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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.


Defining America, this Independence Day

As we Americans celebrate Independence Day this year, I reflect on our nation’s history and the state of affairs in the United States and the world today. 

I decided to visit www.dictionary.com to review some terms that we Americans use on Independence Day and other holidays that celebrate our nation, flag, service men and women, veterans, and those who gave their lives as members of the military. Having a clearer understanding of the terminology that we use helped me to better understand what the people of our nation expect as American citizens. 


PTSD: A Firefighters Experience

I am a firefighter in the Milwaukee area and have been a part of codes and calls that have ended up going well. And there have been times when the codes and calls have not turned out so well.

It's those calls that make you wonder if there was anything you could have improved on to help your patient. Guilt, sadness and depression can set in. Could I have responded quicker? Reacted faster? Assessed better? Is there something I could have done or forgot to do? Did the patient survive? Or did they not make it?


COVID-19 MASKS AND FACE COVERS

Beginning in April, the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and PRevention (CDC) created guidance for the use of masks or face covers to cover a person’s mouth and nose, in an attempt to slow COVID-19 spread and to help prevent people without symptoms from transmitting the virus to others. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The wearing of these coverings is especially important in areas of significant community-based viral transmission. It is important to remember that the cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Surgical masks are fluid resistant and provide the wearer with protection against large droplets, splashes, or sprays of bodily or other hazardous fluids. These masks protect others from the wearer’s respiratory emissions. N-95 respirators reduce the wearer’s exposure to particles including small particle aerosols and large droplets. These specialized masks are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. 


Letter to APHE Clients, Instructors and Team

Dear APHE Clients, Instructors and Team Members,

Tonight and for the past few days, millions of Americans are in pain. The pandemic has tested humanity around the world. The pandemic has caused illness, death, stress and economic difficulty. Many Americans were already near a "breaking point." The death of George Floyd has pushed many people past that breaking point.

First, I am a member of the public safety community. I have been protected by or even had my life saved on multiple occasions by law enforcement officers. Working side-by-side with police officers, sheriff's deputies, state troopers and federal law enforcement, many of these brave men and women have earned my respect. The vast majority of officers are incredible people, with families and personal lives, too. PLEASE do not judge an entire group of people based on the actions of a few.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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Student Testimonials

Need recert for my job as an EMT Basic, Awesome Instructor.
- EMT, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

I learned more in this ACLS than any other ACLS class I’ve taken.
- RN, ACLS Provider Renewal Participant

Loved the reminder card. Great idea! Well done!
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Best ACLS renewal class ever taken—good practical scenarios and application of information.
- Cardiovascular Lab RN, ACLS Provider Renewal participant

Good information, delivered clearly. Thanks!
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

I felt the instructor was very energetic and made everything clear. Answered all questions, very pleasant personality, put things in simple terms for people with no previous medical knowledge. Went beyond what an average instructor would normally teach! A++.
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Very Satisfied!
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

It was a great class. The instructor knew what he was doing and did a great job of keeping the class fun and informative.
- Nursing Student, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Instructor knows material and procedures very well.
- Phy Ed teacher, Heartsaver CPR/AED participant

Well Done! I am confident in my skills. The course was effective and enjoyable.
- Nursing Student, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Loved the teacher! She made me understand things very well and gave useful, interesting tips.
- Nursing Student, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Well taught with good baseline information.
- Paramedic, PHTLS Provider participant

Instructor was great!
- RN, ACLS Provider Renewal participant

Very well organized, friendly, easy to understand.
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant