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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Hard & Fast

    Very clever bit from the British Heart Foundation: Vinnie Jones shows how hard and fast Hands-only CPR to Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees can help save the life of someone who has had a cardiac arrest. The Hollywood hardman is starring in a British Heart Foundation TV advert urging more people to carry out CPR in a medical emergency.

    It all applies here in the USA as well, except, of course, dial 911 not 999. L Earn more about Compression-Only CPR and Full CPR at American CPR or Learn CPR at Home

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  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Month

    Did you know that October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month?

    Learn CPR! Learn CPR!

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one killer in America - Learning CPR can help save those around you. Recent Statistics show that 66 percent of the people who collapse after the electrical activity is disrupted in their heart survive. That's true if someone else sees it happen and calls 911, and if the person receives CPR from emergency response crews or bystanders.

    There is a critical 3- to 5-minute window to save a victim of SCA.

    Know the cardiac chain of survival:

    ? Early recognition of SCA, which may include any of the following: collapsed and unresponsive, gasping, gurgling, seizure-like activity.

    ? Early access to 9-1-1.

    ? Begin CPR immediately.

    ? Retrieve and begin use of an AED immediately.

    ? Early advanced care from first responders.

    Recently, the focus has been on deeper, harder CPR for a longer duration — more than an hour in some cases — with fewer, shorter interruptions. EMS Teams that have been employing this strategy started seeing better survival numbers right away.

    Our recommendations: Learn CPR at Home, or Schedule a Group CPR & AED Training at your location. Get and AED... Need help? Try the AED Grant Program!

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  • Want to know how to save a life?

    There's an app for that... While everyone should know CPR and How to use an AED, and every group, organization, workplace, and school should schedule CPR Training at their location, what should be done and what is done do not always coincide... so, if you Don't know CPR, and want to help - Your mobile could help you to save a life.

    In the US -

    Enabling Citizen Superheroes

    PulsePoint is an enterprise-class, software-as-a-service (SaaS) pre-arrival solution designed to support public safety agencies working to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship. PulsePoint AppWhere adopted, the PulsePoint app empowers everyday citizens to provide life?saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and willing to assist in case of an emergency can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application will alert trained citizens in the vicinity of the need for bystander CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

    To install the PulsePoint app simply search PulsePoint in the Apple App Store or in Android Apps on Google Play.

    Civic Engagement

    Community outreach is critical in encouraging citizen engagement through the PulsePoint app. This Public Service Announcement (PSA) is used in movie theaters and other venues to raise local awareness of the app availability and purpose, and the important role of bystander CPR.

    Imagine that you are in a restaurant having lunch with a few friends. You hear a siren in the distance and think to yourself, “I wonder where they are going?” The siren gets louder and closer, and then you actually see a fire engine approaching in the distance. Suddenly, surprisingly, the engine turns into the parking lot and parks right in front of the crowded restaurant where you’re eating. That’s when you learn that right next door, someone is unconscious after suffering a cardiac arrest. If you only knew, maybe you could have made a difference.

    This scenario will likely be a thing of the past as the PulsePoint app gains widespread adoption. Last year the PulsePoint foundation launched the innovative new location-aware phone application that empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Communities can now use the application to dispatch CPR-trained citizens to major cardiac emergencies where the potential need for bystander CPR is high.

    Notifications are made simultaneously with the dispatch of paramedics to anyone within the area that is CPR-trained and has indicated their willingness and ability to assist during an SCA emergency. These notifications are only made if the victim is in a public place and only to potential rescuers that are in the immediate vicinity of the emergency. When notifications do occur they intend to target potential citizen rescuers that are primarily within walking distance of the event.

    At the time of need, users that have opted-in receive a push notification accompanied by a distinctive alert tone. The notification is followed by a map display showing the dispatched location of the emergency along with the precise location of the citizen rescuer – providing for easy navigation between the two. The map display also shows the exact location of the nearest AEDs. In many cases nationwide, nearby AEDs have not been used when they may have made a big difference. The application aims to address this type of failure by informing citizen rescuers where the nearest AED is located – in real-time and in context of their current location.

    Community Awareness

    PulsePoint Globe Logo In addition to life-saving CPR notifications, the application provides a complete virtual window into the emergency communication centers of PulsePoint-enabled agencies. Mobile users have real-time access to emergency activity as it’s occurring in these communities.

    App users are able to view active incidents – including the current response status of dispatched units (enroute, on scene, etc.) – and instantly pinpoint incident locations on an interactive map. Curious as to where that fire engine or ambulance that just passed is headed? Is there an accident up ahead causing this traffic tie-up? Just tap the application to quickly find the incident location or plan an alternate route. A log of recent incidents and a photo gallery of significant events can also be easily accessed.

    Users can also choose to be notified of incidents by type when they are dispatched and listen in on live emergency radio traffic via the modern version of the traditional fire scanner.

    Don’t live in a covered community? You’ll still find listening to the live action of dispatchers, firefighters and paramedics informative and interesting.

    In the UK - The South Central Ambulance Service is launching an app that points you to the nearest defibrillator.

    The app, which identifies over 600 AEDs in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, could help local people save the life of a person suffering sudden cardiac arrest.

    It also gives you guidance on how to perform CPR.

    The trust is the first in the country to use the technology.

    Professor Charles Deakin, SCAS Divisional Medical Director (Hampshire) and Chair of the Advanced Life Support Committee, European Resuscitation Council said:

    "Statistics show that in cases of sudden cardiac arrest outside hospital, only 1 in 10 people survive.

    However, when bystanders provide CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before emergency medical services personnel arrive, as many as 4 in 10 victims survive.

    This innovative new app from South Central Ambulance Service is therefore a real lifesaver.

    Modern AEDs are incredibly simple to use – even a child could do it – and the ability of people to be more confident in giving CPR and to quickly locate their nearest AED and use it on a person suffering a suspected cardiac arrest could save thousands of lives each year."

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    CPR Products

    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.

    AED Products

    AEDs & AED accessories including AED Trainers & Automatic Defibrillator from Phillips, Defibtech, HeartSine, Zoll & Meditronics.

  • One of the leading causes of death Worldwide

    High blood pressure is one of the disease that is responsible for many deaths in America and in fact around the world. It's important to understand a number of reasons for having the guts and blood, to understand what high blood pressure is. One's heart may be the main body body which can be in charge of the pumping of the blood to all or any body areas. From the heart, the blood is pumped to the nearest organs such as the lungs and to the furthest places such as the toes. To ensure stability is preserved, it is essential to ensure the heart has the capacity to pump the blood in a good pressure. Some one parts are not adequately given the blood, when the blood goes at low pressures. That is called high blood pressure which is a fairly severe issue if it is perhaps not well-handled.

    Eat well

    First thing that you need to understand is that the diet that you feed on is vital if you wish to efficiently manage high blood pressure. In this case, you should make certain that you eat well constantly. The meals that you consume ought to be follow the guidelines of the balanced diet. The foodstuff must have low-cholesterol that is very dangerous. Also, the foodstuff should be abundant with vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates to ensure it is able to maintain the required body equilibrium.

    Consult a doctor

    The following thing that you might want to always do would be to consult a doctor. That is very important as the medical practitioner will give you tips and tricks to use.

    Learn CPR
    Make sure everyone at work and in your household knows CPR - 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!

    The national group American CPR Training 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!™

    Get an AED

    AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) should, indeed, 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...

  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Market to grow 50% in 5 years...

    The automated external defibrillator (AED) market is divided into two segments, namely semi-automated and fully automated. Both types are available at nearly same cost and are equally efficient in saving lives, although they function differently.

    AEDThe global automated external defibrillator market was worth $616 million in the year 2012. The market will grow at a healthy pace in the next five years due to the increasing incidence of cardiovascular disease, growing awareness about the lifesaving potential of AED, increasing installation of public access AEDs and technological advancements.

    Strategic collaborations, untapped emerging markets and home defibrillators represent vast opportunities for major shareholders of this market. However, frequent product recalls from various manufacturers and intense competition in mature markets will restrict the growth of the market, to some extent.

    North America is the largest market for AED, followed by Japan and Europe. Public access defibrillation programs have stimulated the growth of AED market in these regions. The European and Asian markets are expected to witness double-digit growth over the next five years, owing to the increasing installation of public access AEDs.

    Key players in the AED market are Philips Healthcare (The Netherlands), Cardiac Science (U.S.), ZOLL Medical Corporation (U.S.), Nihon Kohden (Japan), Physio-Control (U.S.), Defibtech (U.S.), HeartSine Technologies (U.S.), and Schiller (Switzerland).

    Automated External Defibrillator Market (Semi-Automated, Fully Automated) Worth $930 Million by 2017

    The "Automated External Defibrillator Market (Trends, Technology and End-Users) (2012-2017)" analyzes and studies the major market drivers, restraints, and opportunities in North America, Europe, Japan, Asia, and Rest of the World.

    Browse 47 market data tables and 9 figures spread through 125 pages and in-depth TOC on “Automated External Defibrillator Market (Trends, Technology & End-Users) (2012-2017)”.
    http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/automated-external-defibrillator-market-549.html

    This report studies the global automated external defibrillator market, with forecast to 2017.

    About MarketsandMarkets

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  • 200,000 people died that didn't have to

    Nearly 1 in 3 deaths in the US each year is caused by heart disease and stroke. At least 200,000 of these deaths could have been prevented through changes in health habits, such as stopping smoking, more physical activity, and less salt in the diet; community changes to create healthier living spaces, such as safe places to exercise and smoke-free areas; and managing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

    200,000 heart disease and stroke deaths could be prevented according to New Vital Signs Report

    More people will have access to health care coverage and preventive care through the Affordable Care Act. Health care providers should talk with their patients about healthy habits at every visit and follow patients’ progress.

    Health care systems and providers can also:

    • Use electronic health records to identify and support patients who need help quitting smoking or who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
    • Refer patients to community resources, such as smoking quitlines and blood pressure selfmanagement programs.
    • Track patient progress on the ABCS of heart health—Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation.

    *Preventable (avoidable) deaths are defined as those from ischemic heart disease, stroke, chronic rheumatic heart disease, and hypertensive disease in people under age 75, although changes in health habits and the health care system can reduce death among all ages.

    Problem

    Many deaths from heart disease and stroke can be prevented.

    What do we know about preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke?
    Your chances of dying from heart disease and stroke depend on many things.

    Age: While the number of preventable deaths has declined in people ages 65-74, it has remained virtually unchanged in people under 65.

    Important progress has been made, but more is needed to continue to save lives, particularly for people under 65 years

    Important progress has been made, but more is needed to continue to save lives, particularly for people under 65 years
    SOURCE: National Vital Statistics System, US Census Bureau, 2001-2010.

    Race/ethnicity: Blacks are nearly twice as likely as whites to die early from heart disease and stroke.
    Sex:
    Men have the highest risk of death across all races and ethnic groups. Black men are most at risk.

    Black men are at highest risk of dying early from heart disease and stroke

    Black men are at highest risk of dying early from heart disease and stroke
    SOURCE: National Vital Statistics System, US Census Bureau, 2010.

    Location: Risk of preventable death from heart disease and stroke varies by county, even within the same state.

    Counties in southern states have the greatest risk overall

    Counties in southern states have the greatest risk overall
    SOURCE: National Vital Statistics System, US Census Bureau, 2008-2010.View more maps at the Interactive Atlas for Heart Disease and Stroke.

    Nearly 800,000 Americans die each year from heart disease and stroke. Most of the major risk factors can be managed or prevented

    What Can Be Done

    Icon: Federal governmentFederal government is:

    • Making it easier for Americans to afford regular preventive health care through the Affordable Care Act.
    • Leading the national Million Hearts® initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
    • Providing resources to all 50 states to address chronic diseases, including heart disease and stroke.
    • Leading national campaigns that address risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as Weight of the Nation® and Tips from Former Smokers.
    • Measuring progress in reaching the objectives of Healthy People 2020.

    Icon: Doctors, nursesInsurers, health care systems, and providers can:

    • Use electronic health records to identify and support patients who need help quitting smoking or who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
    • Use national quality indicators including "controlling high blood pressure" to monitor progress and carry out clinical improvements, such as team-based care.
    • Counsel patients to make healthy lifestyle choices. Follow patients’ progress.
    • Offer no or lower co-pays on blood pressure and cholesterol medicines.
    • Refer patients to community resources, such as smoking quitlines and blood pressure selfmanagement programs.
    • Connect uninsured patients with the Health Insurance Marketplace to learn about opportunities for affordable health insurance coverage.

    Icon: State and local health agenciesHealth departments and community organizations can:

    • Work with health care systems to monitor national quality indicators, including "controlling high blood pressure," and carry out quality improvements, such as clinical innovations including team-based care.
    • Encourage health systems to use health information technology to identify patients who have high blood pressure. Establish follow-up systems to monitor those patients.
    • Promote smoking quitlines, tobacco-free areas, safe walking areas, and access to healthy food.
    • Partner with hospitals to address health care issues in the community and perform a community health needs assessment to ensure interventions reach those most in need.

    Icon: EveryoneEveryone can:

    • Have a conversation with your health care provider about the ABCS of heart health.
    • Get help to stop smoking. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
    • Try going for a brisk 10-minute walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week.
    • Eat a heart-healthy diet with more fruits and vegetables and less sodium and trans fat.
    • Know the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke, and call 9-1-1 right away if you are experiencing them.

    More than 200,000 preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke occurred in the United States in 2010, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of these deaths happened to people younger than 65 years of age, and the overall rate of preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke went down nearly 30 percent between 2001 and 2010, with the declines varying by age. Lack of access to preventive screenings and early treatment for high blood pressure and high cholesterol could explain the differences among age groups.

    To save more lives from these preventable deaths, doctors, nurses, and other health care providers can encourage healthy habits at every patient visit, including not smoking, increasing physical activity, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and taking medicines as directed. Everyone should LEARN CPR

  • CPR may not raise the Dead, but AEDs do - Here is living proof

    OK... So yesterday we told you CPR does not Resuscitate: But AEDs do.

    On July 31, the Fuquay family and St. John’s Firefighters came together to celebrate life and a second chance. This reunion was the result of an incident that happened nearly six months ago.

    On February 7, 2013 the Fuquay family went through the unimaginable. While preparing for a normal day, Mrs. Judy Fuquay heard a loud noise coming from the living room of her home. When she checked on the cause of the noise she found her husband Wayne lying face down on the floor. As she rolled him over “he looked like he was trying to say something to me then I saw him take his last breath” she stated during the reunion. “I

    Firefighters Canady, Stanton, and Engineer Adams with Mr. Fuquay. Original article by Jimmy Ghi in The Island Connection Firefighters Canady, Stanton, and Engineer Adams with Mr. Fuquay.
    Original article by Jimmy Ghi in The Island Connection

    called 911 then started chest compressions.” Initially, St. John’s Fire District Engine 705 and Charleston County EMS were dispatched to the home on Johns Island for a fall. While units responded to the incident, information was updated by Charleston County Dispatch that the person was unconscious and possibly not breathing. Engine 705 arrived on the scene finding a male lying on the floor of the home. They quickly assessed the patient, determining the patient did not have a pulse and was not breathing. While two Engine 705 crew members continued the CPR that Mrs. Fuquay initiated, a third crew member set up the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). The AED pads were placed on the patient, the AED advised to administer a “shock”. The crew administered the shock then continued CPR. After one minute of CPR the AED advised a second shock, this shock converted the patient’s heart to a survivable rhythm and the patient regained a pulse. Charleston County EMS arrived and took over patient care. Engine 705’s crew then assisted EMS and supplied a driver for the ambulance. The patient was transported to a local hospital.
    Today Mr. Fuquay shows no signs of the event that took place this past February.

    Speaking with him at the reunion, he stated that he did not remember the incident and he has no recollection of the first two days he was in the hospital. This week he is heading to Florida for a fishing trip with family members. Although he is looking forward to the fishing trip, Mr. Fuquay can’t wait to start driving again. The American Heart Association recommends cardiac arrest survivors wait at least six months before driving, according to my conversation with Mrs. Fuquay.

    An AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) is a medical device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm. If necessary the AED provides an electrical shock, called defibrillation, which helps the re-establish an effective heart rhythm. For every minute that defibrillation is delayed the chance of survival decreases 10 percent. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.

    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...

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