Category: CPR Training

Knoxville Knows CPR 2016

May 14, 2016 Cheryl Smith AED, Awareness and Prevention, CPR Training, Hands-Only CPR 2 Comments

Knoxville Knows CPR 2016

Knoxville Knows CPR
June 5th from 2-5 PM

In Celebration of National CPR & AED Awareness Week, CPR Choice is hosting its 2nd annual KNOXVILLE KNOWS CPR. This free community event will be held Sunday, June 5th from 2-5 PM at the National Fitness Center Signature Club.

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the world… claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.  Early recognition and CPR are crucial for survival.  Learn CPR and how to prevent these deaths. We will have free activities for the entire family.  You may visit one of our information stations around the gym.

These include:

  • Learn Hands-Only CPR
  • Healthy Eats for a Strong Heart Beat
  • Free Blood Pressure Checks
  • Family Fun (bounce house, face painting, hula hoop contest, baloon animals)
  • Exercise-for the health of it
  • Learn to use an AED (automated external defibrillator)
  • American Heart Association (giving out info regarding heart attack & stroke)

Please join CPR Choice, National Fitness Centers, and the Knoxville American Heart Association for this awesome FREE family event!  Learn CPR–Save Lives! #KnoxvilleKnowsCPR

Are you prepared for a Cardiac Emergency?

August 21, 2015 Amy Setzkorn AED, Awareness and Prevention, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, Uncategorized 0 Comments

AEDsAEDs can be a critical part of survival for anyone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.  As we have shared in the past, sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.  Minutes count and CPR along with AEDs are most effective tools to help restore a heart rhythm.

Did you know that after calling 9-1-1 the average response time for a first responder is approximately 6-12 minutes and according to the American Red Cross every minute you are delayed reduces your chance of survival by 10%?  Again, minutes count….

What can you do to make sure you are ready for a sudden cardiac arrest emergency?

  1. Make sure you and your family know First Aid & CPR! Make sure to include your children in the learning process and continue to talk about what to do in case of an emergency.  CPR Choice offers classes all over East TN and it’s our passion to equip our students with the skills needed to help save a life.   Remember—most incidents occur at home, which means you’ll be learning the skills to save a loved one.
  2. Make sure you have access to an AED. Check around your office, school or place of business –the cost of the machine is well worth the life it could save.   And no need to worry if you can operate one in a medical emergency situation- the AEDs are designed to walk you thru the steps in an easy to use format.  Visit AEDChoice.com for more info.

So just how easy are AEDs to use?  One word—simple!   AEDS provide basic instructions and diagrams for use.  All the items needed are contained in the AED itself and all you have to do is turn it on, apply the pads in the appropriate spots and follow directions.  Don’t forget to call 911 or have someone call, have someone get the AED, and remember CPR should be administered while the AED is being located and set up.

The AED will automatically determine the heart rhythm of a pulseless victim and if the victim needs a shock it will act.  This shock will attempt to restore the victim’s heart.  When the heart is in ventricular fibrillation or v-fib, the heart is still receiving nerve impulses.  These impulses are so out of sync keeping the heart from producing a regular beat.  As you know, when the heart doesn’t beat it’s unable to pump blood and oxygen throughout the body.  This could cause the body to be deprived of oxygen causing brain cells to die in a matter of 4-5 minutes.

CPR Choice also sells AEDs, provides you with training and also helps you determine the best place for storage as well as maintenance support.  Contact us today to schedule a First Aid, CPR & AED course for you, your family and place of employment.   We offer classes all over East Tennessee and we also offer onsite training.  Visit CPRChoice.com for our training options!

CPR Choice at Safety Fest TN!

August 21, 2015 Amy Setzkorn CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, Events, First Aid, First Aid + CPR Classes, Uncategorized 0 Comments

safety fest

CPR Choice is thrilled to be part of Safety Fest TN 2015!  From its inception in 2012, Safety Fest TN, an annual event, sponsored by The Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership (ORBSP) provides a week of FREE training to anyone who wants to attend.  ORBSP is comprised of several small and large businesses working collaboratively to provide the safest environment possible to all employees.  Their main concern is an accident free workplace and who couldn’t get on board with that?

Safety Fest is scheduled for the week of September 14, 2015 and will offer a variety of safety topics with guest speakers, a safety expo and additional safety related classes.  Visit www.safetyfesttn.org for additional information on the events and all class offerings.

CPR Choice will be teaching the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid, CPR & AED course on Friday, September 19th from 8-3pm.  This course is designed to meet OSHA requirements and provides instruction on basic first aid, CPR and AED skills.  CPR Choice has been providing quality CPR training and certifications since 2005.  As an authorized American Heart Association (AHA) training site, an American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) training center and authorized CPR instructors for American Red Cross- we are dedicated to providing up-to-date training , content and practical skills to our students.  We strive to make a difference and save lives!   Visit our website at www.cprchoice.com for information about us and additional training opportunities!

A Round of Golf? Check for an AED before you leave the Club House!

June 17, 2015 Amy Setzkorn AED, Awareness and Prevention, CPR Classes, CPR Training, Heart Health, Men's Health, Uncategorized, Women's Health 0 Comments

golf courseThe statistics are unimaginable….without an AED, approximately 95% of heart attacks on golf courses are fatal.  According to the American Heart Association, golf courses have become the most common place for a heart attack making AEDS or automated external defibrillators a necessity in every club house.

Sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, is the leading cause of death in the United States.  SCA occurs when the heart stops beating, which stops the blood from flowing throughout the body.  The risk for SCA increases with age and men are about 3 times more likely to experience SCA than women.

Here are some signs to look for

  • Chest pains
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting
  • Prior to fainting or losing consciousness, some may experience a racing heartbeat or a dizzy feeling
  • Loss of consciousness or fainting
  • No heartbeat of pulse

golf cardiac arrestWhat Should You Do if this occurs:

  • Call 911! Have someone in your group call 9-1-1 and retrieve the AED. If you are alone on the golf course with your buddy, call 9-1-1 first and get an AED if possible.
  • Are they breathing? If NO, start CPR immediately! Use an AED as soon as possible.
  • Continue CPR until the individual starts breathing or until medical support arrives.

How Can Your Golf Club Prepare:

All golf clubs should have AED’s in their clubhouses and there should be portable devices located throughout the course.  When you check in for your tee time—ask where their AEDs are located so you’ll be prepared in the event of an emergency.   Also this is a great opportunity to make sure that everyone is CPR certified in your golfing group.

As a reminder, if an AED is used within 5 minutes of a Sudden Cardiac collapse the survival rates are approximately 70% as compared to the 5% survival rate without one!  Golf courses are listed as the top places in which cardiac arrests can occur.  Be informed and inform your favorite golf club about why an AED is important!

CPR Choice is your go-to place for AEDs and CPR certification training.  We sell state of the art AEDs to families and businesses and provide support on training, as well as maintenance requirements.  We also offer convenient CPR, First Aid and AED classes all over Knoxville and the surrounding counties.  Visit our website at www.cprchoice.com for additional information on AEDs and our class schedules.

 http://www.golfwisconsin.com/articles

We Make CPR Easy!

June 12, 2015 Amy Setzkorn AED, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, First Aid, First Aid + CPR Classes, Hands-Only CPR, Uncategorized 0 Comments

easy CPROur mission is saving lives!  We continuously strive to be the best CPR Provider in the region by offering quality training that is engaging, convenient and fun for everyone.  To help make CPR easy, CPR Choice offers:

  • Convenient Locations– CPR Choice prides itself on offering classes all over the Knoxville and surrounding counties. We offer classroom training at our Knoxville Training Center, as well as classes in the following areas:
      • Lenoir City
      • Maryville
      • Oak Ridge
      • Sevierville
      • Tricities

We also offer on-site training. Gather a group of 8 or more and we’ll come to you. We can accommodate any size group and we have worked with some of the largest companies in Knoxville.

  • Flexible Schedules– We offer classes consistently all over Knoxville and the surrounding counties. Our Knoxville Training Center schedules classes each week & offers weekend options too. We can also accommodate any last minute training needs. With our organizational structure, we can offer classes for any shifts for your employees and/or businesses.
  • State of the Art Equipment– Our modern and up-to-date equipment offer students hands on training with life-like manikins to provide visual feedback regarding compression depths and speed. We have over 50 manikins in inventory, offering all our students an opportunity to have practical experience
  • Wide Variety of classes– Our classes include:
    • Basic Life Support BLS for Healthcare Providers
    • Heartsaver ® CPR AED
    • Heartsaver ® First Aid CPR AED
    • Heartsaver ® Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid
    • Family & Friends ® CPR
    • Blood Borne Pathogens
    • BLS for Healthcare Providers Skills Check
    • BLS for Healthcare Providers Challenge
    • Online Training (Blended Learning)
    • ASHI Emergency Oxygen Administration

Starting July 2015, we will also be adding ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) to our curriculum.  Continue to check our website for new class offerings, www.cprchoice.com.

  • We make it FUN! We deliver quality training with the most experienced instructors in the area, boasting a combined 85 years’ experience in CPR and safety training. Our staff members are passionate about their job and incorporates their real-life training knowledge into the class room offering a fun, engaging and informative experience.

Visit our website www.CPRChoice.com to learn more about our locations, classes and our team!  We would love to see YOU in a CPR class soon!

CPR Summer Special!

May 31, 2015 Amy Setzkorn AED, Business, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, Social 0 Comments

group specialCPR Choice is offering a Summer Special! Gather your friends, choose a date for your group’s training class and we will give you an extra benefit! Enlist 5 friends and we will give you a free pass.   This offer is perfect for your vacation bible school group, swim club, book club, sports team or any other group of friends or family. Be prepared as summer approaches and schedules change- you never know when someone might need CPR. And remember most likely it will be a loved one!

CPR Choice offers CPR classes, including instruction for First Aid and AED training.  As part of the First Aid instruction we will review several types of medical emergencies including stroke, electrocution, shock, chocking and more. CPR, First Aid and AED is easy to learn and easy to administer!

CPR can be a life saver and knowing the skills can literally be the difference between life and death in many cases. Sign your group up today! We offer flexible class options, visit our training calendar at www.knoxvillecpr.com.

And remember get a group of 5 and yours is free!

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!

 

 

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.

 

Epinephrine Pens

April 26, 2015 Cari Welsh AED, Awareness and Prevention, CPR, CPR Classes, CPR Training, First Aid, First Aid + CPR Classes

epinephrine penEpinephrine Pens, or Epi Pens, are special syringes that are pre-filled with a prescription dose of epinephrine to be administered in the event of a severe allergic reaction. Epinephrine Pens can save the lives of people who suffer life threatening reactions to allergens such as bee stings, nuts and other foods. The dosage is often suited to the person whom it was prescribed. It is important for people who have been prescribed an Epinephrine Pen to always carry it with them and make sure co-workers, teachers and peers know how to administer it in the case of an emergency.

Operating an Epinephrine Pen is very straightforward.

  • The first step is to remove the safety cap (on the back).
  • The person administering the shot will hold the pen in their fist and push the needle end firmly into the victim in the side of the thigh muscle (between the hip and the knee).
  • Hold the epinephrine pen in place for ten seconds, taking care to not twist or move the needle.
  • After 10 seconds, the Epinephrine Pen is removed and a protective, safety sheath will cover the needle.
  • After giving the injection rub the area of the shot for 10 seconds, to help get the medication into the bloodstream.
  • One should also make note of the time the shot was delivered and then dispose of the Epinephrine Pen in a designated sharps container.

If at all possible, the person who is prescribed the Epinephrine Pen should deliver the shot to themselves, but in the event of a sudden, severe reaction, may need help. Advanced medical help should be notified and advised of the type of allergy, approximate time of the reaction and the time the epinephrine was administered. It is important to stay with the victim until medical help arrives.  It may take a few minutes for the medicine to start working.

dread_1376178623Sometimes the first exposure to an allergen may result in life threatening anaphylaxis reactions. Medical professionals also stress that delaying treatment with epinephrine in the case of the severe reactions is more likely to result in death. It is because of this warning, more schools are stocking extra Epi Pens and training personnel on their use. Tennessee passed legislation in 2013, joining 28 other states, to allow schools to keep epinephrine pens in stock and administer them in the case of an emergency.

Learn how to administer Epinephrine in one of our Heartsaver first aid classes.  We also offer a Pediatric specific first aid class for daycares, churches, preschools and businesses working with children.  Our first aid course covers a lot of subjects and will teach you what to do in an emergency.

Heartsaver CPR & First Aid Course curriculum:

  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Child & Infant CPR
  • Conscious & Unconscious Choking (Heimlich)
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Injury emergencies
  • Environmental emergencies

Click here for more info about the prescribed drug Epinephrine or to learn how Epinephrine works.

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