CPR has come a long way since people first start learning how to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in emergency situations. One of the most beneficial advances has been the development of the CPR face shield.
A small barrier placed over the face, the CPR face shield provides a simple, portable and inexpensive way to protect against the dangers of cross-contamination when deliveringCPR . Smaller than a traditional pocket mask, the CPR face shield can easily fit into a pocket or on a keychain for convenient carrying. More important, these simple but effective life-saving devices benefit everyone, not just the rescuer.
Victims. Victims benefit from CPR face shields for two simple reasons – they’re easy to carry and easy to use. This increases the odds that they will be immediately available during a cardiac emergency. In addition, the CPR face shield will encourage more bystanders to perform CPR because they are protected.
Rescuers. The biggest risk to the rescuer during CPR is infection from coming in contact with the victim’s blood, saliva, tears or other bodily fluids. CPR face shields act a barrier to prevent that contact, enabling the rescuer to safely deliver rescue breaths during a cardiac or respiratory arrest.
These days, there are many different brands of CPR face shields, most of them at very reasonable prices. The more people that have these and carry them around to use in life threatening situations, the more it will benefit society as a whole by encouraging more people to act and saving more lives.
How A CPR Shield Benefits Everyone was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by Zack Zarrilli
When it comes to saving lives, few medical devices are as effective as AEDs, or automated external defibrillators. This explains why AED sales have skyrocketed in the U.S over the past decade. In the year 2010, for example, industry experts reported nearly 100,000 automated external defibrillators AEDs were sold. Moreover, they predicted the market for defibrillators for sale would double every 24 months.
To understand why have AED sales have increased so dramatically, consider the following statistics:
Each year, the number of sudden cardiac arrests exceeds all the incidents of breast cancer, prostate cancer and house fires combined.
Few medical interventions are as inexpensive to implement and as successful at saving lives as early defibrillation.
AEDs are very safe because they can’t shock anyone who does not need to be shocked.
If a cardiac arrest victim is shocked with a defibrillator within the first minute of collapse, the chances for survival are close to 90%.
Victims of sudden cardiac arrest who collapse in public places are more likely than those who collapse at home to receive CPRand defibrillation.
Medical professionals now understand that in order for electrical therapy to be effective, it must be delivered within 5 minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest. Otherwise, the victim’s chances of survival significantly decrease. However, emergency medical responders often can’t reach the scene of an emergency within that critical timeframe. Which makes the case for having an AED in as many workplaces and public locations as possible.
Fortunately, learning to use an AED is simple and intuitive. Formal trainingon defibrillators for sale can be accomplished in less than a day. And in many cases, untrained rescuers have used AEDs successfully in emergency situations. As long as these devices remain effective in treating sudden cardiac arrest, AED sales will continue to increase.
What Are the Number of AED Sales in the Past Decade? was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by Zack Zarrilli
Every CPR instructor wants their students to learn the skills they need and come away with a positive impression of the class. Whether you’re a first-time instructor or have been teaching for 10 years, here are five tips to make your CPR instruction class a great one.
Make it accurate. Set the stage by telling your CPR students what you will cover and what they can expect to learn. Then follow your healthcare provider instructor materials exactly as they are laid out. Don’t jump around or skip certain sections, as this may cause some students to miss important material.
Make it relevant. Find out the makeup of your class and tailor your presentation accordingly. For example, if your audience is mostly nursing students, use examples of life-saving situations in a healthcare setting. If they’re all training to be lifeguards, use examples at a pool or beach.
One of the most important CPRstatistics in 2015 is that 4 out of 5 cardiac emergencies happen at home. That’s why it’s so important to stay up to date on the latest CPR techniques.
The American Heart Association (AHA) updates its CPR guidelines every 5 years. So if you haven’t updated your CPR certification since 2005, you have a lot to learn. Here’s what has changed in the past 10 years. Read More »
CPR Statistics in 2015 (Compared to 10 Years Ago) was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by Zack Zarrilli
The biggest risk to someone performing live-saving CPR is potentially contracting a disease through the saliva, blood, or other bodily fluids from the patient while performing mouth to mouth breaths. CPR microshields were developed to provide a safe, reliable barrier between the person performing CPR and the patient.
A CPR microshield is an emergency medical product that helps students and rescuers prevent the spread of germs in real-life situations. Designed to meet two critical specifications, it consists of a small, flat plastic barrier device that protects the rescuer while allowing him or her to perform proper CPR according to established guidelines and procedures.
To prevent the potential spread of disease, CPR microshields use a one-way valve that allows the rescuer to safely breathe air into the patient’s lungs while preventing any air or bodily fluids from returning back through the valve, thus protecting the rescuer. It assists in keeping an open airway while performing the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver. The flat, one-piece design also assures that the barrier will not leak and will maintain its integrity when performing CPR. Read More »
What Is A CPR Microshield? was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by Zack Zarrilli
Do you need to get ACLS certified? It’s quicker and easier than you may think.
Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) is a set of clinical skills and techniques used in the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke and other life-threatening medical emergencies. ACLS certification classes teach the science behind these interventions, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy them. Because of the sophisticated techniques involved, ACLS can only be taught by a qualified healthcare provider.
You can obtain your certification in two different ways.
1. Attend a local class.
The best way to obtain your ACLS certification is to attend a class in your area. Many hospitals offer the course to their employees and the general public. You can also sign up for the class through a private training company that teaches ACLS and other lifesaving skills. A quick Google search will identify the providers near you. These classes typically cost from $150 to $200, and can usually be completed in a one or two day course.
2. Blended Learning Option: Take part of the course online and come into a facility for a skills session.
An online course through the AHA is made up of 2 parts. An online portion which will go over the didactic portion of the class and then an quick and easy skills session to get you ACLS-certified on your own time. Make sure that the online course that offers “ACLS Certification” is an American Heart Association < http://www.surefirecpr.com/faqs/> (AHA) approved course. You can verify this by making sure that there is an in-person portion of the class to perform the skills. All AHA blended learning courses have an online portion and an in person skills session.
ACLS certification is a great way to improve your skills as a health care professional and prepare you to be ready to perform advanced resuscitation in a healthcare setting. Sign up today!
How to Get ACLS Certified was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by Zack Zarrilli
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
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