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Monthly Archives: April 2016

  • America's PrepareAthon is TODAY

    AP!_General_Web_Banner_160x600Take steps toward your own safety and readiness - that's what this day is about.

    America's PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!

    KNOW YOUR HAZARDS

    Learn about your hazards and how to prepare.

    TAKE ACTION

    Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!

    BE COUNTED

    Create your account and register your preparedness activities.

    SPREAD THE WORD

    Select and customize materials to help you plan and promote your preparedness activities.

    RESOURCES

    Download resources to help you prepare and promote your preparedness activities.

    Think it is too late? Never. Take some action toward preparedness today - and start planning now for National Preparedness Month in September!Prepper

  • America's PrepareAthon is Saturday!

    Saturday is America's PrepareAthon! Take Action, Be Counted, Spread the Word. What are you doing to assure you, your family, and your community are prepared for Disaster? What about at Work?

    Some ideas:

    ?  Create an Emergency Action Plan

    Stock up on Emergency Supplies to BE READY! Stock up on Emergency Supplies to BE READY!

    ?  Review your Emergency Planning and Evacuation Procedures

    ?  Tornado Preparation and Emergency

    ?  Be Ready for an Earthquake

    ?  Learn to Prepare for Blackouts

     

    National PrepareAthon! Day – Saturday, April 30 – provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to take action to prepare for specific hazards through group discussions, drills, and exercises.

    America’s PrepareAthon! offers free, easy-to-use guides, checklists and resources to help individuals, organizations and communities practice the simple, specific actions they can take for emergencies relevant to their area.

    Visit the America’s PrepareAthon! website, ready.gov/prepare, to sign up and register your participation and find information on hazards, tools, and resources.AmericasPreparathon-NEW

  • Bad Drivers Rejoice!

    We recently shared information for drivers about Backing up & Driving Tips, but what if you didn't have to drive at all?

    Self-driving-carWe don't know about you, but we are ready for the day when we can push a button and be driven to work while we take a nap in the back. Who wouldn't want their own personal chauffeur?

    Today Google, Ford, Uber, Lyft and Volvo announced they are forming a coalition to make this dream a reality. The coalition will focus on working with lawmakers to ensure consistent guidelines for driverless cars across the United States. Just think, ten years from now you may not even have to call a cab if you've had a drink! Learn more

  • The Importance of First Aid Supplies in OSHA Compliance

    If neither you nor anyone you know has ever been seriously injured in the workplace, chances are you’ve got OSHA to thank. Created in 1970 by Congress, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversees every workplace in America to ensure safety and health for every working man and woman. OSHA regulates everything from limits on toxic substance exposure and use of protective equipment to employee training and access to information.

    OSHA standards differ from industry to industry, but one nearly universal regulation is that employees must have ready access to an appropriately stocked first aid kit or first aid cabinet. Some workplaces might require as little as bandages, gauze, and disinfectant wipes. More hazardous workplaces, however, might warrant a first aid kit with splints, resuscitation equipment, chemical eye wash, and more. Companies with 11 or more employees must also keep, maintain, and post easily accessible records of all workplace injuries for use by workers and OSHA staff during inspection.

    The benefits of OSHA compliance for workers should be obvious – safety, security, health, and peace of mind. But if you’re an employer, failing to comply with even simple OSHA standards can result in disruptive follow-up inspections, administrative citations, and even costly fines.
    Not sure if you have a first aid kit that’s up to snuff? Here’s a sample supply list from OSHA:

    Seem like a lot? Well, these are just the basics. Depending on the nature of the industry, OSHA inspectors might also require specialty personal protective equipment or clean-up kits for chemical and acid spills, body fluid clean-up, animal bites, and more.

    Even if you’re not an employer, you should take the safety of your home and family every bit as seriously as OSHA does in the workplace – accidents can happen off the clock too.

    American CPR Training™ proudly offers these CPR, AED, First Aid, BBP, Survival, Safety & Medical / Health Education Products!  Why these items? How do we choose? We have had a LOT of input - from you... our Clients, Students, and Instructors.  With 1000's of American CPR Training™ Instructors, Clients reaching from all the Fortune 500, through every branch of the Military and most Federal and State Governments down through Mom & Pop Shops and Scouting groups we've learned a lot. At almost a quarter of a century training people in lifesaving all over the US, Canada, Mexico and in fact every continent except Antarctica (we're working on that) American CPR Training™ has now certified 1 out of every 2,000 people in America.  This gives us a good perspective on what is needed for safety preparedness and compliance. Now throw in our core values (quality & value) and Bam! There's where our mix of products came from!  Don't see what you are looking for? Try the Search bar... still no luck? Call us! We'd love to help. CPR EQUIPMENT | FIRST AID KITS & REFILLS | AED PRODUCTS | SAFETY TRAINING MATERIALS | WHERE TO BUY CPR & FIRST AID SUPPLIES? ...AMERICAN CPR TRAINING™! American CPR Training™ proudly offers these CPR, AED, First Aid, BBP, Survival, Safety & Medical / Health Education Products!
    Why these items? How do we choose? We have had a LOT of input - from you... our Clients, Students, and Instructors.
    With 1000's of American CPR Training™ Instructors, Clients reaching from all the Fortune 500, through every branch of the Military and most Federal and State Governments down through Mom & Pop Shops and Scouting groups we've learned a lot. At almost a quarter of a century training people in lifesaving all over the US, Canada, Mexico and in fact every continent except Antarctica (we're working on that) American CPR Training™ has now certified 1 out of every 2,000 people in America.
    This gives us a good perspective on what is needed for safety preparedness and compliance. Now throw in our core values (quality & value) and Bam! There's where our mix of products came from!
    Don't see what you are looking for? Try the Search bar... still no luck? Call us! We'd love to help.
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    WHERE TO BUY CPR & FIRST AID SUPPLIES? ...AMERICAN CPR TRAINING™!
  • Hemoglobinopathies

    We've talked about what Hemoglobin, but what is Hemoglobinopathy? These are a group of disorders passed down through families (inherited) in which there is abnormal production or structure of the hemoglobin molecule. Hemoglobinopathies include sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, hemoglobin C disease, and hemoglobin S-C disease.

    The CDC monitors hemoglobinopathies to find out how many people have these disorders and how they affect health over time.

    Hemoglobinapathy

  • Backing up & Driving Tips

    • Auto-EmergencyCheck area around vehicle. Check behind and under tires for hazards.
    • Check tires for appropriate tread, air pressure and damage.
    • Check and adjust all mirrors. Make sure they are clean.
    • Make sure windshields are clean inside and out.
    • Check and adjust seat to enable driver to reach gas/brake easily.
    • Check horn and back up beeper if applicable.
    • Turn off interior noisemakers, i.e. radio, fan, A/C for initial departure.
    • Roll window down slightly to enable driver to hear exterior activity.
    • Check for position of spotter and follow hand signals accordingly. Spotter is there to help, but you are still responsible for following safety rules.
    • If vehicle has automatic transmission, keep one foot over the brake for quicker response time, especially when in reverse.
    • Scan outside area by turning and looking over both shoulders for any obstructions, vehicles, pedestrians, etc…
    • Continue to look in direction vehicle is moving to check for obstacles.
    • Check front end periodically for vehicle placement when in reverse.
    • Park or pull in where you can exit without having to reverse the vehicle.
    • Drive slower in poor weather or poor road conditions.
    AUTOMOTIVE Our top -of-the-line Automotive Survival Kits, Roadside Emergency Kits, and Auto Emergency Supplies for Auto are designed to help when stranded on the road, help signal on coming drivers, signal oncoming drivers, pump up tires, check tire pressure, charge batteries, and in general be prepared for auto emergencies. Coming with all the types of auto emergency supplies you can think of including first aid kits, we make sure you are prepared for anything the long open road can throw at you. AUTOMOTIVE
    Our top -of-the-line Automotive Survival Kits, Roadside Emergency Kits, and Auto Emergency Supplies for Auto are designed to help when stranded on the road, help signal on coming drivers, signal oncoming drivers, pump up tires, check tire pressure, charge batteries, and in general be prepared for auto emergencies. Coming with all the types of auto emergency supplies you can think of including first aid kits, we make sure you are prepared for anything the long open road can throw at you.

    Our training products on "Driving Safety" provide the information employees need to drive cars, vans and small trucks safely, both on and off the job. Topics covered in these products include:

    • Inspecting the vehicle. Adjusting seats, mirrors and other equipment.
    • Wearing seatbelts.
    • Mental preparation and concentration.
    • Creating a "safety cushion" around your vehicle.
    • Passing another vehicle.
    • Driving at night.
    • Adverse weather conditions, skidding and hydroplaning.
    • What to do in case of an accident.
    • and more

    Get a Quote for a Class:
    Driving Safety Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

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  • Obtaining Consent

    Prior to providing care for a Conscious Adult, you must first obtain consent. This is a very simple procedure and requires only a few seconds.

    Shake-on-itThe steps are as follows:

    1. Tell the victim your name.
    2. Tell them you have been trained to assist in First Aid and/or CPR
    3. Ask the person if he/she wants help.
    4. Once they indicate that they want your help, begin care.

    *If the victim is a minor, you may obtain consent from the minor’s legal guardian or parent if they are present on the scene. If the minor’s legal guardian or parent is not present, consider it a situation of Implied Consent.

    What is Implied Consent?

    If the victim is seriously ill, extremely confused, or unconscious, he or she may not be able to give consent. The law then assumes that the victims would most likely give consent if they could, so assistance may be given without verbal permission. Also, read about The Good Samaritan Act

  • Dehydration

    Dehydration is water loss from your body. Often, dehydration causes only mild symptoms, such as thirst or fatigue, but severe dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion or stroke, hypovolemic shock or even death. Chronic dehydration can increase the risk of kidney stones.

    ELECTROLYTES When a body gets out of electrolyte balance, due to excessive perspiration, the body can start to cramp, feel fatigued and start the onset of heat exhaustion. Make sure you keep your body's electrolyte balance in check with our Electrolyte tablets. Available in 100, 250 and 500 tablets per bulk size, you can make sure you keep the body in balance during strenuous workouts or competition. ELECTROLYTES
    When a body gets out of electrolyte balance, due to excessive perspiration, the body can start to cramp, feel fatigued and start the onset of heat exhaustion. Make sure you keep your body's electrolyte balance in check with our Electrolyte tablets. Available in 100, 250 and 500 tablets per bulk size, you can make sure you keep the body in balance during strenuous workouts or competition.

    Dehydration Symptoms and Signs

    Dehydration symptoms and signs depend on how much water you lose from your body.

    When you are mildly dehydrated (1-3% body weight loss), you will be probably thirsty and you might have dry mouth. If you continue to lose water (4-6% body weight loss), your lips may become dry and you may feel tired and lightheaded. You will also excrete less urine, which will probably be darker than usually. In severe dehydration (>6% body weight loss), you can become very thirsty and tired and can have severe headache. Your heart rate will likely beat fast and you can excrete little or no urine, which may become dark brown. When you lose more than 10% of body weight due to water loss you can lose consciousness or die.

    Negative Effects of Dehydration

    Decreased Physical Performance

    Dehydration that results in greater than 2% loss of body weight can decrease physical performance. This may be important during a long-lasting exercise, such as marathon. Marathoners do not need to completely rehydrate themsleves during the race but can stay mildyl rehydrated and stiil keep their performance at the optimal level.

    Orthostatic Hypotension

    In individuals with orthostatic hypotension--a drop of blood pressure upon standing--dehydration can worsen symptoms, for example, fainting after getting up in the morning.

    Drinking about 300 to 500 mL of water 15 minutes before getting up can prevent orthostatic hypotension in sensitive individuals.

    Other Negative Effects of Chronic Dehydration

    • Chronic fatigue
    • Decreased concentration, poor memory
    • Worsening of asthma or allergies

    Dehydration Complications

    Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

    In hot weather, especially at temperatures exceeding 90 °F (32 °C) when you do not drink enough, you may lose so much water that you are no longer able to sweat sufficiently to maintain your normal body temperature. This may lead to two possible complications:

    1. Heat exhaustion with profuse sweating, cool skin, increased body temperature (up to 40 °C), dizziness and headache
    2. Heat stroke with warm, dry skin, severely increased body temperature (over 40 °C), severe fatigue and impaired consciousness

    Small children, elderly and those who work physically in hot weather are at greatest risk of heat exhaustion or stroke.

    First aid in heat exhaustion or stroke:

    • Move an affected person to a cool place or at least out from the direct sun and place him or her in a lying position with slightly elevated legs.
    • Remove any unnecessary clothing.
    • Give a person cold water to drink but not more than 1.5 liters per hour to avoid water intoxication (hyponatremia).
    • Enable him or her a cool (60-65 F or 15-18 C), not cold, shower or bath or wrap him or her with cool wet towels.
    • If the above measures do not seem to help within an hour (no drop of body temperature, worsening of symptoms), take the person to the hospital or call a doctor as soon as possible.
    • In severe dehydration, a person may need an intravenous infusion of saline. If an infusion is not available, a person should get an oral rehydration solution (ORS), which contains salt.

    Hypovolemic Shock

    Severe dehydration (>10% loss of body weight) may result in a drop of blood volume which may result in an inadequate perfusion of the tissues and, eventually in multiple organ failure.

    Early symptoms and signs of hypovolemic shock include anxiety, clammy skin and increased and weak pulse; late symptoms and signs include a drop of blood pressure, loss of consciousness and, eventually, death.

    Hypovolemic shock needs to be treated promptly by intravenous saline infusion, otherwise it may result in death or permanent organ damage.

    Acute Kidney Failure

    In severe dehydration, the kidneys are no longer able to excrete waste products of metabolism, such as urea, which therefore start to acumulate in the blood and cause uremia.

    Symptoms: nausea, vomiting, impaired consciousness, very little or no urine.

    Kidney Stones

    If you are chronically dehydrated, you are at increased risk of developing kidney stones. If you drink sufficient amounts of water you may prevent kidney stones, but drinking large amounts of water in excess of your body needs may not have any further benefits.

    How much water do you need to drink per day?

    Healthy, sedentary adults living in moderate climates may need 1.2 to 3.7 liters of water per day from beverages and foods combined. Active individuals in hot climates may need up to 10 liters of water per day.

    The most reliable method to check if you are well hydrated is to weigh yourself. Once, when you know you are well hydrated, which means you have no symptoms of dehydration, weigh yourself in the morning after urinating and emptying your bowel and before breakfast. You can then consider your measured weigh as your normal body weight. Next time you want to check if you are well hydrated, weigh yourself in the morning in the same conditions and in same clothes as the first time; if your body weight is more than 1% lower than the first time, you are probably dehydrated.

    A simpler and quicker, but less reliable, method is to check your "skin turgor," that is your skin elasticity. Pinch and pull up the skin on the back of the hand (between the index and thumb) and release it. When you are well hydrated, the skin fold should flatten immediately (in less than 0.5 seconds) and when you are dehydrated, the skin fold may need more than a second to flatten.

    Contributed by Jan Modric.

  • Buzz, Bite, Bump - The Joys of Outdoor Activities

    What's bugging you this Spring?

    Mosquito bites not only create annoying itchy bumps on your skin; they also carry the risk of disease. We all can take simple steps to avoid getting bit by these blood-sucking insects.

    BUGXSo you want to spend the time outside grilling and just plain lounging. Unfortunately, you live in an area where you can be eaten alive by the little critters that live outside: insects, mosquitoes etc.

    While most mosquito bites are relatively harmless. The itchy bumps often last for just a day or 2 after a mosquito has punctured your skin. But if the mosquito is carrying certain germs, like viruses or parasites, these pathogens might enter your blood during the bite and make you sick.

    The diseases spread by mosquito bites can be serious. Some experts call mosquitoes the world’s most deadly animal. Mosquito-related illnesses kill about 725,000 people worldwide each year. By comparison, snakes kill about 50,000; tapeworms about 2,000; and sharks only about 10 people per year across the globe.

    We have some of the top brands of insect repellant and bite relief products on the market. We want to make sure you DON'T get bit so our Ben's and Natrapel (among others) Insect replants that are all DEET free and provide up to eight hours of insect free time to enjoy. In case you did not pump on or use towelettes to put on insect repellents, those same brands also carry sting relief products in all types of delivery systems - pumps, sprays and towelettes, each having the formulated itch treatment to relieve the pain cause by swelling and itching from those critter bites.

    Bug bites, though they can be small and at times are only a little bit annoying, can also become infected and painful if not treated properly. Make sure to always have some type of insect bite relief around to make sure you do not itch and scratch and make the bite become infected. You should also make sure to keep an eye on a bite that does not seem to be going away. Though you may have thought it was just an insect bite, it could end up being something a bit more serious such as a spider or tick bite. Be prepared!

    Tent-CampintThe Outdoors can be a most beautiful, fun and relaxing place. Until its not. We want to make sure you are fully prepared no matter what outdoor activity you are doing, in case danger, emergency, disaster or just plain annoyance strikes. Fully Outdoor Survival/First Aid Kits, body warmers, emergency blankets, multifunction flashlights and other gadgets and multifunction tools are just a few items to help you be prepared to fully function, not just in emergency situations but also just for fun or while you are relaxing at a campsite. Always be prepared!

    Tip for Family Camping:

    • Pack Plenty of H20 - Dehydration is not only dangerous for adults but especially for children.
    • Have a Communication Plan - Implement a Buddy system or even whistle a happy tune which can be used as an emergency code if children to get lost away from adult.
    • Know The Lay of the Land - Always know where you are and your surroundings. Being unprepared in rough terrain can be life-or-death.
    • Pack Just the essentials - Insect Repellant, waterproof tent, Swiss army knife, extra food and water among other items.
    • Oh and though you shouldn't have to be told, you should have a fully stocked first aid kit!

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