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What New Jersey’s New AED Law Means for School Teachers

APHE9-1Janet Zilinski, known as Janna to her family and friends, was a seemingly healthy 11-year-old, a school cheerleader for her brother’s football team. The siblings rode together for a practice at their Warren Township school early one evening in August 2006, but only Jimmy would return home later that night.


How Teachers Can Save a Choking Infant, Child or Adult

APHE8-25In two New York school cafeterias a few years ago, one 9-year-old boy choked on a meatball, and one 12-year-old girl choked on a breadstick.

 

One child died and the other survived. Why?

 

In the boy's case, untrained cafeteria personnel didn't know how to read the warning signs and so were slow to react. In the girl's case, a trained teacher's aide responded quickly, and dislodged the food caught in her throat using the Heimlich maneuver.


Why Swimmers Have Good Hearts

 

 

APHE8-18Why did you choose to become a lifeguard?

 

No doubt, there are several good reasons you can list off the top of your head: You like to help people; you love swimming and working outdoors; you enjoy spending time at the beach and poolside; your best friends are lifeguards.

 

But you probably would never think of saying: Because it’s one of the best things I can do, health-wise, for myself.

 


Four Things to do if a Student Has a Seizure in Your Classroom

APHE8-11You’re handing out a simple math quiz when, suddenly, one of your students stiffens and falls to the floor, then begins to have convulsions. Or, equally unnerving, the student inexplicably starts to twitch or move about, completely unresponsive to your call.


Why You’re Seeing More AED’s Pop Up in Public Places

 

APHE8-3AEDs, or automated external defibrillators, are popping up in public spaces everywhere, or so it seems. The portable lifesaving devices can be found today at public schools and swimming pools, fitness centers, workplaces and even dental offices.

But why are AEDs becoming so ubiquitous? And what, if any, rules govern their use?

These questions are important not only to lifeguards and others trained in using an AED, but to anyone who might stumble upon a situation where a person is in sudden cardiac arrest.


The Truth About Stopping Nosebleeds

 

APHE7-28A lifeguard’s primary responsibility, always, is to swimmers—keeping close watch that no one is in danger of drowning, and acting quickly if someone appears to be.

But swimmers at risk aren’t the only emergency likely to confront a lifeguard. Especially in pools and at waterparks where children of all ages are at close play, accidents and injuries are bound to happen.

So training in basic first aid is essential, and, until professional help arrives, lifeguards may be called upon to splint a broken bone, stanch bleeding from a deep cut, or even assist a person suffering a heart attack.

More likely than not, they’ll also come across someone with a bloody nose.

That’s because nosebleeds are common, especially in young children and after even minor trauma to the face, as can happen in a bad belly flop off a high diving board. The nose is rich in small blood vessels that, if burst, flow in a trickle to a gush of blood. However unnerving a nosebleed may be to witness, it is, in almost all most instances, easily treatable.


Tips to Combat Hypothermia



APHE7-21Every lifeguard knows that a first duty is to prevent people from drowning. But what to do with people swimming in water that's cold—too cold to be comfortable, even?

They're going to swim, regardless of the recent downpour or the wind that's whipping up. It's their week at the beach, or day at the pool, or chance to go surfboarding, and they're going to make the most of it.

And they will, even if it puts them at risk of hypothermia.

Hypothermia is a condition in which overexposure to cold wind or, especially, cold water causes the body's internal temperature (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit in a healthy, average person) to drop by several degrees. Essentially, that person is losing heat faster than the body can produce it. It can even threaten a swimmer diving in water that's warm on the surface but icy just several feet further down, in what is known as a thermocline.


Distressed vs. Drowning Swimmers

 

APHE7-14A group of teenagers is splashing about in the deep end of a community pool: Some are laughing, some are diving to pull another friend under, some are slapping the water to stay afloat.

How does a lifeguard determine whether they're all engaged in harmless play—or if one is actually a weak swimmer in distress?

That's the million-dollar question for every lifeguard, parent or guardian. But, as trained lifeguards know, there are patterns of behavior common to distressed and drowning swimmers. The challenge is recognizing these behaviors in a single swimmer at a pool, lake or beach crowded with people, and putting into immediate action a precise rescue plan.

In the time it takes out to read this blog—between 30 and 90 seconds, if you're a quick reader—that distressed swimmer will likely have started to drown.


The Best Practices in CPR for Lifeguards

APHE7-08Every lifeguard is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, and has the certification—and very possibly the re-certification—to prove it.

But even with the most up-to-date training, the moment of actually treating a person in sudden cardiac or respiratory arrest can be unnerving. Complicating the matter is the public nature of a lifeguard's work: A victim may be poolside or at the beach, surrounded by distraught family or friends, and crowds of onlookers. The lifeguard must not only remain calm, but be able to control the crowd and initiate emergency aid—and do so in less than a minute.

Quick action in starting CPR is essential, perhaps more so than in other lifesaving measures. For each minute that defibrillation is delayed, according to the American Red Cross, the person's chance of survival diminishes by about 10 percent.

In other words, every minute counts, and you can measure by just how much with painful precision.

Here, then, are the best practices in performing CPR:


Coping with Trauma: Q&A with an EMT

APHE5-19Interview with:


Marc Jackson, CFEI, NREMTP, IAAI, FIT, NAFI

Captain, Fire Prevention Investigation Bureau

Greentown Fire Department Inc.

Greentown, Ohio

 

How long have you been an EMT?  30 years

 

I know it’s been many years since you’ve been in school. What coping skills or training were you given to deal with obvious traumatic situations?

 

Absolutely nothing, but 30 years ago we were seen as helpers of people, so the helping was the coping mechanism.

 

What coping skills have you developed on your own to deal with traumatic calls?


How Long Do You Have to Save a Life?

APHE3-20This is a question that likely every lifeguard—and many a parent—has asked at one time or another.

The answer is as simple as it is unsettling: To save the life of a drowning person, a lifeguard has about as much time as it takes to cook a soft-boiled egg, or roughly three minutes.

Drowning, as lifeguards know, takes place in a rapid and unspectacular series of stages. There is no screaming for help, or frantic waving. That’s why there are documented cases of children drowning within reach of a parent, and of friends watching—unaware—as another friend drowns. The untrained person expects drowning to look like it does on TV or in the movies: a dramatic, violent struggle to survive. But that’s a distressed swimmer, not a drowning one, although distressed swimmers are at risk of drowning.


How to Create a First Aid Kit for Your Home

APHE2-1Sometimes in life we have little  emergencies, you or someone you know may get cut, burned or many other injuries. Many injuries are not life threatening and don’t need immediate medical attention. However, knowing how to treat a small cut can make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first aid class as well, but having the following things can help you stop bleeding and prevent infection.

Here are some personal recommendations that i keep at home at all times.


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- Heartsaver CPR/AED Participant

Presentation always interesting. Information nicely relayed to class.
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Very important information for knowledge. It will be of great value in my job.
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Well done. I actually prefer Angie’s way of thinking through algorithms better than algorithms themselves.
- Resident Physician, ACLS Provider Recognition Participant

Adam was a GREAT instructor!!
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Thank you for making it interesting and adding humor.
- PA, ACLS Provider Recognition participant

This course was great! I learned a lot!
- RN, BLS for Healthcare Providers participant

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

Thanks so much for the interesting class! I was nervous to take it since I don't have any RN experience yet, but everyone was very friendly and helpful so I was no longer intimidated. Great material, the simple and straightforward way it was presented really made a difference!
- RN, ACLS Provider Recognition Participant

I thought the instructors did a great job. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Gave some really good pointers and can honestly say I am glad I took the full course. Learned a lot.
- RT Student, ECG Course Participant

Very well done. Actually feel I could walk out of this class and perform CPR. Great instructors.
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