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Garage Safety

garageGenerally speaking, the garage is not a safe place for unsupervised young children to be. With the summer months upon us, time spent in or near the garage will probably increase, and precautionary measures are needed in order to prevent accidents. The garage can be a busy place! It can serve as a workshop, storage shed, and much more. When thinking about the items that a garage contains, it becomes clear that the garage is a potentially dangerous environment – especially for children. For many, the garage will not only house a vehicle, but sharp tools, toxic and flammable chemicals, insecticides, and fertilizers may also be found there. Furthermore, there may be countless items that could fall over onto a child and result in serious injury. While many parents and caregivers would not dream of allowing small children in a garage area unsupervised, it is important to utilize safety strategies in order to mitigate risks. 


Bicycle Safety

nhtsa bicycleThe beautiful weather that we are afforded during the summer months makes for the perfect opportunity to ride bicycles. Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to practice independent transportation. As with utilizing any vehicle, safety is of the utmost importance. 

Before using your bicycle, make sure that it is ready to ride. This can be accomplished by inspecting your bike and ensuring that all parts are in good working order. Before riding, inflate the tires properly and check that your brakes work. Adjust your bicycle to fit. Stand over your bicycle. The seat should be level from front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level as the seat. When it is time to ride, wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Protect your brain and potentially save your life. Furthermore, whether day, night, lovely weather, or inclement weather, you need to be seen by others on the road. Always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding. Also, wear something that reflects the light such as reflective tape or flashing lights. Avoid riding at night. Be mindful of staying in control of your bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry all items that you may need in a carrier or a backpack so that your hands can remain free. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and animals. All of these hazards and more can cause a crash. If you are riding in a group and see a hazard, make sure to call out and point to the hazard to alert the others riding with you. 


Supporting Naomi Osaka

osakaI would not consider myself a tennis fan. I know how to play and score tennis. I understand the rules. 

But today, I am a Naomi Osaka fan.

Naomi is a Japanese professional tennis player. She is a four-time Grand Slam singles champion. She is also the reigning champion of the US Open and Australian Open. And most impressively, she is only 23 years old.


COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Wisconsinites 16+ years old on April 5, 2021!

COVID VaccineIf you have been patiently waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine, your wait will soon be over!

The State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services has announced that starting Monday, April 5, 2021, all Wisconsinites ages 16+ will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

The DHS website suggests where you can get vaccinated. For specific questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, you can call 1-844-684-1064. There are interpreters available for several languages, if needed.


First Aid & First Aid Kits

Spring is definitely in the air! I am sure that we all share the first aid iconcollective feeling or relief and happiness as cold, snowy weather gives way to days filled with clear skies and sunshine. With the beautiful weather upon us, many of us will be opting to spend a greater amount of our time outside. Outdoor activities are a wonderful way to connect with friends, family, and nature. Spring may be the perfect chance to get out for walks, bike rides, hiking, and camping trips. All of these are exciting options, but they bring their own risks as well. For this reason, it is a good idea to have a first aid kit handy when you are partaking in outdoor excursions.


Spring Allergies

CDC COVID vs AllergiesHay fever got you down?  For many, spring is simultaneously a breath of fresh air, and a nose full of snot.  During spring, plants that have been dormant all winter begin to release pollen in order to generate new life, bringing about a new generation of plants.  It is a time of rebirth coming out of winter’s icy grasp, but it puts many of us in a respiratory bind.  The pollen released by various plant species can trigger allergic reactions in many individuals.  There are dozens of different varieties of plant that might be causing your reaction.  Symptoms of these allergic reactions include sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes, watering eyes, and coughing.  While generally far from debilitating, reactions to springtime allergies vary in severity from mildly annoying, to downright miserable.   


St. Patty’s Day: Calling The Shots With Alcohol

ShamrockSaint Patrick’s Day is coming up on Wednesday, March 17th.  The 1,500-year-old holiday commemorates the death of the patron Saint of Ireland.  While the day is commonly viewed as an opportunity to honor Irish heritage, tradition, and culture, it has simultaneously become—for many—an excuse to drink to excess. Like many holidays, St. Patrick’s Day has become highly commercialized, and partaking in libations is certainly one of the most widespread societal expectations around the Holiday, whether you have Irish heritage or not.  Given the pervasiveness of bar crawls and other alcohol-centered social gatherings, it is easy to believe that just about everybody is drinking on St. Patrick’s Day. 


Mental Health

mental healthSometimes mental health can feel like a battlefield.  Many of the events in 2020 have made the battle for our mental health even more challenging.  The good news?  Your actions have direct impacts on what your battlefield looks like.  If we manage our decisions in a healthy way, we can set the battlefield in our favor.  Here are three big ways to help you better stay on top of your mental health. 


Managing Grief and Loss

grief and lossGrief and loss can be two of the heaviest emotions that the human experience has to offer. There is a component of longing for what was and can no longer be, as well as a deep sorrow beyond explanation. 2020 demanded more of us than what we expected. 2020 also took things from us. Many of us lost loved ones in 2020 and the thought of beginning a new year without them can be heartbreaking. Many people believe that when we lose someone special, a part of us goes with them meaning we are not the same person anymore. In a world full of their absence, you may be constantly trying to find your loved one again. This can be frightening, sad, and lonely. The truth that all of us can admit is that time continues to pass. As someone who is grieving or someone who has experienced loss, it is important to remember that we must choose what this new life will look like and what we are going to make of our new reality.


Managing Depression

The past year has put all of us through a slew of unforeseen holding handscircumstances, situations, and feelings. An unfortunate byproduct of so much turmoil has been a steady increase in the occurrences of depression. Some experts, such as those at the University of Minnesota, state that COVID-19 has tripled the rate of depression in US adults across all demographic groups. This is especially seen in adults that have financial worries. When you are experiencing depression, it can be impossible to will yourself to ‘snap out of it’, but with careful tips, the road to recovery can be attained. 


Managing Anxiety

stress-bomb-illustrationIf you are dealing with anxiety or an anxiety disorder, you are hardly alone. The National Institute of Mental Health reported that just over 19% of American adults will experience at least one anxiety disorder over any 12-month period. The former U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, has brought attention to the association between the absence of social connections during the pandemic and how this loneliness is linked to worsening physical and mental health, including anxiety and depression. With this in mind, it is imperative to find ways to offset and heal anxiety, even at a time when it might feel easy to dissociate and slip into solitude completely.


A Tale of Two COVID-19 Vaccination Decisions

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate: that is the question. Vaccine COVID

As a critical care paramedic and medical educator, I have heard many opinions over the past few months since a COVID-19 vaccine has been introduced. 

The majority of medical professionals in the United States and the world are in support of receiving the COVID-19 vaccines. Many of us have seen the true toll that COVID-19 has taken on the people of the world--not only deaths but also hospitalization, isolation or quarantine, mental health challenges and treatable medical conditions not being managed appropriately due to lack of services or patients not wanting to risk being infected. The actual cost of COVID in lives, quality of life and expenses can never truly be calculated.


A Day Forever Etched in my Mind

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 is a day that is etched in my mind forever.  It started as my days usually do; up early and in to work.  The day promised to be a busy one, as it was clinical day for new orientees and the day would be spent demonstrating skills they need to their job.  As usual, we had a large group, and desk time on these days is limited.

Around mid-morning, I had a few minutes to quickly check emails. There was one from my mom telling me she didn’t feel well.  She had been up since the middle of the night, was sweating profusely and her chest hurt.  She had cancelled a urology doctor’s appointment because of how she felt.  In my haste and hurry, I quickly replied asking her to describe the feeling in her chest; did it feel heavy like she was getting a cold, or was it actual chest pain? Not giving it any more thought, I returned to my orientees and proceeded on with my day.  


Take Action and Learn How To Manage Metabolic Syndrome

There is nothing more shocking than to be diagnosed with something you have never heard of. I’m sure you're aware of some common ones: diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease. The list goes on.

 

Metabolic SyndromeI recently have been making some life changes and was considering changing clinics. Not because of service, but location. I asked them to send the last couple of doctor's notes and labs because I wanted to look at the data to figure out what metrics matter for my health. Maybe better said, I want to manage the things I can affect, as I make the changes.


Super foods to help battle 2020 cold/flu season

  1. super foodsBerries. 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.


Big Changes at APHE!

logoThank you for joining an American Heart Association® class with APHE!

APHE and AHA have made some pretty significant changes in class sign in and exams recently, so please read on to learn more.

When AHA updated the 2020 Guidelines for CPR & ECC in October, it was announced that written exams in the Instructor-Let Training (ILT) were now going to be online exams. With this change, APHE has also changed how participants sign into classes. 


2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC: Resuscitation Education Science & Systems of Care

RQI PartnersEvery 5 years, the American Heart Association (AHA) revises the recommendations, or Guidelines, for Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), including CPR. Here is a summary of some of the key issues and major changes for Resuscitation Education Science and Systems of Care. These were released on October 21, 2020, and will be implemented into AHA classes over the next few months.


2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC: Adult Basic & Advanced Life Support

2020 Guidelines Highlights coverEvery 5 years, the American Heart Association (AHA) revises the recommendations, or Guidelines, for Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), including CPR. Here is a summary of some of the key issues and major changes for Adult Basic and Advanced Life Support. These were released on October 21, 2020, and will be implemented into AHA classes over the next few months.


2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC: Pediatric Basic & Advanced Life Support

2020 CPR and ECC Guidelines graphicEvery 5 years, the American Heart Association (AHA) revises the recommendations, or Guidelines, for Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), including CPR. Here is a summary of some of the key issues and major changes for Pediatric Basic and Advanced Life Support. These were released on October 21, 2020, and will be implemented into AHA classes over the next few months.


Healthy Eating during COVID (and beyond)!

CDC Food SafetyMany of us have been impacted by COVID-19 and changes in our workplace and home life. For some this has led to increased stress, decreased activity and added unwanted pounds. Let’s go back to the basics. Most of this is review but look over the list and find one new thing to try.  Successful long- term weight loss is achieved by daily choices of healthier foods/portions, exercise, stress relief, good sleep and a positive attitude. 


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Student Testimonials

Overall, excellent learning environment and instruction.
- Physician, ACLS Renewal Participant

Adam, I enjoyed your approach and comments throughout. Humor is necessary even if there is an emergency--common sense is the most important. The skills you taught us are vital. Thank you!
- Child care specialist, Heartsaver CPR/AED Participant

The lecture portions provided great in-depth information that was then applied to real life scenarios, which helped with comprehension and absorption of the material.
- EMT, AMLS Participant

Great job—Everything from initial contact on internet, follow up for start of class, class itself, etc was top notch! Thank you! Great group of instructors!
- Intermediate, PHTLS Provider Participant

Explanations were very thorough. Used various alternate comparisons to help with those that could not understand. Interesting to listen to & very knowledgeable.
- Advanced EMT, PHTLS Provider Participant

Great Course!!
- Resident Physician, ACLS Provider Recognition Participant

Nikki was great. She was very informative and friendly.
- Nursing Student, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

I plan on taking this course when I need to re-certify.
- Dental Hygienist, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

I have had several CPR classes spaced over many years. This was the VERY BEST and thoroughly explained one of ALL. Thank you so much!
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Needed the class—it was timely, close, affordable. The class was awesome. Adam is great!
- RN, PALS Provider Recognition participant

This course was wonderful. I appreciate how relaxed but effective it was. Thanks for letting me reschedule. I will definitely come back if I take other courses. Great class overall!
- RN, ACLS Provider Recognition participant

Excellent! Will definitely recommend this to others who either need to be recertified or as a ‘lay’ person.
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Very helpful information on the new changes. Explained things in a simple manner - easy to understand.
- APNP, PALS Participant

Entertaining delivery!
- LPN, ACLS Renewal Participant