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Gloves

A few days ago, I went out to pick up a few things at a store.  Until then, I had been scheduling pick up service; there is no better social distancing!

As I entered the store, the first thing I did is sanitizing my entire cart down.  Then, I used hand sanitizer before entering the store. As I travelled through the store, I was observing and thinking about all the people wearing gloves.  Most people were touching products, some people were touching their faces, other people were touching their phones and many would touch products again.

When I made it back outside, I noticed a person who had just finished shopping. This person was wearing the same gloves she had been wearing in the store.  She put her groceries in her car and got into her car. She then applied make up and lipstick, touching her face and lips, while still wearing the gloves she wore in the store!

Most people do not understand how to properly use and dispose of gloves. The people who I saw were ineffectively using gloves and likely spreading any germs the same way they would be if they were not wearing gloves.

During this pandemic, most experts have said that a pair of disposable gloves will not lower your risk of contracting COVID-19. This is because wearing gloves provides a false sense of security that bare hands do not.  If you are wearing gloves while shopping and you touch your face, it completely defeats the purpose of wearing the gloves.

Let me do some myth busting for you.

Myth #1: You do not need to change gloves after putting them on

Truth #1: Wearing gloves does not prevent contamination by itself.   Gloves can become contaminated after touching any item or surface. After you touch something that is contaminated, you must safely remove gloves and wash your hands or use sanitizer for the gloves to work effectively.

Myth #2: Any disposable glove can be used for any project.

Truth #2: You would not want to use the same gloves that you use to grab a donut out of the pastry case that you use to draw someone blood or control bleeding.  There are different grades, materials and sizes. It is very important to always choose the correct size glove.  A glove too small can rip and a glove too large can slip off--both potentially putting you at risk for contamination or exposure.

Myth #3: All gloves are the same.

Truth #3: Gloves come in latex, nitrile, plastic and vinyl.  Each of these have different characteristics and do not perform equally in all situations. Latex is used least often, due to people's allergies to the material. Plastic is most commonly used in food preparation. Vinyl and nitrile are most often used in healthcare.

Myth #4: You do not have to wash your hands when wearing gloves.

Truth #4: You MUST wash your hands when you take your gloves off.  At minimum, use hand sanitizer until you can get to a sink to wash your hands.  It is also recommended you wash your hands before you put your gloves, just in case the glove tears. Remember that hand hygiene and gloves work two ways--you will reduce the risk of germs and contamination getting on your skin and you reduce the risk of spreading germs to others. Without hand washing, this risk still exists.

When I started my EMS career in 1991, gloves were promoted but not required for patient care in many places. During my first EMS classes, we were required to wear gloves for everything.  Outside of the classroom, it was not the norm--it was almost frowned upon to don gloves! On one of the first EMS calls I responded to, a young woman fell through a window.  She had hundreds of little cuts, including on her scalp.  The EMT with me was not wearing gloves while caring for her injuries.   I was the "odd" one because wearing gloves was not "necessary" or "cool.” It was not until 1993 that OSHA mandated glove use for healthcare providers.

Today, we have come a long way with our knowledge of diseases, what can be transmitted and how important disposable gloves really are.  It is crucial for healthcare workers and members of the public to be aware that gloves reduce contamination but are not absolute barriers.

In my First Aid classes, I always teach students that they should imagine that their gloves are completely covered with something no one would want to touch with bare hands.  It gets you thinking about contamination, cross contamination, how often to change gloves and how to proper remove them if you imagine this.

Please do not wear medical gloves unless you need them and are going to use them correctly. Please change your gloves often, avoid touching your face while wearing them and remember that gloves are not an absolute barrier.  


COVID-19: How You Can Help

Here are a few ways to support Emergency Responders, Healthcare Professionals, and members of the military who are working on the front lines to keep people safe and healthy during the COVID-19 and others who are caring for people who have contracted COVID-19.

#ThankYouHeroes

As a member of our communities and the emergency response and healthcare systems that we partner with and serve, we appreciate your encouragement to the frontline emergency responders, healthcare professionals, and members of our military. We have created Thank You Signs that you can print to place outside your home or share on social media. We encourage everyone to go onto one of our social media pages (Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  LinkedIn) to recognize emergency responders, healthcare professionals, and members of our armed forces who are on the front lines, fighting COVID-19, keeping us safe and healthy or helping others recover. Your positive words and encouragement will boost the spirits of the men and women on the front lines and keep spirits up for those sheltering at home. 

As many APHE instructors and team members are current and retired employees of fire and police departments, EMS agencies, hospitals, and the military, we would like to thank you all for your service. We are proud of each of you and your contributions to the health and safety of the members of our communities.

Supply donations

As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, we are committed to keeping our heroes - emergency responders, healthcare professionals, and members of the military - safe. Public safety and hospitals and other healthcare throughout the nation are at risk of running low on personal protective equipment (PPE). Our first responders and healthcare professionals need safety items on the frontline of this pandemic to safely and effectively provide care and prevent infectious disease transmission to themselves. We are currently accepting the following items:

  • New masks – N95 and procedural masks will be accepted. These masks are used in many industries; the CDC has deemed them appropriate to use in healthcare.

  • Handmade face covers – sewn face covers will be accepted, as long as they follow these instructions.

  • Hand sanitizer – CDC guidelines encourage sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol composition.

  • Eye protection – Any new or unused goggles, safety glasses or face shields. 

  • Disinfectant wipes – All brands of unopened, premoistened wipes.

If you have questions, please contact [email protected] Please call 262-233-0133 to set up an appointment to drop off items at your local APHE office in either Wauwatosa or Delafield.

Thank you for playing an important part in keeping our instructors, team members and community safe.   

Food donations

Emergency Responders, Healthcare Professionals, and members of our military on the front lines are working tirelessly to provide safety and quality healthcare.  Thank you for inquiries about how you can help feed these workers. Food donations are accepted at most fire and police departments, EMS agencies, and hospitals but must follow very specific guidelines and processes. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness. 

Food donation guidelines

  • Food must be individually packaged.

  • Food must be donated from a restaurant/caterer/food company that is monitored by local health inspectors and has passed a health inspection in the last 12 months.

  • No homemade food.

  • Beverages must be in single serve packages.

  • All flatware needs to be individually wrapped.

  • All condiments need to be in portion control packets.

How to donate: Use a search or telephone directory to find your local fire or police department, EMS agency, or hospital. If you are not able to find one, please call our Client Relations at 262-233-0133, and we would be happy to help direct you to a local agency who can use your support.

Donating blood

Our communities need our help to replenish the blood centers that serve our hospitals. In response to COVID-19, more than 80% of community blood drives have been cancelled; however, all blood types are in demand now--and will likely be the weeks and months ahead. Blood centers have established a COVID-19 screening process, social distancing precautions and cleaning protocols to keep donors safe. Safety and precautions

To donate, please contact:

Versiti Blood Center - 877-232-4376

 

Schedule an appointment near you

 


COVID-19: What is the BIG DEAL?!

We are all tired of hearing about COVID-19, Coronavirus, and consistent messages like “maintain social distancing” and “wash your hands.” A distrust of the media, use of social media, and lack of understanding means some people are not taking this seriously and misinformation is being disseminated. 

First, scientists, physicians, and other medical experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), and state and location public health agencies--experts who have education, experience, and understanding far beyond what the average person does--are telling us that this is a BIG DEAL. Let’s ALL be sensible and listen to what they are saying. This is a BIG DEAL.

Second, there is a difference between being prepared and being scared. If you watch, read, or hear the news from a media source, make sure those sources are using reputable resources for information. Your “friends” or “followers” on social media are likely not subject-matter experts. The most accurate, up-to-date information is available on WHO and CDC websites. Fact check resources or skip them altogether. Information for this article was mostly found at: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses  

A common statement that I am hearing and reading is: “The flu infects millions and only kills thousands every year.” Please understand, the only thing that Coronavirus has in common with Influenza is that both are respiratory viruses. Like Influenza, Coronavirus refers to a large family of viruses. These virus families have different genetic structures; while our bodies may have some immunity to a slightly mutated Influenza, most of humanity has no immunity to Coronavirus, as almost none of humanity has ever been exposed to any type of Coronavirus. Compare Influenza and Coronavirus here:  https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-similarities-and-differences-covid-19-and-influenza 

Understanding the terms used may help with understanding the differences. The definition of a virus is an infective agent that is able to multiply within the living cells of a host. This virus is called the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The definition of a disease is a disorder of structure or function that produces specific signs or symptoms. This disease was originally called “2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus” but is now “Coronavirus Disease COVID-19.” The WHO uses “COVID-19” to identify the disease and “the COVID-19 virus” when discussing with the public. More information about naming viruses and diseases: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/naming-the-coronavirus-disease-(covid-2019)-and-the-virus-that-causes-it 

The COVID-19 virus has recently mutated to be able to infect human lung cells. The virus invades the victim’s live lung cells to replicate and invade more live lung cells. After the virus replicates and moves on, the lung cell dies. When cells die, the victim’s immune system causes an inflammatory response to trap and remove the dead cells. This inflammatory response is what can kill the victim. Enough inflammation and fluid accumulating in the lungs can lead to pneumonia, which can lead to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Typically, a victim with pneumonia or ARDS will have difficulty breathing; eventually, some victims may have ineffective breathing, which will require a breathing tube (called an Endotracheal Tube) and mechanical ventilation.

What are the symptoms? Most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some victims may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Some victims are infected but have no symptoms. and don't feel unwell. Around 1 out of every 6 COVID-19 victims becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. 

Who is at the greatest risk? Older people, smokers, people with high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes or people with decreased immunity are more likely to develop serious illness. A person with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. On April 2, 2020, the regional director for WHO Europe announced that 95% of deceased COVID-19 victims in Europe were age 60 or older; greater than 50% were age 80 or older. At least 80% of victims who died had at least one underlying condition, including heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes. However, people 59 or younger are still at risk and can still die from this or be carriers of the virus to others who are at risk, even if those “carriers” do not have symptoms.

The probability is that many humans will become infected with this virus. A large percentage will become seriously ill; a significant number may die. The real risk: if many people become infected at the same time, there may not be enough personal protective equipment (PPE),  medical equipment, medical providers, and life-sustaining equipment (i.e. ventilators) to care for the patients. This is why world, national, state, and local public health officials are asking us to help “flatten the curve,” which refers to the rate at which additional people become infected. 

Example 1: If 1 person becomes infected and infects 10 more people who each infect 10 more people who each infect 10 more people, there are now 1,000 people infected from one. 

Example 2: If the transmission prevention techniques are implemented and the single infected person only infects 5 people who infect 5 people who infect 5 people, there are now only 125 infected people. 

Could a local hospital care for the average 167 victims who become seriously ill (⅙ of 1000 people in Example 1)? Definitely “no.” In fact, most large urban hospitals would be unable to care for that many patients with difficulty breathing. Remember that hospitals are still caring for the usual numbers of patients with usual injuries and diseases. 

Could a local hospital care for the average 21 victims who become seriously ill (⅙ of 125 people in Example 2)? Likely “no.” However, if the hospital is over capacity to care for victims who cannot be transferred to other hospitals, a far smaller number of victims will die if fewer have been infected.

 

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. 

PLEASE! Follow the WHO suggestions for slowing the spread of the virus:

  • Stay at your home and away from others as much as possible,

  • Wash your hands frequently (or use hand sanitizing until you can),

  • Maintain social distancing,

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth, 

  • Practice cough & sneeze hygiene,

  • NEW: Wear a face cover in public, and

  • Stay informed & follow advice given by your medical provider.

  • https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public 

WHO has launched the #HealthyatHome campaign: 

  • Stay physically active,

  • Quit tobacco,

  • Keep ourselves & our families’ physically & mentally healthy.

Even if you are not at risk, we are all responsible to slow the spread or “flatten the curse.”

Stay safe & healthy. This too shall pass.

 

WHO Myth Busters: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters 

 

Adam C. Fritsch is a Veteran Firefighter (18 years) and Nationally Registered- (16 years) and Critical Care-Paramedic (14 years). He is a Lieutenant/Critical Care Paramedic with the Western Lakes Fire District in Wisconsin. Mr. Fritsch founded Advanced Professional Healthcare Education LLC in March 2007. He serves as President & Chief Financial Officer, as well as American Heart Association BLS, ACLS, and PALS Instructor and Training Center Faculty. Under his leadership, the company has grown to 15 full time employees, 55 part time employee instructors, and 100 contracted instructors. Email: [email protected] 


COVID-19 vs Your Household

Introduction

Are you keeping your household clean and disinfected to the standards of the CDC during a COVID-19 outbreak? I’m sure most of you reading this know how to clean, but this virus needs a lot more than some spring cleaning! I wanted to share with you what I discovered from the CDC, on how to keep your house clean with an infected member. Let’s learn how to keep your family safe from the spread of the virus.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Let’s start with the fact that cleaning and disinfecting are NOT the same thing. Cleaning removes dirt and impurities but does not kill germs. Disinfecting uses chemicals to kill surface germs but does not always clean dirty surfaces. If you clean the infected area first and then disinfect, which is highly recommended, it lowers risk of spreading. Disposable gloves should be worn while cleaning and disinfecting. Upon removal of gloves, hands should be washed immediately.

Disinfection

The CDC specifically states, ”For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.” Make sure you are regularly disinfecting high traffic areas such as door handles, counter tops, sinks, toilets, light switches, etc. 

Laundry and Linens

When handling infected laundry, ensure disposable gloves are worn. If those aren’t available, wash your hands immediately after. Do not shake laundry when soiled, this will minimize it’s travel through the air. Wash and dry clothes on highest temperature, if possible. This would be a good time to take a peak at your manufacturer’s tag on any clothing, comforters, drapes etc. Don’t forget to disinfect the hamper or dispose of it.

Other Preventatives 

If you weren’t washing your hands before… judging… now is the time to start! Make sure you are washing your hands for at least 20 seconds (this may be obvious but with soap and water). When using hand sanitizer, make sure it’s at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Blowing your nose? Wash your hands. Just used the restroom? Wash your hands. Preparing food or about to eat? Wash. Your. Hands.

Conclusion

Educating yourself on the virus is important in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I hope you feel better prepared on how to clean and disinfect your household while caring for someone infected. Now, spread the word, not the virus! Help everyone understand how to prevent the spread of this virus.


Super foods to help battle 2016 cold/flu season

  1. Berries. Research shows a strong connection between high polyphenol content and an antiviral effect in addition to antioxidant properties. raspberries, blueberries, black currants and cranberries can be added to your diet arsenal against a cold or flu.

  2. Cabbage. Is an excellent source of vitamin C and contains over half a days value in just one cup. It also is said to an aid for gastrointestinal ailments. Vitamin C levels have shown to decrease when the body is fighting infection, therefore, boost up!

  3. Elderberry. Studies have shown a reduction in the ability for viruses to replicate when extracts of elderberry are present. Used in a lot of vitamins and supplements as a natural deterrent for colds.

  4. Garlic. Has been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial AND anti-fungal properties! Just might need some extra toothpaste or mouthwash on hand...... Best eaten raw (if you can tolerate) if possible as it has been known to loose some of these benefits when cooked or steamed. Some information also links garlic to having some cardiac health benefits. Eat up!

  5. WATER. Not a food, yes correct. Daily water intake is recommended to be about half your body weight in ounces. Being hydrated before you become sick keeps your body's systems working like they should and flushing out toxins at a good rate. When you are not feeling well it is easy to forget to DRINK WATER but that is when it counts most.

Many more can be added to the list, but here's a good place to start.


5 Important things you can do to keep yourself safe

This article is in reference to the tragic events that occurred that occurred recently in Milwaukee.

Uber Milwaukee and Chicago area

With this unfortunate and sad story there's not much that was in the hands of the passengers. Some safety reminders below as an increase in taxi and Uber use rises during the holiday season.

5 Important things you can do to keep yourself safe:

  1. VERIFY THE IDENTITY OF THE DRIVER AND THEIR CAR BEFORE YOU JUMP IN THE SEAT
    The Uber app provides riders with their driver’s first name, photo, license plate number and a picture of the vehicle and their driver’s rating. Verify this information ALWAYS!

  2. WAIT INDOORS FOR YOUR RIDE TO ARRIVE
    This is sure to keep you in a safe spot and not potentially waiting alone or in a poor lit area.

  3. KEEP IN CONTACT WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
    Let people know where you are going and maybe even a timeline of when you'll be there so they know when to expect you.

  4. CONSIDER THE DRIVER’S RATING ON THE APP
    These rating exist for a reason and it is to keep you informed

  5. MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE HAS A GOOD CHARGE ANYTIME YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT


How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

Prepare for a snow storm.Thankfully we have had a decent winter in southeast Wisconsin with only 2 notable snowfalls. This weekend the east coast got pounded with some areas receiving over 40 inches of snow. We should be prepared for the worst as we may not have time to prepare when the impact is imminent. Also, many people will be trying to fulfill their needs last minute causing delays and often making the essentials hard to find. The following is several steps you should take to ensure you are prepared before the risk is present.


Importance of Advance Directives

SignatureWe provide training day in and day out on how to resuscitate people of any age. We train lay people and healthcare providers in the multiple disciplines offered by the American Heart Association. Unfortunately these measures often can prove unsuccessful or provide results with a different quality of life. There is not always a reason as unknown medical complications arise, traumatic injuries can occur, and accidents happen. We are never fully prepared for these events and often our loved ones are the ones put in the position of having to make the difficult decisions.

Does your family know what you want if certain things happen? Why place the burden on them. Have your own advance directives or living will drawn up so you can make the decisions you want about your life. When you create your own advance directives make sure you are thorough. This will help your family, doctors, and caregivers make decisions based upon your wishes. The decisions can be difficult but do you want aggressive resuscitation? Would you want to be on life support? Would you prefer to be a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)? This list can go on and can be completely tailored to your wishes. Other items such as faith background, invitations to clergy can all be covered within these documents.


How To Make Kale Chips

Preparing Kale ChipsThis is a quick and easy recipe to make homemade kale chips.

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Use roughly a stuffed grocery store veggie bag or about a regular salad bowl’s worth of kale
  • Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces
  • Briefly soak, then drain, and dry the kale (salad spinners work great)
    • It is really important to ensure the kale is dried to prevent it from steaming
  • Spread out evenly on cookie sheets
    • Wipe the cookie sheet with oil or use cooking spray to prevent the kale from sticking to the sheets
    • Keeping space between the edges of the leaves will result in the chips being crispier
  • Drizzle with about 2 teaspoons of your favorite olive oil
  • Sprinkle with the seasonings of your choice such as the ones below. Plus a sprinkle of kosher salt.
    • Parmesan
    • Chili Powder
    • Asiago
    • Garlic
    • Cinnamon
  • Bake for about 15 minutes
  • When the edges are brown and kale is crispy it is done

The final product is just like chips. Putting a good bit of kosher salt on them will make them similar to salty fries or chips.


Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for 2016

new-year-graphicA New Year starts with energy all over, at the end we formulate a plan and we bring in the New Year with heightened goals and ambitions. In the beginning we sow the seeds of resolution to guide our path over course of the coming year. Some will hold true to their resolutions for a period of time but most will fizzle out in the coming weeks and months. Remember a strong and moral resolution is the one which becomes your power, motivates you, and gives you the power to triumph in everyday life and succeed. The following are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2016:

  1. To be a good person and lead a good life
  2. Bring a positive approach to life
  3. Acquire skills
  4. Don’t forget the family and friends (F&Fs)
  5. Indulge in activities that are happy and enjoyable.
  6. Seek financial wellness
  7. Overcome fears
  8. Donate blood
  9. Ensure you are an organ donor
  10. Learn CPR

Ok so maybe these aren’t the “top” ten New Year’s resolutions, but they are ours. What better way to start a new year than learn to save a life?


Arm your mind, learn to save a life

Happy HeartThe unrest and turmoil in the world has spilled across to the confines of France, the United States and many other countries over the last few months. This causes uneasiness and questions in many, often wondering what can I do to help or how can I be prepared. The answers may vary but one of the best ways you can be prepared to help yourself and those around you is to be trained in first aid and CPR. These skills can help throughout life without regard to the environment or situation. No matter the cause; accident, illness, injury, or violence the actions we can take to help are the same.

One of the key paramounts to any emergency response professional or lay rescuer is advocacy and the requirement of a safe scene. This is to ensure rescuer safety and promote safety by preaching situational awareness to help us protect ourselves. What happens when the scene is not safe and will not be for an unknown period of time. Unfortunately the answer is we don’t know, and we will never know until the situation arises. This will not change the fact that if such a situation does arise the need for assistance may be great. You might be the only person or one of few people around.

Becoming certified in first aid and CPR will give you the training needed to recognize potentially life threatening situations and render aid. You never know, maybe one day you will save a life.


Becoming an AHA BLS CPR Instructor

First aidOften we get asked how to become an American Heart Association CPR instructor, there are several steps I will detail below. First of you need to be certified in Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (BLS). Then you need to complete the BLS Instructor Essentials course which can be found online at www.onlineaha.org/courses. In order to do this you need to find a training center or site that is looking for BLS instructors. This will allow you to align with a training center which will allow you to teach the BLS CPR Course once you are certified as an instructor. Once you have completed this you can attend the in person BLS Instructor course. You will also be required to purchase the BLS Instructor Manual, which is an important reference and resource for the instructor. The course covers many aspects of instructing including:

  • Class planning and preparation
  • Class layout
  • Training materials
  • Required paperwork
  • Recertification requirements
  • Course specific information

The 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC are Here!

AHA 2015 GuidelinesThe American Heart Association (AHA) published their 2015 Guidelines (based on the International Liason Committee on Resuscitation, or ILCOR, recommendations earlier this month) at 12:01 am CST on October 15, 2015. Here is a summary of what you can expect in a future CPR, First Aid, BLS, ACLS, or PALS class:

Basic Life Support (CPR) update--MOSTLY the same.

  • AHA has acknowledged that we all have cell phones, so no more "go call 9-1-1"--just "Call 9-1-1."
  • All communities should implement a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program.
  • We may now check breathing and pulse simultaneously
  • Sequence remains C-A-B, 30 compression: 2 breaths
  • Compression rate now 100-120/minute
  • Compression depth now 2-2.4 inches (5-6 cm)
  • Full recoil of the chest is mandatory (no leaning)
  • Anyone can give naloxone to a potential narcotic overdose

Healthy Comfort Foods

The pie season rapidly approachesWell the chill is in the air and the leaves are turning. This is not the only change this time of year as often our diets change with the season and the activity levels slow dramatically for many. We do less outside as the cooler weather brings us inside along with the Packers and Badgers. We all know nothing can make that Sunday around the house better than some comfort food to fill us and warm us from the inside out. Just remember to keep the healthy alternatives in mind when cooking so we can keep our cholesterol and sodium intake in check. Your heart will appreciate this. Here are some links to some healthy recipes for around your house.


Halloween Costumes and Ideas for Safety!

Happy Halloween!Well, the chill is in the air, kids are back in school, and football is being played. The end of summer has escaped us, depositing us in a season of color and change. Many of us are trying to extract every ounce of time outdoors before the cold begins its grip.

One of the many things the fall season brings us is Halloween. Every year many try and raise the bar and outdo each other with elaborate and creative costumes. Whether you choose to be Yoda, Donald Trump or a Minion let’s remember to be safe this Halloween and ensure our children are safe as well:

  • During trick or treating it is important the children travel in groups to ensure safety.
  • The need to wear bright colors or reflective tape to be visible to motor vehicle traffic.
  • Only eat factory wrapped treats and be suspicious of any signs of tampering.
  • Remind children never to enter the home or vehicle of a stranger.
  • Remind the children to only approach homes with outside lights on, showing a sign that they are welcome.

Enjoy the Halloween season and remember to limit the amount of treats you consume and supplement health snacks when possible.


American Heart Association/American Red Cross Skills Testing Information and misconceptions addressed

Test taking tips to help you succeed!Over the past few years the option of doing a skills session vs a traditional classroom setting has gained more popularity. This option allows an individual or group of persons to complete the majority of the courses online through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross website. After successful completion of the online component, the individual will be issued a certificate of completion and should bring it with them for the skills session. The skills test is an in person session scheduled with an instructor to evaluate the practical skills of the participant. Because this is a two step program to complete, there are two fees. One fee is paid at the time of the course registration for the online program. Next, you will schedule and pay for the in person skills session fee at www.wicpr.com. This is NOT a more cost effective way of receiving any of these certifications compared to attending a traditional course, it is a matter of convenience preferred by many as a more rapid and less time consuming way to certify. Often times we schedule skills tests on an individual basis or for very small groups. However many people still prefer this method rather than attending an entire in person course despite the increased cost. Some perks of skills testing include: You can stop/start the online program at your leisure from work or home, we schedule a date/time and location that works best for you and your schedule (even on an individual basis), the certification is issued promptly after the course, does not require a lot of in person time, perfect for limited schedules, lots of flexibility in scheduling and online completion, can take the online written exam numerous times if you are not successful the first time, and the list goes on…


2015 CPR guideline changes CPR awareness week!

CPR is as easy as C-A-B!It’s anyone’s guess as to what the new 2015 CPR/ACLS and PALS guidelines will be. (Disclaimer-If anyone tells you otherwise they are fibbers!)

In the past 50 years + of providing CPR courses, the American Heart Association does an exceptional job with their resuscitation research. In 2010/2011 we saw some of the most significant changes ever made to the course materials.

Hands-only-CPR: CALL and PUMP! With the implementation of this information we have seen an increase in bystander participation in an emergency, less fear that someone will make a mistake (because they only have TWO things to do!) Less risk of disease transmission and not to mention the most important part GOOD CONTINUOUS CIRCULATION TO THE BRAIN! The last one is my personal favorite. CPR used to talk more about the heart and the lungs, but we can’t forget how important it is to help the patient’s maintain neurological function if they do survive a cardiac arrest.


BLS for healthcare providers test answers & How to prepare for your CPR test questions and upcoming American Heart Association course

The course materials have closed captioning available and allow students to learn in a variety of ways by combining instructor interaction, video prompts and text materials.

  • BLS & First Aid CPR AED textbooksRegister today for your course at www.wicpr.com/register to reserve your seat in an upcoming course!

  • Purchase the required and most up to date textbook for the course you are registering for to have a good study guide.

  • Review both the pocket cards and the text materials as much as possible

  • Write down any questions you have while reviewing the book to ask your instructor at the class in order to best understand your course

  • This bear is studying for his test!If Time allows, try to utilize all resources to study the information. Review both written and online information. Websites to reference are available in the first few pages of your text.

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Finding a Great Gym and Buddy for Post-Work Workouts

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The eternal struggle: To workout or not to workout today. If you leave your exercise to the end of the day, the motivation to go through with it can be tough. Even when you know exercising makes you feel great—or if you love your Pilates class—it can still be hard to do anything when you leave the office. 

There’s one proven way to help you do it though: securing a solid workout buddy to keep you accountable. While an in-person partner to accompany you to the gym is best, even an accountability partner who gives you a call improves results. Statistics show that just knowing you have a check-in phone call coming every couple of weeks increases the amount of exercise people get by a whopping 78%.  

So how do you find these miracle workers to get your motivation cooking? Let’s talk about it.


Nutrition Myths Uncovered: Part 2

APHE2-16-15In this article, I’m debunking more nutrition myths that I’ve come across in the media. The notoriously “unhealthy” fried foods and miraculous, life changing gluten-free diet…read ahead.


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