Author: Cheryl Smith

Teachers are Heroes

May 6, 2015 Cheryl Smith Children's Health, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, Events, First Aid, First Aid + CPR Classes, Social 0 Comments

teacher heroesAt CPR Choice we get to train heroes almost every day.   We train fireman, police, doctors, nurses, EMTs, soldiers and more. When you think of heroes those are usually the people that come to mind, right? While all of those people are heroes we also train a totally different group of heroes…TEACHERS!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we want to take a minute to say “thank you!”. Teachers sacrifice so much of their lives and time for our children and they don’t get thanked nearly enough. Now that I have a child in the school system (First grade), I can say that my son’s teachers have truly amazed me. They do so many little things to try and make his learning experience better. I know that they spend money out of their own pockets to decorate their classrooms and to have little treats for the kids.

Summer is almost here! Don’t forget to acknowledge and appreciate your child’s teachers. I read a quote once that said, “summer vacation is a time when parents realize that teachers are grossly underpaid”. This is so true!

loveteachersWe want to extend a special discount for our teacher heroes. Many schools require teachers to be CPR certified but they expect teachers to pay for it on their own. We recommend that all school staff be certified in CPR and for several staff members to be certified in first aid. We read stories every day about teachers preventing fatalities at school due to their CPR knowledge. You never know when you might need to use those skills and we want you to feel prepared. Sign up for a CPR class today and take advantage of our discount for teachers!

Knoxville Knows CPR

May 5, 2015 Cheryl Smith AED, Awareness and Prevention, Charity, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, Hands-Only CPR, Social 2 Comments

Knoxville Knows CPR

June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. We’re pleased to support the American Heart Association and its important mission to increase survival from cardiac arrest. We’re asking all members within our community to please take one minute of your day to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only™ CPR.

Also, for CPR awareness week we are hosting a free community CPR class called, Knoxville Knows CPR! Our mission is to save lives; both in the classroom and in our community.  We think this is the best way that we can accomplish both!  Everyone needs to learn CPR!

I am requesting your help addressing a health concern that impacts our entire community. According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a spouse, parent, child or friend.  Many bystanders feel helpless when they see someone go down because they don’t know what to do.  Just learning 2 simple steps can make a huge difference in the victim’s outcome.

We will be teaching hands-only CPR and focusing on how learning 2 steps can save lives.
1) Call 911 & get the AED
2) Begin hands only CPR (compressions only)

What: Knoxville Knows CPR, Free Community CPR Class
When: Sunday, June 7th at 2PM
Where: The Zone Sporting Complex, 5331 Western Ave.  Knoxville, TN
Why: It is CPR Awareness Week
(Donations are welcome; all proceeds will benefit Hearts for the Homeless)

CPR awareness weekIf you can’t make it to our class, at least visit the AHA website and learn Hand’s Only CPR.  You may wonder why this is such an important cause. Your life is why! In just one minute, you can learn the two simple steps of Hands-Only™ CPR.  Please watch the video any day from June 1 through 7. Then share the link with family and friends, and ask them to learn CPR.

Thank you so much!  Learn to save a life!

 

 

Hearts for the Homeless

May 5, 2015 Cheryl Smith Charity, CPR, Social 0 Comments
 askushowyoucanhelpCPR Choice has started a new project called, Hearts for the Homeless.  For the next 50 days, we will be collecting hygiene, food and necessary items to help the homeless in Knox & Blount county.  Our mission is to save lives and we want to do more to help save lives in our community.
CPR Choice is working with it’s customers, manufacturers, local businesses, friends and social network to collect the items to make Blessing Bags for those in need. The goal is to make 250-1000 bags. We will be collecting items until June 15th and then assemble them for distribution by July 1.
There are approximately 1,500 homeless persons in the Knoxville area in any given month, a 50% increase over the last decade.*  Homelessness affects people of every race and gender and we want to have compassion toward them.  We urge our customers & friends to exercise your heart by reaching down and lifting up those in need.
Blessing Bag Contents:
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Razor & Shaving cream
  • Socks
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen
  • Wet Wipes
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Bandaids
  • Lotion
  • Hair comb
  • Granola bars
  • Peanut Butter crackers
  • Apple Sauce
  • Water
We need your help!  If you are interested in being an item coordinator or donating, let us know!  This is a great way to get your business, church, sports team or school involved in a great community outreach program!
CPR Choice wants to do more to help save lives in our community.  

*Source: KARM

Personal Trainers need CPR training

April 26, 2015 Cheryl Smith AED, Awareness and Prevention, Business, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training 0 Comments

personal trainersAs personal trainers , you’ve made the decision to go into the growing and ever evolving world of exercise science. Cardiovascular training and weightlifting are important parts of keeping the heart and body healthy.  However, it is important to understand the risks involved and be prepared to act should an emergency occur.

Exercise tolerance is defined as the ability of the cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular systems to meet the requirements generated by large muscle use.  Simply put, can the body move enough oxygen to the muscles fast enough? If one system fails to keep up, your client could experience cardiac arrest and need CPR. While the goal is to better ones exercise tolerance, pushing someone too hard or to0 fast could be detrimental.

It is important for personal trainers to form a close relationship with all their clients in order to create a program within his or her functional physical capabilities. Ultimately, it is the trainer’s responsibility to understand your clients’ medical history and physical boundaries.

There are multiple ailments that may increase your clients risk of heart failure:

  • History of Heart Attack
  • History of Stroke
  • Poor bloodflow
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Poor aerobic metabolism (Inability of muscles to process oxygen)

Thorough understanding of CPR and the ability to act responsibly are critical in the moments between cardiac arrest and EMS arrival on scene. Immediate CPR and AED use could be the difference should a life and death situation present itself. We not only strongly urge personal trainers to receive CPR training, but most personal training certifications such as the American Council on Exercise (ACE) or the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) require it.  Many gyms are also equipped with Automated External defibrillators (AED) and require personal trainers, fitness instructors and staff to be certified in both CPR & AED. Sign up for our Heartsaver CPR & AED course!

For more information on the correlation between exercise and heart failure, please visit the American Heart Association.

 

Helmets Save Lives

March 25, 2015 Cheryl Smith Awareness and Prevention, CPR, First Aid, First Aid + CPR Classes

motorcycles

Last week I was driving north on the highway when all of a sudden the traffic really slowed down. I looked around trying to figure out what had caused it and then I quickly could see that there had been an accident in the southbound lanes. I took a better look and I realized that there had been a motorcyclist hit and he was lying in the middle of the highway. There was another person standing by the victim but no EMS (emergency medical services) had arrived on the scene yet.

I immediately pulled over and put on my hazard lights. I made sure it was safe for me to approach the victim and I ran in his direction. Thankfully the man was conscious and had a pulse when I arrived. He faded in and out of consciousness but he was visibly breathing and when conscious he was able to answer questions about himself.

The motorcyclist was lying on his side and because his vitals were strong we encouraged him not to move since there could have been a head neck injury. His helmet was quite scratched and banged up. It made me so grateful for Tennessee’s universal helmet law.

Several states do not require everyone to wear helmets.   Wearing a helmet probably saved this man’s life and prevented a (TBI) Traumatic Brain Injury. Now that the weather is getting nice there are going to be more motorcyclists out on the roads. Drivers, please be aware of your surrounding and double check for bikes before changing lanes. Motorcyclists, always wear a helmet.

A helmet is the most effective protection for a motorcyclist. While helmets do not prevent crashes they do save lives. Riders who experience a crash while not wearing a helmet are 40 percent more likely to sustain a fatal head injury. See the figure below to see what your state requires.

 figures-m6123a1f1Spending time on the back of a motorcycle can be a lot of fun and full of adventure! People ride motorcycles for all sorts of reasons: the thrill of the ride, the affordability of gas, or maybe the sense of community.  We want you to enjoy your ride but please be safe and protect yourself.

If you had seen the victim on the ground, would you have known what to do? How about if he was unconscious or not breathing? Learn CPR & First Aid today.

Everyone should learn these life saving skills. We offer American Heart Association CPR classes that will have you leaving confident in your ability to help save a life. At CPR Choice, we help you help others!  Need a BLS for healthcare providers class?  We teach those too!

For CPR training information check out our training calendar. Now offering high quality CPR classes in:

CPR Choice Goes RED

February 7, 2015 Cheryl Smith CPR, CPR Training, Events, Hands-Only CPR, Heart Health, Women's Health

heart health tipsLast week was such an exciting week for us!  We love this time of year as it brings a lot of attention to the things we are passionate about.  With February being American Heart Month and yesterday being National Wear Red day we wanted to do something to help raise awareness and to give back to our community.  We thought that the best things that we could do is offer a free community CPR class.  We also wanted to help inform people about the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and equip people with some ways that they can improve their own heart health.  Although heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, 80% is preventable and we want to help our community learn more about prevention.  Here are 7 simple things that you can do to create a healthier heart!

We were asked by, WATE Channel 6, to come and interview to share our event with the community.  I did two interviews; one for the morning news and one again at 5:30PM.  It was a great experience. Although I have been doing public speaking for over 15 years it was still a new experience.  I definitely think it was easier the 2nd time.  The first time I wasn’t really sure what to expect and wasn’t given much prep.  It was fun though and a lot of people heard about our free class and we had a full house last night.  A big thanks to Shelby Miller & Kristin Farley for having us on their show.

Last night we taught the friends and family CPR course and helped people learn: hands-only CPR, how to help someone that is choking, how to use an AED and child CPR.  We all had a great time!  All the participants did a great job and left with lots of goodies.  Not only did we provide some informational tips but also gave each participant some goodies including a CPR face mask and valentine!  We are so grateful to be able to share our passion with our community!   

It was awesome to see so many people wearing red yesterday!  Every where I went people were proudly wearing red.  We challenged our followers to post their selfies wearing red and offered a free gift.  Our free gift winner is Charissa Knouff!  

If  you didn’t get a chance to make it to our free class but you still want to learn, come join us for a CPR course in Knoxville, Maryville or the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee.  We offer CPR classes multiple times per week in west Knoxville and at least once a week in the surrounding area.  We are offering all participants a $5 discount the entire month of February if they wear red to class!  So join us and register for CPR today.  

 

AHA presents eCards

February 7, 2015 Cheryl Smith CPR Classes, CPR Training, First Aid, First Aid + CPR Classes

The American Heart Association is now offering eCards for their provider courses.  An eCard in the electronic equivalent of a printed course completion card.  eCards are valid course completion cards and can be presented to schools and employers as proof of successful completion of an AHA course.  Just like printed CPR course completion cards, eCards will expire two years from the issue date.

Students cannot receive both an eCard and printed card. eCards are an alternative to printed cards.  Only one AHA course completion card can be issued per student for each successfully completed course. However, e cards can be printed by both the student or instructor if necessary.  Employers may verify that an eCard is authentic by entering the card information at www.heart.org/cpr/mycards.

CPR Choice is excited to start using eCards.  These just became available Tennessee training centers last week.  We will be giving them as an option for CPR & First Aid students.  We will be offering eCards for the following courses:

  • Basic Life Support BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • Heartsaver® CPR AED
  • Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED
  • Heartsaver® First Aid
  • Pediatric First Aid CPR AED

If you have any additional questions about eCards or CPR/First Aid training in the Knoxville or Tri-Cities area, please email info@cprchoice.com.  We offer CPR classes to the public multiple times per week as well as offer on-site CPR training at your location.

Sources: AHA eCards reference guide

 

CPR Choice at Schmooz-A-Palooza

January 31, 2015 Cheryl Smith Uncategorized

Twice a year the Knoxville Chamber hosts their networking event, Schmooz-A-Palooza! CPR Choice has attended the event several times but this year we will be participating as an exhibitor! Get ready for one of Knoxville’s best business networking events.  Come visit our CPR Choice booth!  We will be demonstrating Hands-Only CPR as well as giving away some free stuff!   

schmoozapalooza

What: Knoxville’s Schmooz-A-Palooza Networking event
When: March 3rd, 4-7PM
Where: Knoxville Expo Center, 5441 Clinton Highway, Knoxville, TN, 37912
Why: Networking!  Learn why CPR Choice is Knoxville’s best choice for CPR training
How: Register on the Knoxville Chamber Website, $5 members or $10 non-members

CPR Choice provides CPR, AED, First Aid, and Safety training to government, corporate and school sectors, industry, private enterprise, and small business as well as individuals. We deliver high-quality classes and provide certifications through the American Heart Association and American Safety & Health Institute.

Our mission is to SAVE LIVES!  Whether you request our training programs on-site, or visit one of our locations, we are available for you, at your convenience.  Come learn about our Knoxville CPR classes!

#SchmoozKnox

Help! I lost my CPR card

January 13, 2015 Cheryl Smith CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training

Lost CPR cardWhen you attend a CPR class at CPR Choice you will receive an American Heart Association CPR card. This CPR card is proof of your knowledge of the skills and life saving techniques that were taught in your CPR course. Upon successful completion, CPR Choice will distribute each participant with one card.  Many employers require that you have a CPR card.

So what happens if you lose your official AHA CPR card or if it’s stolen? 
No problem. We know accidents happen. Fear not, CPR Choice can help! Our records will show when and where you took your last CPR class with CPR Choice and we can replace your card for you! Complete the form here.

A small $7 fee is required, to cover our costs. We will collect payment via PayPal or Credit Card on the checkout page after you add the correct card to your cart. The card will be replaced with an identical expiration date and certification as the one that was lost and certified to the same individual matching our records.

Please provide the approximate date you attended our class in the notes section of the checkout page. We will use the information you provide and match it up with the records in our database to generate a replacement AHA CPR card for you.

Once your data is confirmed, your card will be mailed within 48 hours to the address provided. If we cannot verify your information, we will contact you and process a refund. If you need an express confirmation, we can scan and email a copy of your card to you in addition to sending out the replacement, upon request. Please contact us at 865-548-1500 or info@cprchoice.com if you have any questions.


Thanks for choosing CPR Choice. The Choice is Yours! Learn CPR, Save Lives. Your Source For:

  • On-site CPR training for your staff
  • Adult CPR certification
  • Pediatric CPR certification
  • Infant CPR certification
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
  • Heartsaver First Aid classes
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) sales, management & training
  • American Heart Association courses in East Tennessee
  • CPR Training in Knoxville, TN
  • CPR Training in Tri-Cities (Bristol, Johnson City, Kingsport), TN

 

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

December 31, 2014 Cheryl Smith Holiday

new year

It is hard to believe that it is New Year’s Eve again! The years really do go by faster and faster the older you get. Here are a few safety tips to consider for your New Year’s celebration.

Friends: Celebrations are much more fun if you are with friends or a group! Don’t go to parties and events alone. This is especially important for women that are going out. Please plan a fun group to hang out with if you plan on going anywhere for the New Year’s Eve holiday.

Events: New Years is full of festivities, parties, and public events. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are drinking alcohol. You may be surrounded by people you don’t know or you may be in a place that you are not familiar with.

Drinking: Please be responsible about your drinking and do not over consume. Also be aware of your drinks. New Year’s eve can be a great party but it can also make you a victim of someone spiking your drink. Do not leave your drinks unattended. This is not a time to be trusting of people. Use your common sense. When popping open the champagne bottle, make sure you aren’t aiming it at someone’s face. Sadly, there are many eye injuries that occur because people don’t think.

Driving: DO NOT EVER DRINK AND DRIVE! Please arrange to have a taxi service or a designated driver to drive you around.  Driving with a buzz is a bad idea and it is risks your safety as well as the safety of others. Don’t be afraid to take the keys of someone who is impaired.

Pet SafetyPet Safety: Loud celebrations can be frightening for pets. Please make arrangements for your pets to be in a secure, safe environment. Please give extra attention to your animals; frightened animals can run and then be hit by cars, cause accidents, and become lost.

Party Host: Hosting a party comes with responsibility. If you are serving alcohol, please arrange a taxi service for your guests or allow them to stay over. It is also a good idea to serve non-alcoholic drinks as an option and to stop serving alcohol several hours before the party is over.

Fireworks & Firearms: When it comes to explosives, follow the same rules on New Year’s Eve that you would any other time of the year. It is best to leave it to the experts. Never allow children to handle or light any kind of fireworks. Please do not shoot any firearms, especially in populated areas! This is a bad idea. What goes up, must come down!

CPR: Hopefully, everyone will be safe and sound while you are ringing in the new year. Nevertheless, you should always be prepared for the unlikely events and be ready to help. As always, be on the lookout for anyone in distress. Make sure to follow the basic principles for dealing with the emergency that you learned in our CPR Class. Whether it be calling 911, beginning CPR, getting an AED, or performing the Heimlich maneuver, our classes will help you feel confident to perform life-saving techniques to properly respond to the situation.

Have a HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR!  Thank you so much for being great customers and friends.  May 2015 be filled with greatness!

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"I have been taking an annual CPR class for about eight years now, and never before now have I felt like I had such a complete grasp on the material."

"Best CPR class I have taken as an RN in 10 yrs! The instructor, Kristy, was the best instructor! Systematic approach to teaching with tons of energy and obvious interest in teaching CPR. Thank you!"

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