Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for young athletes. In fact, every 3 days a young athlete in the United States dies from sudden cardiac arrest. Even healthy, seemingly low-risk youth can experience this when performing strenuous activities. And the likelihood only increases with age: Spectators at sporting events are also more likely to need medical assistance related to heart problems.
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People don’t dial 911 when things are going well. There’s an immediate need—typically one that requires a high degree of knowledge and clarity; and you expect the voice on the other end to have all the skills and tools to help you. But as it turns out, that’s not always the case.
When it comes to emergencies, being prepared means being equipped. It is essential to have all the resources you need for an emergency, but it’s not always easy to figure out what sorts of things you might need. When deciding how to prepare, remember that your survival gear should meet several criteria.
It's been dangerously cold in much of the United States this week, with temperatures dropping to near-record lows in Chicago and much of the Midwest. With wind chills in the -30s, this rush of cold is nothing to take lightly--the death toll for the polar vortex stands at 12 while the cold stretches on. As the polar vortex wreaks havoc, follow these tips to stay warm:
Anyone can find themselves as a bystander in an emergency. The key is to be prepared. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to the CPR process. To learn more or schedule a CPR training class, click here to find CPR class dates and times.
Today is January 4th, which can mean only one thing—it's National Trivia Day! Ok, I'll admit I'd never heard of it either. While it may not be as popular as National Pizza Day or National Take Your Dog to Work Day, it's still fun to learn some new things. One important genre of trivia to brush up on is CPR trivia. There's so much to know, and much of this knowledge can make you a better and more informed member of your community. Here are a few facts that may surprise you, courtesy of our friends at the American Heart Association.
Two massive earthquakes hit Alaska Friday morning, triggering tsunami warnings that urged many residents to seek higher ground. Tsunamis don’t often get much national media attention or explanation in the United States where hurricanes and tornadoes are the more common form of natural disaster. But on days like today, it's helpful to know your science. So what is a tsunami, what causes it, and most importantly what happens when it hits land?
A student in Illinois saved his father's life by performing CPR until the paramedics arrived, using the skills he learned in a high school health class. That encounter helped spark the state to enact legislation compelling all high school students to get trained on how to operate mobile defibrillators and to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Across the country there is a movement to put CPR training in the classroom -- requiring that all high schoolers learn the skill before they can graduate. As of last year, 39 states had approved measures that would do just that. Is this the right way to go? Do you think this kind of policy is something that should be implemented nationwide?
Would you be able to help someone having a heart attack? More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of hospitals each year. Even the quickest first responders often take 8-12 minutes to reach a victim. Suffering a sudden cardiac arrest is a frightening and potentially tragic experience for a patient and their family. The helplessness of waiting for help to arrive while watching a loved one suffer--what a horrible feeling. Needless to say, during an emergency situation every second counts. Knowing how to properly use an AED will dramatically improve the odds of survival. AEDs are so incredible at saving lives that they're estimated to increase overall survival rates of sudden cardiac arrests by a whopping 70%.
All over the news we are seeing an increasing amount of violence towards our fellow man. In 2017, there was over 400 mass shootings in the United States alone. These mass shooting have left over 1600 injured and over 500 dead. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the most notable was the Las Vegas Shooting which has been said to be “the most deadliest shooting in modern US history.” This shooting alone left 59 dead and over 500 injured. Many more would have perished if it weren’t for highly trained Emergency Personnel and good Samaritans coming to the rescue. With so many people injured, it was imperative to stop the bleeding to give medical professionals ample time to treat the most severe.
We are excited to announce the Physio-Control Forward Hearts program, which is available starting today! This new program puts you and your organization in a position to recognize a sudden cardiac arrest survivor and rescuers, make an important lifesaving donation to your community and get a little free press!
We know during certain times throughout the year we have extreme seasons. Not only during spring, but in summer, fall, and winter. For example, there is a monsoon season in Arizona that occurs in the months of June through September. There is also a tornado season on the east side of the Rocky Mountains, ranging through the months of March to June. Lastly, there’s the ever-faithful hurricane season which happens every year from June through November. Though these seasons happen every year, it’s still shocking the damage these storms can cause. This severe weather, in turn causes natural disasters. According to
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Have you ever been on a camping trip that lasts longer than originally planned, and run out of food due to a power outage or natural disaster? If you have ever been in this situation, then you know all too well that it would have been nice to have been prepared for it. There are some simple things to have packed in case of such emergencies. Most of all, if you are not alone, then you will unquestionably want to make sure your family is safe. Keeping these steps in mind could make a life changing difference.
It’s amazing what people choke on nowadays. According to http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/safety-at-home-choking.aspx injury Facts 2017, Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death. Numbers show that out of the 5,051 people who died from choking in 2015 there were 2,848 older than 74. Food is the main cause for most of the choking deaths. Seniors with Dentures or have difficulty swallowing can increase this risk. Also, don’t forget that children for some reason discover the world by putting things in their mouth and it’s important to monitor children when playing with certain toys the size of a marble. Children are also known for choking on food. According to https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/choking_prevention_for_children.htm At least one child dies from choking on food every five days in the U.S. and more than 12,000 children are taken to the hospital each year for food choking injuries.