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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.

The 5 Biggest Risk Factors for Heart Disease

There are things you can do (or stop doing) right now to prevent a heart attack

Even with all of the advances in medicine and the vast amount of information we have access to, health in the U.S. is not getting much better. In fact, statistics show that one crucial area – heart disease – is getting worse.

Heart disease kills about 630,000 Americans every year, which accounts for a quarter of all deaths. And it is estimated that 15 million people have coronary heart disease, which is the most common form of heart disease.

Why is heart disease so prevalent? While there are some factors we don’t have any control over – such as age, gender, and genetics – the truth is that this is a very preventable sickness. Here are the five most common causes of heart disease and how they can be remedied:

Lack of activity/Excess weight

Exercise is one of those things that can dramatically improve health, but it’s something that’s not done nearly enough. According to the American Heart Association, 69 percent of adults are overweight, and all of those extra pounds – plus the increased levels of cholesterol – put a severe strain on the heart. Even just moderate daily exercise like taking a walk can significantly reduce the chance of a heart attack.

Smoking

If you smoke, here’s a stat that will probably make you think twice about lighting that next cigarette: Smoking can increase the risk of heart disease by up to four times. And if you smoke around nonsmokers such as family members, you’re also putting them at a higher risk.

High blood pressure

When someone’s blood pressure is high, this puts pressure on the cardiovascular system and the coronary arteries. As damage accumulates from this pressure, so does plaque, which in turn can block blood flow to the heart and raises the chances of a heart attack. Around 60 million Americans have high blood pressure, making it the most common risk factor for heart disease. A better diet and more exercise, as well as medications, can help lower it.

Diabetes

People with diabetes are much more likely to develop heart problems. In fact, almost 70 percent of diabetics age 65 or older will die due to a form of heart disease. This is why controlling diabetes by eating well, exercising, and taking prescribed medications is vital.

Stress

While everything else on this list can be seen or will show up on a test, stress is one of those invisible killers. Stress in itself may not directly cause heart problems, but it often leads to things that can, including higher blood pressure, poor eating habits, and smoking. It’s important to recognize the warning signs of stress and find ways to relax.

In the U.S., someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. If you live with or perhaps work with people who could be potential victims of a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), it’s important to be prepared. One Beat CPR offers an assortment of classes covering a variety of life-saving measures, including CPR, using an AED, and first aid. These classes are taught by first-responders and can be conducted in your home or place of business. For more information, you can call us at 954-321-5305 or just fill out our online contact form.

Heart Disease: An Equal Opportunity Killer

Why women need to start listening to their hearts

A lot happens in 60 seconds: Lightning strikes the planet 360 times, 58 airplanes take off, 250 babies are born, 243,000 photos are posted to Facebook, 7,150,000,000 human hearts thump at various rates – and for at least one woman, hers stops. Approximately one woman each minute will succumb to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death.

Red flag symptoms every woman should know about

While there are risk factors, all women face the possibility of heart disease, so it’s important to be familiar with the symptoms. Though the condition can accrue with no symptoms, in general, women who have them tend to experience the following:

  • Pain in the neck, jaw, and/or throat
  • Pain in the back, or upper abdomen
  • Angina – chest pains that may be dull, sharp, or simply feel like discomfort.

One of the most clear consequences of untreated heart disease is a heart attack. Much like in the case of a stroke, the faster you recognize that you’re having one, the better. Heart attacks are less likely to present as chest pain in women than in men. Unfortunately, most women aren’t familiar with female heart attack symptoms, and assuming nothing is wrong, wait to seek help until there’s already damage to the heart.

A woman having a heart attack may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the neck, jaw, shoulder, back, or upper abdomen
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in either or both arms
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal fatigue

If you’re experiencing these symptoms or otherwise suspect you’re having a heart attack, call emergency services immediately and follow their instructions.

When to be more cautious

High cholesterol levels, obesity, and high blood pressure are just as lethal to women as they are to men, so it’s important to keep track of those measurements. Other factors that increase risk include:

Smoking: The chemicals inhaled with cigarette smoke inflame the cellular lining of blood vessels, damage that directly contributes to a range of cardiovascular maladies, such as stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and coronary heart disease.

Inactivity: If you’re not getting a minimum of 2.5 hours each week of moderate aerobic exercise per the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, you’re not getting enough. The heart is a muscle; the more you work it, the stronger it grows and the more efficient your entire system becomes. If you’re able to find an activity you enjoy, such as evening walks with a friend, those 2.5 hours will fly by.

Diabetes: Women with type 2 diabetes are three times as likely to incur a fatal cardiovascular disease-related death than women who aren’t diabetic. This is due to the damaging effects of high blood sugar on blood vessels and the nerves controlling the heart, in addition to increasing cholesterol levels.

Always be prepared!

Whether you’re a man or woman, heart disease is the biggest threat to our individual vitality and survival. Knowing the risk factors and recognizing symptoms early on can save lives – and so does knowing how to save a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victim.

The majority of heart attacks are survivable with quick medical treatment, built those that lead to sudden cardiac arrest are much more fatal. Only 10.6% of SCA victims treated by emergency medical services died, whereas the survival rate jumped to 31.4% if a trained bystander jumped in early to help. The more of us who know CPR and who have access to and use automated external defibrillator (AEDs), the more likely we are to be lifesavers.

One Beat CPR offers training for families, individuals, and medical professionals so we can all be prepared when faced with an emergency. Connect with us today to find out more.

Can Lifesaving Courses and Equipment Reduce Liability?

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CPR, AED, and First Aid training may reduce liability for schools, businesses, and other organizations

If you own or operate a business, making sure your employees receive lifesaving medical training could help reduce your legal liability. Research from the American Heart Association estimates that up to 70% of Americans do not know how to properly perform CPR or use an AED, rendering them helpless in several emergency situations. Unless you work in a specific profession that requires it or have already mandated training, there’s no reason to think that your employees are better educated about these lifesaving skills than the average American.

Many businesses and organizations simply hope that an emergency won’t occur on their property, or simply fail to plan for the possibility. Either way, ignoring the issue isn’t an effective risk management strategy. It pays to prioritize safety by investing in lifesaving training for workers – including CPR, the use of AEDs, and First Aid.

Lawsuits and settlements underscore the legal risks of an untrained staff

In today’s litigious culture, businesses rightly fear that a lawsuit could seriously hurt their finances – or even put them out of business. Personal injury and accidental death claims are a huge business, constituting a large portion of the 15 million lawsuits that are filed each year in the U.S. Add the expense of defending against a lawsuit and the fact that plaintiffs win approximately 55% of cases taken to trial, and it begins to make sense why so many business owners go to great lengths to avoid them.

Fortunately for businesses (who make up around one-third of personal injury defendants) the vast majority of lawsuits don’t go to trial. Instead, they’re usually settled via a confidential out-of-court agreement between the plaintiff and the defendant. But even if you can convince a plaintiff (such as the family of a deceased employee or customer) to settle, you may have to pay a lot in the process. In 2015, the death of Hollywood executive Mark Palotay in a Los Angeles-area gym led to a lawsuit which was eventually settled for an undisclosed amount. The family sued because they alleged the facility did not have any employees trained in CPR or AED use, and staff did not even know the location of the nearest AED.

Companies can mitigate the risk of tragedy with a minor investment

An unfortunate aspect about many of these incidents is the ease in which they could have been avoided. For a business like a gym, with hundreds (or thousands) of members exerting themselves on a daily basis, it’s even more important to have employees with lifesaving training on-hand – in fact, it’s the law in California for gyms to have an AED. A simple training course and a relatively small financial investment could have saved a customer’s life and prevented the gym from being forced into an expensive legal payout. Plus, accidental deaths are never good publicity, especially in the age of social media.

Beyond common sense, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration requires that “In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid.” OSHA considers “near proximity” to be within 3-5 minutes of an emergency facility.

The federal agency also “recommends, but does not require, that every workplace include one or more employees who are trained and certified in first aid, including CPR.”

In addition, having at least some of your staff trained in lifesaving strategies will comfort both customers and employees. Make the investment in your workers and your organization – get them lifesaving training today.

To learn more about how lifesaving courses and equipment can reduce liability for your business or organization, contact One Beat CPR today for a free consultation.

Inside Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Technology

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Discover what lies at the heart of this live-saving device

According to the American Heart Association, 326,000 cases of cardiac arrest occur outside of hospitals every year, with 4 out of 5 of those occurring in the home. In more than half of those cases, the event goes unwitnessed and it’s fatal more than 90 percent of the time. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is an indispensable device designed to allow a fast and effective response in the event of an alteration in heart rhythm. To understand just why it’s so valuable, let’s take a look at how the heart works and how an AED tackles this problem.

The beat of the heart

Typically, the heart rate of an adult at rest is between 60 to 100 beats per minute (BPM). This will increase with exertion, of course, and if an individual is in good physical shape they may have a resting heart rate of less than 60 BPM. The rate at which all of our hearts beat can be influenced by fitness and activity level while also being affected by factors such as medication, body weight, and how we’re feeling emotionally.

If our hearts are not in rhythm, then we’re suffering from arrhythmia; an irregular and erratic heartbeat caused by changes in the organ’s electrical impulses. This irregularity can cause dizziness, fainting and potentially lasting damage to the brain and other organs through insufficient blood flow. In the best cases, it can be managed successfully with medication, but in a bad situation it can potentially lead to cardiac arrest.

How defibrillation works

Defibrillator pads are attached to the chest of a person (or sometimes both on their front and on their back) whose heart is behaving erratically. An electrical current is run through the pads and into the subject’s body with the purpose of “resetting” the heart’s electrical signals back into a normal rhythm.

The faster defibrillation can take place, the greater the chances of survival. For particularly high risk patients, an internal defibrillator may be fitted to help monitor and regulate arrhythmia. Thankfully, defibrilators are becoming more and more common in public spaces, especially in places such as gyms, airports, and other high-traffic areas. The presence of an AED is essential for preventing deaths by sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) that occur outside of a medical facility.

The AED in action

Portable and lightweight, the AED is an excellent tool for handling instances of ventricular tachycardia (rapid and regular beat) and ventricular fibrillation (rapid irregularity). Not only are they user-friendly (though training in both their use and CPR is highly recommended), they can be kept safely at home or in public spaces.

Other than its lighter weight and portability, the AED functions much like its larger cousins found in medical facilities. An AED’s fine-tuned computer can ascertain the need for a shock to correct irregularities in rhythm and it provides dynamic instructions to the user – anyone who can follow these directions can actively save a life.

Why you should own an AED

Dealing with any medical issue can be intimidating, especially when it deals with the heart. Owning an AED at home, especially when you or a loved one has a known heart condition, vastly increases the chance of survival in cases of SCA. And their wider adoption by individuals, corporations, governments, and other organizations in public and private settings will save lives.

One Beat CPR is Florida’s leading CPR and AED training center, as well as an Authorized Master Distributor of Philips AEDs. A family-owned business with over 12 years’ experience, we offer American Heart Association certified instructional courses and the best AEDs in the industry. To learn more about our services and products, call us at 954 321 5305, toll free at 855 663 2328, or get in touch via our contact form.

The Strange Origins and Fateful Evolution of CPR

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From seemingly hopeless to everyday miracles

According to the Journal of Johns Hopkins Hospital Bulletin, in 1767, the Society for Recovery of Drowned Persons (SRDP) listed “‘stimulating’ the victim by such means as rectal and oral fumigation with tobacco smoke” as a method of resuscitation. While some of their methods may have seemed comically off base, variations of four out of seven of their procedures are still in use today.

It took centuries for humans to fully develop Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), but it only took decades for modern CPR to go from a novel, medically-accepted technique in the mid-20th century to an everyday lifesaver.

Rediscovering a miracle

On December 3rd, 1732, deep inside the suffocating confines of a Scottish coal mine, James Blair took what would have been his last breath. His comrades lugged the coal-pit miner’s lifeless body up 34 fathoms of mining tunnels, where William Tossach, a local surgeon, took command of the scene. After confirming the absence of a pulse, in a move that certainly must have startled onlookers, Tossach employed an ancient but little-known technique. The surgeon leaned down, propped Blair’s mouth open, pressed his lips tightly over the victim’s, and exhaled.

Air wisped out of Blair’s nostrils – not the results Tossach expected. He then pinched Blair’s nose shut, drew in a deep breath and blew again. The miner’s chest inflated and immediately produced “six or seven very quick beats of the heart.” Blair went on to achieve a full recovery, and news of this re-discovered resuscitation technique spread across Europe.

By 1740, the Paris Academy of Sciences had officially recommended mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as a method of saving drowning victims. In 1771, the Society of Recovery of Drowned Persons credited their techniques, which included respirations into the mouth, as having saved 150 people over the span of four years. Considered in terms of 1767 communications, that number is a little more impressive than it might sound.

Massaging the heart

Jump forward to 1903. Dr. George Crile, who’d been experimenting with chest compressions to resuscitate dogs, successfully revived a human using the same technique. However, like many of humanity’s breakthroughs, this discovery bloomed in multiple cultures; jujitsu and judo books as far back as the 17th century described similar methods of external cardiac massage. It seemed, one way or another, CPR was destined to make its way into human knowledge.

In 1922, Dr. Claude Beck witnessed a startling surgical incident during his internship. The operation took a dramatic turn when the anesthetist declared that the patient’s heart had stopped beating. An astounded Beck reported that the resident surgeon’s response was to take off his gloves, pick up the phone, and call in the fire department to revive (unsuccessfully) the patient!

This experience had a profound effect on the young doctor. Twenty-five years later, in 1947, a 14-year old boy became the first human to be successfully revived using electrical engineer William Kouwenhoven’s external defibrillator. The boy’s life-saving doctor was none other than Dr. Claude Beck, who had spent the years since his residency becoming a pioneer in heart surgery, CPR, and using electrical shock to restart the heart.

A lifesaving merger

On September 16, 1960, the American Heart Association officially announced its promotion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation as the combination of two techniques – external heart massage and mouth to mouth – that “cannot be considered any longer as separate units.” In the decades that followed, CPR became a household name thanks to promotional films and global training programs.

By 1981, the first program to train 911 operators on how to give CPR instructions over the phone was implemented, a standard that’s now universal in the United States. Three years later, EMTs and firefighters began using automated external defibrillators, a user-friendly device requiring less training than previous versions of the machine.

Constantly evolving

Like all good science, CPR exists in a dynamic state, adjusting to new findings in an effort to generate a more efficient and effective technique. In 2005, the American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & ECC revised the compression to ventilation ratio. In the years that followed, the AHA emphasis has shifted even more toward chest compressions, after studies revealed the efficacy of constant compressions without rescue breathing.

Today, people from all walks of life enroll in CPR and AED training programs, and the adoption of AEDs is growing. More and more industries are requiring certification as a safety standard, and training techniques have made learning how to save lives accessible to a wide range of students.

One Beat CPR is proud to continue this tradition by contributing to lifesaving education. We provide CPR and AED training for students as diverse as corporate employees, families, and dedicated medical professionals. For more information about classes or the latest CPR techniques, contact us today.

What it Takes to be an AHA-Authorized Training Facility

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The American Heart Association’s training facility criteria

Even if you’re just casually interested in learning CPR or how to use an AED, you want to make sure you’re taught properly. And if you’re a professional in need of training, an American Heart Association authorized training facility may be a necessity. But what does that approval really mean?

The fact of the matter is the AHA authorization is far more than just a rubber stamp. This high standard is about being dedicated stewards of CPR and AED training – making sure the procedures are taught correctly, and that the training is always up to date.

Getting AHA authorized

Here’s what it means when a training facility has the American Heart Association’s approval:

  • The facility has already conducted AHA classes in each practice for which they’re seeking authorization as a training facility
  • They possess a minimum of $1 million in general liability insurance
  • The organization has presented a clear business plan displaying their market analysis and goals to the AHA
  • They’re registered as a business in their home state
  • The training center coordinator has attended a detailed AHA orientation
  • When available, AHA eCards will be issued as verification of completion of their courses
  • They have the support of a hospital corporate officer, and a letter indicating that support
  • They continue to be in good standing with the AHA

Types of AHA courses

The American Heart Association promotes a wide variety of classes for both medical and non-medical professionals, as well as anyone who just wants to learn how to save lives:

Basic Life Support (BLS): This genre of courses is targeted toward medical professionals, and therefore covers a broader range of patient applications.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS): Another one targeting medical professionals – ACLS teaches healthcare providers how to read electrocardiograms, manage a person’s airway, apply an IV, and about emergency pharmacology.

Pediatrics: In these courses, students learn a systematic approach to assessing pediatric patients, the PALS treatment algorithms, and effective resuscitation techniques for children.

Courses for lay rescuers: This category of classes is aimed at those with little or no medical training who either need certification for their job, or simply want to know how to save lives. It includes CPR, AED, and First Aid training.

Courses for the general community: Similar to the above genre, these include family courses, classes for schools, and different techniques such as the “hands only” approach to CPR.

Courses for AHA instructors: This is where the teachers for all of the courses above learn how to teach them. AHA instructors are required to continue their training to stay current on all techniques.

Find the right training

One Beat CPR’s AHA-authorized training offers a wide range of life saving courses, covering all of the American Heart Association’s major genres. To have one of our experts help find the right class for you, contact us today!

The 5 Essential Elements of CPR Training

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Choosing quality instruction that’s best for you

Research from around the world is clear when it comes to the importance of CPR and Automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The more people who learn these life-saving skills, the greater the chance that someone suffering a cardiac event will receive timely intervention and survive.

The question becomes, then, what constitutes a quality class? There are plenty of options available, but only a few have the curriculum and the authorization to get the best results.

1. What certification do you need?

The place to begin is to understand which sort of certification you require. Some CPR courses are designed specifically for healthcare professionals who are required to be certified and to renew that certification on a regular basis. These classes tend to be more intensive.

There are other courses, however, that are geared to other professions in which certification is required, such as a teacher or daycare worker, family members who are caring for someone with a heart issue, and ordinary people who just want to be prepared in case of an emergency.

In addition, some courses are specific to providing CPR for adults, children, or infants.

2. Which organization certifies the coursework?

The two leading organizations that authorize CPR classes and coursework are the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross (ARC). If you’re seeking a class as a result of employment, be sure to know which certification your employer requires.

While both organizations offer similar programs, the AHA tends to include more physiology and pharmacology information. The advanced courses for medical professionals are also more in-depth in order to combat the loss of skills that can occur over time.

ARC, on the other hand, provides community specific programs in addition to CPR instruction.

3. Beware of unknown programs

It’s always a smart idea for the buyer to beware, and that maxim holds true for CPR and AED training. There are plenty of companies that promise certification, but as stated above – all certifications are not created equal. When it comes to learning how to save a life, it may not be wise to chance it with lesser known and qualified courses.

4. Internet or classroom?

Some providers provide instruction via e-courses. While this is convenient, there should also be a hands-on component. In fact, many courses will require classroom time so participants can work with other students, perfect skills with hands-on instruction, and demonstrate mastery of skills to a qualified instructor.

5. To AED or not to AED

Automated external defibrillators (AED) are most often found in schools, gyms, and sports fields around the country, though their adoption is spreading. Many businesses are also investing in the technology.

As a result, many classes combine CPR instruction with AED instruction – and for good reason. An AED is an essential component in saving a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart stops suddenly and unexpectedly. The electrodes on the machine determine the victim’s heart rhythm, and then provide prompts to deliver shocks that can reset it. The quick use of an AED saves lives, as every minute after the onset of an SCA results in a 10 percent lower chance of survival.

Although AEDs come with step-by-step instructions and can be used by untrained individuals, the height of a critical emergency is not the ideal time to start reading.

One Beat CPR is one beat away

One Beat CPR is an American Heart Association-authorized CPR provider. We offer a wide array of classes for healthcare professionals, students, and anyone with little or no medical training who wants to be prepared. In addition, we also provide recertification programs, as well as instruction in first aid, blood borne pathogens, advanced cardiac life support, and more.

For more information on One Beat CPR or to register for an American Heart Association-authorized CPR class, contact us toll free at 855.663.2328 or complete our convenient online form.

Risk Management and the Rewards of Corporate CPR and AED Training

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10,000 workplace cardiac arrests occur in the US each year

According to a new survey conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA), most U.S. workers are woefully unprepared to handle cardiac emergencies at work. The vast majority of American employees don’t yet have access to comprehensive CPR training, and 50% of those surveyed “could not locate not an automated external defibrillator (AED) at work.” These troubling statistics mean that many people, especially those who have a preexisting cardiac issue, are being put at undue medical risk.

Training can do more than potentially help your employees save lives; it can also boost company morale and make everyone feel safer at work. Classes are a group activity that fosters teamwork and camaraderie. In addition, mandating training could limit legal liability and protect your company’s bottom line, as the death of an employee or a visitor due to a lack of intervention could spur a lawsuit.

Corporate risk managers are just starting to embrace the benefits of CPR and AED training

Corporate CPR and AED training is an essential step in mitigating legal risk. Many customer-facing businesses, especially ones in the hospitality industry (such as hotels, country clubs, and restaurants) worry about personal injury lawsuits, and a prepared staff addresses one risk factor.

Despite this value, the industry has been slow to catch on to the benefits of CPR and other emergency medical training. According to the American Heart Association, 66% of hospitality workers could not even locate an AED in their workplace. In addition to clear risk-management benefits, corporate CPR and AED training may also be able to help companies save on their insurance policies – especially if a firm has a specific liability policy in addition to a general business insurance policy.

Despite a lack of widespread training, employee interest remains high

The American Heart Association reports that employee interest in learning CPR and other lifesaving medical skills is encouragingly enthusiastic. The AHA survey also found that “more than 90% of employees would take First Aid and CPR+AED training if employers offered it, and most (70%) believe training would make them feel better prepared for emergencies.”

While interest in learning the skills seems to be on the rise, the AHA states that most organizations only implement a CPR training program after a medical tragedy has occurred. But there’s no reason to wait for something terrible to happen before taking action. Being proactive boosts morale and could save your organization money – while saving a life.

To learn more about the wide array of benefits of corporate CPR and AED training, contact One Beat CPR today for a free consultation.