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Break the Ice: Ways to Transform Workplace Acquaintances into a Team on onebeatcpr.com

Break the Ice: Ways to Transform Workplace Acquaintances into a Team

From CPR training to cooking competitions, there’s something to fit every company

A company is only as strong as its team. And a team is only as strong as the bonds between its members. As eye-rolling as some corporate bonding exercises can be, there are fun and inspiring alternatives, including CPR training. Read on for a sampling of our favorites.

Make the office fun again

You need not fly your team to Maui or buy out Fenway Park to give them valuable team-building opportunities. Introduce one or more of these office-based ideas to give their day-to-day a needed shot in the arm.

  1. Show off their culinary chops. Cooking competitions have become a staple of TV and are relatively easy to transform into activities that require strong leadership and quickly-learned cooperation. Pick a category (brunch! Greek! tropical!) or an ingredient (chickpeas! Twinkies! kale!) and let the creative juices flow.Ultimately, it’s up to the team whether the adventure ends up fantastically delicious or a flambéed disaster. And while not everyone on your staff likes to cook, it’s safe to say most of them like to eat. So set up a judging panel for those team members who aren’t Emeril or Giada.
  2. Work games into the daily calendar. Not everyone has the time (or desire) to get up from their desks and join that cutthroat game of Jenga or seven-card stud by the reception desk. But give employees the option to sign up for a slot as part of their regular work week and space may magically start to appear in those office calendars. Any concerns about lost productivity can be assuaged by increased rapport among your team plus some much-needed time to rest some brain muscles (and stretch others).
  3. Get personal. Simple bonding games such as Two Truths and a Lie allow your staff to get to know each other but within boundaries that they themselves set. It’s up to the individual which “truth” they decide to share, which allows them to open up in a safe environment. While ideal as an onboarding tool, it can also be a great brainteaser for long-term staff, as they will need to come up with new “truths” that their colleagues don’t yet know.

Get out of the office

As fun as you can make your home base, sometimes your team needs fresh air and a change of venue. Give these out-of-office adventures a try.

  1. Volunteer. Donating time towards a good cause is good for personal karma and also great for team bonding. Children’s hospitals, soup kitchens, and wilderness beautification are just a few of the many options out there that welcome large groups. Also consider allowing your staff to use their professional skills (copywriting, website design, marketing) to help short-staffed nonprofits.
  2. Underwrite a mystery dinner. At the end of a long day (or week) a nice dinner out can be just the thing to allow your employees to blow off steam and break bread as an extended family. The twist here is that the location and guest list will remain a mystery until the night of the event. Mix and match different teams to a variety of restaurants or staff members’ houses. Throw in an added perk with after-dinner drinks or dessert at one location so everyone can reconnect and share stories.
  3. Discover someplace new. A great night out can be perfect for some, but not all. Parents with young kids, people with two jobs, and many others may be much more likely to participate in a daytime outing. So take the day, pile into cars or a chartered bus, and explore a new place. That quaint town by the lake, an unusual museum, or even a nearby nature walk followed by lunch.

Train them to save lives

In addition to the obvious health and safety benefits to good CPR training, there are some extra perks that make this an even more appealing team-building option.

  1. Save lives, increase morale. Many businesses struggle to combat the “punch the clock” mentality that can set in for employees who may only see your company as a direct deposit blip on their digital bank statement. That mindset can quickly change once staff members put their lives in each other’s hands. In addition, most CPR classes require group participation and pairing off in teams, a great way to spend quality time and build trust with co-workers.
  2. Get to know your first aid kit. For the vast majority of people, the first aid kit that hangs on the wall or sits lonely next to the microwave in the break room is a passive comfort but little else. Training turns that plastic box of unfamiliar contents into critical tools that can save a life. Seconds matter after an accident and if your staff has a firm grasp of the tools at its disposal, the safer everyone will be. And a group setting ensures that coworkers will hold each other accountable for the information – you all learned it, you all need to own it.
  3. Serve your community. When your staff walks away from an afternoon of CPR training with their workplace comrades, they will now be equipped to make a valuable safety contribution in their homes and communities. Something this simple, and seemingly self-serving, can make your company a force for greater good on the local level. This benefit can’t be measured on a balance sheet but will be made real by the confidence and security felt by those who “punch the clock” for you every day.

One Beat CPR can be a key partner in this valuable team training for your organization, and it can be done offsite or we can bring the classes to your workplace. Learn more through our online resource guide.

Graduate with a Life-Saving Skill on onebeatcpr.com

Graduate with a Life-Saving Skill

Why students should learn CPR, even if their school doesn’t require it

Whether you’ve been out of school for decades or still have some years left before you graduate, almost certainly at one time or another you’ve had this thought during a class: “When are we ever going to use this?”

While school teaches us many important lessons and lots of good information, not everything is relevant to our daily lives. When, for example, was the last time you had to solve an equation outside of algebra class?

This is why when a valuable skill is taught – like CPR – it should be welcomed by everyone. Unfortunately, CPR training is not mandatory in all schools across the country. Right now, it is a graduation requirement in high schools in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

Florida, however, is not included on that list. Two attempts by the legislature in recent years to change this have both failed. But this shouldn’t stop high school (or college) students in Florida from seeking training on their own.

How teens can benefit from CPR training

CPR training is beneficial for everyone, and perhaps teenagers especially because it gives them:

Life-saving ability

According to statistics from the American Heart Association, an average of 475,000 people in the U.S. die from cardiac arrest every year. And about 350,000 of cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital. This means that the vast majority of people experiencing this trauma rely on bystanders for assistance. The survival rate for victims who get help is around 45 percent. Knowing CPR is the best way to save a life, whether it’s that of a friend, classmate, older family member, or younger sibling.

Confidence

Even if it is never used, knowing CPR can instill confidence in someone. Understanding what needs to be done in the event of an emergency can help a teen keep a cool head in a crisis.

A skill employers look for

For students looking for an after-school job or summer work, being able to put CPR training on their resume can give them an edge. For lifeguards or anything that involves children, this is a must. Someone seeking a gig babysitting could put a parent’s mind at ease knowing he or she has CPR knowledge. Even for volunteer work – at a nursing home, for example – this is a skill that can come in handy.

Real-life examples

It’s easy to say why it is important for people to learn CPR, but the message really hits home when you see the results. Here are just a few recent examples:

High school senior saves stranger’s life on New York City street

Just a couple weeks after learning CPR at his high school – which is mandatory in New York –

Anthony Rosa Conpres saved the life of a man who collapsed on a street in the Bronx.

Lacrosse player uses CPR to save the life of his teammate

When Colby Clay collapsed after being hit in the chest with a lacrosse ball during practice at his high school in Beaverton, Oregon, teammate Ben Wu’s CPR skills saved his life.

Senior saves senior: High school student uses CPR on an elderly man

High school senior Alex Cowie was working at the Action Fitness Gym in Hillsboro, Missouri, when she saw an older man suddenly collapse. Using the CPR skills she learned in school, she helped save the man’s life. Since CPR training became a requirement in Missouri high schools, this was the third time a student has used CPR to save a life in Hillsboro.

Don’t wait until Florida makes it mandatory in schools

If you’re a student, a parent of a student, or an educator, you should know that regardless of the state laws, CPR training is useful for everyone. At One Beat CPR + AED, our classes are taught by first responders with years of experience. Plus, we can bring the training to you. For more information, please get in touch.

CPR Training Does More Than Just Save Lives

CPR Training Does More Than Just Save Lives on onebeatcpr.com

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 5 Essential Elements of CPR Training

The 5 Essential Elements of CPR Training on onebeatcpr.com

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.