5 Workplace Safety Tips to Avoid a Potential CPR Situation

This is a special guest blog from Certifyme.net, a major provider of forklift certification.

 

Medical emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time, it’s always a good idea to have a plan in place – especially at work. SureFire CPR’s training program has been added to many workplaces and businesses. Just like Surefire, CertifyMe gives people the tools and skills to prevent potential disasters, like forklifts accidents at warehouses, dockyards and more.

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What is the Flu?

Turn on the TV any evening to the local news channel lately and inevitably the story will segue to the Flu. Recent outbreaks within the past month have made headlines with fear striking the hearts of many as mortality statistics accompany reports. Bottom line – the flu is rampant throughout the United States and data shows outbreaks continue to increase in locale and within the general populace. Unfortunately, the disease does not run its course before taking many of its victims to a critical state, even death.

 

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Pediatric CPR and First Aid

According to the American Heart Association, “Nearly 360,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year, and most of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. The American Heart Association believes kids are the answer to saving more lives.”  (newsroom.heart.org)  

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Heart Disease Risks

What is the greatest risk for heart disease?  According to the American Heart Association, confirmed by research conducted by universities around the world, three specific conditions have been identified as the greatest contributors to heart attack in the obese or overweight individual:  high blood pressure, elevated serum cholesterol and elevated blood glucose.  Per the Harvard School of Public Health and the American Heart Association:

  

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Bugs and Basic First Aid

            The sun streamed from its mid-day vantage point in the Texas sky but the fall temperature outside remained pleasantly cool.  Without hesitation, we snatched up our backpacks, tossed in a lunch and darted outside to go hiking.

            The trail was filled with vibrant colors; the leaves a rich Autumn hue, damp earth the color of charcoal and moss, oak intermixed with stone which twinkled as the sunlight caught hold.  The day was perfect…until we got back home.

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Poisonous Holiday Plants

The specialty food store was lined from the parking lot to the front door with bushy red poinsettias, fragrant wreaths of cedar or pine, and bunches of mistletoe.  It was a veritable Christmas umbrage – a “green-carpet” leading into the store.  I was overjoyed!  The holidays and traditional foliage had arrived, including Christmas trees and holly garlands.  Children scampered past paying little heed to the greenery lining their pathway and hands never failed to reach out, slapping at the nearest plant as the corner was turned.  I began to wonder, where would that hand go next?  Inside a mouth, most likely, came the answer. 

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Handling Holiday Stress

My dog needed his walk this afternoon so I grabbed the leash and headed toward the beach. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one enjoying the warmer temps outside. Several dog owners were out, strolling along the beach with smiles on their faces. One such person stopped me in passing and exasperated, uttered one sentence, “Enough! Enough! Thanksgiving just blends into Christmas…” (I’ve never met this woman before today). Interesting, she felt the need to express her consternation with a total stranger. Talk about being stressed out!

 

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Air Med One (continued)

Our rotor wash swept the asphalt road clean as we landed three hundred feet south of the wreck.  I grabbed our airway bag and Cindy, the resident MD, stumbled out of the aircraft after me, trauma bag in hand.  I looked back to check her progress out of the aircraft just as she stumbled and nearly fell.  This is going to be a long day, I thought. 

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Air Med One

“Air Med One you’re responding to an MVA incident, multiple victims, with Sheriffs rescue and Air Med Two for MCI in progress.”  

I am on duty on Air Med One today with a new, green partner – a second year Emergency Medicine resident who has seen very little of the “real world.”  A little short staffed, my new partner, Cindy, is pressed into service and is about to be baptized in a dose of reality.  Our pilot is a very experienced medevac veteran who knows exactly what we’re going into.  He shoots me a knowing look as our pagers alarm with the dispatched call.  Yes, I know, the thought hits me as I look back.  This is going to be rough.

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Heart Attack Symptoms for Women

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Though breast cancer has, through mass popular fund raising and health education programs, been in the forefront of public health awareness, heart disease in fact takes the lives of more women every year. The American Heart Association (AHA) is working at improving the public awareness of the threat heart disease poses to society and to women specifically. It is known that there is a strong genetic component to both breast cancer and heart disease. Unlike breast cancer however, there are several things that women with heart disease can do to reduce their chances of dying. A key first step in promoting women’s health and reducing morbidity is early recognition of heart attack symptoms for women and efficient treatment of acute symptoms. Complicating this effort is the fact that women do not have ‘classic’ signs and symptoms. SureFire CPR is an advocate for health and health education and supports this community outreach education effort in women’s health promotion.

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