AED Products

    Plan, Practice, Prepare!

  • An AED near the Pool is a Safe Bet.

    Make a Splash for Pool Safety during Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

    AEDDoes your Community Pool have an AED?

    AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) save lives. Many think that AEDs can't be used around water, and that's not true. You simply do not want a victim to be lying in a pool of standing water. But CPR alone rarely resuscitates a casualty and AEDs are a vital part of the Chain of survival.

    You can Buy an AED, Get a Free AED through Fundraising, or apply for an AED Grant for assistance purchasing.

    Safe swimming brochure

    Order your FREE Healthy Swimming brochures

  • Awareness is Coming...

    Safety Managers, CPR & First Aid Instructors, and Organizations are gearing up for CPR & AED Awareness Month in June. Get your plan together now.

    Are you currently certified? Schedule a CPR & AED Class for your group and your location during CPR & AED Awareness Month.

    Already Certified? Give your Team CPR Protection - CPR keychain masks from under a buck!

    Got and AED? Check the dates and make sure your electrodes and batteries are good for at least another year.

    Don't have one? Check out the AED Grant Program!


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  • Making Safety Training Better

    Everyone knows safety training is important. Everyone also knows that there are other things they’d rather be doing. Safety training takes workers off of the job site and that can be costly, as well as a distraction, affecting information retention and reducing the effectiveness of your training sessions.

    The remedy isn’t longer sessions or more thorough testing. The solution is more effective use of class time. By placing an emphasis on engagement and changing simple things about the way instructors present training information, you can help employees focus on the importance of safety training and the work in front of them while realizing that safety doesn’t end with training sessions.

    Whether you use training management software, classroom learning or a combination of both, engagement plays a key role in information retention for your employees. Increased retention means the lessons paid for in the classroom can help your employees cut loses and reduce injuries on the job site increasing your organization’s return on investment.

    The first step in training engagement begins before class starts. In order to engage employees and give them confidence, instructors need to view training as a dialogue built around a safety-oriented corporate culture. Have management set an example for employees and show them that goals, like having zero incidents are worth striving for. This way management can set and test limits on performance while showing employees that there’s no excuse not to meet safety standards. It is always more effective for management to show this with their actions instead of just words.

    Setting an example for employees is just the first step in creating a culture of safety around your organization. Invest the time and money into developing training tools and programs that will speed up the transmission of information and learning. Personal safety equipment is a valuable tool for employee protection and almost always presents a positive return on investment; the same can be said of safety training. In many cases, an employee learning management system can be the perfect tool to support your message delivery. By investing in a variety of training materials, like video and interactive exercises, employees will see the value you are placing in their training and will give lessons more attention according to that perceived value.

    Slides, interactive exercises and animated videos may be more expensive to develop than text-based training methods, but they also increase learning retention and keep classroom sessions fresh by segmenting information and helping time pass more quickly. Using a number of different training methods will accommodate a variety of learning styles in your workforce and help ensure that everyone clearly understands the lessons being presented. Taking breaks is important, as well, to compartmentalize training session information. This improves retention and employees’ willingness to interact.

    Need good Safety Training Materials?

    See all the Easy-to-Use OSHA Safety Training Materials available! See all the Easy-to-Use OSHA Safety Training Materials available!

    Another way to increase engagement and provide variety to classroom sessions is to bring in expert speakers. Many are affordable and provide industry insight not readily available to safety training staff. Benefit from an expert’s experience by playing out emergency situations and recounting personal stories. These exercises will help employees contextualize information and increase retention.

    The most important part of safety training invariably ends up being how information is reinforced once classroom and e-learning sessions are over. Create regular safety meetings that showcase good work. Emphasize hazard identification and provide incentives that will keep workers interested and committed. Make use of evaluations when training is over and at frequent intervals to reinforce important topics. It’s all about embracing a safety culture that will reduce workplace incidents and keep your employees’ heads in the game—and protected.

    Can't do it on your own? Consider American CPR Training... they have Instructors Worldwide that will come do it for you - over 100 OSHA Safety Topics! America's Favorite CPR, AED & First Aid Training™ is more than just the Leader in Safety Training throughout the US, Canada, & Mexico... American CPR Training is ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™

  • Anatomy 101 for CPR 101

    To learn and remember CPR, it helps to understand the physiology behind it. To help, we're going to take a trip back to your High School Biology class to explain how CPR works.

    AnatomyLet’s start with the heart. Where do you put your hand when you say the “Pledge” each morning before work? Well, if you feel a heartbeat there, it’s probably your Aorta.  Your heart actually lies in the middle of the chest, beneath the sternum, or breastbone.  When we compress the chest during CPR, the rescuer places the heels of his/her hands on the sternum and presses downward with enough force to compress the heart.

    Properly performed compressions will squeeze the heart between the sternum and the spine, forcing blood away from the heart.  Releasing pressure will allow the heart to refill with blood.  Repetitions of this activity will simulate the heart’s natural beat, and will pump the blood through the body where it is needed.

    Well, that’s half of it. You must remember that merely moving the blood through the body is not enough to keep the brain alive for long.  Blood is just a carrier, and what it needs to carry is Oxygen. Oxygenated blood is easy to recognize because it is bright red, while deoxygenated blood is blue.  When an individual’s skin becomes blue it means he or she may have plenty of blood, but they have run out of oxygen.

    heartThere are two major types of blood vessels that we will discuss; they are Arteries and Veins.  Arteries are the larger ones.  Arteries carry bright red blood.  Arteries travel AWAY from the heart. If you can find a pulse on your body, it’s an artery.  If you cut an artery, it won’t be something you’re likely to forget; arterial bleeding is characterized by forceful spurts of blood that leave the body rapidly.  When the red, arterial blood reaches the extremities, the oxygen is released and the blood turns blue.  This blue blood will return to the heart through a system of Veins.  Veins are the opposite of arteries.  Veins carry blue, deoxygenated blood back to the heart, and ultimately to the lungs, to get more oxygen.

    The heart has four chambers.  The upper chambers (Atria) are the “receiving” chambers, while the lower, more heavily muscled chambers (Ventricles), are responsible for “pumping.”  When the veins bring the blue blood back to the heart, it arrives in the right atrium, is sent down to the right ventricle, and the ventricle pumps the blood off to get oxygen in the Lungs.  We tend to think of our lungs as a couple of big air sacs, but there are actually thousands of tiny air sacs called Alveoli that trap the air as it enters the lungs.  The air that we breathe contains about 20.8% oxygen that is immediately absorbed by the blood that surrounds these alveoli. When the blood and the oxygen have combined, it turns bright red, returns to the left atrium of the heart, passes into the left ventricle, and ultimately is pumped out to the body through the Aorta.

    There are a few arteries that should be identified before we continue.  The first is the Aorta.  It is the biggest artery in the body, leaving the heart from the left ventricle.  Sometimes, an individual experiencing a heart attack will describe pain radiating toward their left arm, following the path of the Aorta.  The first major artery to branch off of the Aorta is called the Coronary Artery.  The Coronary arteries circle back to provide oxygenated blood to the heart.  The heart needs oxygen like any other organ, and the Coronary arteries make this possible.  I mentioned earlier that brain cells live for only 4-6 minutes in the absence of oxygen.  Well, heart tissue is made of specialized cells that will die almost immediately when the oxygen supply is cut off.  If you’ve ever heard of someone having a “Massive Coronary,” it means that a lifeline to his or her heart has been blocked.  An occluded Coronary Artery means a heart attack, or cardiac arrest is imminent.

    Another important set of arteries is the Carotid.  These lead up the sides of your neck, providing the major blood pressure to your brain.  You may be able to locate them by placing your first two fingers on the side of the neck, just below the curve of the jaw. Current Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) 2001 guidelines suggest responders are now to “look, listen & feel” for signs of circulation, which include normal breathing, coughing, movement, and/or a pulse.  Some helpful hints for finding a pulse:

    1. You have two Carotid arteries. If you don’t feel it on one side, try the other, but don’t try both sides at the same time. That’s called strangulation.
    2. Resist the urge to check for pulses with your thumb. The thumb often carries its own pulse, which can give you the false impression that a coffee table is going to be “just fine.”

    One more artery before we wrap up our Biology flashback.  This one’s called the Brachial.  It runs along the Humerus, between the underarm and the elbow, and between the bicep and the tricep.  This artery is useful when Medical personal are checking the pulse of an infant.  They don’t check the Carotid artery on babies because their necks are covered in baby fat.  Okay, I’ve shown you this interaction between the heart and lungs to reiterate a point made earlier in this class.  Breathing and heartbeat are what CPR is all about.  Heart and lungs.  Later on I’ll attempt to confuse you with all kinds of numbers, ratios, rates, depths of compression and so on.  But if you forget all of this, remember the basics: If they’re not breathing, breathe for them.  And if there’s no pulse, beat their heart.  That’s the essence of CPR.

  • Heredity & Death

    With regard to SCA / Sudden Cardiac Arrest, heredity does play a significant factor.

    According to international health studies, more than 50% of all deaths worldwide are due to cardiovascular disease. For the most part, this means heart attacks. Cardiac Arrest is the greatest killer of modern times; more people die of heart attacks than die of cancer, AIDS, Ebola, TB, car accidents, house fires and gunshot wounds combined. The same studies indicate 60-70% of these individuals die before they ever reach the hospital.  We believe that a community, well trained in recognizing the signs of heart attack, as well as understanding and implementing the chain of survival is the best resource for survival.heart-attack

    While there are Risk Factory you can control: Smoking, Diet, Exercise... there are others you cannot.Heredity, for example, is something we have no control over.  If everyone in your family has had a heart attack, you may have an increased risk of having one yourself.  This is not a guarantee, it has more to do with the odds, and the odds become greatly increased with each successive risk factor.  A person with two risk factors is about 10 times more likely to have a cardiovascular disease than an individual with only one risk factor, and an individual with three risk factors is 100 times more likely.  As you can see, they add up quite rapidly.

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