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

If 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.


First Aid & First Aid Kits

Spring is definitely in the air! I am sure that we all share the collective 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.

 

First aid kits are an easy way to be ready to deal with minor accidents and injuries. First aid kits should be locked or secured and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children. First aid kits can be made using a wide variety of options. An old backpack tacklebox, or duffle bag should give you ample storage for your needed items. Let’s go over some of the basics.

 

A basic first aid kit may contain:

- Band-Aids in a variety of different sizes and shapes

- Small, medium, and large sterile gauze dressings

- At least 2 sterile eye dressings

- Triangular bandages

- Crepe rolled bandages

- Safety pins

- Disposable gloves

- Tweezers

- Bandage scissors

- Alcohol-free cleansing wipes

- Sticky tape

- Thermometer

- Skin rash cream

- Spray to relieve insect bites and stings

- Antiseptic cream / antibiotic ointment

- Over the counter painkillers

- Antihistamine tablets

- Distilled water for cleaning wounds

- Eye wash / eye bath

 

It may be useful to keep a basic first aid manual or instruction booklet with your first aid kit. It is also important that medicines are checked regularly to make sure they’re within their use-by dates. 

 

If you are considering going on a hiking or camping trip, I would suggest you augment your basic first aid kit with the following items:

- Flashlight

- Extra batteries

- Whistle

- Duct tape

- Local maps

- Water

- Food

- Extra blankets

- Hand Sanitizer

- Instant cold compress

 

There are a few first aid injuries that occur the most often. The first is a cut or a scrape. If there is bleeding, press firmly over the site with a clean cloth until the bleeding stops. Clean the area with running water and gently pat dry. If the skin is broken, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment, then cover with a bandage, gauze, or adhesive tape. 

 

The second common injury is a burn. Immediately hold the burned area under cold running water until the pain subsides. Cover any blisters with a loose bandage. DO NOT POP any blisters yourself. If the skin breaks, apply antibiotic cream and cover the area. 

 

The third injury worth discussion is an insect bite or sting. If the insect left a stinger gently scrape the skin with your fingernail to remove it without breaking it. To combat itching, apply hydrocortisone cream or a topical antihistamine if the skin isn’t broken or scabbed. 

 

The next noteworthy injury is a nosebleed. When experiencing a nosebleed, sit upright and don't tilt your head back. Loosen any tight clothing around your neck. Pinch the lower end of the nose close to the nostrils and lean forward while you apply constant pressure for five to ten minutes. Don't release and check the nose; it could prolong the bleeding. If the nosebleed is the result of trauma, you can reduce swelling by holding an ice pack against the bridge of the nose after the bleeding slows down. 

 

This is by no means an in-depth look at first aid emergencies. First aid emergencies can happen anytime and can involve many medical injuries or issues.  To best be prepared, consider taking APHE’s virtual First Aid class which is being offered for $10 through the end of May 2021. Please follow this link to sign up and stay safe while exploring in this beautiful weather.


Spring Allergies

Hay 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

Saint 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

Sometimes 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 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 circumstances, 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

If 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. 

 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.

 

I 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.


Big Changes at APHE!

Thank 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

Every 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

Every 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

Every 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)!

Many 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. 


Practical Stress Relief

Daily challenges can leave you feeling helpless.  Chronic stress sets in when unmet or unrealistic expectations, disappointments and annoyances become routine. Stress takes its toll on us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Chronic stress can lead to chronic indigestion, sleep issues, fatigue, anxiety and more.

There are techniques that can be of help in the moment. The effects calm you for a short time and will increase your coping skills while you work on long-term habits to help you keep a positive and healthy attitude.


CBRF Certification

If you are thinking about delving into the world of work within a community based residential facility (CBRF), congratulations! Working within a CBRF is a great way to become involved in the medical field and care for those in your community. CBRFs are supportive and protective places that allow individuals to live in a small, homelike environment. CBRF training includes four certifications. A combination of lecture and hands-on experience is generally utilized so that students leave the class feeling confident in their new abilities. The four certifications include medication administration, fire safety, first aid / choking, and standard precautions. It is generally shared that students feel the most anxious about the medication administration training, however, with proper preparation and attention to detail, you can master med-pass.


Drowning Prevention and Water Competency

With beautiful summer rapidly approaching, it is important to remember that summer presents specific threats. With summer upon us, more families will be active around water. Unfortunately, water-related injuries are common. Every day in the U.S., about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the U.S.

 

Of course, the most effective way to help potential drowning victims is by drowning prevention. Drowning prevention is founded on water competency. Water competency is the ability to anticipate, avoid, and survive common drowning situations. The components of water competency include water-safety awareness, basic swim skills, and the ability to recognize and respond to a swimmer in trouble. Swim lessons and swim skills alone cannot prevent drowning. Learning how to swim needs to be seen as a component of water competency that also includes knowledge of local hazards and awareness of one’s own limitations. It is also important to know how to wear a life jacket, and to have the ability to recognize and respond to a swimmer in distress, call for help, and perform safe rescue and CPR. 


Summer’s Here! Time to Complain About the Heat!

Sun-and-big-fist.-Sunstroke-concept-1159326040 727x484We have finally been given a little leeway to exit from the shelter of our homes. Summer breezes and bright sunshine are the signs of summer we have been waiting for! However, it is in our excitement for this short-lived heat and humidity filled wonderland, that we are likely to be a little careless. 

Heat-related illnesses can be a real danger for some during these short, summer months. Understanding the risks and taking precautions will help you enjoy your summer while it lasts.

When we think about temperature related illnesses, we tend to think of frostbite or hypothermia (Midwest, dontcha know). However, these short, hot and humid months could prove to be just as dangerous. According to the CDC, about 600 people die each year from a heat-related illness, with another 65,000 hospitalized.


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Student Testimonials

Thank you for doing such a great job getting us thru ACLS! I appreciated your laid back and humorous approach.
- RN, ACLS renewal participant

Needed to take BLS course & APHE had courses available; very flexible with scheduling.
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

The staff at our Ambulatory Surgery Center request Adam for ALL of our BCLS, ACLS, PALS, etc. classes. Adam adapts the classes to meet the specific needs of our center. He makes certification fun and easy to understand. Even for classes which are voluntary for the staff...'I'll take the class if Adam is the instructor' is always the reply. Adam is rated A+++++ by ALL of our employees.
- Education Nurse, Wisconsin Surgery Center

Excellent instructor. Very, very knowledgeable! Will look forward to taking classes again
- Critical Care Paramedic/Operations Supervisor, PALS/PEPP Provider participant

I did not feel pressure. Well instructed with video and demonstrations!
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Very Nice Job! No Changes!
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Excellent! Thanks!
- RN, ACLS Provider Recognition participant

Nikki is very good—knows her stuff and communicates well!
- C.N.A., BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Great attentive instructor.
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Great course!
- RN, PALS Provider Recognition participant

I thought the course was well-done with a good amount of hands-on practice time.
- LPN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Very well done. Very pleased. I’ve taken this four times before, although not for 10 years. This was best presentation I’ve had.
- Public Health Nurse, BLS for Healthcare Providers 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 nicely run. Brenda was thorough yet kept the class going. She was good at involving everyone/getting everyone to participate.
- RT Student, PALS Participant

Thanks for making what I expected to be another dull, routine BLS class about as enjoyable as you can while still getting important info across!
- CNA, BLS for Healthcare Providers Participant