CPR Training Demystified

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Have you ever wondered what CPR training entails? Here’s what you need to know.

When the heart slows significantly or goes into cardiac arrest, blood circulation comes to a halt, threatening damage to the brain and other vital organs. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is essentially a short-term manual-override of the heart. CPR compresses the heart to simulate normal beating, causing it to continue blood circulation until a normal rhythm is restored. Most forms of CPR include rescue breathing, which supplies oxygen to individuals who have stopped breathing on their own.

A brief history of CPR

While mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was first introduced by the Paris Academy of Science in 1740, the modern incarnation of CPR didn’t take shape until 1960. The following years and decades saw advancements in emergency response, such as the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and, most recently, less emphasis on the mouth-to-mouth element of CPR. However, possibly the most significant development was the accessibility of the technique to the general public—practically everyone can learn and apply CPR.

Today, CPR is known to be helpful whenever the heart stops beating or an individual is unresponsive and stops breathing—such as near-drownings, allergic reactions, electrical shocks, or excessive loss of blood. Understanding when to administer CPR is just as important as knowing how.

A general CPR syllabus

CPR training courses vary. For example, medical professionals require more in-depth training, and certain courses focus on CPR for infants and small children. In general, here’s what lifesaving courses cover:

Course execution, to some degree, depends on the facility and trainer. Typically, CPR training courses are composed of these basic elements:

  • A one-day class. While comprehensive and thorough, most CPR courses can be completed in a single day.
  • Introduction. Instruction usually begins with general information about CPR. Situations, where CPR can be applied along with the importance of being a first responder, might be used to help formally introduce the class to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Review the manual. Each student receives an illustrated manual the instructor will walk the class through.
  • Videos. Video demonstrations are typically shown to classes to provide visual supplementation to the manual.
  • Hands-on training. Watching is helpful, doing is transformative. After being carefully instructed on CPR, students are then required to practice on manikins while receiving feedback from their teacher.
  • Written exam. CPR training ends with a multiple-choice test. Tests are graded immediately—students who don’t pass are given the opportunity to take as many as three re-tests on that same day.

Types of certifications

CPR certification can be specialized. Some lifesaving courses may provide a general certification, others are intended for those whose vocation requires specific training, such as child care and medical professionals.

Some certifications involve the use of AEDs or CPR for infants and children. In advanced lifesaving curricula designed for medical/emergency professionals, courses might involve proper use of oxygen tanks, how to insert breathing tubes, and the use of artificial breathing apparatuses.

CPR certification expires after two years. Recertification is typically achieved by demonstrating the required CPR techniques.

Who’s required to know CPR

While it’s a good idea for everyone to be trained in CPR, these are some of the professions that require (or often require) it:

  • Medical doctors
  • Nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Flight attendants
  • Coaches and athletic trainers
  • Lifeguards

In addition, teachers, camp counselors, and allied health workers are often mandated to undergo CPR training. Other industries that benefit from CPR training are construction, food service, coaching, and electrical workers.

Where to obtain CPR training in South Florida

The first step in CPR training is finding an American Heart Association-approved facility. Classes can be taken on an individual or a group basis and at a dedicated training facility or a specific workplace.

In South Florida, OneBeat CPR+AED provides CPR and AED certification at affordable rates, with highly-qualified, AHA-certified instructors. If you’re considering becoming a life-saver, visit our website to find the best course for your needs—or give us a call at 954-321-5305.

Allergic Reactions Can Be Life Threatening: Is Your Staff Prepared?

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19 things everyone in the office should know about dealing with severe allergic reactions

Every three minutes at least one person suffers an emergency-level allergic reaction. Severe allergic reactions are becoming more and more common. According to FoodAllergy.org, between the late 90s and mid-2000s, child hospitalizations for allergic reactions tripled.

While most of your staff may be aware of the dangers of allergic reactions, it’s less likely they know how to respond to such an attack.

Anaphylaxis 101

Some allergic reactions don’t amount to much more than an inconvenience – itchy skin, watery eyes, and runny nose – while others are significant.

Shock, dramatic blood pressure loss, and troubled breathing are signs a person is experiencing anaphylaxis—the medical term for a life-threatening allergic reaction. Other symptoms include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Swollen eyes, lips, throat, tongue, and/or face
  • A weak, rapid pulse
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Hives
  • Itchy, pale, or flushed skin
  • Trouble breathing—wheezing/constricted airways
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Fainting

Anaphylaxis can be caused by allergies to foods, insect stings, or medications. People with a history of severe allergies are encouraged to carry an epinephrine injector with them at all times.

What to do when someone suffers a severe allergic reaction

Don’t wait. Call 911 immediately if someone’s showing signs of anaphylaxis. In some cases, without proper treatment, such reactions can be fatal within 30 minutes.

After calling emergency services, take the following 9 actions:

1. Call 911. It’s worth repeating—the first step is calling for help.

2. Get information. If the victim is conscious, ask if they’re carrying an epinephrine pen. Also, find out if they have any instructions for helping them.

3. Administering the injection. First ask if they’re capable of giving themselves the shot. If they’re unable, it’ll have to be given to them—most auto-injector pens are operated by pressing the injector onto the thigh.

4. No drinking. While it might seem natural to offer a person suffering from anaphylaxis a drink of water, don’t. Shock causes the digestive system to shut down—they might not be able to swallow, thereby making that seemingly helpful sip of water harmful.

5. Keep them calm. Maintain a scene that’s free of panic. If there are people present who are panicking, they should politely be asked to leave. Help the victim lay on their back—unless they’re vomiting or bleeding from the mouth or nose; if such a choking hazard exists, have them lay on their side. Also, loosen clothing such as neckties, collars, etc.

6. Elevate their feet. To help increase circulation and relaxation, raise their feet approximately one foot from the floor.

7. Keep them warm. Shock causes the blood vessels in the extremities to constrict in an effort to maintain core organ temperatures. Cover the victim with a blanket, coat, or other articles of clothing that will help maintain their body temperature.

8. CPR. If the victim isn’t breathing – coughing means they’re breathing – and they’re unresponsive, administer CPR. CPR should be continued until emergency services arrive. If the individual has gone into sudden cardiac arrest and an AED is available, follow the instructions and use it.

9. See a doctor. In some cases, symptoms might dissipate before receiving medical attention. While the patient might seem fine, it’s still possible for life threatening conditions to erupt again. Doctors typically recommend at least several hours of hospital observation after a severe allergic reaction.

The importance of preparing South Florida

A general understanding of what to do for someone hit with a severe allergic reaction is a solid first step towards saving lives. However, there’s a difference in knowing the basics and being trained in how to respond.

Lifesaving training can help prepare your staff for anaphylaxis. Courses provide students with hands-on experience so when an emergency happens, they are prepared to act.

One Beat CPR+AED offers group classes to help prepare South Florida’s businesses for emergencies. For more information on lifesaving classes for your staff or on an individual basis, call us at 954.321.5305, or connect with us online today.

A Brief History of the Dummy Whose Life You’ll Save in CPR Class

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The identity of the model for the original CPR dummy has been lost to history, but there is a true and interesting story behind the manikin’s origin

Move over, Cinderella. There is another woman who qualifies as the most famously kissed person in history, and you may have even kissed her yourself if you’ve ever taken a CPR class. Although there are multiple present-day manufacturers, the manikin – not to be confused with the word “mannequin” – used to teach CPR originally and often still goes by the name of “CPR Annie.” She was first introduced to the world in the 1950s by toymaker Asmund Laerdal, but her history goes back even further.

Bonjour, Annie

Practicing on a manikin is the best way to learn how to correctly administer CPR. You’ll practice chest compressions and breathe air into the manikin to learn rescue breathing, and you’ll see and feel the chest rise and fall accordingly. This teaching aid is very realistic and therefore extremely helpful.

There are numerous modern CPR dummies or manikins, but the face that was originally used was modeled from an unknown young woman whose body was retrieved from the Seine river in France at the end of the 19th century.

The story goes that a death mask was made while her body was kept at the Paris morgue. Somehow, the mask made it out of the morgue and was soon copied and sold in the city’s souvenir shops. It became so popular that several production factories were needed to keep up with the demand. Perhaps the only thing everyone completely agrees on about the story is that the death mask’s name is “L’Inconnue de la Seine.”

Old meets new

Fast-forward to the late 1950s, when Dr. Peter Safar was searching for someone to help him create a life-sized doll that could be used to practice his new method of cardiopulmonary resuscitation combined with chest compressions. He partnered with Asmund Laerdal, a Norwegian toy manufacturer, to create the realistic manikins.

Laerdal selected “L’Inconnue de la Seine” as the face for his dummy. It’s sometimes incorrectly reported that CPR Annie’s face was actually modeled after Dr. Safar’s daughter, who died of an asthma attack. It is true, though, that the original manikin was named “Resusci Anne” by the toymaker, which was Americanized to “CPR Annie.”

Realistic training makes it memorable

Many credit Dr. Safar’s insistence that his new resuscitation procedure is learned by practicing it on lifelike manikins for the technique’s quick acceptance. He believed it was important to find a way to move resuscitation methods beyond the medical field and out into the public. CPR Annie proved to be an effective solution.

Today, Annie has a male counterpart, as well as a manikin the size of a baby. The trio—under a variety of names—helps people around the world learn to master the basics of CPR.

One Beat CPR + AED offers professional, accessible, American Heart Association-approved CPR courses. For more information or to find a training facility near you, connect with us online or give us a call at 954.321.5305.

Is Your Office’s First Aid Kit OSHA-Compliant?

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The minimum requirements for an OSHA-compliant first aid kit

Does your workplace have a first aid kit? Have you looked at it? In many offices, it’s likely the kit (if there is one) is outdated or half-empty. Maybe there are a few Band-Aids and some packets of antibiotic ointment, but not much else. While it might not seem like a big deal, failing to have adequate first aid supplies on hand could have serious safety consequences for employees.

The purpose of a first aid kit in the workplace

A first aid kit in the office is intended to treat a variety of different types of injuries and sudden illnesses, including cuts, burns, sprains and strains, and eye injuries. Of course, some workplaces have more inherent dangers that can cause more serious injuries, such as machinery, power tools or chemicals, but accidents can occur anywhere.

What should go in a first aid kit?

As a business owner or manager, it’s your job to ensure that your office has a first aid kit that meets the required standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has prepared a list of basic supplies every kit should have. There are also standards that should be met for different sizes and types of businesses.

According to OSHA, “The contents of the first-aid kit listed should be adequate for small worksites, consisting of approximately two to three employees. When larger operations or multiple operations are being conducted at the same location, additional first-aid kits should be provided at the work site or additional quantities of supplies should be included in the first-aid kits.”

A minimally OSHA-compliant first aid kit should include:

  1. Gauze pads (at least 4 x 4 inches)
  2. Two large gauze pads (at least 8 x 10 inches)
  3. A box of adhesive bandages (Band-Aids)
  4. One package of gauze roller bandage at least 2 inches wide
  5. Two triangular bandages
  6. A wound-cleaning agent such as sealed moistened towelettes
  7. Scissors
  8. At least one blanket
  9. Tweezers
  10. Adhesive tape
  11. Latex gloves
  12. Resuscitation equipment such as a resuscitation bag, airway, or pocket mask
  13. Two elastic wraps
  14. A splint
  15. Directions for requesting emergency assistance

Eyewash stations

Some businesses or organizations might have need of an eyewash station if there is the chance of anyone coming into contact with chemicals or corrosive materials. These settings can include school science labs, manufacturing plants, paint supply stores, and other types of facilities. “Paragraph (c) of OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.151 requires that suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing be provided within the work area for immediate use if an employee’s eyes or body may be exposed to corrosive materials,” according to additional OSHA regulations.

It might also be a good idea to display posters with instructions for how to deal with First Aid, Choking, CPR, H1N1 Prevention, and Heat Stress, which are available from OSHA.

Are there different types of first aid kits?

Yes, there are different classifications for first aid kits: Class A and Class B. According to Safety Grainger, “Class A kits are designed to deal with the most common types of workplace injuries. Class B kit is designed with a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments.”

First aid kits are further classified by their portability, ability to be mounted, resistance to water and corrosion, and impact resistance. They might also be typed according to whether the kit will be stored inside and remain mostly stationary, or whether it is kept outside or in conditions where it might sustain damage.

Maintaining your first aid kit

Once you have assembled a first aid kit, you can’t just forget about it. If you use or run out of any supplies, be sure to replace them. First aid kits should be inspected on a regular basis, making sure that they are fully stocked and that none of the contents with expiration dates have expired.

The safety or your employees is of utmost importance, and even a minor injury can consequences if not treated properly. Take precautions and make sure you have a well-stocked, OSHA-compliant first aid kit on hand in case of emergency.

For more information about American Heart Association-authorized training, including CPR, AED use, and First Aid, or to purchase an OSHA compliant first aid kit, connect with One Beat CPR online or at 954-321-5305.

Heart Attack Safety Begins With Knowing What to Do

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What to do when someone shows signs of a heart attack

Would you know what to do if someone clutched their chest or arm, or complained of shortness of breath?

Unfortunately, most people aren’t familiar with how to respond to someone who may be having a heart attack. Panic is the enemy of effective action—and knowing what to do in a crisis situation is the best way to keep your anxiety under control.

The first step in saving someone who is having a heart attack is knowing when to take action. In general, it’s always better to err on the side of caution—getting help early can be the difference between life and death.

Recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack

Heart attack symptoms can be complicated. In some cases, there may be few or no symptoms, most notably in individuals with diabetes. Contrary to popular belief, heart attacks don’t always begin with chest pain, and they can occur during times of rest or activity. In addition, heart disease overall isn’t as gender-specific as many may expect—it’s the number-one killer of both men and women.

If you suspect you or someone else is having a heart attack, don’t wait to identify the symptoms; call 911 immediately. These are the common indicators of a heart attack:

Chest discomfort. Feelings of fullness, pressure, or a squeezing pain in the chest that persists for longer than three minutes, or fades in and out.

Shortness of breath. While it’s normal to feel winded after climbing a flight of stairs or engaging in a challenging activity, unexpected shortness of breath should never be dismissed (even if it’s not accompanied other symptoms).

Flu-like symptoms. Lightheadedness, dizziness, sweating, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, fatigue, indigestion, fainting—each are common signals of a heart attack.

Feeling of impending doom. Our subconscious often picks up on more about our bodies than we’re aware of. Heart attack victims often report feeling as if something bad is about to happen.

Abdominal pain. Discomfort in the epigastric, or upper-central region of the abdomen.

Pain and discomfort beyond the chest. Both men and women may report discomfort extending to the arms, back, neck, stomach, teeth, and jaw.

It’s important to remember symptoms are often subtle and vary from person to person. Women, the elderly, and diabetes patients may experience non-classical symptoms of a heart attack. Again, if you think it might be a heart attack, it’s always best to seek help immediately.

If you think someone’s having a heart attack, here’s what to do

Actions taken during the onset of a heart attack are crucial to recovery. Memorizing these steps can help save the life of a loved one, or even your own.

  1. Call 911. Don’t let yourself be convinced the person just needs to stick it out for a while and see what happens. If you witness any of the symptoms, call for help right away, and stay calm. Also, don’t attempt to drive yourself or a victim to the hospital, unless it’s absolutely necessary—it might end up delaying professional medical treatment.
  2. Keep the victim calm. Help them sit or lay down, and provide assurance that help is on the way.
  3. Aspirin. Taking aspirin can help thin the blood, thereby increasing the chances of survival, however, make sure the patient isn’t allergic before administering. Baby aspirin tends to work quicker but regular aspirin is also effective. For faster absorption, aspirin tablets should be chewed before swallowing.
  4. CPR. If the victim is unconscious and not breathing, CPR should be administered. Be sure to let the 911 dispatcher know if the victim has lost consciousness. If there’s nobody on the scene trained in CPR, the dispatcher will issue instructions. For those without CPR training, doctors advise a chest-compression-only approach of approximately 100-120 compressions per minute.
  5. Defibrillators. If the person has slipped in sudden cardiac arrest and an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available, the device should have instructions on how to use it.

Always be prepared

The best way to save someone from dying from a heart attack is preparation. CPR and AED classes can help you recognize the symptoms, and ensure you know exactly what to do if someone’s heart stops.

One Beat CPR+AED is South Florida’s premiere American Heart Association-certified CPR training center. We offer private, and group classes with affordable pricing. Don’t wait until an emergency to learn what to do, contact us today to schedule your training!

Automated External Defibrillators: Should Your Business Have One?

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Why Florida businesses benefit from AEDs in the workplace

Automated External Defibrillators are kind of like airbags – you hope you never have to use one, but when they do their job, you’re sure glad they were there.

There are 10,000 workplace cardiac arrests each year. And according to the National Safety Council, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is responsible for more deaths each year than “breast cancer, colon cancer, motor vehicle accidents and diabetes, combined.”

While most businesses have fire evacuation and other emergency strategies in place, another threat to the lives of employees and customers—cardiac arrest—is frequently overlooked. Tragically, many workplace deaths could be prevented through simple training and AED installations.

5 reasons to install AEDs in the workplace

AEDs are inexpensive and don’t require extensive medical training. The automated aspect refers to the device’s ability to gauge whether or not defibrillation is necessary, and if it is, it automatically adjust to the proper setting required to jolt the heart back into a healthy rhythm. Here’s why all workplaces should install AEDs:

  1. The obvious. AEDs save lives—the more time that passes between the onset of cardiac arrest and receiving medical attention, the less likely a person is to survive. When treatment is applied within 3 to 5 minutes, the odds of survival improve significantly. OSHA asserts that defibrillators increase survival rates by as much as 60%.
  2. Keep your business healthy. The death of a co-worker can be catastrophic for employees. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t take bereavement breaks—workplace fatalities can be costly in both financial terms and the severe impact on morale. AEDs can lead to celebrations rather than funerals.
  3. Empower your staff. Knowing how to save lives is a powerful confidence booster. AED training is easy and accessible for a wide variety of age groups, and typically includes CPR training. Furthermore, knowing your colleagues know how to save your life and completing training together strengthens relationships in the workplace.
  4. It projects a positive corporate image and reduces liability. Having AEDs on site improves the overall profile of a company. Not only does it display a concern for the wellbeing of employees, but also its customers and other visitors. These lifesaving techniques can also reduce liability in the event of a tragedy.
  5. They’re easy to use. While the technology inside AEDs is intricate, they do most of the work all on their own. AED training primarily allows employees to recognize when and how to deploy a defibrillator.

Where to acquire AEDs and training in Florida

The American Heart Association certifies AED and CPR training facilities across the United States. One Beat CPR + AED is South Florida’s premiere AHA-certified training facility. We offer individual and group courses in AED and CPR training, in addition to providing state-of-the-art AED units.

For more information on making your workplace as safe as possible for your staff and customers, connect with us online or give us a call at 954-321-5305.

FAST: The Acronym Everyone in Your Office Should Know

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The chances of surviving a stroke increase when emergency treatment begins as soon as possible.

Do you know what FAST stands for? If your answer is IDK, it’s time to do an acronym upgrade. Everyone in your office should know what these letters represent, as the knowledge could save a life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 800,000 people have a stroke annually, and about 140,000 Americans die from them every year. A stroke happens every 40 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes. Quick medical treatment is crucial for treating the condition, so it’s important to know the symptoms. That’s where FAST comes in.

Early action

The chances of surviving a stroke increase when emergency treatment begins as soon as possible, as do the chances of making a full or improved recovery. According to CDC statistics, people who get treatment within 3 hours of the first symptoms experience less disability than those who get delayed care.

Getting that quick care means knowing the symptoms of a stroke. Unfortunately, the CDC reports that only about 38% of us know the 4 major signs of a stroke.

While about 75% of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65, adults at any age can have one. It’s the 5th leading cause of deaths in the United States.

FAST results

We’ll get to the details of FAST next—but here’s something that underscores why this information and its application are so important. The American Heart Association reports that while the percentage of strokes are increasing as a result of heart disease, the actual number of stroke deaths has declined. This may be due to the increasing number of people who are aware of FAST.

What is a stroke, anyway?

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to a certain area of the brain is cut off. Cells in this area of the brain begin to die without a supply of oxygen. The resulting brain cell damage can cause loss of memory or muscle control, and a serious stroke can cause death.

Not all strokes are obvious. Some are known as transient ischemic attacks—mini strokes—where the symptoms are short-lived or even spontaneously resolve. This doesn’t mean they are any less dangerous.

FAST = 4 signs

There are 4 common signs of a stroke, and they usually appear suddenly. The wise thing to do is immediately seek out emergency medical attention if you or an office coworker exhibits any of these 4 symptoms.

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does it look uneven?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms and hold them level to the floor. Does one of their arms drift downwards? Are they unable to life one of their arms?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, like “Let’s have tacos for lunch today.” Do they slur the words, or maybe miss a few?
  • Time: This last thing isn’t a symptom—it’s a reminder of what to do. It’s time to call for emergency medical assistance, quickly.

There are 2 more common symptoms that can be of concern. They’re not part of the FAST group. Seek out immediate medical attention if you experience a sudden, severe headache—especially if you can’t attribute a cause for it. The same goes for a sudden inability to see clearly with one or both of your eyes.

The benefit of FAST action

Make note of the time if you notice any of the FAST symptoms in yourself or a coworker. It’ll be important for medical professionals to know when those symptoms first began to occur. This is because clot-busting drugs called tissue plasminogen activators can reduce long-term disability for some strokes. These medications, however, are only approved for stroke treatment if given within 3 hours of the onset of symptoms.

Quick identification and intervention are essential for saving both lives and quality of lives in the event of a stroke, as well as most medical emergencies in the workplace. If your workplace could benefit from lifesaving instruction, including first aid, CPR, and automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) training, One Beat CPR + AED offers professional, accessible, American Heart Association-approved courses. For more information or to find a training facility near you, connect with us online or give us a call at 954.321.5305.

Do You Know How to Use Your Company’s First Aid Kit?

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Open it up and see what’s inside. The contents can help save a life.

There’s probably one in the company lunchroom. Have you ever looked inside to see what’s there? The time to acquaint yourself with the contents of your office first aid kit is not when you’re faced with an emergency, hoping there’s something inside that will help.

Here’s a challenge for you. Stop and open it up the next time you walk by one of the first aid kits in your office. See if you can recognize all of the contents. Do you know how to use them? Here are some basics about these essential collections of life-savers.

They’re required

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all businesses to have first aid supplies readily available. The regulations even list what the administration has deemed to be adequate for worksites.

OSHA also requires companies to enhance their first aid kits by assessing the specific needs of the workplace and its workers. In addition to providing first aid supplies, employers have to make sure employees are protected from occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

The basics of an office first aid kit

Of course, the first step is to know where it’s located. First aid kits are not always white, and they don’t always have a red cross on the front. Many kits are green, and some are even orange. The color is meant to make it stand out so it can be found. The cross—no matter what its color—is a universal icon, so you’ll always see and recognize it.

OSHA has determined two basic kits, known as Class A and Class B, for most workplaces. The main difference is determined by the size of your company and the number of workers.

Class A kits are the most common, providing a basic range of products that deal with the most common types of workplace injuries. The contents help with the first aid treatment cuts and abrasions, minor burns, and eye injuries. Class B kits will contain a larger quantity of supplies, as well as a broader range of products that might be needed for your specific workplace.

Besides classes of first aid kits, there are also types. While the class deals mainly with the size and makeup of your workplace, the type mostly has to do with the kit’s location and what it could be exposed to. Types I and II, for example, are both for indoor use—but one is portable. The other types determine whether the kit is water-resistant versus waterproof, and its ruggedness for outdoor storage or use.

So, if the first aid kit you walk by regularly at the office is hanging on the wall, it’s likely a Type II—but depending on its size it could be either a Class A or Class B.

An even better approach

To truly understand the contents of a first aid kit – and how to use them – it’s a great idea for your company to bring in professional trainers. Certified first aid training done on-site makes learning this lifesaving knowledge convenient for everyone, and especially relevant to your specific environment.

You can upgrade your lifesaving skills at the same time by participating in on-site CPR, AED, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens training.  One Beat is the leading certification training center in Florida, with daily classes available at our Fort Lauderdale training facility as well as customized instruction at your workplace.

For more information about our American Heart Association-authorized training, connect with us online or at 954-321-5305.

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AED SAVES REFEREE’S LIFE, SPURS DISTRICT TO ADD MORE DEVICES

Just a few weeks ago after a high school basketball game, one of the referees suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Thanks to some quick thinking from the school’s athletic director and someone from the opposing team, the referee’s life was saved. When they witnessed the referee go down, they immediately retrieved the AED from the hallway.

| An AED, or an automated external defibrillator, is a device that delivers a shock to restore normal heart rhythm.

 

“Activities Director Justin Putz commented, “It was pretty shocking to have an official go down…There’s no doubt the early AED and CPR usage saved his life.”

After seeing firsthand how an AED saved a man’s life, the school district made sure to replace the used AED pads and is buying a few more defibrillators to place in key areas around campus.

AEDs retail for approximately $1500.00. The school will cover the cost of purchasing additional devices.

 

 

Cardiovascular Risks: Is Your Job a Factor?

Industries and sectors with an elevated risk of heart disease

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, heart disease is the most common cause of death among both the working and non-working population.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease. Furthermore, the Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) estimates approximately 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests strike while individuals are in the workplace each year. And many risk factors are based on a person’s lifestyle, including their work environment. Different industries present varying degrees of risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Risk factors such as diet and exercise are controllable, however, for some professions, the risks are intrinsic to the job.

4 job-related risk factors for heart disease

Before delving into the specific industries, it’s important to understand conditions that can contribute to poor cardiovascular health.

  1. Chemicals. High levels of exposure to chemicals such as carbon disulfide, methylene chloride, and nitrate esters are thought to contribute to cardiovascular disease.
  2. Stress. Whether it stems from demanding supervisors or clients, excessive workloads, or tedium, most jobs come equipped with built-in stressors. Studies have shown a relationship between work-related stress and cholesterol concentrations, as well as the development of CVD.
  3. Exposure to extreme temperatures. For workers already suffering from CVD, workplace exposure to heat can cause a reduction in blood supply to the heart. On the other side of the extreme, working in cold storage or freezing weather may cause coronary artery spasms even in otherwise healthy people.
  4. Noise. Extensive exposure to noise over 80 decibels can cause an increase in blood pressure. Additional factors include unpredictable loud noises and noises that are disharmonious or don’t contribute to the job in a meaningful way, such as in factories or on construction sites.

4 high-risk industries

Each field contains its own blend of the above-mentioned risk factors. The following industries are thought to be at greatest risk for CVD.

  1. Hospitality. In addition to the stress associated with customer demands, those employed by hotels, restaurants, and bars tend to work irregular shifts. The disruption of sleep patterns presented by inconsistent schedules has been shown to increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
  2. Desk jobs. While not a specific industry, sitting at a desk all day can affect how our bodies process glucose and burn fat. Multiple studies suggest that sitting for more than half the day doubles the risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
  3. Protective services. A CDC study reported that 90 percent of police, firefighters, and security guards are overweight; 77 percent had high cholesterol, and 35 percent suffered hypertension (high blood pressure). In addition, these professions also present officers and firefighters with life-or-death situations that contribute to stress-related CVD.
  4. Wholesale. While the direct link to heart disease in this field is unclear, long hours may contribute to the 2.9 percent of workers in the field who suffered heart disease or stroke.

How to protect Florida’s workers

Changes in lifestyle, such as diet and exercise, can significantly reduce the risk of CVD. While such changes are up to the individual, there are ways companies can contribute to employee health through wellness programs, as well as prepare for job-site heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrests. CPR training and on site automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs) can increase survival rates by up to 70%.

One Beat CPR + AED offers individual and group training courses in both CPR and AED use. For more information about our American Heart Association-authorized training centers, we encourage you to connect with us online or at 954-321-5305.