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  • National Heart Month - First Responders use grant for AEDs

    In a cardiac emergency, time is of the essence.

    AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) should be in every school, every business, and every public place - but people haven't clued in to the fact that they aren't enormous, scary expensive hospital devices. These are simple-to-use, efficient lifesaving devices that instruct the user. While CPR & AED training certainly makes their use more efficacious, it is not necessarily required as the devices walk the rescuer through the process with audio and visual instructions.

    More than ever, too, AEDs are easy to obtain, and funding is available even to private businesses and individuals (not just organizations) to obtain them.

    Consider the National AED Grant program at www.AedGrant.com - they provide funding assistance for getting AEDS. Their program is described as -

    An AED in every Home…
    An AED in every Business…
    An AED in every Public Place…

    Our Goal: An AED wherever tragedy may strike.

    AEDGrant.com ~
    Providing Funding to Empower America in Deploying these Critical Lifesaving Devices...

    AED=GrantIn December, the Chassell Township Medical First Responders the group received a $5,500 grant from the Keweenaw Community Foundation for four AEDs, and also contributed enough money of its own to purchase a fifth. That's on top of two the first responders had already.

    Chassell Township Medical First Responders members Cory Williamson, Lynn Taavola, Nicki Lassila, Denise Stricker and Erik Stricker pose with an automated external defibrillator in the Chassell Township Fire Hall Wednesday.

    The first responders recently received five AEDs — four through a $5,500 grant from the Keweenaw Community Foundation and a fifth with a combination of leftover money from the KCF grant and money from the group’s fund.

    "With the five AEDs, every one of our first responders has an AED in their vehicle, so we don't have to respond to the hall for a cardiac emergency," said director Derrick Verran. "We can go right to the scene."

    With 2,000 township residents spread out over 50 square miles, it could take an ambulance more than 20 minutes to arrive on scene, making a fast response crucial, Verran said. The first responders were called out 75 times last year.

    The group picked out Philips HeartStart AEDs. They come with a separate child key, which allows the first responders to reduce the amount of shock being delivered.

    So far, the new devices haven't seen action, Verran said.

    "We're thankful for that, but it is nice to know we have them, and they're available if we need them," he said.

    Other members of the department said improving the old status quo will save time - and possibly lives.

    "There's one call we drove right by the house to get the AED," said member Erik Stricker.

    Garrett Neese (gneese@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

  • Senate Bill Pushes For CPR for Students

    Senate Bill Pushes For CPR for SD Students

    See our updates on States passing CPR requirements for schools and graduation

    If you saw someone go into sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do?  One answer can be found within three letters: CPR. Performing CPR on someone who goes into sudden cardiac arrest triples their chances of surviving, according to the American Heart Association.

    Ann Thompson has become a big advocate for CPR. Her passion for the life-saving technique stems from her own experience. Not a day goes by that she does not think about her son, Adam. Adam died from a heart condition when he was just 16. At the time, she did not realize he went into sudden cardiac arrest, and now she wonders how CPR could have changed the outcome.

    "You know, if I could turn back time, I'm just so shocked that it never entered my mind. I didn't know the signs of sudden cardiac arrest. My husband didn't, my daughter - none of us did," Thompson said.

    Nearly two years after Adam's death, she is still trying to help prevent other moms and dads from losing their children.  That involved CPR dummies, and heart screenings. She has teamed up with the American Heart Association in Sioux Falls, and lending her voice to support Senate Bill 145. If passed, SB 145 would make learning hands-only CPR a graduation requirement for South Dakota students.

    "We're very excited about the opportunity to basically train an entire generation of lifesavers," Chrissy Meyer, American Heart Association, said.

    Hands-Only CPR is CPR with chest compressions, but without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an "out-of-hospital" setting, according to AHA. Learning it is about a 20-minute process. Many schools in South Dakota already teach CPR, including the Sioux Falls School District. Students in sixth grade learn CPR. Starting next year, not only will sixth graders learn it, but seventh and eighth graders will review it.

    "Almost 90-percent of these things happen in the home. If you learn CPR, it's probably not going to be a stranger you're helping. It's going to be a family member or a loved one," Meyer said.

    Senate Bill 145 is set for a hearing in Pierre on February 10.

    "My message to those kids is, look at what you know. This is what you can do now. You can save a life and that's where they get excited," Thompson said.

  • Workplace Safety during American Heart Month

    Workplace Safety during American Heart Month
    It is essential that all education and products are based on the latest scientific findings regarding emergency medical care. (American Red Cross photo)
    An ordinary day at Food Lion's Salisbury, N.C., headquarters nearly turned tragic when an employee for the grocery chain collapsed in the parking lot near a site where the Balfour Beatty construction company was making renovations. Two Balfour Beatty supervisors, Stanley Stowe and Bobby Hunter, immediately went to the woman's aid. While Hunter directed bystanders, Stowe performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the woman for 15 minutes until emergency medical services arrived.

    "I witnessed a miracle right before my eyes," Stowe said. "I watched a woman who was unresponsive and had turned blue come back to life." The two men, who had received CPR training, were nominated for an American Red Cross award for their actions in the emergency.

    This incident and many others just like it serve as a reminder that businesses of all kinds should ensure that employees are prepared for a cardiac emergency in the workplace. February is designated "Heart Month" by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is an opportunity to ensure that at least 10 percent of employees are certified to perform CPR and first aid and use an automated external defibrillator, should the need arise.

    A comprehensive workplace first aid/CPR/AED course, which can be taught in the workplace by certified Red Cross instructors, prepares employees to provide immediate care to an ill or injured person until the arrival of more advanced medical personnel. This course has the added benefit of teaching employees to use an AED.
    In addition to training employees to recognize signs of cardiac arrest, provide CPR, and administer an AED, the program also provides comprehensive training in many workplace heath emergencies. Trainees learn to identify illness and injury, treat shock, provide first aid, and ensure that advanced medical responders are alerted quickly. In addition, optional training is available on splinting injuries, caring for an asthma attack, use of an epinephrine auto-injector in conjunction with anaphylaxis, and managing severe bleeding injuries.

    The training consists of an online option that can be completed by employees at their convenience and an in-class portion provided by certified trainers in the workplace. Employees can be trained to teach the course, which allows businesses to provide their own training in-house while supported by the Red Cross standards and materials. Employees who successfully complete the training are certified in first aid/CPR/AED for two years, and those already certified are eligible for abbreviated renewal training, saving valuable time. All students are offered both printed and digital certifications, which allows businesses to quickly and conveniently check the certification status of all employees and not have to wait for them to arrive in the mail.

    For businesses with employees required to be trained in the use of the AED, a complete, life-saving AED program in the workplace facility is available. It includes AED product demonstrations, on-site needs analysis, placement assistance, program implementation, and flexible AED purchase options.

    For a more comprehensive test of preparedness, there is the First Aid Emergency Drill program, which uses a simulated medical emergency in the workplace to assess employee-responder performance. The program is designed to reinforce and build upon first aid/CPR/AED training, expanding employee-emergency responder skills and enhancing employee ability to perform together as a team in dynamic, real-world situations. The drill also reinforces OSHA standards and best practices, and organizations will receive a post-drill report with feedback and coaching.

    Whether enabled through education, mobile apps, or workplace products, preparedness is only as effective as the science behind it, so it is essential that all are based on the latest scientific findings regarding emergency medical care. These products and education are guided by the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, a panel of more than 50 nationally recognized experts in the fields of emergency medicine, EMS, preparedness, and public health. The council ensures that all programs incorporate the latest evidence-based scientific and medical knowledge.

    But it is the fusion of state-of-the-art science and training that enables employees to act when confronted with a real-time emergency. Just ask safety manager Mike Mathews of Firestone Fibers & Textile in Kings Mountain, N.C. During a lunch break one day in late 2012, Matthews was alerted that an employee was suffering from an asthma attack and seizure. He quickly gathered a team of trained staff members and went to the person’s aid.

    The employee had no detectable pulse, wasn't breathing, and was turning blue. Mathews administered an AED while two other employees performed rescue breathing and CPR. A fourth person called EMS. The team, which was nominated for a Red Cross award, was able to keep the victim alive until advanced medical help arrived. Without the training and the fast action of the trained employees, the employee would not have survived, Matthews said.

    Mobile Apps Emerge as Crucial for Workplace Safety
    Mobile devices are a lifeline for emergency information, and mobile apps are tied with social media as the fourth most popular way to get information during emergencies--behind TV, radio, and online news sites, according to an American Red Cross survey.

    Nearly 20 percent of Americans report receiving some kind of emergency information from an app they've downloaded. In many situations, apps are well suited to workplace safety, allowing instant access to safety and preparedness information whenever and wherever employees encounter an emergency.

    Free and easily downloaded mobile apps applicable to the workplace include some designed for first aid emergencies and disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes. The apps offer real-time alerts as well as pre-loaded information so guidance is available even if connectivity is temporarily lost. All apps also allow employees to quickly let loved ones know they are safe and share important emergency information on their social networks. The highly successful apps have been downloaded more than 3.8 million times.

    The American Red Cross First Aid App is especially useful for businesses seeking to keep their employees ready for emergencies. Among its features, the app provides users with expert step-by-step advice for common illness and injury emergencies with instructions that will guide employees through first aid scenarios. It is fully integrated with 911 so users can immediately call for emergency medical responders. The app also has an educational component, with videos and animation that encourage employees to improve and test their first aid knowledge. Employees can be incentivized to learn by earning "badges" as they master interactive quizzes, and these awards can be shared with other employees via social networks.

    This article by Jonathan L. Epstein originally appeared in the February 2014 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.

  • High School students kick-start hands-only CPR campaign

    February is National Heart Month...

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life saving skill that should be on everyone’s resume, and Albany County is celebrating American Heart Month by holding classes to teach the skill throughout February.

    Infant CPR Anytime is an “all-in-one” learning kit that teaches the basic skills of Infant CPR, Infant choking relief and calling for help in approximately 20 minutes. Infant CPR Anytime allows users to learn these life-saving skills anywhere, either in the comfort of their own home or in large group settings. The kit teaches CPR using the AHA’s research-proven “practice-while-watching” technique, which allows users to watch an instructional DVD while practicing their skills on a personal manikin. Infant CPR Anytime is designed to be shared with close family members and friends to help extend lifesaving training to more people. Because more lives can be saved…. Product Specifications: The Infant CPR Anytime kit includes the following: · 1 bilingual (English/Spanish) Infant CPR Anytime DVD · 1 poly-bagged Mini Baby® CPR personal manikin · 1 bilingual (English/Spanish) Infant CPR Anytime skills reminder card · 1 Mini Baby replacement lung · Manikin wipes CPR Anytime is an “all-in-one” learning kit that teaches the basic skills of CPR, Available in Adult/Child or Infant Programs

    Working to raise awareness of an easy-to-learn technique, hands-only CPR that can be used in instances of cardiac arrest and can be taught in less than 5 minutes. CPR Anytime classes run by Colonie EMS will be offered throughout February at various locations.

    During the announcement for the trainings this month, hundreds of students at Shaker High School in Latham learned last week from Colonie EMS personnel, as part of an effort led by the American Heart Association to train all high school students.

    Roughly 300,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur in the U.S. each year, with a survival rate of just 9 percent. In Colonie, where Colonie EMS Chief Peter Berry has made it a goal to train as many people as possible in CPR, that rate is 34 percent. Colonie EMS have provided CPR training to more than 2,000 town employees, firefighters, students, seniors and other community members in the past three years. These actions have put Colonie on the map as one of two locations in the country to win the Heart Safe Community Award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2010.


    The course will teach participants how to use an automated external defibrillator. Participants use mannequins provided by Colonie EMS to practice compression.

    “We know that CPR saves lives,” said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. “Our EMS personnel have much greater success when they arrive on a scene and CPR has been started. If it hasn’t been started, the outcome is almost always tragic.”

    “Teaching hands-free CPR will save more lives and provide better outcomes for the survivors,” said Michelle Haller, who survived a sudden cardiac arrest in 2009 because of immediate CPR response. “It’s easy to perform and gives people the tool to save a life, most likely someone they know.

    “CPR is the first link in the chain of survival,” Haller said. Aware of her fortune, “If there isn’t anyone that starts CPR, the chances of someone surviving a cardiac arrest are almost zero.”

    “People are very eager to learn it,” said Jared Alpern, a first responder for Clifton Park and Halfmoon EMS. Alpern, 17, is also a student at Shaker High School. He stressed the importance of being knowledgeable in how to perform CPR for the first minutes or cardiac arrest before an ambulance arrives to the scene.

    For every minute that a person undergoing cardiac arrest does not receive CPR, their chance of survival decreases by 10 percent, Alpern said.

    “The rate of survival is dependent on the number of people in the community who know CPR,” Haller said.

  • Advances in Online Videos and Lifesaving

    From the awesome new 24 hour music Video "Happy", to one of our favorites on "Zombie CPR", online streaming video has taken on amazing new roles.

    New and exciting to the lifesaving and first aid field is the Lifesaver Video - Lifesaver is a game-in-a-film which gets you to make the choices you'd have to make in a real emergency. It's completely free online, and cool - check it out.


  • New Year - New Safety Needs

    We all start each New Year with great plans, goals, and resolutions.

    Don't let yours slip by - stay focused, plan now - and get going!

    If you have any plans for a safer and more prepared year in 2014 - get what yo need now... we're here to assist! Some ideas:

  • To disseminate Safety Knowledge and Preparedness to All

    Have you seen Safety.com - The ULTIMATE Safety Site?
    This is THE Safety Destination site.

    Safety.com encompasses everything you associate with the word "Safety". Safety-Banner

    Safety.com has great FREE features for everyone:

    • Safety Videos - (Submit your recommended Safety Videos, Watch these Safety Videos, or Play these FREE Safety Videos for your Group!)
    • Safety Jobs – Safety.com has launched a great portal for Safety Employment – post your Safety Resume, get tips for finding employment in the Safety Field, or Post a Safety Job as an Employer in need of a Safety Professional!
    • Safety Products – Safety.com is launching the ultimate Safety Products Shop – view and compare Safety Products, post Safety Product reviews, read safety product reviews by others - and best of all Safety.com Members (free sign up) get special discounts on most the items shown through this Safety Shopping Portal!

    Safety-LogoSafety.com is the place for all Safety Information - we are the definition of "Safety"! This is your safety site for greatsafety topics, safety information, safety tips, and OSHA safety updates. Safety.com is the only place to start your own safety blog or follow safety blogs, publish and read safety expert articles, and see great safety product comparisons in the safety shopping portal. If you need safety training, health and safety information, safety equipment, fire safety videos, forklift safety, industrial safety, workplace safety, or even safety pictures and safety slogans - you'll find everything you need for safety at Safety.com  - and free!

    Please take advantage of the free Safety membership offer – Safety Membership is absolutely free of cost now, Safety Community, but may not be later! If you sign up now, your basic Safety membership will always remain free of charge, and you will be able to Blog, Comment, Post your Résumé and more.

    Upon editorial approval by the Safety.com Administrative Team (This is to “keep it real” - a bit of self promotion is cool, but spammers won’t junk up your Safety Information and Safety Topic searches with their posts) all Safety Members may also start their own Safety Topic Forum or Publish Safety Articles here at Safety.com. This is a great opportunity for Safety Professionals to discuss the hot Safety Topics of the day, and interested Safety Citizens may ask questions about safety compliance, safety at home, or safety issues for their work or family.
    All Safety Members will receive discounts and special offers in their account (no, not Junk Mails – just offers that will only appear when you are logged in) and will be a part of growing this important online Safety Community.
    So if you are a Parent concerned about Home Safety or Internet Safety for your Child, an Individual concerned about Safety Insurance or Identity Theft, a Certified Safety Professional looking to Network, or just curious about ANSI Regulations and ISEA Standards, MSHA regs, HAZCOM, OSHA Safety, or other Safety Issues… Join the Safety.com Family of SafetyKind today!

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  • This One Minute Video May Help You Save Someone's Life

    This One Minute Video May Help You Save Someone's Life

    Even if you don't know CPR, the American Heart Association has some advice for you, in the form of this one minute video. In short, if an adult collapses, call 911 and begin chest compression—don't wait or try to wonder how to do it correctly; quick action can save a life.

    Of course, this video is absolutely no substitute for learning proper CPR and getting yourself certified—I definitely recommend doing it, and it only takes a day-long class to do. It's one of the many basic life-saving skills everyone should know. Still, if you don't know CPR and don't know what to do when someone suddenly collapses, this can help. The technique is called "hands-only" CPR, and according to this American Heart Association fact sheet, it can triple a heart-attack victim's chances of survival. If you absolutely need a rhythm to do the chest compressions to, the AHA suggests the disco classic “Stayin’ Alive,” which, irony aside, has approximately 100 beats per minute—right on time for how quickly you should compress.

    Also check out American CPR Training... They are good- very knowledgeable, and easy to schedule with. (www.AmericanCPR.com)

    On this subject though - it is important, too, that everyone consider the importance of AEDs - CPR doesn't generally really "Resuscitate" as the name would imply, but rather maintains stasis until an AED or other advanced lifesaving practices are applied.
    Consider the National AED Grant program at www.AedGrant.com - they provide funding assistance for getting AEDS. Their program is described as -

    An AED in every Home….
    An AED in every Business….
    An AED in every Public Place….

    Our Goal: An AED wherever tragedy may strike.

    AEDGrant.com ~
    Providing Funding to Empower America in Deploying these Critical Lifesaving Devices...

    This One-Minute Video Will Turn You into a Life-Saving Superhero | Greatist

  • Do Not Resuscitate (CPR/DNR) Policies

    The nurse refused to start CPR even when the 911 dispatcher begged her to start CPR or to find someone, even a bystander, who would do so...

    In a highly publicized recent case in California, a registered nurse working in an independent living facility refused to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an elderly resident who was experiencing respiratory distress.  The nurse refused to start CPR even when the 911 dispatcher begged her to start CPR or to find someone, even a bystander, who would do so.  The nurse still refused, stating that the facility had a no-CPR policy at the time.

    This case caused consternation among long term care providers around the country.  In our own practice, we’ve had numerous requests to review skilled nursing facility (SNF) Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and CPR policies because of this case.

    On October 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new surveyor and provider guidance on CPR/DNR policies and practices in SNFs that leaves no doubt about  1) an SNF’s obligations to provide CPR consistent with residents’ advance directives and 2) the requirement that SNFs have policies and procedures consistent with this requirement.

    In the guidance, which is effective immediately, CMS makes clear the following:

    • Under both OBRA regulations governing SNFs and regulations promulgated under the federal Patient Self-Determination Act for most health care providers, SNFs have an obligation to initiate CPR for a resident suffering cardiac/respiratory distress unless:
    1. The resident has an advance directive declining CPR (including a valid DNR order)
    2. The resident has no advance directive, meaning that the facility should default to full care, including CPR, absent a directive by the resident or his/her legal surrogate declining CPR
    3. The resident evidences obvious signs of clinical death (i.e., rigor mortis, dependent lividity, decapitation, transaction, or decomposition)
    4. Initiating CPR could cause injury to the rescuer;
    • All SNFs must have staff trained in CPR under American Heart Association guidelines at all times and on all shifts;
    • Simply calling 911 when residents suffer cardiopulmonary distress is not sufficient; and
    • All SNFs must have policies and procedures consistent with these requirements.

    CMS further states that SNFs may not establish and implement facility-wide “no CPR” policies because this violates residents’ rights to formulate advance directives under FTag 155 and the federal Patient Self-Determination Act.  CMS acknowledges that available data shows the rate of success from CPR in the elderly population is low, somewhere between 2% to 11%.  However, CMS also notes that the SNF population is changing, with many more younger residents coming to SNFs for short-term therapy and rehabilitation.  According to CMS, its 2012 Nursing Home Data Compendium shows that roughly one in seven SNF residents in 2011 were under the age of 65.

    What Providers Should Do

    In light of this new CMS guidance and the recent attention we’ve noted in surveys on end-of-life issues, SNFs should do the following:

    • Review your CPR/DNR policies to ensure they are consistent with the CMS guidance.
    • Train all staff on those policies and procedures and do this periodically.
    • Review your facility admissions processes to ensure that admissions personnel understand and follow them.  Admissions personnel are often on the front line in determining and documenting an incoming resident’s advance directives and end-of-life wishes.  Make sure they understand the difference in living wills, health care powers of attorney, and DNR orders and that they read and understand these documents. Also make sure they spot any inconsistencies in those documents and resolve them with the resident, his/her legal surrogate if the resident is not competent, the attending physician, family members, and/or facility management, as appropriate.
    • Ensure that you have a reliable, consistent system for all staff to know immediately a resident’s end-of-life wishes so that CPR can be initiated or withheld immediately in a crisis, consistent with the resident’s expressed wishes. Most research shows that brain injury or brain death can occur or begin within four to six minutes of a respiratory failure, so time is of the essence.

    Finally, for SNF providers who also have an adult care home or independent living unit or wing, remember that CMS regulates only those facilities that are certified for Medicare and/or Medicaid.  So this new CMS guidance does not apply to noncertified adult care homes or independent living units.  The requirements for CPR in those types of facilities are governed solely by state law.

    Everyone needs to know CPR - and it is not expensive to learn. American CPR Training teaches group classes at your location from as low as $16.50 per Student for full 2 year Adult, Child & Infant CPR - anywhere in the USA!
    or if you don't have a group of 4 or more, they have an awesome program to learn CPR at Home (including CPR Manikins!) http://americancpr.com/HLS.html

    The national group American CPR Training (www.AmericanCPR.com) is teaching their new easy C.A.R.E. CPR™ Their website says:
    American CPR Training™ ~ America's Favorite CPR, AED & First Aid Training™ is more than just the Leader in Safety Training throughout the US, Canada, & Mexico... American CPR Training is ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Issues New Surveyor Guidance on Initiating CPR in Nursing Homes and Facility Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Do Not Resuscitate (CPR/DNR) Policies

    About the Author


    Ken is a long term care attorney advising clients on a wide variety of legal planning issues arising in the skilled nursing facility setting, assisted living setting, and other spheres of long term care. He is a frequent national lecturer and author of industry manuals, national trade journal magazine articles and similar training tools. He serves Poyner Spruill clients by focusing on legal issues impacting the long term care and health services sector. Ken also serves as head of Poyner Spruill's Health Law Section.

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