Are you prepared for a Cardiac Emergency?
AEDs 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?
- 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.
- 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!
Summer time, Summer time, Summer time….
Here in East Tennessee, we are blessed with distinct season and summer is one of my favorites! Rosy checks, shorts and Chacos quickly become the dress code. As you venture out for summer activities, make sure you and your family are prepared for the unexpected- water safety and heat stroke.
Water safety should be a high priority! Swimming is a popular summer activity and preparing yourself and your family is key. Did you know that drowning accounts for over 4000 deaths each year? One way to help reduce the number of victims is to make sure everyone has enrolled in swim lessons and/or use life vests properly to ensure safety.
Be on the lookout for these signs of drowning:
- Drowning victims tend to be quiet and normally don’t make a lot of noise.
- If people are missing, especially children, look in the water first. The victims can appear to be lethargic and/or will be found unresponsive either floating in the water or submerged.
Quick action is required for a positive outcome for a drowning victim. The quicker they are removed from the water and first aid administered the greater the chance of recovery. What should you do if you find someone with signs of drowning?
- Check to see if the victim is conscious or unconscious.
- Ask someone to call 9-1-1 and get an automated external defibrillator (AED).
- Attempt to remove the victim from the water. Perform “rescue breathing” if necessary. This can be started in the water, but all other care requires the victim to be out of the waters.
- Once out of the water
- If the victim is breathing place them on their side in the recovery position to prevent aspiration, which is inhaling vomit into the lungs.
- If the victim is not breathing and has no pulse, start CPR immediately. Continue CPR until a medical emergency person or another trained individual
- Be on the lookout for dry drowning or secondary drowning too. This can occur up to 24 hours after swimming. Monitor breathing, listen for a persistent cough, chest pain, mental status and pay attention to skin color. Call 911 if you suspect dry drowning- the victim will need oxygen supplementation.
Heat Stroke is another dangerous situation that will require immediate medical attention. Heatstroke occurs when your core body temperature rises above 104 degrees Fahrenheit, causing your internal organs to not function property. Heatstroke also called sunstroke, is a result of external environmental factors, such as being outside or exerting yourself physically on a very hot day. Susceptibility to heat stroke increases with age, weight, some medications and your medical history. Keep in mind, some heart medications, such as beta blocker, calcium channel blockers and diuretics can cause the body to have an adverse reaction to the heat.
What can you do if you suspect someone is experiencing Heatstroke?
- Instruct someone to call 9-1-1, heatstroke is life-threatening.
- Attempt to cool the patient’s body. Get them out of the sun, provide them with a cool drink (no caffeine) and use cool air to fan them.
CPR Choice offers first aid training to help prepare you and your family in these types of medical emergencies. Having the skills to perform CPR in an emergency can make the difference between life and death. Sign up for a class today. Visit www.cprchoice.com and chose a convenient location & class. We offer classes all over the East Tennessee area and our instructors are the best around. Give us a try!
We Make CPR Easy!
Our 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
- Oak Ridge
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!
CPR 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
At 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!
We 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
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)
If 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
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- Razor & Shaving cream
- Wet Wipes
- Hair comb
- Granola bars
- Peanut Butter crackers
- Apple Sauce
Energy Drinks! What’s all the Hype?
Have you ever tried an energy drink? If you did, did you experience an immediate energy boost? Energy drinks continue to increase in popularity and marketing has been expanded to all age groups – young and old. I’m sure with the pressures of our fast paced environment, people feel the need to have that extra spark.
According to Transparency Market Research, they estimate that the energy drink market will grow over 10% in 2016 and currently it’s a 10 billion dollar industry. The manufactures of these products feel that health conscious folks will continue to be attracted to their product to help them remain active and alert.
What’s in an Energy Drink?
Red Bull and Gatorade hold the market share today on energy drinks. And I’m sure you all have seen the appealing marketing associated with these drinks. I mean really who wouldn’t want the additional support Red Bull claims to provide so you can be fully focused on your job or at your peak performance if you’re an athlete? It’s been said that Red Bull gives you wings. The ingredients in a Red Bull Energy drink seem harmless:
- Caffeine- one 8.4 oz. can contains 80mg of caffeine
- B Vitamins
- Sucrose & Glucose- one 8.4 oz. can contains 27g of sucrose/glucose, comparable to orange or apple juice (sugar free options are available too)
- Alpine Spring Water
In comparison, a short (8oz) cup of Starbucks coffee has 180 mg of caffeine.
Why the worry?
Some energy drinks also contain additional ingredients or stimulants such as ginseng, guarana and taurine, which is also in Red Bull. These ingredients have caffeine concentrations that are equal to or higher than the caffeine actually found in coffee and consuming high doses of any of these can be dangerous. So to sum it up, some energy drinks will mask the amount of caffeine actually found in their products.
As a result of the higher amounts of caffeine and sugar, arrhythmias can develop in young and old. It’s scary to think that about 31% of teenagers between the ages of 12 and 19 regularly consume energy drinks. Some studies have shown that consumption of energy drinks have led to sudden cardiac deaths in young, healthy individuals. Energy drinks can also increase blood pressure, increased heart rate, restlessness and insomnia.
Some established guidelines should be followed when making the choice to consume an energy drink:
- Limit the quantity of drinks you consume- the recommendation for a healthy adolescent is one can.
- Avoid any energy drink before or during sports.
- Avoid mixing with alcohol.
- Never consume an energy drink if you have an underlying medical condition and discuss any concerns you have with your family doctor.
How can you manage without an energy drink?
Just like with any drink or food or process – education is the key! Do your homework, investigate what you are putting in to your body and learn to fuel your body the right way. Try these tips to maintain your energy throughout the day:
- Eat lean proteins and smart carbohydrates such as almonds, cheese and greek yogurt.
- Try to take a 20 minute nap during the day, if possible
- Get up and move around- avoid sitting for long periods of time
Another way to educate yourself in case you are in an emergency situation, such as a sudden cardiac arrest, is to learn the life-saving skills of CPR! CPR Choice has convenient classes located in multiple areas, including Knoxville, Maryville and Tricities. To schedule a class today, visit www.knoxvillecpr.com or www.tricitiescpr.com. We’d love to see you in a class!
Personal Trainers need CPR training
As 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, 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.
Sometimes 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.