The American Heart Association (AHA) is the US’s oldest and largest non-profit voluntary organization which is dedicated to save the lives of Americans by making them aware of the hazards of heart diseases and strokes. The Basic Life Support (BLS) is one of the most important guidelines provided by AHA, which can help your loved ones in case of any emergency.
Founded in 1924 by the group of six cardiologists, this institution has now over 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. AHA is all set on its mission to reduce disability and death from heart diseases and stroke. And, to get it done, they follow the law of sharing knowledge: the institution believes in sharing and delivering reliable information about heart disease and stroke along with the BLS guidelines.
With their primary goal to serve the public, AHA has managed to save many lives and have given the hope to the public to fight heart diseases and win against these diseases. AHA is the nation’s leader in CPR education & training and help people to understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choice.
The organization funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives. Their work helps to create new knowledge about cardiovascular diseases and provide the most authoritative information which helps AHA to make it recommendations to the public.
Spring break is just around the corner and we need to ponder over the safety precautions we can use to help people in distress. Spring Break is one the most favorite times to consume adult beverages. According to a study by Dan Perry, 42% of college students are likely to get drunk at least once during this time.
There is no contesting the fact that Alcohol if consumed in large proportions can be really harmful to the health. Everyone wants to party and thus end up consuming Alcohol more than they should. The following morning gets shadowed with the hangover and headaches. To tackle with these after-effects people tend to take caffeine in large quantities.
Caffeine and alcohol both can cause dehydration in the body. Some of the common symptoms of dehydration are:
• Increased thirst
• Dry mouth and swollen tongue
• Weakness, Dizziness, and Confusion
• Palpitations or Fainting
• Inability to sweat and Decreased urine output
You can mollify the over consumption of Alcohol and caffeine by drinking one nonalcoholic drink for every alcoholic drink consumed.
The nonalcoholic drink should not be caffeine and also should not contain any caffeine because drinking caffeine accelerates the urge to make more movements and it is diuretic. Responsible drinking is one way to avoid any health hazard.
You should also be aware of the First aid measures to be taken in the case any medical urgency such as unconsciousness or constant puking. You should get First aid training from a certified institute and also encourage others to do so.
Have you or anyone in your family undergone the EMSA training for childcare providers, so that you can be well prepared in advance if something bad happens to your kid? It’s important for you to understand that you need to undergo a complete 8 hours of training for child care First Aid and CPR (4 hours for first aid, and four hours for CPR) each time a person takes the course.
As per the EMSA guidelines, you need to go through the First Aid and CPR training for childcare in every two years at least and there are also no online courses allowed for any of the child care training. You can visit the EMSA website to find the latest range of training programs available for child care Fist Aid, CPR and Preventive Health and Safety Practices Training.
You can easily locate the programs going-on in your community as well as your neighboring community which will eventually save your traveling time and you can focus more on the training. The website page for EMSA Child Care Training is: http://www.emsa.ca.gov/child_care
Even though, EMSA itself as an organization doesn’t schedule child care training or courses; you can go ahead to find the list of Approved Training programs and the main business number for these training programs. Afterwards, you can simply call on these numbers to schedule your child care training.
In all American schools, a special emphasis on getting CPR training and certification is given. Yet, a maximum number of deaths in America are accredited to the Cardiac Arrest. Imagine if you come across a loved one or even a stranger suffering from a sudden heart attack and you stand there helplessly without any clue as what to do.
By getting proper CPR training you can save someone’s life. You can handle life and death situations.
Many institutes provide online training and issues certificates. To get a proper training you must take classes physically. After taking the training and classes you will gain the expertise relating not only ‘how to’ but also ‘when to’ aspects of a CPR.
There is no need of having a medical background for getting such training. These classes can be attended by people with the basic first aid training. AHA keep issuing updated guidelines for CPR, therefore getting updating training is essential for saving lives.
Benefits of Getting CPR Certification
• You can optimize the time taken for the advanced medical help to reach the patient by giving them a CPR. A precious life can be saved by your hands.
• Many of the professions such as babysitting, teaching or BLS providers demand the candidates with a proper CPR training from a certified institute
• First aid training is more comprehensive and informative. It includes first-aid know-how for emergencies ranging from a mild cut to fractured bones. You can prepare yourselves for taking care of your family and children against accidents.
Farms animals have different airways from us. If you are using farm animals or petting it then you must get pet CPR training from a certified training institute.
Here are the common guidelines for performing CPR on a horse.
• You should always keep a foaling kit and a resuscitation bag with yourself, if you own a horse or you have foaling training
• Just like the usual CPR, check the obstruction in the airways if there is any. Remove all the birth debris mucus or amniotic fluid, in the foals, if it is present.
• Try stimulating breathing by rubbing the foal with towels for 20 to 30 seconds. You can tickle the nostrils or stick your fingers in its ear if at first attempt it is not revived.
• Next attempt is adapting emergency ventilation support. The Foal should be positioned on its right side and the mask should be placed on its nose. You can also take assistance from someone to extend the neck of the foal and put firm pressure along the left side of the neck. This prevents the air entering the stomach during resuscitation.
• Use both the hands to squeeze the resuscitation bag at a rate of 10 to 20 breaths per minute, for forcing the air into the lungs.
• Check heartbeat. If it is less than 40 beats per minute or it is less than 60 per minute but not increasing; then prepare to give chest compressions.
• Place the Foal on a firm, dry surface. Support it with rolled towels under the thorax. Place the hands at behind the foal’s triceps at the highest point of the thorax.
• Perform the compressions at a rate of 80 to 120 a minute. The resuscitator can be relieved every two minutes
A person can have a great difficulty in breathing due to a blockage in the windpipe. This blockage can occur due to things such as food, toys or any other object. There have long discussions over the methods to rescue someone who is choking. What a person should do or must do has been discussed over the past decades. Whether they should raise their arm, should be patted on the back or left alone while emergency services are on their way.
There are no medical grounds for most of the suggestions given in certain articles. Some suggest that raising the arms above the head can help a choking person to breathe. Raising the arms above the head opens the diaphragm to allow lungs to inhale more air. This technique is only serviceable in the cases when people have difficulty in catching their breath after a strenuous workout session. This fails for sure if a solid object is blocking the airway.
Hitting on the back does not help either, moreover, it can cause the patient to startle and even sustain a back injury. The object obstructing the airway should be thrown out and not thrown into the stomach. Hitting the person on his back can make the latter to occur.
If you are to rescue a person choking, encourage them to cough and breathe the best they can. Do not leave them alone, call for emergency services as soon as possible. After informing the emergency services, start performing the only solution which holds its medical grounds. Heimlich maneuver is suggested by AHA in its latest guidelines to rescue a choking person.
Heimlich maneuver uses a quick and abdominal thrust to throw the obstruction in the airway upwards. It is performed differently on the adults and on the babies or pregnant women. For performing Heimlich maneuver make a fist with one hand. Put your arms around the person and grasp your fist with your other hand just below the ribs in the midline. Make a quick, hard movement inward and upward. This maneuver should be repeated until the person is able to breathe or loses consciousness.
Winters bring a lot of stress for the parents. Keeping their children safe and warm becomes their main concern. Dry weather and highly diminutive temperatures can be hazardous for the kids leading to injuries and accidents. Here is what you need to know about keeping your children safe during this unfavorable season.
Things to Consider While Being Outdoors
People living in snowy regions need to be extra precautionary while in the outdoors. You should never stop kids from going out. Outdoor activities are necessary for the physical growth of the children. Instead, you need to take few precautions and make them prepare for the outside environment. Accompany them and make them wear protective gear.
If you plan to get your kids engaged in games such as ice-skating and boarding, not only make sure that they wear protective helmets but also that you carry the first aid kits. Make them play under your supervision. Be aware of threats such as thin ice and deserted patches.
Protection against dehydration
It may seem ironic but dehydration in winters is a common phenomenon. The body’s metabolism is reduced due to low temperatures. This in turn, curtails the urge to take in liquids, ultimately leading to dehydration. You should be aware of these signs of dehydration in your children:
• increased thirst
• decreased urine output
• Dry tongue
• Sunken face
• Weight loss
While being indoors, clean filters of heating device regularly to ensure a clean circulation of air.
You can also use humidifiers for keeping the skin hydrated. Humidifiers work best for people who use air conditioners constantly.
Other preventive measures such as washing hands regularly and bathing with hot water should be taken to prevent diseases.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is a life-saving technique, especially in case of a heart attack or near drowning. The video titled, “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – FAQ”, shows various frequently asked questions about this great technique. The technique is very helpful in restoring the breathing and blood circulation when someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.
A cardiac arrest is an emergency situation in which, the heart of a person stops pumping the blood around the body. In such situation, the medical personnel or a bystander must start giving CPR with chest compressions. The technique will help in keeping blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs of the body. When performed properly, it will help in restoring a normal heart rhythm.
If someone is choking, first try to find out what exactly is happening. Afterwards, encourage the casualty to cough and clear the obstruction. Always remember, the chain of survival in CPR is immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and calling for help, a quick initiation of CPR, Performing defibrillation as soon as possible and last but not the least is post resuscitation care.
Refer the given video for more detailed information about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
The fundamentals of CPR training should be accomplished by each and everyone, however sadly enough almost 70 percent of Americans are clueless when it comes to cardiac emergency. Most of them aren’t aware about the basic of CPR and don’t know the process for the same and for the rest of them, their trainings have significantly lapsed due to lack of practice or regular training sessions.
American Heart Association is ardently working to invoke the sense of awareness among the US citizens to get them work on instinct to save one’s life with their several CPR training programs.
Did you know that an effective hands-only CPR provided forthwith minimizes the risk of death by 4-5 times? However, unfortunately only 46 percent of cardiac arrest victims get the CPR first-aid by an onlooker. The failure to act in case of cardiac arrest emergency leads to death of someone’s loved one which could have been avoided if people have realized the significance of CPR first aid training.
As the world leader in CPR training, AHA is all focused on inspiring the world through the dynamic message of hope and offers a variety of learning programs for a better tomorrow with people living with better health.
Are you also confused about the difference between a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and a heart attack and think of them to be one common heart disorder? Yeah, we know it happens with many of us. Even, I used to think that both of the cases are same sort of disorder happening with the victim’s heart and had a wrong idea that we can carry out the same remedy steps in both of the cases. But, that’s not the reality.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a condition where heart unexpectedly and abruptly stops beating which is usually due to an abnormal heart rhythm, known as Ventricular Fibrillation (VF). Whereas in heart attack, blood supply to the heart muscle is suddenly blocked and the victim can experience chest pain before the attack; it can also lead to SCA in some of the cases.
However, SCA may or may not occur with a heart attack and it happens without any warning sign and hence it’s altogether more important to be prepared to save your love ones from this impending danger. AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) is the key solution to SCA and if used within first 3-5 minutes of a person suffering from SCA, it can dramatically increase the chance of survival for the patient from 5% to almost 70%.
AEDs are especially designed to be used by anyone and everyone with a little bit of training or no training at all. The video given below is a step-by-step guide to save the life of your loved ones in the time of emergency, if they have Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
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