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Practical Stress Relief

stress nihDaily 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

map-wisconsin-regions-balIf 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

drowningWith 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

flagAs 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 ofptsd 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

ASLBeginning 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

glovesA 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.Thank You Healthcare Professionals

#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?!

COVID19We 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

COVID vs HomeAre 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.


How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

weatherThankfully, 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.


10 Best Blogs for EMTs Needing to Keep Healthy and Fit

You’ve a high-stress and physically demanding job that runs 24/7. You’ve a fair share of off-hour, ever-changing shifts that put you at odds with the demands of family and personal life. You're often on the road, frequently on-call, and always needing to keep up with the latest in your field.


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

heartcode blsOver 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. You can schedule and pay for the in person skills session fee at aphed.com/aha-skills-test. This may not be 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. Oftentimes, 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…


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 Make Kale Chips

This 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.


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Adam was an awesome instructor. Very easy to learn from him.
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Convenient, good price, needed ACLS cert.
- Resident Physician, ACLS recognition participant

Good instructor. Thorough, yet enjoyable. Would recommend this course.
- Physician, ACLS Renewal Participant

The instructor was very pleasant and professional. He kept the course/class interesting. I would recommend him and this class.
- Heartsaver CPR/AED Participant

Adam was very knowledgeable.
- Resident Physician, ACLS Provider Recognition participant

Instructor was thorough and explained things well. His humor helped with such a late class.
- Occupational Therapist, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

Class was very enjoyable.
- RN, ACLS Provider Renewal participant

Adam’s way of teaching makes the information more memorable and fun.
- Intermediate, PHTLS Provider 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

Adam is a very good instructor. Very knowledgeable.
- Elementary school teacher, Heartsaver CPR/AED participant

Excellent class. No changes needed.
- RN, ACLS Provider Recognition participant

Convenient location; instructor was very informative, knowledgeable, and made us comfortable with CPR.
- C.N.A., BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

This was awesome. Learned a lot in a great environment.
- Medical Assistant, BLS for Healthcare Providers Participant

Was taught what was relevant and what I needed to know while working in a rural er.
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers Participant

Instructors spoke clearly and effectively made application of the skills presented. Easy.
- Nursing Student, BLS for Healthcare Providers Participant