From Rod Brouhard
Family and friends are gathered around the
kitchen counter. Football is on in the living room, and Uncle Jerry is yelling
at the quarterback. Grandma is popping olives into her mouth when she grabs
your shoulder and clutches her throat. It's time to react -- what do you do?
plight is one of the reasons you should be prepared before Thanksgiving.
Below are the top reasons your Thanksgiving could be spent in the ER or burn
unit instead of the dining room.
Anybody can get something stuck in their
throat. It's decidedly more common for the kids and grandparents than everyone
else -- although it gets more common as the wine starts flowing.
Cutting yourself in the kitchen is both a
blessing and a curse -- bacteria from food abounds, but you have everything you
need to clean your wound at the ready.
Grease fires are notoriously dangerous.
It's easy to extinguish the typical grease fire by smothering it, but make sure
everyone is heading out of the house first.
Burns are some of the most common injuries
around the house. Make sure you know what to do if your bird decides to seek
Imagine the looks you'll get from your
mother-in-law after giving the entire family food poisoning. Learn how to
recognize food poisoning symptoms
To help get the word out and educate consumers about counterfeit first aid and CPR certification, Health & Safety Institute (HSI) put together a public service announcement website with some facts and recommendations for anyone seeking CPR training to meet their occupational requirements. HSI has forwarded us this information and we invite our First Aid training centers to add a link (http://news.hsi.com/onlineonlycpr) to the site from their own business websites. Let your customers (and potential customers) know the facts about this unfortunate practice.
The ECCU 2014 Conference
call for presentations is now open. ECCU is a biennial conference featuring current information and trends
on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Submit your ideas here before October 18, 2013 to be considered.
The 2014 theme is
"Road to the Next ECC and CPR Guidelines,” and the conference is also
focusing on Saving Lives through Community Engagement. ECCU 2014 will feature
tracks on the following topics:
• Keynote and General
Sessions: Inspiration and Information for the Whole Team
• Clinical Solutions and
Best Practices for EMS
• Clinical Solutions and
Best Practices in the Hospital
• Community: Prepare,
Respond, Survive & Thrive (CPR and AED Issues)
Instructor Tools and Training
• Latest Research and
Science: New and Emerging Concepts
Access the Call for
Presentations in its entirety here.
inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed each September.
Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the
Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month encourages
Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses,
schools, and communities. The National Safety
Council supports these emergency preparedness efforts and encourages all
Americans to take action.
Encourage your employees
to join the effort by following four steps:
Build a Kit
Make a Plan
An emergency kit
includes the basics for survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. You
should have enough supplies to maintain your family’s comfort for at least
three days or throughout an extended power outage. Review the items recommended
for a disaster supply kit at Ready.gov.
Emergency response plans
should reflect the kinds of disasters most likely to happen where you live and
work. Having a plan can help prepare you to communicate with family members and
co-workers during an emergency.
Develop a list of
emergency contact information for family members and neighbors.
drills, including primary and alternate escape routes.
Identify who will assist
young children, older adults and the physically challenged.
Ask local officials for your
community’s emergency response plan and coordinate it with yours.
Determine who has what
role to play during a crisis. For example, who decides when there is an
emergency, who makes sure everyone has evacuated the building and who decides
when the emergency is over?
Establish a location for
people to meet and appoint a person to be in charge of taking attendance to
make sure every person is accounted for.
Appoint and train
emergency responders for first aid, CPR and AED in different parts of your
Being prepared means
staying informed. Check all types of media – Web sites, newspapers, radio, TV,
mobile and land phones – for global, national and local information. During an
emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you information on
such things as open shelters and evacuation orders.
Offer first aid training
to your employees or learn how to participate in community exercises, and
volunteer to support your community's first responders.
resources on how to prepare, plan and stay informed.
by SCA Foundation
Scripps Media and its broadcast stations, newspapers and digital news outlets around the country are about to launch a project that could increase the chance for survival of thousands of Americans experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by making automated external defibrillators (AEDs) more available and accessible and by improving public awareness. read more
Please click on the link below to find out about medical recalls.
Four researchers from Washington State University conducted a study to determine whether students were more satisfied with American Heart Association HeartCode BLS courses or instructor-led CPR courses, and which type of post-course CPR practice improved students’ confidence to perform CPR. While the study involved nursing students, the results can be generalized to reflect CPR courses taught to lay rescuers. Here is the study abstract, taken from Pub Med.gov.
Student satisfaction and self report of CPR competency: HeartCode BLS courses, instructor-led CPR courses, and monthly voice advisory manikin practice for CPR skill maintenance.
Montgomery C, Kardong-Edgren SE, Oermann MH, Odom-Maryon T.
Washington State University, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
This study evaluated the effects of brief monthly refresher training on CPR skill retention, confidence, and satisfaction with CPR skill level of 606 nursing students from ten different US schools. Students were randomized to course type, HeartCode™ Basic Life Support (BLS) or an instructor-led (IL) course, and then randomized to a practice group, six minutes of monthly practice or no further practice. End-of-study survey results were compiled and reported as percentages. Short answer data were grouped by category for reporting. Fewer HeartCode™ BLS students were satisfied with their CPR training compared to the IL students. Students who practiced CPR monthly were more confident than students who did not practice. Monthly practice improved CPR confidence, but initial course type did not. Students were most satisfied when they participated in the IL courses and frequent practice of CPR skills.
An increase or decrease in your blood pressure during middle age can significantly impact your lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to research in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Researchers found people who maintained or reduced their blood pressure to normal levels by age 55 had the lowest lifetime risk for CVD (between 22 percent to 41 percent risk). In contrast, those who had already developed high blood pressure by age 55 had a higher lifetime risk (between 42 percent to 69 percent risk).
Using data from 61,585 participants in the Cardiovascular Lifetime Risk Pooling Project, researchers examined how changes in blood pressure during middle age affected lifetime CVD risk. Previous studies had considered a single measurement at a given age. In this study, age 55 was considered a mid-point for middle age.
Starting with baseline blood pressure readings from an average of 14 years prior, researchers tracked blood pressure changes until age 55, then continued to follow the patients until the occurrence of a first cardiovascular event (including heart attack or stroke), death or age 95.
“Taking blood pressure changes into account can provide more accurate estimates for lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease, and it can help us predict individualized risk, and thus, individualized prevention strategies,” said Norrina Allen, Ph.D., lead author of the study and assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “Both avoiding hypertension during middle age or delaying the onset of the development of hypertension appear to have a significant impact on an individual’s remaining lifetime risk for CVD.”
Every year, more than 60,000 young children end up in emergency rooms because they got into medicines while their parent or caregiver was not looking. The Up and Away and Out of Sight educational program was created to remind families of the importance of safe medicine storage.
To help keep children safe through proper medicine storage, Up and Away and Out of Sight educates parents and caregivers by: reminding them about safe medicine storage; providing them with information and tools to keep their child/children safe; and encouraging them to take action. To learn more about the program and its resources and tools, visit www.UpandAway.org.
National Safety Council is a proud partner of the Up and Away and Out of Sight educational program. The Up and Away and Out of Sight educational program is part of CDC’s PROTECT Initiative.
The National Safety Council, as part of our teen driving initiative with The Allstate Foundation, has committed to identify, recruit and train a group of “survivor advocates” who have been personally affected by teen crashes. As we have learned from past experience, and as The Allstate Foundation clearly understands, personal stories are a vital element to changing behavior and influencing policy. Gathering and sharing stories shows that there are families behind the statistics who are missing their loved ones. Making a positive impact on others by sharing these stories can also be of great benefit to those working through grief or recovering from serious injury.
Today, NSC will publicly announce the establishment of the HEARTS Network (Honoring Everyone Affected, Rallying The Survivors). As part of the announcement, we will make a national plea for names and stories of those who have been affected by a teen crash. We will be collecting stories and contacting those wishing to become involved in the Hearts Network. The name, HEARTS Network, was intentionally chosen to not include a reference to “teens” or “driving” in the hope that it may someday evolve into an NSC survivor network that includes survivors of workplace and home and community incidents.
Washington, DC- A Dutch study published online Monday in Annals of Emergency Medicine reports that less than half (47 percent) of people in a public place with access to an automatic external defibrillator (AED) would be willing to use it, with more than half (53 percent) unable even to recognize one ("Public Access Defibrillation: Time to Access the Public").
"An AED is only beneficial if a bystander is willing to use it when someone is in cardiac arrest,” said lead study author Patrick Schober, MD, Ph.D., of V.U. University Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. “AEDs are increasingly available in public places, such as the train station where we conducted our survey. However, in our study, only 28 percent of participants correctly identified the AED, knew its purpose and expressed a willingness to use it.”
Just over one-third (34 percent) of participants stated that anyone is allowed to use an AED, with nearly half (49 percent) believing only trained personnel may use it. The most frequently mentioned reason given for not using an AED was not knowing how it works (69 percent), following by fear of harming the victim (14 percent). Only 6 percent of study participants spontaneously mentioned AEDs in response to a question about what should be done as quickly as possible for someone suspected of being in cardiac arrest.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of mortality in North America and Europe. Odds of survival decline by 7 to 10 percent per minute of delay in defibrillation. AED application by bystanders saves only 1.4 lives per one million people in North America.
“AEDs are actually very easy to use, but it is obvious that the public has not gotten that message,” said Dr. Schober. “Only a minority of individuals demonstrated both knowledge and willingness to operate an AED. Wide-scale public information campaigns are an important next step to exploit the lifesavings potential of public AEDs.”