Saving someone’s life using CPRis a noble endeavor. However, it does carry a certain amount of risk, especially if the person you’re trying to save is a complete stranger. That’s why the #1 goal with CPR is to save a life without putting yourself at risk of infection.
Traditional CPR masks can be bulky and inconvenient.
When performing CPR, direct mouth-to-mouth contact incurs the risk of transferring contaminated body fluids such as saliva, blood, vomit and even tears. The best way to protect against this type of contamination is with a barrier device that allows you to safely deliver rescue breaths during a cardiac or respiratory arrest. The most effective of these devices is the keychain resuscitation mask, sometimes called a pocket mask.
These days, more and more professions are requiring employees to obtain a BLS (basic life support) certification in order to qualify for the job. If you need to obtain your BLS in a hurry, there are two basic ways to do it. Read More »
How to Get Your BLS Certification ASAP was last modified: June 29th, 2015 by Zack Zarrilli
Saving someone’s life often requires the use of specialized equipment during the rescue process. If you’ve signed up for aCPR and basic first aid lifesaving class, here are some different types of CPR equipment you can expect to learn to use.
Performing CPR on a Mannequin
Mannequins are life-sized dolls with simulated airways to facilitate the teaching of CPR. A standard piece of CPR equipment, they provide a safe, sanitary way for students to practice basic CPR skills. Mannequins can also be used for developing advanced airway management skills for lifesaving professionals.
An AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is a piece of CPR equipment that provides an electrical shock to the heart of an unconscious victim whose heart has stopped beating. AED trainers are safe to use because students can use practice all the skills needed to use an actual AED, but don’t have to worry about accidently shocking someone in class.
Bag valve mask resuscitators.
A bag valve mask, or BVM, is a hand-held device commonly used to give breaths to the victim instead of mouth to mouth. These will typically be used by medical professionals, so these are included in the healthcare provider CPR class.
First aid and casualty kits.
These staples of CPR equipment come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all contain the basic supplies needed to treat minor wounds and injuries. Depending on the size and sophistication of the kit, the supplies can include everything from gauze bandages and surgical sponges to survival blankets, EpiPens (a device used for injecting epinephrine into patients) and more.
Each year, more then 350,000 people in the U.S. experience sudden cardiac arrest, making it one of the leading causes of death. In these situations, a purchased defibrillator, or Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can be used to analyze the heart and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock to restore it to regular rhythm.
Automated External Defibrillator in Use
AED’s, are easy to use, even for those without a medical background. However, there are some things you should know about a purchased defibrillator to ensure you get a reliable product. Read More »
5 Things to Know When Purchasing a Defibrillator was last modified: June 29th, 2015 by Zack Zarrilli
EMS World Expo offers EMS Education for Professionals
Get ready to mark your calendars for the 2016 EMS World Expo, where EMS professionals will learn the training needed for today to deliver real solutions for tomorrow. October 3-7, 2016 in New Orleans, LA, the EMS World Expo will set the standard for EMS education by offering the in-depth training EMS professionals need through a progressive curriculum and technology to deliver real life-saving skills.
EMS World Expo
At the EMS World Expo 2016, attendees will benefit from the most affordable learning opportunities with the use of state-of-the-art technologies to promote life-saving skills. Attendees will learn the most popular trends for pre-hospital care and operations. In addition, there will be exclusive events, such as the Integrated Healthcare Forum, and an extensive exhibit hall. Read More »
EMS World Expo offers EMS Education for Professionals was last modified: June 22nd, 2015 by Zack Zarrilli
December 8-11, 2015, the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) will hold a conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego to discuss the new Resuscitation Guidelines for CPR Instructors. The 2015 conference will be held shortly after the release of the new updates to help improve the rate of survival through CPR. With a pre-conference workshop held December 7-8, 2015 and the ECCU Conference, CPR instructors, practitioners, survivors, and researchers will come together to learn and network to inspire others with these life-saving skills.
The ECCU 2015 Conference
For the past 30 years, ECCU has worked to connect CPR professionals and survivals to educate and showcase the beauty of saving lives with CPR. With this year’s conference, ECCU will feature more than 50 cardiac arrest survivors who owe their lives to CPR in order to raise awareness. The survivors and CPR professionals will march as one from the Manchester Grand Hyatt to the San Diego Civic Center to promote CPR education and training.
With heart disease the leading cause of death worldwide, medical interventions for people suffering from cardiac ailments are among the most important ways of preserving life. And although treatments are wide-ranging – hopefully enacted long before and long after a cardiac event – the period immediately following a crisis is the most critical to achieving positive outcomes. Adequate on-the-scene care, especially the more sophisticated kind that can only be provided by medical professionals, can make all the difference.
Fortunately, there is a standard, proven method that can be employed to save lives. Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) is a vitally important, life-saving protocol for the immediate treatment of cardiac events. Unlike basic life support (BLS), ACLS and its attendant certification can only be administered by medical professionals. These include physicians, registered nurses, dentists, pharmacists, paramedics, and other advanced care providers who are qualified to perform the range of techniques the protocol requires. The responder must be well-versed in emergency pharmacology and be able to manage the patient’s airway, connect an IV, and interpret an electrocardiogram – all criteria outside the province of laypeople. Read More »
What Is ACLS Certification and How Does It Help Medical Professionals? was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Zack Zarrilli
It’s time to pay tribute to the heroism and resourcefulness of those who saved lives because they were prepared for it. On May 31st, SureFire CPR honors four people who used their CPR skills to prevent the deaths of three people. The banquet will be a celebration of these men and women, the heroes who were ready when disaster struck.
SureFire CPR’s mission is to prepare people for the worst, but you never know what’s going to happen when the worst arrives. For two mothers from southern California, that worst moment came when their children started to choke – every parent’s nightmare. The incidents were separate, but the response was the same: informed, level-headed, and life-saving. Thanks to their knowledge of critical on-the-scene techniques, events that could have been nightmares beyond reckoning were diffused. These mothers’ heroic interventions saved their children’s lives, and two families were kept whole.
But life-saving techniques aren’t just for families: the business world was also marked by heroic and thoughtful action. A patron at a restaurant went into cardiac arrest at her table; the restaurant owners who will be among those honored at the lifesaver’s banquet insisted on putting their staff through a CPR training course just six months prior. Adequately prepared and heroically engaged, two of the restaurant’s staff members were able to administer CPR to the woman that proved definitive in saving her life.
SureFire CPR’s lifesaver’s banquet will honor these heroes: honor their quick-thinking, their critical actions, and their forethought in making sure that when that terrible day came, they were prepared. You never know when disaster will strike, but you can know what to do when it does. These four people are role models for how much good can be done by those who are ready to do it.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death, with 400,000 Americans suffering cardiac arrests each year. Although their chance of survival increases three-fold when CPR is properly administered, only a third of victims receive it. Countless lives could be saved by citizens trained in CPR – just like these heroes.
We encourage the media and the community at large to come together to honor these people and the lives they saved. On May 31st, we hope we can remind everyone just how important it is to be prepared in the face of heart disease. Together, we can get ready to save lives.
SureFire CPR Honors Heroes at Lifesaver’s Banquet was last modified: May 29th, 2015 by Zack Zarrilli
Under a new bill proposal in Maine by legislators and members of the American Heart Association, high schools would be required to offer CPR instruction to students. Under bill LD 556, high school students would be offered hands-only CPR training to react in the event of a cardiac emergency. With 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receiving CPR from a bystander, this training would potentially save lives by doubling the chances of survival. As the American Heart Association encourages bystanders to take action, with this training, students will gain the confidence and skills needed to respond in the event of an emergency. Read More »
Would You Support a CPR Bill? was last modified: May 29th, 2015 by Zack Zarrilli
A cardiac or respiratory emergency can occur anywhere and at any time. Unfortunately, 70 percent of Americans admit they would probably feel helpless during an emergency due to insufficient or inexperience administering CPR. Sadly, less than 8 percent of people who experience a cardiac emergency while outside a hospital won’t survive. Of those who do survive, 32 percent of victims receive CPR from a bystander.
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