Category: CPR

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!

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!

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.  

 

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.

Peanut Butter Drive Success

December 23, 2014 Cheryl Smith Charity, CPR, CPR Training, Events

second harvest

This year’s Peanut Butter Drive turned out to be a great success.  Originally we had set a goal to collect 250 jars of peanut butter.  We had to keep increasing the goal!  We are proud to announce that this yesterday we dropped off over 800 jars of peanut butter to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. We had been collecting the past 3 weeks.  Our PB drive was even featured in the Daily Times newspaper.

Our mission is to SAVE LIVES!  Not only do we want to accomplish our mission by teaching the valuable life saving skills of CPR but also by doing charitable work that can help others.  Every year we pick a project to help save the lives of others.  This year we chose to collect Peanut Butter for 2nd Harvest Food Bank.  Peanut butter is a highly sought after product for food banks as it has a good combination of carbs, fats, proteins and nutrients as well as a good shelf life.  We offered our customers discounts for brining in jars and worked with past customers to help collect.  Some of our collection spots were schools, dance studios, hair salons, gyms and individuals.

It feels so good to be able to make a small difference in our local community.  We teach heart health in our CPR classes and that includes encouraging others to exercise their hearts by reaching down and lifting up others.

We are all ready looking forward to next year and what projects we can get involved with to help our community.  On Jan 23 & 24 we will be offering a community CPR class at The Health Living Expo for only $10 at the Knoxville Convention Center.  All proceeds to benefit our local American Heart Association.

Learn CPR-Save Lives!

Tri-Cities CPR-Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol

December 16, 2014 Cheryl Smith AED, CPR, CPR Training, First Aid

Kingsport, TNAbout 6 months ago we saw a need for people that lived in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee to learn CPR.  We wanted to offer more options to them and provide classes that were more affordable and closer to home.  We have now expanded into the Johnson City, Kingsport & Bristol area! We are holding CPR classes weekly for individuals and students at several venues.  We also provide on-site CPR training to businesses, churches, and groups.

To make it easier for people to find a CPR class in the Tri-Cities area, we recently launched TriCities CPR (owned and managed by CPR Choice).  There you can find our calendar of classes or get more information regarding group CPR training.  CPR Choice also owns and manages Knoxville CPR and Maryville CPR.  Over the past ten years, we have become the leading provider of CPR training in Knoxville, TN. As we expand our service areas, it is our goal for CPR Choice to be the #1 CPR Provider in East Tennessee. We’re excited for the opportunity to provide more CPR, AED, and First Aid training to more people in need of certification or recertification in the Knoxville, Maryville, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, Morristown, Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol areas… With more service areas coming online soon!

At CPR Choice, we offer a variety of CPR classes; each catering to a different demographic & skill-set.  Below are some CPR course descriptions. Spread the word and let your friends know that we are now offering services in Tri-Cities.  Check out our Tri-Cities CPR training calendar for specific dates and times.  We especially hope that offering CPR classes in Johnson City will reduce the burden financially for ETSU students and others.  We provide a students discount with a valid ID card.  Use the PROMO code: STUDENT to save $5.

Our most popular CPR classes are:

BLS for Healthcare Providers
The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.  Students will also learn to use barrier devices and a bag-valve mask.  This class is designed for healthcare providers or students in the healthcare arena.

Heartsaver CPR & AED
The HeartSaver CPR/AED course is designed for the lay responder. This class teaches the skills necessary to overcome reluctance to act in emergency situations and to recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies. Through “hands-on” training and video demonstrations, students will learn the standard protocols for administering proper CPR techniques and understand when and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).  This is designed for everyday citizens; employees, parents, teachers, coaches, babysitters and other care givers.

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED
Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. This course also teaches adult CPR and AED use. This class is also designed for everyday citizens; employees, parents, teachers, coaches, babysitters and other care givers.

We look forward to seeing you in one of our CPR classes soon! And, as always, if you have any questions or would like to set up a group training session, please contact us at: info@cprchoice.com or call 865-548-1500.

Why Should You Choose CPR Choice?

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"Best CPR Class I've ever attended."

"This is the BEST CPR class I have ever been to. As an RN, I’ve been to lots over the years. HIGHLY recommend this one!"

"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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