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CPR and AEDs Save More Than Just Lives

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How employee CPR training preserves and promotes company morale

Until you’ve experienced loss, it’s difficult to truly understand how deeply it impacts every aspect of a person’s life. Grief can be crippling, even if the death is outside of a person’s family, after all, our colleagues are often more a part of our daily lives than extended family.

A 2002 paper drafted by Dr. Kirsti A. Dyer assessed the impact the death of a co-worker has on companies. Dr. Dyer explained that grieving the loss of a co-worker “can upset workers and hamper the work environment. Unfortunately, most businesses cannot afford to halt production, sales or services to accommodate the grief response.”

Fortunately, many of these deaths can be prevented.

Putting the odds in your favor

According to OSHA, approximately 10,000 Americans suffer a sudden cardiac arrest at work each year. If there’s not help already on the scene, waiting for emergency medical assistance only offers about a 7-10% chance of survival. However, when automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and trained individuals are on site, the overall survival rate increases by 70%, and “studies with immediate defibrillation have shown up to 60% survival one year after sudden cardiac arrest.”

The American Red Cross and OSHA believe in the lifesaving power of CPR training enough to provide hero stories on their websites. An excellent example is the case of George Hickman, an employee at Honeywell FM&T in Kansas City, Missouri.

When Hickman was overtaken by cardiac arrest, six of his colleagues sprang into action. Two immediately administered CPR, while another called emergency services. Security quickly arrived with an AED – the shock revived his pulse and an oxygen mask was placed over his mouth well before paramedics arrived.

Hickman survived, and instead of months of grieving, business went on, presumably with a considerable boost in morale and stronger employee bonds.

“It is quite humbling to stand here in front of six gentlemen who saved my life,” stated Hickman at a Red Cross awards ceremony. “Every day is a blessing. It can end in a heartbeat. I appreciate your chest compressions and thank you for paying attention in the CPR course.”

Automated external defibrillator (AED) courses

A fibrillation is a spasm of a muscle caused by uncoordinated individual fibrils (muscle fibers). Sudden cardiac arrest is caused by either ventricular fibrillation or when the heart completely stops beating, most frequently the former. AEDs analyze the heart’s rhythm and then send a jolt of electricity calibrated to correct the fibrillation, allowing the heart to beat normally again.

Fortunately, AEDs are relatively easy to use – many American Heart Association Approved training facilities provide courses for both individuals and entire companies.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses

It’s important for employees to know what to do before and after an AED arrives – it saved George Hickman’s life.

Each of Hickman’s colleagues fell right back on their training, from delegating tasks, to applying an oxygen mask after he was resuscitated. Consider how empowered everyone at Kansas City’s Honeywell FM&T branch felt after seeing their CPR training put to use to save their colleague’s life.

Turn your staff into heroes

The sooner you launch a CPR training initiative for your employees, the less likely you are to face a grieving workforce. One Beat CPR provides AED and CPR training, along with AED units, so your staff can add “life saver” to their list of specialties.

For more information on company and individual CPR and AED training packages, contact us today.

First Responder Stories

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Inspiring accounts of police officers using CPR to save lives

Every day, America’s police officers perform a number of duties to keep us safe. They’re the mediators of public disturbances, the enforcers of law and order, guides for the lost, and educators on many important issues society faces, such as drug use and neighborhood security. Not least of a police officer’s many functions is to provide first response medical care in emergency situations.

Frequently, the news reports how these officers take time out from putting their lives on the line to save the lives of others; men, women, children…even beloved pets. When they do, it’s their knowledge of CPR that can make all the difference in sudden and potentially fatal situations.

Protecting the next generation

Did you know there are important differences between adult and child CPR that could be critical in saving a life? Officer Chase Miller does. He put that knowledge to good use to save three year old Brayden Geis from a febrile seizure. Working in conjunction with Brayden’s father, Officer Chase acted surely and swiftly and was honored by his city council with the Life Saving Award, not to mention the profound gratitude of Brayden’s parents.

Deputy Steve Donaldson brought his skills to bear to save the life of a 15-month-old boy in Tampa, Florida. His story is a perfect example of the human side of law enforcement and CPR. When it’s a life or death situation, it takes bravery and self-control to perform under that kind of pressure. Even though Deputy Donaldson admitted to being “more scared than the mother was,” he stuck to his training and the worst was prevented. Young Cory had stopped breathing in a case very similar to Brayden Geis’ after a fever became potentially fatal. The deputy was likewise honored and rewarded for a job well done.

Every life matters

The image of a first responder saving a beloved family pet is even more endearing in reality, as the combined efforts of these firefighters and police officers proves. Dante and Lisa Cosetino stood to lose their beloved cats after the pets were pulled unresponsive from the flames of a house fire. The police officers on the scene weren’t about to accept defeat; they chose to improvise and apply CPR techniques along with oxygen to the stricken animals … and brought them back to life.

Vital steps in law enforcement CPR

Not every story has such a happy ending. Still, when the worst happens it can be a catalyst for positive and lasting change. In August of this year, New York’s Governor Cuomo passed Briana’s Law: legislation that requires every NYPD officer (and state police) to be certified in CPR and recertified on a two-year basis.

How AEDs support CPR

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are devices which allow for rapid and effective action when cardiac irregularities occur. They’re the perfect partner to CPR training, yet even without that training AEDs are easy to use. They’re extremely lightweight, can be carried anywhere, and user-friendly. Studies show the average third grader is capable of following the automated instructions to successfully deliver a life-saving shock.

This dramatic video shows Canton, Georgia police officers Patrick Duncan and Jimmy Butler taking action to save the life of a weight lifter who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The presence of an AED coupled with the capable performance of the officers saved a life in a situation where only 10 in every 100 cases end in survival. This event inspired the Canton City Council to equip all of their patrol vehicles with AEDs.

How to get heart-saving equipment

If you’re a member of a police department who want to be equipped with AEDs but are up against funding issues, then help is at hand. From grants to private funding, there are a number of avenues which could provide financial assistance.

At One Beat CPR, it’s our mission to provide the best equipment, and to educate the public and emergency responders through our classes taught by certified fire fighters, police officers, and paramedics. Our prices for AEDs and their replacement accessories are the lowest in the industry, and our training and certification programs cover nine major areas including CPR and AED, basic and advanced life support and First Aid.

This year’s IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) conference and expo in Philadelphia will be covering a host of pertinent issues in law enforcement, including new techniques for predicting and preventing the number one killer of police: heart attack. Pages 19 and 20 give the outline for this part of the program, and highlight how vital it is to remember that those who save us are also at risk.

As the stories above attest, the right skills and equipment are what give our police and other life savers the power to prevent tragedy.

One Beat CPR is Florida’s leading CPR training center. A family owned business with over 17 years of experience, we offer qualified instructional courses and the lowest AED and accessory prices in the industry. To learn more about our passion for life, you can call at 954.321.5305, toll free at 855.663.2328 or get in touch via our contact form.

Do All Police Officers Know CPR?

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Better training could save lives

It should be a no-brainer to make sure all police officers are adequately trained in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). After all, cops are often the first ones to the scenes of car wrecks, shootings, and other potentially deadly events. And the sooner critically injured people get CPR, the better their chances of survival.

Yet several high-profile cases show that not all officers are competent in the lifesaving procedure. And even more are not qualified to operate AEDs (automated external defibrillators), which can save the lives of people stricken by sudden cardiac arrest.

“Police work regularly places officers in urgent situations with critically injured people,” Farzan A. Nahvi, an emergency medicine physician at New York University Langone Medical Center, said in an article in The New York Times. “If a person isn’t getting oxygen to his brain, permanent brain damage occurs after about four minutes, and death occurs within about six minutes.”

He adds that the average EMT response time in New York City is seven minutes, which makes the first responder’s capabilities in CPR even more vital.

In one well-publicized 2014 case, NYPD officer Peter Liang accidentally shot a man named Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn housing project. As Gurley lay dying, his girlfriend futilely performed CPR while being coached by a 911 dispatcher. Liang later admitted that he thought Gurley’s girlfriend “was more qualified than me” in CPR.

An investigation into the death revealed that Liang and his partner both had CPR training at the Police Academy, but neither felt confident in performing it.

In another landmark case, 11-year-old Briana Ojeda died from an acute asthma attack in 2010, in part because the responding officer didn’t know CPR. She was the daughter of state Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, and he sponsored a bill not only requiring adequate CPR training for police officers but also recertification every two years. Incredibly, the bill died in the state senate five times – due to funding concerns – before it was finally passed this year. It’s now known as “Briana’s law.”

Police “should not be afraid, or lack the training, to do what is necessary to try and save a life,” declares Ortiz.

Many cities and states throughout the nation have adequate CPR training and certification for their law enforcement officers, but it remains inconsistent.

“Police training protocols differ between each police department,” notes Danielle Thor, Director of Temple University EMS in Philadelphia. “For many departments it is required, but for others it may only be suggested.”

Some police departments simply don’t make emergency medical attention a priority. After the New Orleans PD was criticized for not doing enough to help shooting victims in a 2014 incident, a spokesman stated: “The police officer is a police officer. They’re not a nurse, they’re not a doctor. They get fundamental training in CPR, and that’s all they can do, if nothing else is taxing their time at that moment.”

AED training also important for cops

Many experts recommend that cops not only get trained in CPR but also in the use of AEDs. More than 325,000 Americans suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year. Usually, the only way to get the heart beating properly again is by employing an AED, which uses an electrical impulse to basically jump-start the heart. Experts say that defibrillation within three minutes of a SCA improves the survival rate by a whopping 70 percent.

This is particularly relevant for police because of the increasing use of Tasers in subduing suspects. Some experts believe the shock that disables a person can also cause a potentially deadly arrhythmia. Meanwhile, defibrillators are becoming more common in workplaces, and many police departments are making them standard equipment in squad cars.

A National Institutes of Health study concluded, “The majority of police officers can be trained to use an AED safely and effectively within a three-hour AED course. During this course, they also improve on their basic lifesaving skills.”

Adequate training in CPR and AEDs would no doubt help fulfill the policemen’s motto, “to serve and protect” citizens at the highest level – by saving lives. That is also the goal of One Beat CPR. We offer CPR and AED training certified by the American Heart Association and the American Safety & Health Institute; we are also one of the nation’s largest distributors of AEDs and accessories. For more information, call us at 954.321.5305, toll free at 855.663.2328 or get in touch via our contact form.

June is the Perfect Time to Raise Awareness of CPR

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If more people knew CPR, thousands of lives could be saved each year

Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the U.S.? More than 350,000 people die each year from SCA, which is almost 960 individuals every single day. Another sobering statistic: The survival rate for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital and are treated by Emergency Medical Services is only about 10 percent.

The good news? When CPR is performed immediately and an AED is available, the chances of survival can double or even triple. CPR and AED training is vital. This is especially good to remember now, as the first week of June is designated as CPR Awareness Week. Here’s a great example of what CPR can do:

Last August, Manhattan financial executive Jeffrey Feig was on vacation when he went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing. Immediately, people took action. While one person called an ambulance, another started chest compressions. A third person began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and a fourth grabbed an AED and used it to get his heart back to a normal rhythm. Thanks to these trained individuals, Feig not only survived, but he didn’t suffer any lasting heart or brain damage.

While remarkable, this story isn’t entirely uncommon. Many lives have been saved due to quick thinking and CPR/AED training. So why don’t more people get trained or take action when someone needs help? There are many myths surrounding SCA, including:

  • It’s better to wait for medical professionals to arrive

Every second is critical when some is in cardiac arrest. For each minute that someone doesn’t get CPR or defibrillation, their chances of survival go down by 7 to 10 percent.

  • Elderly people are the only ones affected

The truth is that sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone and, in fact, over 7,000 instances every year affect youths under age 18. And remember Jeffrey Feig? He was only 50.

  • Only people with a history of heart problems can suffer from SCA

In many cases, someone may not know they have a heart problem until they go into cardiac arrest.

  • Untrained people can’t operate an AED

AEDs are now fairly easy to use, with clear directions that are simple to follow. Untrained users can and do save lives. That said, training should be encouraged to ensure their proper use.

  • An AED will hurt someone by shocking them

If someone is in cardiac arrest, this means that they are clinically dead, so a shock won’t hurt them. AEDs are safe when used properly, and the shocks are designed to get the heart beating as it should.

More good news: Recognizing how important CPR is, many people are now deciding to take classes or refresher courses. In fact, just two weeks before Jeffrey Feig went into cardiac arrest, the place where he was staying had conducted a class so people could learn CPR.

Feel like it’s time you finally learned CPR, or simply want to brush up on your knowledge? You can schedule training with One Beat CPR right now. We offer an assortment of classes that cover all life-saving tactics, including CPR, AEDs, first aid, and advanced cardiac life support. Taught by paramedics, police officers, and firefighters, this training can take place in your home or business.

If you are ever in a situation where you would need to administer CPR to a friend, co-worker, or even a stranger, you will be glad you know what to do. And if you’re the one in distress, you’ll be grateful that someone nearby got the right training. For more information about One Beat CPR and what we can do for you, can send us a message through our online contact form.

Spotify Playlist Showcases Songs for CPR, Like “Stayin’ Alive” These Tunes Are 100 Beats Per Minute

CPR, when performed properly,  can increase the chances of surviving cardiac arrest. More important than going really fast is to set a steady tempo to keep blood pumping, much like a regular heartbeat. The rate of compressions should be between 100 and 120 beats per minute. Oftentimes, the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive” is used to help keep pace, but there are a number songs from different times and genres with the same tempo. In those chaotic moments when you’re trying to save a life, any of these songs will help you focus on a regular rhythm. This playlist developed by New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Spotify “Songs to do CPR to” playlist, help administer chest compressions at a steady pace. They’ve selected more than 40 songs that are all 100 beats per minute, the recommended tempo for CPR.

From the classics, like the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” and “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, to more contemporary, there are songs for everyone to have something to sing in their head during a critical moment. Movie buffs will appreciate the Star Wars Imperial March, while more contemporary options like Adele’s “Rumor Has It” and Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” might be more familiar to the younger set.

Most cardiac arrests happen in homes or private settings. The American Heart Association estimates over 90 percent of those people die before making it to the hospital. If performed properly, CPR can double or triple the chances of survival. Initiating CPR as soon as possible is important because it keeps the blood oxygenated. It oxygen is not circulating throughout the body, the brain dies.

To take a look at the New-York Presbyterian Spotify playlist, click here.

 

 

First Aid Preparedness — Having trained personnel ready and willing to render first aid will reassure other co-workers and make them feel safer themselves.

An OSHA enforcement case announced in December 2016 is a good example of the kind of worker injury where a co-worker might have to respond quickly with first aid assistance. The agency proposed $274,934 in penalties against an Ohio plastics manufacturer after a pneumatic bench cutter severed a 27-year-old employee’s finger as she cut rubber material in June 2016. Along with the penalties came four repeated, six serious, and three other-than-serious violations filed by OSHA against the company, which also was placed in the OSHA Severe Violators Enforcement Program, according to OSHA.

The key standards for ensuring employees are ready and able to provide first aid care to an injured or sick co-worker are familiar ones. The OSHA standard for general industry include logging operations, medical services and first aid, first aid kits, and both first aid training and CPR training.

First aid trainers note that immediate treatment of an injured or ill employee could save that person’s life. Minutes count for injured or sick employees—equally important, having trained first aid personnel ready and willing to respond will reassure other co-workers and make them feel safer themselves. Training helps to prevent safety issues as well as to manage events, should they occur.

One Beat CPR + AED provides first aid and CPR training. CPR/AED and first aid certifications are good for two years.

 

Read the full article here: https://ohsonline.com/Articles/2017/04/01/First-Aid-Preparedness.aspx?Page=1

An AED saved Bob Harper, but could you find one in an emergency?

Celebrity fitness trainer Bob Harper says an AED – an automatic external defibrillator – helped save his life when he suffered a heart attack at his gym. But if an emergency took place at your office, school or gym, could you find one? TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen tests some real gym patrons.

The takeaway, today we should go to our workplaces, to our schools, to our gyms and find the defibrillator now so that we are prepared when an emergency occurs. If something happens, someone should be grabbing the AED and someone should be grabbing an employee.

Bob Harper on his heart attack: ‘I had what they call a widow-maker’. In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, celebrity fitness trainer Bob Harper talks about the shocking heart attack he suffered 50 days ago. “I was in full cardiac arrest; my heart was stopped,” Harper says. Of his road to recovery, he says “It’s been hard,” but he vows to enjoy “very single day” of his life from now on, and urges viewers to have their own hearts checked if they have a family history.

Bob Harper closes the segment with, “I will never, ever walk into a gym again that doesn’t have CPR — people that know their CPR — and there is an AED somewhere in that gym…I will make sure that every place has something like that.”

http://www.today.com/video/an-aed-saved-bob-harper-but-could-you-find-one-in-an-emergency-914401859854

http://www.today.com/video/bob-harper-on-his-heart-attack-i-had-what-they-call-a-widow-maker-913537091798

http://www.today.com/video/bob-harper-on-road-to-recovery-50-days-after-shocking-heart-attack-913538115630

February is Heart Month!

Today marks the first day of Heart Month! Heart Month will run from Feb 1 – 28, 2017. Check back daily for exciting news and event information.

        Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American adults, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet. Risk also increases with age.
        Individuals of all ages can reduce their risk by making lifestyle changes and managing medical conditions with proper treatment. Take a CPR/AED class. Encourage your family members to make heart-healthy changes and offer support along the way.
        Our 2017 Heart Month focus is prevention. Learn more about heart disease prevention and heart-healthy behavior changes!
        We kick off the month with National Go Red Day on Friday, Feb. 3rd. On National Wear Red Day, be sure to wear something red to show your support for women with heart disease and stroke.
#HeartMonth #GoRedWearRed #OneBeatCPR

Parents unite to combat sudden cardiac arrest among young athletes

As TODAY’s “Winning at All Costs” series focusing some of the risks and dangers facing young athletes, Jenna Bush Hager speaks to One Beat CPR + AED partner, Parent Heart Watch, a group of parents who are trying to save kids’ lives in memory of the children they lost to sudden cardiac arrest during sports activities. It “can happen to any child,” one parent warns – but the chance of surviving it rises dramatically if an automated external defibrillator is nearby and accessible.

For more information or to purchase AEDs visit www.onebeatcpr.com or call 855.ONE.BEAT.

Click the link below to view the TODAY show segment.

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http://www.today.com/video/parents-unite-to-combat-sudden-cardiac-arrest-among-young-athletes-793007171510

Texas Police Officer Uses CPR to Save 3-Year-Old Boy, Dramatic Save Story Caught on Dash-Cam Video – ABC News Today

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Granbury, Texas, police officer, Chase Miller, was recently recognized by city officials for using CPR to save a 3-year-old boy.

On Oct. 12, Officer Miller responded to a 911 call requesting help at a Kentucky Fried Chicken for a little boy who was not breathing and unresponsive. Dash-cam footage from Miller’s vehicle showed him pulling into the restaurant’s parking lot minutes later.

The department said that after Miller got out of his vehicle, he encountered a group of people, including a crying woman carrying an unresponsive little boy in her arms.

The woman was identified as Bethany Hoover, 21, of Granbury, and the little boy as Hoover’s 3-year-old son, Brayden Geis. Brayden’s father, John Geis, 21, of Granbury, could also be seen in the video.

Hoover told ABC News today that Brayden had suffered a febrile seizure due to a cold he’d come down with.

A general manager at the Kentucky Fried Chicken, Hoover said she’d called her husband in to work as a cook that evening. She told him to bring along Brayden until her mother could come pick him up.

Hoover said at first, Brayden was playing but then started crying. She said she give him ibuprofen, but when she noticed how hot he was, she took him outside. The boy’s head was resting on his shoulder, Hoover said, and then she felt his arm go limp.

“[I] leaned him forward and he was having a seizure,” she said. “John called 911.”

Police said Miller began CPR and then had the boy’s dad continue chest compressions as he got a breathing mask. Police said that after two minutes, Miller had revived the child. Brayden was later treated by the Granbury Volunteer Fire Department and then taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center.

Hoover told ABC News that by the next day, Brayden was acting like nothing had happened though the fever still lingered.

At a City Council meeting Tuesday night, Miller was awarded the Life Saving Award for saving Brayden’s life. Miller also got to meet Brayden and his parents. The officer gave Brayden several gifts, including a toy police dog named Chase from the children’s show “Paw Patrol.”

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“Officer Miller’s exceptional performance reflect great credit upon himself, the Granbury Police Department and the city of Granbury,” police said.

Hoover said that the three had visited Miller again at the police department today. She said that she and her husband had told Miller that they’d give him their world for saving Brayden.

“Our son is the world to us,” she said today. “That’s our world. That’s our life.”

 

Read the full story here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/texas-police-officer-honored-cpr-save-year-boy/story?id=42917245