• Saving Lives

    Everyone needs to know CPR. Take a CPR Class.

    Be prepared to give CPR too:

  • Do as I say AND as I do.

    CPR Instructor saves a life.

    An instructor teaching a class on CPR ended up saving the life of a man who went into cardiac arrest outside of her classroom.

    The man, who was shoveling snow outside of the American Red Cross building in Rochester (Minnesota, not Mew York, FYI) recently, came inside to take a break, FOX 9 says.

     CPR instructor and  student save real man's life during classroom session

    That’s when he started having a heart attack, ABC 6 reports. Jennifer Brandt, an instructor with Twin Cities Safety, put her skills to use – she had her students call 911 and she began CPR.

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    “Everything went from there and I did what I’ve been teaching people for several years,” Brandt told ABC 6. “It gave the students a real live look into what a scene actually looks like and what needs to be done in order to give somebody that chance of life.”

    "If there is not someone there to help when somebody goes into cardiac arrest, that person will die,” Smith said.

    The response time was approximately 30 seconds. And in this case, those seconds mattered.American-Red-Cross-Emergency-Kits

  • Challenge to control your blood pressure!

    Of course High Blood Pressure is one of the leading causes of Cardiovascular Disease and Strokes. but you CAN control it!

    Million Hearts launches annual blood pressure control challenge

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today launched an annual challenge designed to identify and honor clinicians and health care teams that have helped their patients control high blood pressure and prevent heart attacks and strokes.Million-Hearts


    The Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge recognizes exemplary public and private practices and providers that achieve sustained hypertension control rates of 70 percent or above. The challenge was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in support of Million Hearts, an HHS initiative aimed at preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.


    "Many heart attacks and strokes -- and needless early deaths -- can be prevented if we get better control of high blood pressure,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “We applaud the many medical practices which have made hypertension control a daily priority with all of their patients. We look forward to recognizing their achievements and learning from top performing practices.”


    Nearly one in three U.S. adults – or about 70 million people – has high blood pressure. Of that group, only about half has it under control. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death nationwide. In 2013, high blood pressure was a primary or contributing cause of death for more than 360,000 Americans – that is nearly 1,000 deaths each day.


    Blood pressure management, a key strategy to prevent cardiovascular disease, is strongly emphasized by Million Hearts. Since 2012, Million Hearts has recognized 41 Champions that care for 12 million patients from small and large, urban and rural, and private, federal, and tribal health practices and systems. Past winners have used a variety of evidence-based strategies including hypertension treatment protocols, self-measured blood pressure monitoring, health information technology, and team-based care.


    “A growing number of public and private practices and systems are using evidence-based strategies to detect, connect and control high blood pressure,” said Janet S. Wright, M.D., F.A.C.C., executive director of Million Hearts. “This challenge is a way to find and celebrate these high performers and help others replicate their success. By excelling in hypertension control, Champions are helping prevent events and improving heart health across the country.”


    To enter the challenge, applicants must provide information about their practice, share verifiable high blood pressure control data, and describe how use of health information technology contributed to their success. Examples could include electronic health records, incentives for providers and patients, team-based care, and community involvement. The deadline to submit a nomination is before midnight on Oct. 31, 2015.

    For more information about the Hypertension Challenge, previous winners or to access resources, visit http://millionhearts.hhs.gov.


    About Million Hearts Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Million Hearts brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.


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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


    CDC works 24/7 protecting America’s health, safety and security. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, stem from human error or deliberate attack, CDC is committed to respond to America’s most pressing health challenges.

  • Stroke: What is YOUR risk?

    Risk of Stroke, whether TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack*) or full Cerebro Vascular Attacks varies by heredity, lifestyle, and other factors, but trends exist, and knowing your non-controllable risks can help you determine the importance of watching the controllable risk factors.

    What is little known is that across all ethnicities, about 20% of strokes occur under the age of 20!

    *TIA: A brief stroke-like attack that, despite resolving within minutes to hours, still requires immediate medical attention to distinguish from an actual stroke.

    Stroke deaths, by age group and race and Hispanic origin: average annual, 2010–2013:

    Stroke by Age

    The age distribution of stroke deaths varied by race and Hispanic origin during 2010–2013.

    • More than one-fourth of the stroke deaths among non-Hispanic black persons aged 45 and over (28.6%) occurred to those in the youngest age group (45–64.) By contrast, the portion of stroke deaths in this age group among the other race?ethnicity groups ranged from one-tenth among non-Hispanic white persons (10.0%) to less than one-fourth among Hispanic persons (22.4%).

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    Stroke mortality among adults aged 45 and over varied by race and Hispanic origin and sex during 2010–2013.

    • The age-adjusted stroke death rate for non-Hispanic black men aged 45 and over (154.8 deaths per 100,000 population) was 54% higher than the rate for non-Hispanic white men, 67% higher than the rate for non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander men, and 68% higher than the rate for Hispanic men of the same age.
    • The rate for non-Hispanic black women (131.4 per 100,000 population) was 30% higher than the rate for non-Hispanic white women, 58% higher than the rate for non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander women, and 61% higher than the rate for Hispanic women of the same age.
    • Non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander and Hispanic men and women had the lowest
      age-adjusted stroke death rates (men: 92.8 and 91.9 per 100,000 population; women: 83.0 and 81.6).
    • Non-Hispanic white men and women aged 45 and over had similar age-adjusted stroke death rates (100.7 and 101.1 deaths per 100,000 population). Men in the other race-ethnicity groups had higher age-adjusted stroke death rates than women of the same race and ethnicity (12% to 18% higher).

    Age-adjusted stroke death rates among men and women aged 45 and over, by race and Hispanic origin: average annual, 2010–2013:

    Hispanic Stroke

    Data from the National Vital Statistics System, Mortality

    • During 2010–2013, the age-adjusted stroke death rate for non-Hispanic black men aged 45 and over (154.8 deaths per 100,000 population) was 54% to 68% higher than the rates for men of the same age in other race-ethnicity groups. The rate for non-Hispanic black women aged 45 and over was 30% to 61% higher than the rates for women of the same age in other race-ethnicity groups.
    • The age distribution of stroke deaths differed by race and ethnicity.
    • Stroke death rates were 32% higher in counties in the lowest median household income quartile than in counties in the highest income quartile.
    • Nonmetropolitan counties had higher stroke death rates than counties at other urbanization levels.
    • Stroke mortality inside and outside the Stroke Belt differed by race and ethnicity.

    Despite steady decreases in U.S. stroke mortality over the past several decades, stroke remained the fourth leading cause of death during 2010–2012 and the fifth leading cause in 2013. Most studies have focused on the excess mortality experienced by black persons compared with white persons and by residents of the southeastern states, referred to as the Stroke Belt. Few stroke mortality studies have focused on Asian or Pacific Islander and Hispanic persons or have explored urban–rural differences. This report provides updated information about stroke mortality among U.S. residents aged 45 and over during 2010–2013 by age, race and ethnicity, income, urban–rural residence, and residence inside or outside the Stroke Belt. Learn more

  • Summer Sunday

    Summer Begins this Sunday.. are you ready?




  • Life and Death during CPR and AED Awareness Week

    Do you know anyone saved by CPR or due to an AED being on hand? Do you know of anyone lost because no AED was available and/or nobody on hand knew CPR?CPR-AED-BANNER

    Thousands of lives are saved each year through bystander CPR and quick action through AED use.

    Take action now during CPR and AED Awareness Week - you need not teach everyone CPR Today, but there are things you CAN do now.

  • National Oceans Month 🏄

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    Many of our readers know we surf test our bandages, kayak test our water resistant first aid kits, and take our marine and boating kits out on the ocean for "real life" quality testing before we offer these products for sale. 🌊

    The oceans, seas, and waterways are very dear to us, and we sponsor beach clean ups, wet lands preservation, and of course, water safety.

    As such,  the Presidential proclamation of National Oceans Month 2015 means a lot to us, and we hope you will read,, consider, and heed:

    Presidential Proclamation-- National Oceans Month, 2015


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    This summer, millions of Americans will take in the beauty and natural splendor of our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. As destinations for recreation and tourism, these bodies of water rejuvenate our spirit and cultivate a love of our great outdoors. And no matter where you live or who you are, a healthy and thriving ocean is essential to all people all year. Our marine environments contribute to our food supply, bolster our economy, strengthen our national defense, and support important scientific research and innovation. They are some of humanity's greatest treasures and central to who we are as a people. During National Oceans Month, we celebrate these lifesustaining ecosystems, and we reaffirm our vital role as stewards of our planet.

    Ensuring the long-term health, resilience, and productivity of our marine environments requires us to act to protect and preserve them in the face of a range of threats. Climate change is causing sea levels and ocean temperatures to rise, and these effects can harm coral reefs and force certain species to migrate. Carbon pollution is being absorbed by our oceans, causing them to acidify and changing entire ecosystems. And illegal fishing continues to threaten our global and economic security, as well as the sustainability of our world's fisheries.

    My Administration is committed to doing all we can to combat these threats and leave our children and grandchildren clean and vibrant oceans. As part of my National Ocean Policy, we are creating a coordinated, science-based approach to managing our coasts and oceans, and we are focused on implementing specific, on-the-ground actions to improve our ocean economy and bolster ocean health. We continue to make meaningful progress toward ending overfishing, and the Federal Government is partnering with State, local, and tribal leaders to promote marine conservation. As President, I continue to use my authority to preserve our most precious ecosystems, including last year when I expanded the largest marine reserve in the world -- ensuring more of our pristine tropical marine environments are off limits to commercial resource extraction.

    We are heirs to a vast expanse of oceans and waterways that have sustained our ancestors for centuries. As caretakers of our planet, we share an obligation to protect these magnificent ecosystems for generations to come. This month, let us work to do our part and recommit to leading the way toward a safer, cleaner, more stable world.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as National Oceans Month. I call upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve, and restore our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


  • This week is about Life 🏥

    CPR & AED Awareness Week 2015...

    Is your CPR Certification current? Do you have an AED at work, at home, at your group meeting places?

    Learn more about CPR & AED Awareness.


  • ? CPR and AED Awareness Week ?

    CPR and AED Awareness Week is right around the corner.

    In 2008, Congress designated the first week of June for observation of National CPR / AED Awareness Week, with the goal of encouraging all states, cities and towns to establish organized programs which provide CPR and AED training to the public.

    At American CPR Training® they realize that not everyone can arrange a class or promote CPR & AED Awareness the first week (especially with Memorial Day cutting into this week) so they have made it their policy since 2008 to promote CPR & AED Awareness Month.

    We carry a large selection of CPR products including Professional CPR & First Aid Training Mannequins, CPR Masks & CPR Mouth Barrier devices, CPR Kits, CPR Prompting devices, Safety Training Videos, CD's and More. We carry a large selection of CPR products including Professional CPR & First Aid Training Mannequins, CPR Masks & CPR Mouth Barrier devices, CPR Kits, CPR Prompting devices, Safety Training Videos, CD's and More.

    Do something for your gropu to recognize CPR & AED Awareness Week, or Month!

    Something... Anything. Plan Now.




  • April Pool's Day

    Swimming Pool & Lifeguard First Aid Kit Swimming Pool & Lifeguard First Aid Kit

    April Pool's Day is a grassroots effort to bring swimming pool safety to mind at the beginning of spring. Many organizations schedule their events, promotions, and awareness campaigns on various days throughout April each year - usually on Saturdays.

    Whether for a Public Pool, your whole Community, our just your Friends & Family around your own backyard pool - plan and hold your own April Pool's Day event - teach some safety pool practices, and maybe schedule CPR & First Aid Training for your group!

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