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  • COVID-19 Read the Latest from Public Health Officials & Agencies


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    As a health and safety training organization, amid ongoing concerns of the COVID-19
    Our instructors,
    clients, employees, and their families are of our biggest concern.

    We are closely monitoring the situation and following guidance from public health officials and government
    agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    If you would like additional information about COVID-19, we recommend you visit the CDC website at cdc.gov or
    your local health department website.

    For safety and to prevent spread of respiratory disease we are asking all our American CPR Training®
    Affiliate Instructors to follow precautionary practices and are recommending that our employees, clients and
    their staff do the same:

    • Wash hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds – have fun timing it by humming or
      singing a refrain of "Stayin' Alive," by The Bee Gees (also a favorite song for performing CPR!)
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth. (The average person touches their face 15-23 times per hour without
      even realizing it!)
    • Cover cough or sneeze using a bent elbow - not hand.
    • Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water is unavailable.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If you sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, throw it in the trash, and wash your hands.
    • Consider using a paper towel or tissue to open common area doors, wherever possible.
    • If you do not feel well please stay home.

    * An additional special recommendation for American CPR Training® Instructors:

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    When training, it is still very important to include the 2 breaths when teaching regular C.A.R.E™ CPR, but during what has now been announced as a worldwide pandemic by WHO, we recommend you have the students “speak” the breath part during the hands-on training rather than actually breathing onto the manikin - even with the breathing barrier American CPR Training® provides for every student in our student packs. Every course with American CPR™ also, of course, covers Compression Only CPR™ for students unwilling or unable to perform full CPR.

    Also - remember to regularly sterilize and wipe down your manikins and AED trainers with disinfecting wipes after every class.

    We all need to do our part in order to avoid spreading this disease, and to avoid fear and uncertainty by
    taking intelligent precautions. We trust that you are all taking good care of yourselves and those around
    you and in your community.

    As a public service organization we take our responsibility to remain open seriously.
    You can still reach us during normal business hours via phone or email.

    Our thoughts go out to anyone who has been directly impacted by this situation.

  • Cal Fire is Blazing New Lifesaving Trails

    Cal Fire stepped up its lifesaving readiness this month, with a massive effort to deploy 186 new AEDs throughout California.

    Automated External Defibrillators are a vital link in the lifesaving chain of survival – picking up the gap between pre-hospital CPR and the more advanced medical care given to victims of sudden cardiac arrest once they reach the hospital.

    This week the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection took delivery of 93 Defibtech AEDs and placed an order for an additional 93 through an acquisition arrangement with the AED grant program.

    These AEDs will be deployed to Cal Fire's 39 Conservation Camps statewide that house nearly 4,300 inmates and wards. These camps are operated in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Through these cooperative efforts Cal Fire is authorized to operate 196 fire crews year-round. These crews are available to respond to all types of emergencies including wildfires, floods, search and rescue, and earthquakes. When not responding to emergencies, the crews are busy with conservation and community service work projects for state, federal, and local government agencies. Fire crews perform several million hours of emergency response each year, and more on work projects.

    With this new lifesaving equipment, the dedicated, well-trained, emergency response forces can better respond successfully to heart attacks, drownings, and the many other types of emergencies they serve on a daily basis.

    The AED grant program is a corporate sponsored buy-down grant initiative which has placed many thousands of AEDs throughout the US over the past 15 years. Working through corporate sponsorship the AED Grant project helps individuals, social and faith-based groups, as well as public and private entities obtain these Critical Lifesaving Devices at or below what an AED Distributor would pay for them, thereby empowering America toward the goal of deploying AED wherever tragedy may strike. "We could, and have in a few cases, provide 100% free AEDs," explains Amanda Jenkins of the AED Grant program, "but as a zero-profit initiative, making these lifesaving units available at or below normal Distributor cost we are able to able to help launch thousands upon thousands of these simple lifesavers to qualifying individuals, groups, and businesses – rather than just a select few." Sponsored by AED manufacturers including Defibtech, as well as safety companies such as American CPR Training™ and First-Aid-Product.com, the program is now in its 15th year with ever-greater deployments, such as this Cal Fire project, and recent large initiatives with AAA, in addition to several Public Utilities and Indian Reservations – plus thousands of smaller businesses, churches, schools, and individuals.

    About the Conservation Camp Program


    About the AED Grant Program
    The National AED Grant program is a corporate buy-down grant program funded by generous donations, corporate backing, and AED manufacturer sponsors. The program has changed many time since its inception from a single manufacturer program to the current program backed by AED & CPR training organizations and the AED Manufacturers themselves.


    About First-Aid-Product.com
    For almost a quarter century, First-Aid-Product.com has been saving lives and saving money with Wholesale Direct to the Public™ First Aid, CPR, Survival and Safety products online. As the Master Distributor for 100's of top first aid brands, and manufacturer of their own product line, First-Aid-Product.com stocks over 300,000 products and enables businesses to exceed their compliance requirements below budget and with same day shipping of the highest quality safety supplies in the industry.


    About American CPR Training®
    American CPR Training® was founded in 1993 to provide live, onsite CPR & First Aid Training at ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™ - Decades later, American CPR™ has thousands of Instructor nationwide – and spanning the globe, making lifesaving training fun and affordable for businesses that require safety training and any group interested in learning how to save lives. 1 out of every 2,000 Americans has now learned how to make their workplace or community safer through American CPR™ bystander rescue skills.


  • How Healthy is Your Home Town?

    Where you live affects your health in many ways - the climate, the air quality, even the lifestyles of those around you can influence your own habits and health...

    500-cities-logoThe CDC and its partners released a website that provides first-of-its-kind, neighborhood-level health data for the 500 largest US cities. The 500 Cities project provides data on 5 risk behaviors, 13 health outcomes, and 9 prevention practices for the most common, costly, and preventable chronic diseases.  Health professionals can view data by city or census tract, explore the interactive map, get map books for individual cities, and compare cities to identify emerging health problems and plan effective interventions. Learn more about the 500 Cities Project.

  • Are you a "Sodium Smarty"?

    Sodium QuizSodium in Your Diet? Good, bad, or indifferent - do you have any Clue how much is already in that food before you add your own?

    Take the Million Hearts® quiz - it is a fun way to test what you know and to learn the (sometimes surprising) truth about sodium, as well as tips to reduce it at home and at the grocery store.

    SodiumDid you know? More than 75% of the Sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods, not the salt shaker!
    Learn about sodium sources >


  • Nap

    Mid afternoon naps are healthy! Do you often hit an afternoon wall of drowsiness?

    sleepWell,  according to experts, midafternoon naps are healthy. A short catnap can be very beneficialbeneficial to your health and productivity! A nap of about twenty minutes will help you enhance your alertness and concentration, elevate your mood, and sharpen motor skills. If you are looking to be more alert upon waking, they recommend to drink a cup of coffee before your nap. This is because caffeine takes 20 to 30 minutes in order to take effect

  • CDC Updates Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women

    CDC-HANCDC Updates Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection Related to the Ongoing Investigation of Local Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Transmission in Miami-Dade County, Florida

    CDC previously issued travel, testing, and other guidance related to local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission (active Zika virus transmission) that the Florida Department of Health (FL DOH) identified in two areas of Miami-Dade County: (1) a one-square-mile area in Wynwood, and (2) a 1.5-square-mile area in Miami Beach. CDC has updated the guidance for people who live in or traveled to these areas.
    CDC-Health-UpdateFL DOH continues to investigate active Zika virus transmission in South Florida. Investigation has shown an expanded area of active transmission in Miami Beach, now measuring 4.5 square miles, which includes the original 1.5-square-mile area.
    Learn More »

  • West Nile

    We shared important concerns about Mosquitoes in a recent post, and how they deliver many diseases to humans. While at present there is a huge focus on Zika (largely because it gets good ratings so the media is all over the matter) more relevant and prevalent at present in the US is West Nile Virus. Know about West nile, and protect against it.

    From the CDC:

    Don’t let mosquitoes wreck your summer fun. Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

    Summertime means mosquitoes and West Nile virus season. An infected mosquito bite can make you or a family member sick with West Nile virus. Stay healthy this summer. Take steps to avoid mosquito bites, especially in from evening to morning when the mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus are most active.

    How many people get sick with West Nile virus?

    Nearly 44,000 cases of West Nile virus disease (West Nile virus) have been reported in the United States since 1999. Of those, over 20,000 people have had infections of the brain or spinal cord and more than 1,900 people have died. Many more cases of illness are not reported to CDC.

    Figure 1. West Nile virus activity by state in the United States, 2016. View Map.

    See detailed case counts by state for 2015[104 KB].

    Figure 2. West Nile virus neurologic disease incidence reported to ArboNET by state in the United States, 2016. View Map.

    What are the risks?

    In 2015, 44 states and the District of Columbia in the continental United States have reported 2,175 cases of West Nile virus in people. Depending on the year, some states report more West Nile cases than others. Some areas of the United States also report cases of other viruses spread by mosquitoes, such as eastern equine encephalitis virus or La Crosse encephalitis virus.

    Though anyone can get infected with West Nile virus, some people are at higher risk for infection of the brain or spinal cord. For example, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for encephalitis (swelling of the brain).

    What are the symptoms of a West Nile virus infection?

    No symptoms in most people
    Most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms.

    Fever in some people 
    About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus recover completely, but feeling tired and weak can last for weeks to months.

    Severe symptoms in a few people
    Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis. See your healthcare provider if you think you have symptoms of West Nile virus.

    Why risk a severe illness this summer? Take steps to avoid West Nile virus infection.

    How do I protect myself from West Nile virus?

    There is no vaccine to prevent West Nile virus infection.

    The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

    • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
    • Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
    • Treat your clothing and gear with permethrin or buy pre-treated items.
    • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents.
    • Always follow the product label instructions.
      • When used as directed, these insect repellents are proven safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
      • Do not use insect repellents on babies younger than 2 months old.
      • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old.
      • Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies younger than 2 months old in carriers, strollers, or cribs to protect them from mosquito bites.
    • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.

    If you have a baby or child:

    • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
    • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old.
    • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
    • Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
    • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child's hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
    • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child's face.

     More Information

  • Mosquitoes

    insectrepellents-animatedMosquitoes - aside from annoying, they are dangerous and carry many diseases harmful and even deadly to humans.

    In and effort to help the public find reliable resources of information on Mosquito abatement, control, treatment for bites, and the like, the CDC offers a number of resources to help understand the threat and keep these bloodsuckers at bay:

    • Prevent Mosquito Bites

      The best way to prevent Zika is to protect yourself from mosquito bites.


      CDC's best estimate of the potential range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States.


      Airplanes can be used to treat very large areas with insecticides safely, quickly, and efficiently.


      Guidance and planning resources, mosquito information, and mosquito control resources.


      Uses a combination of methods to prevent and control mosquitoes that spread viruses.


      Information on surveillance and control, insecticide resistance, and disinsection.


      Insecticide resistance is an overall reduction in the ability of an insecticide product to kill mosquitoes.

    mosquito-circSo the weather is great and 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. We have some of the top brands of insect repellent 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!

  • Stress

    No-StressThe weekend is here - relax!

    Whether we admit it or note, life can be stressful. If you have a big workload or are struggling to juggle the demands of your personal and professional life, you may be more stressed than you realize. Thankfully, there are certain symptoms you can look for to help identify stress: headaches, feeling tired, back pain, nausea and frequent colds to name a few. If you are experiencing any of these unpleasant side effects of stress, maybe it's time to take a break and rest up!

  • Dentists

    We train a lot of Dentistry practices... a lot. Many have also participated in the National AED Grant Program we help sponsor.

    Here's some interesting news for Dentists from the CDC & JADA:

    Dental-checklistCDC Provides Best Practices for Appropriate Antibiotic Use in Dentistry

    In an article published today in The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) provide best practices for responsible antibiotic use in dentistry.
    Dentists write nearly 26 million prescriptions for antibiotics each year, which amounts to 10 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions filled in outpatient pharmacies. While the extent is unknown, experts are concerned that unnecessary antibiotic prescribing occurs in dental settings. To assist throughout the entire antibiotic prescribing process, CDC and OSAP have developed a checklist to guide dentists through pretreatment, prescribing, and patient and staff education.

    Patients are encouraged to use the following Do’s and Don’ts for ensuring patient safety when they or their loved ones are prescribed antibiotics at the dentist. Dentists

    Today, on CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog, Lauri Hicks, D.O., director of CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, discusses how dentists can be sure to make the right diagnosis and prescribe the right drug, at the right dose, for the right duration.

    In an effort to improve antibiotic use in dentistry, best practices were developed to guide dentists through the entire antibiotic prescribing process, including pretreatment, prescribing, and patient and staff education. Pretreatment steps involve establishing a correct diagnosis, reviewing the patient’s pertinent medical history, and considering whether


    therapeutic management of a local bacterial infection with a procedure may be more appropriate than an antibiotic. Dentists should make their prescribing decisions based on evidence-based medicine. Additionally, dentists can educate patients to take antibiotics exactly as prescribed, only if prescribed for them, and not to save unused antibiotics for future use. Lastly, dentists and staff can stay current on optimal antibiotic prescribing practices through continuing education opportunities.

    Dental organizations such as the American Dental Association (ADA), among others, have committed to improving antibiotic prescribing in order to maximize patient safety and reduce antibiotic overuse and misuse, which contribute to the development and spread of

    antibiotic resistance and the occurrence of adverse events, such as the sometimes deadly diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile. These best practices will be a resource for dentists to apply when prescribing antibiotics to ensure patients are prescribed antibiotics only when the benefits outweigh the risks.

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