Category: CPR Classes

When Mommy Isn’t There

April 17, 2015 Cheryl Smith Awareness and Prevention, Children's Health, Choking, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, First Aid, First Aid + CPR Classes

babysit nannyCaring for children is a privilege for those who are called to do it. It is also an enormous responsibility and one that caregivers should be as prepared as possible to undertake. Being able to care for a child in their own home provides a comfortable, familiar environment for the child where they feel safe and secure. However, according to the CDC accidental injury is the leading cause of death in children under 14 in the United States and more of these accidents happen at home than anywhere else. Being certified in CPR and First Aid arms caregivers with the skills they need to act in a timely manner if an accident happens.

The leading reasons children under the age of 4 are seen in the emergency room include falls, being struck by something, allergic reactions, poisoning, burns, and being cut or pierces by something.  Although most of these can be seen as preventable, anyone with children knows they are quick, curious, and often times fearless. Accidents can happen even when parents are in the same room with a child. CPR and First Aid training equips nannies and babysitters to immediately respond to these situations and many more and get the child the time sensitive medical help they may need until parents can be notified and get to their child. For parents, knowing their caregiver has these skills gives them piece of mind when they are leaving their children.

Preventing accidents is always the first priority, but in the event they do……and they will……happen, feeling confident in your ability and knowledge to handle the situation is invaluable in keeping the child calm, comforting them and getting them they help they need until mom and dad can be there.

Sign up for a Pediatric CPR & First Aid class today!

Spring Cleaning- Are You Ready?

March 31, 2015 Cheryl Smith Charity, CPR Classes

spring cleaningSpring is in the AIR!

Spring has finally arrived in East Tennessee, and I am so thankful to see tulips coming up, daffodils, and color blooming everywhere. The change in the seasons is one of the reasons I love East Tennessee. We have distinct seasons and the reoccurring theme is we always love to see one end and another begin. With the unexpected winter we had including lots of snow and ice, warmer weather and the official change of seasons is a welcome sign!

Along with the change in landscape we also are welcomed with increased pollen, spring storms and weather alerts and the urge to spring clean! For me spring is always a great time to de-clutter your house, your garage, your car, work- every place you touch daily! Our lives are filled with so many material objects and clutter adds up fast. Here’s a few tips on how to de-clutter your world:

  1. Start with a list! It helps you stay on task and you get such a great feeling when you can mark a completed item of the list! I break the list down to house, garage and outside attention. Every year my list includes every room, it’s a great way for me to go back and ensure that any clutter that has accumulated over the past year is cleared and in most cases it’s an easy check mark for me! It also allows me to see items I need to work on, such as new bedding or new nightstands and I can be on the lookout in my shopping adventures. And that’s a new list of “Wants” or “Upgrades”.  It’s nice to have these items in mind as your shopping, especially at different seasons so you can cash in on the sales! Remember though- if you add items, you need to subtract them too!
  2. Set up a few buckets or boxes before you start- 1. Things you will keep but need a home, 2. Things you can donate- these are items you haven’t used but are in good shape and can benefit others and 3. TRASH! Don’t be afraid to throw things away!!
  3. Get detailed in every room- organize and de-clutter closets, cabinets, drawers, everything. If you haven’t used it in a year decide how to get rid of it- donate or trash!
  4. Be realistic about completing this project! If you have a busy schedule, which most of us do, set aside a few hours a week to work on your list. You’ll see continuous progress, which will help you keep your motivation, and things will be so much easier for you moving forward. For example, having a place for frequently used items, such as car keys, bills, shoes, etc. will save you time, energy and help reduce your stress. Now I know we all need that!

I promise once you start this process you will become addicted to the feeling and it will be harder for you to slide back into old habits. A perk could also include your ability to think past your day-to-day and dream about ways to give back to others, or focus on a dream or hobby that you didn’t have time to focus on before.  CPR Choice is doing just that, we are continuously looking for ways to offer additional classes that fill a functional need as well as ways to offer our services back to our community! 2015 will be exciting and we want you there with us! Stay tuned for more information….

Is it Time to Recertify?

March 25, 2015 Cheryl Smith AED, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, First Aid, First Aid + CPR Classes, Hands-Only CPR

CPR re-certified

Congratulations! You enrolled in a CPR class and completed the course requirements. The class provided you with the knowledge to offer first aid, administer CPR and use an AED to help potentially save a life. During your class, you learned the importance of CPR because about 88% of all cardiac arrests occur at home, which means your skills will more than likely be used on a loved one. All the topics and hands on application are crucial steps in preparing you to potentially save a life and help stabilize a patient until medical help arrives. It’s literally a life saver.

The American Heart Association suggests a CPR re-certification every two years to make sure you are up-to-date on the latest techniques and it’s a great opportunity to refresh on your basic skills. Two years can go by so fast and your memory of some of the techniques may have faded.  CPR Choice offers a variety of CPR classes to re-certify you and make sure you have the most up-to-date information.

Regain your confidence in your ability to perform CPR and to use an AED is the best way to prevent unnecessary deaths.  CPR Choice is your source to learn the skills needed to save a life!  It is a very small price to pay versus watching the ones you love pass in front of you. Re-certify and sign up for a CPR class 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

 

American Heart Month

January 29, 2015 Cheryl Smith Awareness and Prevention, CPR Classes, Disease Prevention, Heart Health

AHA Heart Month 2015 - Wear RED for $5 OFF!

The color RED, LOVE and HEARTS fill the month of February!
February is American Heart Month and the entire month is devoted to helping people learn how to be heart healthy and reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. Cardiovascular disease or CVD, which includes heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States. CVD Is also the leading cause of disability, which prevent people from enjoying family activities and working.

In 2003 the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood institute took action against heart disease, where the perception was it affected more men than women. Heart disease is now the #1 killer of women and both organizations are working hard to continue to increase awareness for both men and women.

What are the risks for Heart Disease?

  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Being inactive
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes and pre-diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Family history of early heart disease
  • Poor eating habits
  • Age – men and women over the age of 55!

How do you lower your risk?

  • Eat for your HEALTH! Eat a heart healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and avoid added sugars.
  • Move! Physical activity is a key to lowering your risk and helping you maintain or lose extra weight.
  • Partner with your doctor! Make sure they know your family history, your lifestyle and openly communicate about your health, especially if you have a family history of heart disease.

Getting Heart Healthy requires small changes in your daily habits that will make a huge impact on you, your family and your healthy. Take control of your destiny and remember CPR Choice when it comes to learning some life-saving skills. CPR Choice offers classes in First Aid, CPR and AED Training. We have a passion for training people in the event of a medical situation.

Check out our CPR training calendar and sign up for a class today in Knoxville, Maryville, or Tri-Cities! CPR Choice also offers CPR training on-site at your location.  Learn CPR in the comfort of your office or home!

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

 

Dangers of Drowning

January 11, 2015 Cheryl Smith AED, Awareness and Prevention, Children's Health, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, First Aid

lifeguard CPRVictims of drowning usually do not thrash in the water as often made out to be in the movies.  Most victims are found floating or submerged in the water.  Victims may not be able to call for help because they are using all of their energy trying to breathe or keep their head above water. When water is inhaled, the upper airway may go into a spasm also making it difficult to cry for help.

Signs of drowning :

  • The victim does not flail and thrash in the water. Instead, drowning tends to be a quieter act, and victims tend to appear lethargic or are found unresponsive floating on the water, or submerged beneath it.
  • The drowning victim often is bobbing with their head tilted back just at the waterline and the mouth wide open. There are attempts to keep rolling on to the back.
  • The respiratory effort may be rapid but is often shallow.
  • The eyes tend to be wide open and may hold a sense of panic.
  • If there is a swimming effort, it is weak and uncoordinated.

In a drowning emergency, the sooner the victim is removed from the water and first aid is administered, the greater opportunity the victim has for surviving. 

When lifeguards assess a drowning victim, they check to see if the victim is conscious or unconscious.

Rescue breathing can begin in the water, but all other care requires that the victim be safely out of the water. If other people are available, send a person to get help and call 911. If an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available, have someone get it.

If the victim is breathing, he or she should be placed on their side in the recovery position to prevent potential aspiration(inhaling vomit into the lung) should vomiting occur.

If the victim is not breathing and has no pulse, begin CPR. This is one of the exceptions to the hands-only CPR guidelines. If possible, rescue breathing needs to be initiated in a possible drowning victim.

Also there is a chance of dry drowning or secondary drowning that can occur 1 -24 hours after swimming. Just monitor the persons breathing, check for persistent cough, chest pain, mental status, and skin color. If caught early dry drowning can be treated with oxygen supplementation. Call 911 if you suspect dry drowning.
lifeguard CPR
Approximately 10 people die EVERY single day of unintentional drowning.  
Learning CPR and how to use an AED will greatly increase survival.  
Sign up for a CPR class in Knoxville or the Tri-Cities today!  
It is recommended that Lifeguards take the BLS for Healthcare Providers Course.

 

Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack- Do You Know the Difference?

December 31, 2014 Cheryl Smith AED, Awareness and Prevention, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, Heart Health, Men's Health, Women's Health

heart health

There are differences between cardiac arrest and a heart attack and CPR Choice wants to make sure you are informed and prepared in the event of a medical emergency.

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest or SCA?

Sudden cardiac arrest or SCA is a sudden or unexpected pulseless condition attributed to the cessation of cardiac mechanical activity.  It is usually caused by ventricular fibrillation, an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system.  When SCA occurs, blood stops flowing to the brain, the heart and the rest of the body and the person collapses.  In fact, the person is clinically dead and will remain so unless someone helps immediately.

Most people do not realize that SCA is a leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40 in the United States and other countries. In the U.S. alone, approximately 424,000 people of all ages experience SCA each year (more than 1,000/day) and 19 out of 20 victims die.

What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack occurs when part of the heart’s blood supply is reduced or blocked, causing the heart muscle to become injured or die.  A heart attack victim is awake and may complain about painful symptoms.  The heart muscle requires oxygen to survive. Coronary arteries are in charge of bringing oxygen rich blood to the heart. However, these arteries can become more narrow and clogged by fat, cholesterol, and plaque resulting in poor perfusion.

What Can I Do?

SCA can strike anyone, anytime.  Seconds count–timely and appropriate care will substantially improve survival rates.   In the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest:

  • Call 911. Give specific details; “I have a female, approx. 50 years old, experiencing chest pains…”
  • Tell someone to get the AED.
  • Begin doing chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute. (Think of the Bee Gees song, Stayin’ Alive.) Push hard and fast in between the nipples on the lower portion of the sternum.

What you can do to prepare:

  • Learn CPR and AED functionalityGet your friends and family involved too.  Remember, over 80% of cardiac arrests occur at home, which means a life you save could very well be a loved one!
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Access– spread the word on why having an AED at your work, school or community center can be the key to survival.  CPR Choice sells AEDs and provides hands on training, as well as guidance on internal procedures for the best utilization.

cardiac arrest heart attack

Having confidence in your ability to perform CPR and to use an AED is the best way to prevent unnecessary deaths. CPR Choice is your source to learn the skills needed to save a life!  It is a very small price to pay versus watching the ones you love pass in front of you. Sign up for a CPR class today!

Are You Expecting? Do You Know CPR?

December 31, 2014 Cheryl Smith Children's Health, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, Women's Health

pregnant cprA new baby is a life changing event and a blessing all wrapped up in one! Planning, prioritizing, and preparing for your little bundle of joy can be overwhelming. One thing you can’t neglect is getting your family prepared with life-saving skills to care for your little one. Have you added infant/child CPR training to your list of “to dos”? If not, CPR Choice is here to help!

CPR Choice offers infant and pediatric basic first aid classes for all caretakers. Before your little one arrives makes sure all your caregivers are prepared in case of an emergency. Set aside a few hours to attend a class with CPR Choice to learn the proper techniques. Techniques differ depending on the age of the child, and doing them improperly can be harmful- learn the right technique today!

CPR – infants and children under a year old:

  • Is the baby responsive? Check lips and fingertips, are they blue? Are they breathing? If not, have someone call 9-1-1!
  • Place baby on her back- on a firm, flat surface.
  • Give 30 chest compressions – using your index and ring fingers between your babies nipples at a tempo of 100 compressions a minute.
  • Tilt baby’s head back, push back on forehead and lift chin with one finger.
  • Give 2 short, gentle breaths watching for chest rise.
  • Continue to repeat compressions and breaths.

Infant chokingChoking –infants and children under a year old:

  • Turn infant facedown over your forearm or on your lap if you can’t manage the forearm position, hold their jaw with one hand to support the head, which should be lower than the chest. Using the heel of your free hand, deliver five quick slaps between the shoulder blades.
  • If still can’t breathe, try chest thrusts: While holding your baby, turn face-up, keeping the head lower than the chest. Place two fingers in the middle of the chest and give five thrusts.
  • Repeat with back blows and chest thrusts until the object is visible and you can remove it.

Choking – children over 1 year old:

  • Stand behind the child with your arms around their waist.
  • Make a fist with one hand, placing the thumb side against the child’s stomach above the navel, but below the rib cage.
  • Grasp the fist with your other hand and quickly thrust inward and upward.
  • If your child becomes unresponsive, instruct someone to call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately.

baby cprCPR Choice serves all local hospitals including Fort Sanders, Park West, Tennova, University of TN Medical Center, Blount Memorial, Methodist, LeConte, Wellmont, Mountain States Health Alliance and many more. We want to be your choice to help you and your family be prepared for any medical emergency.

Gather your group of caregivers, including Mom & Dad, Partner, Grandmother, Aunts, etc. and schedule a class with CPR Choice today!   As an added incentive, when you schedule your “Family” training session your 2nd person (must be immediate family) will get a 50% discount.   Do it for you, your peace of mind and your family!

Contact us at 865-548-1500 or info@cprchoice.com to schedule your family life saving class today!

For Groups of 8 or more, please contact us via our On-Site/Group Training page.

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"I highly recommend CPR Choice for healthcare provider certification! It was easy to schedule and Cheryl kept the class interesting and informative. This was by far my best experience taking a CPR class. Thanks Cheryl!"

"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!"

"I'll be back in two years for renewal! Thanks CPR Choice!"

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