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What is a System of Care?

How it works and how it saves lives

The heart is a beautiful blend of simplicity and complexity. On the surface, pumping blood is a two-step “blood in, blood out” procedure, yet there is an incredibly complex machine that makes it happen. This description also applies to the system of care (SOC) that revolves around treating a cardiac event. It’s the singular goal to get an irregular heart back in working order, but there are numerous actions and skill levels involved in the process.

The SOC for heart issues can be broken into four main parts: The witnessing and reporting of an event to 911 – as well as onsite CPR or AED intervention – the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS), admittance to a primary care facility, and the recuperative stage (which may involve a further care facility). Like the heart itself, every part must work efficiently and harmoniously, from concerned and proactive bystanders to fully-trained response teams and doctors, nurses, and counselors.

SOC Stage 1

Notification and intervention from a bystander is where the SOC begins. It could be a family member, friend, co-worker, or stranger who makes the call to 911 and ideally starts CPR, but it will usually be a family member since the vast majority of heart issues occur at home. Alerting 911 is an essential act, and so is initiating CPR and using an AED, if one is available. It’s these latter, initial responses to a cardiac event that could be improved greatly.

Only 30% of Americans have effective CPR training. With the right classes, that’s not a statistic that needs to stay that way, however. A well-trained bystander can double or triple the chances of an individual surviving a cardiac emergency.

SOC Stage 2

Emergency medical services are up next. Their role is to provide medical assistance outside of a hospital environment. Highly-trained and experienced, the EMS team will keep a clear head and do everything possible to aid a patient before and during transport to a hospital. They’ll be able to assess any breathing or circulatory problems, provide oxygen and medication, and, in more serious cases, restart a patient’s heart. This is often achieved through EMS training in the use of AEDs (automated external defibrilators).

SOC Stage 3

Cardiac issues vary in their intensity and so the length of Stage 3, the hospital stay, varies. There will be a significant number of tests upon arrival at the hospital to get to the root of the problem and assess which medications will be effective in treating it. If surgery is required, this will of course require an extended stay and monitoring of a patient’s condition. One of the first questions every patient asks is when they can go home. On average, successful heart attack patients will spend from a day up to a week in the hospital, followed by a variable period of weeks to a few months before a return to a normal level of activity.

SOC Stage 4

Stage 4 is recuperation, and this is where the patients themselves become an invaluable member of the SOC. By this point, they will have been informed of the causes and effects of their cardiac incident. Their doctor will prescribe any necessary medication and advise on lifestyle changes which may be required. It’s how the patient chooses to adopt these recommendations that will truly define how effective stage 4 is, and arguably the entire SOC. Sadly, many Americans are readmitted within a month of a heart attack.

If patients choose to become a proactive part of the system, they’ll likely make dietary changes that will encourage cardiac and overall body health. This common-sense menu contains plenty of vegetables and fruits, low fat dairy products, skinless fish and poultry, and unsalted, lower saturated fat options across the board.

In some cases, a patient will be required to undertake cardiac rehab (CR). CR can take place both as an inpatient and an outpatient. Patients will keep in touch with a cardiologist and receive further education on their condition, ways to avoid repeat incidents, and counseling on dealing with the stresses and fears that can follow a cardiac issue. It can be a difficult period, but the cardiac rehab and the entire SOC can bring a patient back to health.

 

One Beat CPR is Florida’s leading CPR training center. A family-owned business with over 12 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 us at 954 321 5305 or toll free at 855 663 2328, or get in touch via our contact form.

 

CPR Training Does More Than Just Save Lives

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Why everyone should be CPR-certified

According to the New Holland Ambulance Association, the extremely low 6.4% cardiac arrest survival rate is largely due to witnesses not knowing how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, as well as the failure to employ an AED. While we tend to think of this emergency medical training as only being necessary for medical professionals, life guards, and fire fighters, learning CPR is simple enough that everyone should know it.

7 reasons you should be CPR-certified

CPR training is inexpensive and accessible. Certifications last two years, and while staying up to date with the latest American Heart Association guidelines is highly recommended, once you know CPR, you know it. Here are 7 reasons to become a hero, ASAP.

  1. It’s easy. If a kid can learn CPR, so can you! CPR can be performed by just about anyone, and the objective of quality training is to find a technique that works best with your specific limitations.
  2. Mouth to mouth is not always necessary. The AHA found that mouth to mouth resuscitation may prevent bystanders from applying CPR. Their concern is about not knowing how to do it properly or a hygienic reluctance to risk disease. In response and in light of the latest research on CPR efficacy, the latest AHA CPR guidelines promote a chest compression only technique in many cases.
  3. You might save someone you love. A vast majority of cardiac arrests occur while victims are at home. Chances are, if you ever have to use your CPR training, it’ll be on someone you care about.
  4. You’ll know how NOT to make things worse. CPR training not only teaches lifesaving techniques, it also instructs on when to apply them and how to prevent any further damage.
  5. You can save their mind too. Brain death can begin as soon as 4 minutes after the heart stops beating. When administered soon enough, CPR can help minimize the brain damage risks associated with cardiac arrest.
  6. Confidence. Knowing what to do in an emergency carries over into your general outlook of yourself and life – knowing how to save lives builds confidence for individuals, employees, and families.
  7. You get to use AEDs. Automated External Defibrillators are a portable version of the “shock paddles” you’ve probably seen countless times on television and movies. AEDs have come to play a more significant role in CPR training since the 1980s. More and more business are installing AEDs, and home units have been available for over 20 years.

Finding the right class for you

The American Heart Association reports that only 32% of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander. Think about all the lives that could be saved if everyone took it upon themselves to learn this vital skill – especially if more AEDs are available and employed.

One Beat CPR + AED provides AHA CPR certifications for groups and individuals. Our programs cover advanced, basic, and infant CPR courses. For more information, or to sign up for classes, contact us today!

The CPR Guidelines Have Changed!

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3 things you need to know about the latest updates

CPR has continued to evolve since first being recognized by the American Heart Association in 1960. The most substantial update to the guidelines in recent times is a revision from mouth to mouth and hand compressions, to just compressions, known as Hands-Only CPR, in certain cases requiring CPR. However, there’s a little more to it than that.

3 things you should know about the latest CPR guidelines

The AHA CPR Guidelines are updated every five years with the help of hundreds of medical professionals and the analysis of data provided by emergency services and hospitals. The American Heart Association’s continuous effort to monitor CPR implementation allows the organization to revise their techniques to in light of the latest knowledge on effective resuscitation.

Here’s what’s new in the most recent guidelines:

  1. Completing tasks simultaneously. The old guidelines called for more of a one step after another approach – check for responsiveness, assess breathing, call 911, check for a pulse, then begin CPR. The latest update compresses these tasks into three steps – call for help while checking for breathing and a pulse, use an automatic defibrillator as soon as possible, and, immediately activate an Emergency Response System if available.
  2. Chest compression rates. A 2015 study revealed that at the previously recommended 120 compressions per minute, rescuers weren’t able to maintain adequate pressure, creating a negative effect on venous return. In response, the AHA lowered its recommendation to 100-120 chest compressions per minute.
  3. Compression depth limit. Another study from back in 2013 reported that chest compressions deeper than 2.4 inches had a tendency to cause injury. The recent updates to the guidelines sets the minimum depth at 2 inches, and the maximum at 2.4.

Do you need to be certified?

AHA CPR certifications are good for up to two years –  and while the guidelines may not have changed in that period, it’s not necessary to re-certify unless yours is going to expire.

If you’ve never been certified in CPR training, there’s never a better time than now. Whether it means expanding your qualifications for new career horizons or just being prepared for an emergency, CPR certification is empowering.

One Beat CPR + AED is Florida’s premiere AHA training center. We offer hands-on classes for groups, and individuals, covering a diverse range of specialties, including automated defibrillator training. For more information on finding the right certification for you, your family, or your staff, contact us today!

The Top 3 Surprising Benefits of Employee CPR Training

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Morale, a culture of safety, and a benefit for the community

Is your company located 5 minutes or more away from an emergency medical facility? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires you to have one or more of your staff adequately trained to render first aid.

This federal agency goes on to recommend that every company should have one or more employees who are trained and certified in first aid, including CPR, regardless of the proximity to a health care facility. A federal requirement might be your impetus, but there are 3 surprising, additional benefits to a business that provides employee CPR training.

1. A shot in the arm for employee morale

Everybody’s looking for a way to combat the “I just work here” mentality that can hover like a dark cloud over a company. CPR and first aid training can be a way to boost your employee morale.

People retain information when it’s learned in an enjoyable way and CPR training classes take this to heart. Plus, most classes are designed to pair up learning teams. Group participation is encouraged and rewarded. When you offer CPR training, you’re creating an opportunity for your employees to interact and socialize. They’re sharing a learning experience which carries an important consequence. One day, they might apply what they’ve learned together to save a life.

2. Practically speaking

You’re not going to be able to affix a concrete number to this—either in terms of savings or efficiency—but there are dollars at stake. The initial training and refresher courses raise your entire company’s awareness of safety.

The consequence could be a decrease in the amount of accidents in the workplace. Accidents are—by their very nature—unexpected. Unimaginable things happen under the most ordinary of circumstances. A staff trained in CPR and first aid will lower the possibility of a serious—or even fatal—result because they now know how to take immediate action when an accident occurs.

The first aid kit isn’t going to be a container of unfamiliar contents in an emergency situation. This might seem trivial at first, but knowing the contents of a first aid kit and what to do with them can mean the difference between life or death in some circumstances. In others, the correct application of what’s in a first aid kit can reduce the recovery time of an accident victim. As a business owner or company manager, you want all of these things to happen.

3. Outside implications

Peripheral benefits can sometimes outweigh the direct ones that come to mind. When we think of CPR and first aid training, we usually consider what it means for employees on the premises during company hours. It’s certainly benefit enough—but that’s really just a beginning.

Training your employees how to administer CPR and first aid makes them a valuable contribution to the safety of their family and friends, as well as the community as a whole. It’s a skill you retain for life, and it’s easy to update or sharpen that skill with a refresher course.

Use the OSHA criteria to determine whether you’re required to providing CPR and first aid training for your staff. If you don’t have to and you’re not swayed by OSHA’s recommendation that you do it anyway, keep these 3 business benefits in mind. Do they equate to easily-measurable dollars? No. But the benefits could be far more valuable than a simple ROI calculation.

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.

How do AEDs Work and Who Can Use Them?

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Learn about this life-saving device and how it can save a life during sudden cardiac arrest

350,000.

That’s how many people on average suffer from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) every year in America. And while that statistic is troubling, even worse is the survival rate when this occurs outside of a hospital: 12 percent.

The good news is that when bystanders help someone going into cardiac arrest, that survival rate can be significantly higher. CPR is of course important in many situations, but easy access to an AED is critical when dealing with SCA.

What is an AED?

AED is short for automated external defibrillator. These are computerized devices that can quickly analyze the rhythms of the heart using electrodes. When a dangerous arrhythmia is detected, the AED delivers an electric current to the heart. This allows the heartbeat to be reset and return to a normal pattern.

When should an AED be used?

When someone collapses and is unresponsive, CPR should first be used, says the American Heart Association (AHS). If more than one person is present, someone should continue doing CPR while an AED is located. At that point, the AED can be utilized.

How difficult is an AED to use?

It may seem complicated, but an AED is designed to be extremely user-friendly. Once the electrodes are placed on the victim’s chest, the machine pretty much does the rest. Dr. Clifton Callaway, chair of the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee of the AHS, compares it to a fire extinguisher.

“You shouldn’t really require advanced training or a class to know how to use a fire extinguisher,” Callaway says. “You should pull it off the wall and follow steps one, two and three.”

Who can use an AED?

When someone needs help in a movie or TV show, what often someone loudly asks if a doctor is available. In real life, if people wait for a medical professional before they do anything about a sudden cardiac arrest, that person is probably going to die. According to the Red Cross, the average response time for first responders is about 10 minutes. And for each minute that goes by without defibrillation, the rate of survival drops ten percent.

Almost anyone can use an AED, and you don’t really need to have any prior experience. A study even found that sixth graders can effectively use them without any training. This is why if someone is in distress, people shouldn’t hesitate to find and use an AED.

An AED class can help you prepare for an emergency

While training isn’t required to use an AED, it can be extremely useful. At One Beat CPR, our CPR classes include AED instruction. This will allow you to get familiar with the machine and see exactly how it works. Emergency situations can be scary, and a hands-on lesson offers excellent preparation.

If your business is planning to bring in an AED, we can help you figure out the right model and best location to place it. We can also supply your entire staff with onsite training. To get more information or to schedule a class, call us at 954-321-5305 or send us a message through our online contact form.

Sugar: Sweet on the Tongue but Poison for Your Heart?

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Find out what all those snacks are doing to your ticker

Right now, we are entering over-eating season. Chances are you can put away quite a bit of food at Thanksgiving. Soon there will be holiday parties and dinners, not to mention all the delectable treats you will probably receive as gifts. It’s no wonder that once the New Year hits so many people resolve to lose weight.

And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with doing a little indulging, you may want to go easy on the sweet treats. Though it can be a nice add-on to a number of foods, excess sugar is actually pretty bad for us in a number of ways, and not just for our teeth and skin.

More sugar = more likely to go to an early grave

It is recommended that we get less than 10 percent of our calories from sugar, and a 15-year study highlights why exactly. It was discovered that participants who consumed 25 percent or more of their calories from sugar were twice as likely to die from heart disease, compared to those under the 10 percent threshold. This was true regardless of age, sex, or body-mass index.

Worse than saturated fats

When discussing things that lead to heart problems – like clogged arteries – saturated fats are usually cited as the main culprits. However, according to another study, excessive sugar consumption plays a bigger role in heart disease. Results showed that even after a few weeks of eating a diet high in sugar, a person will experience higher cholesterol levels, abnormal glucose tolerance, and insulin resistance.

What does sugar actually do to the body?

Sugar belly

What sounds like a fun little candy is actually a potentially deadly health issue. Extra weight around your middle could be a sign of metabolic syndrome. In addition to a big stomach, symptoms can include high blood pressure and raised cholesterol levels, both of which can increase the risk of heart disease.

Overactive pancreas

Fructose is particularly harmful to the body. And when too much of it is consumed, the pancreas starts producing insulin to regulate blood sugar. This can lead to insulin resistance, which can cause Type 2 Diabetes and has been linked to heart disease.

Diabetes

You can’t discuss the negative affects of sugar without mentioning diabetes. According to the American Heart Association, diabetic adults are two to four times more likely to die as the result of heart disease compared to adults without diabetes. This is because diabetes can easily lead to high blood pressure, obesity, and abnormal cholesterol.

Hopefully this information is helpful, especially the next time you think about grabbing a soda or reaching for a third cookie. On the positive side, even if you’re somewhat of a sugar junkie, there’s no reason you can’t start improving your diet immediately. And if you work or live with people who may not have the healthiest heart habits, you might want to think about learning life-saving measures like CPR. You can see all of our classes here.

Is Mouth-to-Mouth Breathing Required in CPR?

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Why “hands-only” CPR is gaining popularity Why “hands-only” CPR is gaining popularity

If you were at home or out at a restaurant, and someone collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? According to American Heart Association statistics, “70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.”

In case you don’t know, cardiac arrest occurs when the “heart’s electrical system malfunctions,” causing irregular heartbeat rhythms. It is different from a heart attack, which is caused by a blockage or narrowing of an artery to the heart, although a heart attack can lead to cardiac arrest.

Why knowing CPR is so important … for everyone

For decades, medical professionals and organizations like the American Heart Association have taught the benefits of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a technique that uses a combination of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing that has been shown to save lives. CPR can be especially critical in the case of cardiac events that happen at home or anywhere outside of a hospital, keeping the person alive until an ambulance arrives.

Look at these stats from the American Heart Association:

  • Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually
  • Four out of five cardiac arrests (88%) happen at home
  • Less than 8% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive
  • Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival

A new type of CPR

In the last several years, a new type of CPR has emerged, which focuses on “hands-only” compressions, with no “mouth-to-mouth” resuscitation (rescue breaths). “Hands-only” is now gaining popularity, with even the American Heart Association touting the potential benefits. The aim of the initiative is to teach the public that untrained rescuers (bystanders) can still perform CPR, emphasizing that people should first call 911 and then provide chest compressions.

The theory is that most bystanders who see a person go into cardiac arrest aren’t trained in how to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or may even be reluctant to put their mouths directly onto a stranger’s. Chest-only compressions can give a bystander enough confidence to start giving CPR right away, which can make a difference in saving lives.

Hands-only CPR can work in certain circumstances because when a person first goes into cardiac arrest, his or her body still has plenty of oxygen. Chest compressions work by keeping the oxygen circulating, thus helping to minimize possible brain damage.

How to perform hands-only CPR

According to the American Heart Association “If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and then push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute.”

Note: A recommended song with the right “beat” is Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees. 

You can watch several PSA instructional videos on “hands only” CPR here

When hands-only CPR should NOT be applied

While chest compressions alone can help save lives, this method should only be used on adults or teens experiencing a specific type of cardiac arrest.

Hands-only CPR is NOT recommended for…

Child and infant CPR Pediatric cardiac arrest is generally related to respiratory failure, where the infant or child stops breathing for some reason. By the time  cardiac arrest occurs, the oxygen levels are likely already depleted. CPR with rescue breaths becomes critical in these cases.

Respiratory failure leading to cardiac arrest – This is more likely to occur in cases of drowning, overdose, choking, trauma, or sudden illness, like a severe allergic reaction or asthma that restricts the airways. Here, oxygen levels can become depleted before the heart stops, so rescue breaths are necessary.

A cardiac arrest you don’t witness – If you didn’t see the person collapse, it is impossible to tell how long he or she may have been lying there. It’s more likely oxygen has become depleted so rescue breaths would be necessary.

Now that you know the importance of CPR, and a method of performing “hand-only” compressions if you witness a cardiac arrest, you can be better prepared to help save a life. For more information on individual, group, or company CPR training, contact us today.

AEDs and Assisted or In-Home Care

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Essential facts you should know about AEDs and the elderly

A 1994 study titled “The Pre-Hospital Arrest Survival Evaluation” revealed a frightening reality: Of 2,329 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, only 26 patients survived. Twenty-one years later, in 2015, the American Heart Association (AHA) asserted that over 326,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospitals every year – a majority while the victims were in their home.

Fortunately, modern medicine has a lifesaving answer to this stubbornly persistent threat: The automated electronic defibrillator (AED). In 2002, the FDA approved the first home AED unit, the Philips HeartStart, and two years later the prescription requirement was dropped.

The American Red Cross states that, “improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year.” Because AEDs extend similar advantages to the elderly as they do younger patients, more and more homeowners and assisted care residents are considering purchasing a unit.

3 details all senior citizens should know about AEDs

Help’s required. The “automated” aspect of AEDs refers to the machine’s ability to calibrate the electrical output based on the heart’s fibrillation, a spasm caused by uncoordinated muscle fibers. Victims of sudden cardiac arrest won’t be able to administer AED treatment on themselves. While laws vary from state to state, American Heart Association approved AED and CPR training is highly recommended. Because of this, the capabilities of a person’s living partner or caregiver need to be identified before purchasing an AED, especially in the home.

The medical world believes in AEDs. A report published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggested that, “the most optimistic view is that 84% of public access defibrillation cardiac arrest victims … were found in VF (ventricular fibrillation/cardiac arrest), 29% of those aged 70 and older and in VF have been shown to survive to discharge.” While those stats may seem discouraging to those outside of medicine, cardiologists see this as a huge improvement, especially since only 10% of all individuals who suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting typically survive. The report goes on to state, “To the extent that cardiac resuscitation is offered to any patient, it should at least be considered for the average geriatric patient.”

DNRs need to be identified. The same Journal of Geriatrics Society paper advised that, “the geriatric
population is likely to contain a good number of individuals who have no interest in resuscitation.” While most assisted living residents will have already reported their do not resuscitate (DNR) status upon move-in, the introduction of AEDs to such residencies can lead to concerns about those wishes being identified before an AED is administered.

Educate yourself

AED and CPR training can be an excellent way of learning if and how purchasing an in-home AED is the right decision for you or your loved ones, and give you the confidence to use it in an emergency situation.

If you’re considering purchasing an AED unit for your home or facility, we encourage you to connect with One Beat CPR + AED, Florida’s premiere AHA and American Safety Health Institute (ASHI) CPR training center and AED distributor. Our certified experts can help identify the best training program and AED for you, your family, or your employees. Contact us today.

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.

A Community Service: The Benefits of Offering Lifesaving Training Through Parks and Recreation

City, state, and county governments across the U.S. are beginning to realize the massive benefits of offering community CPR training programs

According to recent statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA), 70% of Americans do not know or do not remember CPR, rendering them nearly helpless in the event of a heart attacks, drownings, and other potentially lifesaving emergencies. More widespread proficiency in lifesaving techniques like CPR and AED-use among the U.S. population could save thousands of lives per year– especially among society’s most vulnerable populations, such as young children, the elderly, and individuals with serious disabilities.

Fortunately, governments around the country are beginning to respond to this knowledge gap by offering CPR and AED training through city, county, and state Parks and Recreation departments. Offering community CPR and AED training isn’t just good government in action; it can often help save money while bringing members of community together.

Lifesaving CPR and AED training saves city and county governments money

Unfortunately, deaths and serious injuries aren’t only tragic; they can also be incredibly expensive, and state and local governments often find themselves footing part or all of the bill. Research from the Committee on the Treatment of Cardiac Arrest at the Institute of Medicine has attempted to quantify the impact, concluding:

“Cardiac arrest is a complex and lethal condition that poses a substantial public health burden, with high nationwide mortality rates and the potential for profound and irreversible neurologic injury and functional disability. In addition to the number of lives lost, cardiac arrest has a considerable economic impact; measured in terms of productive years of life lost due to premature death or avoidable neurologic disability, it constitutes a societal burden equal to or greater than that of other leading causes of death in the nation.”

By reducing the amount of preventable deaths and injuries, Parks and Recreation departments can reduce the economic and social impact on a community. On a local level, city and county governments that offer CPR training through their Parks and Recreation departments can also mitigate expenditures on death-related costs, such as the use of a coroner and/or medical examiner.

CPR training can help save lives while bringing your community together

In addition to directly serving citizens, Parks and Recreation-based CPR and AED training programs can interface with other organizations to serve even more members of the community. For example, a Parks and Recreation Department could partner with local schools to expand lifesaving training programs to students. The schools, in-turn, can enlist parents, friends, and family members of the students to participate in the department’s program. These programs may also be extended to partner with senior living and eldercare centers, as well as integrating with community programs for people with disabilities.

CPR and AED training programs through Parks and Recreation departments can also help train city, county, and state employees in these lifesaving techniques. While some government agencies, such as those related to law enforcement, already may have training programs, many agencies do not. Unfortunately, this lack of education leaves government employees at risk and potentially liable for accidental deaths.

Overall, offering lifesaving CPR and AED training through your local Parks and Recreation department could be one of the best ways to bring your community together – offering a service that keeps citizens safer while reducing potential financial impact and legal liability.

If you manage programs for a Parks and Recreation department and you are interested in offering an American Heart Association-accredited lifesaving training course to your community, contact One Beat CPR today for a free consultation.