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‘It’s about saving lives:’ CPR training now required for all Georgia high school coaches

CPR and AED training for coaches is now required before the next school year, but it comes at a cost

 

At some Georgia high schools, if a student-athlete needs CPR, there wouldn’t be anyone around certified to help. The American Heart Association estimates less than 10 percent of students in that situation would survive.

“Brain death can start to occur within four to six minutes of the brain being denied oxygen,” said Bibb Schools’ director of risk management, David Gowan.

Gowan is a certified CPR instructor and teaches monthly classes to employees in his district, including every coach.

Other districts, like Bleckley and Monroe County, also require coaches to go through CPR and AED training.

In Houston County, the training is not required by the district, but encouraged by each school. Spokesperson Beth McLaughlin says each high school also has a certified athletic trainer at practices and games.

It’s a much different story at Crawford County High School, where coaches and employees are not required to take any first aid courses and there is no certified athletic trainer.

“We could lose somebody and I just couldn’t live with that,” said soccer and softball coach Holly Johnson. “This summer, we were playing ACE Academy and a girl, after the game, started having seizures.”

Johnson says she felt helpless. She was not trained to help, and she says in a rural area, it can take longer for emergency crews to get there.

“Thank goodness there were some parents there that were nurses and were trained and could help us,” she said. “If not, who knows what would have happened?”

The situation prompted Johnson to enroll in a CPR class and get certified on her own.

“As a head coach responsible for these young ladies,” she said, “it’s a lot of responsibility.”

In April, the Georgia High School Association approved a rule change requiring all coaches to go through CPR and AED training before their season begins next school year.

“It’s about saving lives,” said GHSA Executive Director Robin Hines.

That training, however, does cost money.

“We don’t have a lot of extra money laying around and we have 18 coaches,” said Crawford High School Principal Ed Mashburn. He says it will cost the school roughly $1,500 to $1,800 to certify all of their coaches.

The American Red Cross says it does cost roughly $70 to $80 per person to have one of their instructors come teach a course.

Mashburn says it’s a price worth paying for the safety of their students. He’s already scheduled a training session for May.

After the initial training, coaches will need to get re-certified every two years. If they do not, they will get fined by the GHSA.

 

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UFA urges civilians to get trained in CPR after two Herriman City employees help save man’s life

After two Herriman City snow plow drivers were awarded in February for helping to save a man’s life, Unified Fire Authority wanted to stress the importance of learning CPR.

Travis Dinger and Gunner Kelsch, both 19, took a CPR and AED (defibrillator) class through Herriman City just a month before encountering a distress situation as they were driving around a Herriman neighborhood.

“I was being trained by Gunner, so I was driving, and he pointed out that he thought some people were doing CPR on a guy,” said Dinger. “When we pulled over and got out to help as we could see the man’s face was purple and the those helping him were performing mouth to mouth but not chest compressions.”

Dinger said both he and Kelsch jumped in to take over, and it felt more like instinct as they didn’t really have time to think about the training they had received.

“I feel like it just kicked in, to know what to do,” said Kelsch. “I have my Eagle Scout, and I also learned CPR then, so I just knew what to do.”

It would be several minutes before emergency personnel would arrive.

Matt McFarland with Unified Fire Authority who taught that class at Herriman City said the men took the initiative to do everything to help try to keep the man alive.

“They were doing such highly efficient CPR that our crews who arrived about 5 minutes later could identify as they pulled up that it was best to have them continue what they were doing, while medical personnel set up and prepared advanced maneuvers,” said McFarland. “By doing compressions it made the difference between him surviving and losing his life.”

On March 13, Dinger and Kelsch, along with the man’ wife, and neighbors were awarded with the Unified Fire’s Civilian Lifesaving Award.

Also awarded were crews from Unified Station 103, ambulance 221 and Herriman City Police officers.

McFarland said very rarely is CPR not effective if it’s done right and that it is simple to learn and extremely effective.

“If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved,” said McFarland. “In that 5-7 minutes before we get there, the compressions could help by keeping the blood pumping through the body and oxygen to their brains.”

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If you cannot attend a class, McFarland recommends watching a short video and learning CPR at home with your family.

 

According to The American Heart Association, some 350,000 cases occur each year outside of a hospital, and the survival rate is less than 12 percent.

They say CPR can double or triple the chances of survival.

“Seventy-percent of cardiac arrests happen in homes, but for those that happen in a workplace, a recent American Heart Association survey found that most U.S. employees are not prepared for a cardiac emergency,” said their website.

 

 

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Celebrate National Nurses Week

Nurses Week- What is it?

Nurses’ week, is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated events in the world of medicine. It is celebrated to honor nurses for the exceptional services that they offer making them the backbone of the healthcare sector.

Nurses week- Where did it all begin?

Walking down the memory lane and casting light upon the history of the happy nurses’ week, it would be interesting to note that back in 1971, the day of May 12th, was designated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) as the International Nurses Day. This is the same day when Florence Nightingale’s birthday is also celebrated.

Happy Nurses Week- How to make it even more memorable

A happy nurses’ week calls for great ideas to make it more special. For this purpose, we have compiled great tips along with special activities and events on how to make nurses week worth remembering as well as show our appreciation for the challenging tasks that the nurses perform.

Massage Therapies at Workplace

Offering massage services is an excellent way to show nurses that the long and strenuous hours that they spend in taking care and serving for the patients is valued. Massage chairs can be set up in an isolated setting in the hospital or clinic and nurses can be invited to avail massage therapies free of cost. These few minutes of massage therapy would do wonders and provide relaxation to the nurses making them feel highly valued. It shall be ensured that massage therapy is availed by nurses irrespective of their shift timings.

A rewarding breakfast

At the start of the nurses’ week, nurses can be offered to enjoy a scrumptious platter of breakfast before they get ready to take up the challenges at the workplace. Awards can also be presented during this to the nurses that have exceeded the call of duty. This is to identify that I am hating to give the blood shot because of possible threats of danger and design. Also, I do not want that you treat me

Candlelight walk

A walkathon can be held on the site grounds to celebrate and honor the nurses employed in the United States. Former patients and nursing students can then pay tribute to all the nurses with the help of their personal accounts to show the significant and irreplaceable role nurses have played in their lives.

Encourage nursing students to take part

Make the whole week a research-centric one for the nursing students. In this, groups of nursing students can be formed who can then be delegated to provide an interesting report on a prominent nurse of their choice and detail out how she influenced the nursing profession. Examples of notable nurses include Clara Barton, Jensey Snow and Florence Nightingale. Tribute by nursing students can also be paid to their seniors via writing poems and dedicating to them.

Add Fun Spark to Nurses Week

Holding contests and playful activities during the nurses’ week is another great way to perk up the strenuous environment in the hospital for nurses. Winners of these games can be granted gifts and certificates. Interesting ideas for games include a relay race in which nurses calculate a number of tablets, rinse a bed pan and do small cute medicine related gestures.

Promote a positive image

From conducting screenings in underprivileged areas to sponsoring health fair, a lot can be done to bring about a positive image of nurses.

Other events that take place during nurses’ week are seminars placing high importance and emphasis on the value of nurses in the community.

Invite a guest speaker preferably a politician

An influential personality like a politician can be invited to render a speech on the crucial part nurses play in the lives of the patients of the entire nation. Not just this, healthcare is quite an issue for all politicians, and thus, during the nurses’ week, it would be beneficial to have a politician shadow a nurse for a while during the day. Via this, the politician could show the government’s devotion towards healthcare while the nurses will get a chance to express their concerns related to healthcare.

Host a fund-raiser

A fundraiser can be hosted during the nurses’ week in which light on the role of nurses in the healthcare system shall be cast upon. All year around nurses provide selfless care daily and thus their efforts should not just be recognized but highly appreciated as well. Proceeds from the event can be given to any charity selected by the nurses.

Gifts for Nurses’ Week

Presents are interlinked with bringing happiness and what better way to do this than showering nurses with gifts throughout the nurses’ week. Listed below is a compilation of fantastic gift ideas for nurses’ week.

Nurses possess pride being part of the healthcare industry and are not afraid to show it. Therefore, sticking one of the creative National Nurses’ Week print and posts notes to candy bars and handing them to nurses in their break times would make up for an excellent gift.

More so, nurses dedicate long hours at work caring for the patients, and thus they need their medical tools and equipment handy. Gifting a tote bag having a note of appreciation embossed in the front would be a great way to help them keep their essentials close to them.

Furthermore, you can add some flair to the nurses’ stethoscope by gifting a customized Steth-o-Charm having the organization or the name of the nurse. Character pins can also be presented to the nurses. Each character pin could be specified having a different story to tell about the exemplary behavior and attitude of the nurse at the workplace. Read the story out loud when you present these pins, and the nurses would remember it for a lifetime.

Offering food is an excellent way to show that nurses are valued. Provide free lunch as a gift for the nursing staff throughout the nurses’ week. In this manner, the nurses would not have to worry about packing lunch and can enjoy a little extra relaxation, that too, for an entire week.

In addition to this, coffee mugs filled with brewing coffee or hot chocolate can be handed over to the nurses to give them an extra boost while they work the long hour shifts.

Recognition level escalates higher when it is sincere. To create a significant impact on the nursing staff members, a personalized Thank You card can be given out during the Nurses Week. The nurses would surely treasure this for years.

Conclusively, it would be correct to say that nurses have several roles and challenges to face each day. They can combat them with their sincere efforts and undeniable strength. Nurses portray devotion to excellence in clinical skills and knowledge to make the field of healthcare, all the more beautiful. Therefore, reasons do fall short when it comes to making the nurses’ week memorable and unique.

 

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Construction Safety Week – Planning Your Safety Week

Every year, many construction companies host Safety Week events as a way to refocus and re-energize our commitment to eliminating injuries on jobsites.

Help bring Safety Week to life in your company! Download the Safety Week Planning Playbook and get started planning your Safety Week activities. The Safety Week Planning Playbook includes tips, best practices and downloads to help you:

Kick off safety week with leadership communication

  • Messages for leadership to address
  • Distribution ideas for getting communication to employees

Plan events on your job sites

  • Kick-off / mass safety meetings
  • Kick-off / mass safety meetings with client and local stakeholder representation
  • Toolbox talks
  • Project tours with company leadership
  • Safety demonstrations
  • Appreciation barbecues and lunches
  • Sample week-long agenda

Hold job site safety reviews

  • Review corporate policies: disciplinary policy, fire safety requirements, etc.
  • Review training requirements
  • Hold emergency response drills
  • Invite emergency response teams (fire department, police, EMT, local response teams etc.) to come on site to assess emergency response protocols specific to that jobsite.
  • Review safety documents: emergency action plans, environmental aspects, jobsite safety analyses, required inspections
  • Perform a safety rollback
  • Include site housekeeping, cord/tool inspections, rigging inspections and proper storage, assured grounding inspections, PPE inspections, fire safety inspections.

Plan events in your offices

  • Warm up to safety / stretch & flex
  • Management talks
  • Site-specific safety training
  • Project or first responder visits
  • Sample week-long agenda

Use Safety Week branded materials to support your events and communication

  • PowerPoint templates
  • Job site banners
  • Pop-up banners
  • Safety Week logo files
  • Safe by Choice logo files
  • Email signatures
  • Letterhead
  • Coloring Page

Spread the word about safety week

  • Social media toolkit
  • Media relations toolkit
  • News release template
  • Company internal and external communication platforms

We look forward to Safety Week 2019! Together, we are building a safer, stronger industry.

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Americans impacted by hearing loss hits record numbers

May is National Better Hearing Month

Green Guard First Aid and the American Academy of Audiology are encouraging the public to make an appointment with an audiologist if they suspect hearing loss for themselves or any of their loved ones.

According to the National Institutes of Health NIDCD, approximately 20 percent (48 million) of American adults aged 20 to 69, have some trouble with hearing and approximately 28.8 million could benefit from the use of hearing aids. Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30 percent) has ever used them.

As the baby boomer population ages, more Americans are forced to face hearing health challenges. Growing numbers of younger Americans (including millennials and GenX’ers) are also reporting hearing problems. The NIH NIDCD also states that five in 10 young people listen to music or other audio too loudly and that four in 10 young people are around “dangerously loud noise during events like concerts and sports games.” Occupational noise is another factor impacting hearing in people of all ages who work outdoors, in factories, fulfillment centers, etc.

Technology has progressed extensively and hearing aids are no longer the bulky contraptions of years past.”  Hearing aid companies have stepped up to the plate to make “very cool” hearing aids for kids and young adults. “You can opt to buy hearing aids that are virtually undetectable or you can buy them in a wide range of cool colors and styles. Many work with smart phones.”

Audiologists are the experts in hearing health, Hearing aids are not always the only or recommended solution, which is why it’s important to see an audiologist to further determine the appropriate treatment. Sometimes the cause is temporary or a symptom of another illness or disease. An audiologist will run various tests to determine the cause and will be able to recommend treatment.

 

Some signs of hearing loss may include:

  • Suddenly having to turn up the volume of the television, radio, or stereo and having other family members complain that the volume is too loud.
  • Difficulty understanding people speaking to you and asking people to repeat themselves.
  • Difficulty with phone conversations and understanding the other person.
  • Sudden inability to hear the doorbell, the dog barking, and other household sounds.
  • People telling you that you speak too loudly.
  • Ringing in the ears.

In furthering working to help the public recognize hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology helped launch a hearing screening app last year, hearScreen USA. The app provides an easy hearing test through the use of a smart phone. For those who demonstrate hearing loss, the app will recommend an audiologist. Based on technology developed by the University of Pretoria, South Africa, the app provides accurate detection of hearing loss in under three minutes.

To find an audiologist, go to www.audiology.org/FindAnAudiologist.

 

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Recent CPR Certification Helps Save Life

On Friday, April 19, Albert Lea resident Ronald Laite was invited to work on a dock at Fountain Lake with friends. Just a regular days work, for a normally healthy 43-year-old, that almost turned deadly.

“A buddy called me up and asked if I wanted to help with a dock, and so I said sure and went down there. I felt something weird going on so I tried to pull myself towards the center and then next thing you know I’m in the hospital,” said Laite.

Officials said that Laite went into cardiac arrest which is commonly associated with a heart attack, yet the two are very different.

Cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death is an electrical problem of the heart. Basically where there is no effective heartbeat and no blood flow to the vital organs of the body. A heart attack is a circulation problem effectively where there is a blockage in one of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. So two different problems,” said Dr. Ammar Killu, who is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Killu said even though most of the people who learn how to perform CPR may never end up using it, just knowing what to do raises that persons’ chance of survival.

“Doing CPR which is basically chest compressions in this situation, helps get whatever oxygen is still in the body around to those organs. The quicker you can perform CPR the more effective the CPR is and the higher chances of survival, ” said Dr. Killu.

For chest compressions, you want to remember 30/2. 30 compressions to the chest about 2 inches in depth. You also want to administer about 120 compressions per minute.

Laite’s friend was just CPR certified two months ago, and he said that he never thought he’d have to use.

“I’m very thankful he got trained in CPR. he saved my life,” said Laite.

 

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Spring Into Safety With National Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and it’s a great time to raise awareness on how to avoid potential electrical hazards.

By taking simple precautions, everyone can avoid electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss.

Here are some safety tips:

Indoors:

  • Check electric cords for fraying or cracking. Replace cords that may be damaged, and don’t overload electric outlets.
  • Remember extension cords are intended to be temporary; they are not intended as permanent household wiring.
  • Don’t run cords under carpets or rugs and don’t tack or nail cords to walls or floors.
  • Keep electric appliances and tools away from water. Never reach for or unplug an appliance that has fallen into water; instead, turn the power off at the breaker before you unplug the appliance or remove it from the water.
  • Never put anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet. Use outlet covers or caps to protect children.
  • Keep your home’s electrical system in good repair. Contact a licensed electrical contractor if you have flickering lights, sparks, non-functioning outlets, or need wiring repairs or upgrades.

 

Outdoors:

  • Never touch downed power lines!
  • Always call your local utility or 911 if you see lines down.
  • Watch for overhead lines every time you use a ladder, work on roofs, trees, or carry long tools or loads. Keep kites, model airplanes, and metallic balloons away from power lines.
  • Know what’s below before you dig. At least 3 days before starting any digging or excavating project,  call 811, the National One Call Center, to have underground utility lines, pipes, and cables marked for free.
  • Avoid planting trees underneath power lines or near utility equipment.

 

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More lives could be saved after cardiac arrest, are you CPR Certified?

Anyone can learn CPR, are you or your employees trained to save a life? 

Green Guard offers weekly CPR classes for companies and groups, Green Guard’s CPRAED and First Aid training program will help employers meet OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees how to respond and care for medical emergencies at work.

This 2-year certification course conforms to the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC, and the 2015 AHA and ARC Guidelines Update for First Aid.

CPR classes are a great team building opportunity!

 

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More people might survive cardiac arrest if more bystanders tried hands-only CPR

More lives could be saved after cardiac arrest if bystanders applied cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), even if it’s just the hands-only version, a new study suggests.

With hands-only CPR emerging as an alternative to the traditional method – chest compressions coupled with mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths – Swedish researchers decided to investigate the impact of the simpler method.

They found that when rates of either type of CPR increased, the chances of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest doubled.

“In this nationwide study (we saw) an almost six-fold higher proportion of patients receiving compression-only CPR,” said co-author Dr. Jacob Hollenberg, director of the Centre for Resuscitation Science at the Karolinska Institutet. “Any type of CPR was associated with doubled survival rates in comparison with cases not receiving CPR before EMS arrival.”

It’s currently unknown whether CPR including mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths when performed by bystanders is superior to the simpler hands-only method, Hollenberg said in an email. There is an ongoing large randomized controlled trial to answer that question, he added.

Hollenberg suspects more people would be willing to learn hands-only CPR than the traditional method.

For the study published in Circulation, Hollenberg and his colleagues analyzed all out-of-hospital bystander-witnessed cardiac arrests reported to the Swedish Register for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation between 2000 and 2017. Altogether the researchers had data on 30,445 patients.

The proportion of patients receiving CPR from bystanders grew from 40.8 percent in 2000-2005 to 68.2 percent in 2011-2017. The proportion who got standard CPR was 35.4 percent in the earlier period and 38.1 percent in the later period. But over the same time, the proportion who got hands-only CPR rose from 5.4 percent to 30.1 percent.

 

During the nearly two decades covered by the study, survival rates improved for both groups of patients. Thirty-day survival after standard CPR rose from 9.4 percent to 16.2 percent, and after hands-only CPR it rose from 8.0 percent to 14.3 percent.

Overall, compared to patients who didn’t get any kind of CPR from bystanders, those who got standard CPR before first responders arrived were 2.6 times as likely to survive to 30 days and those who got hands-only CPR were twice as likely to survive 30 days.

The study shows that any kind of CPR is better than no CPR, said Dr. Clifton Callaway, vice chair of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “This is a tremendously robust data set,” Callaway said. “They’ve been able to track this for many, many years.”

The American Heart Association has been popularizing hands-only CPR, Callaway said. “The message they’re trying to convey is that if you don’t choose to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, you can still do chest compressions and help somebody with cardiac arrest,” he said, noting that mouth-to-mouth is still required for other conditions, such as drowning.

The reason hands-only can work is that when people experience a cardiac arrest, they still have oxygen in their lungs, Callaway said. “Chest compressions will buy you some time until someone comes to get the heart started again,” he said.

The other advantage to hands-only CPR is that 911 operators can talk you through it even if you haven’t had any training, Callaway said. “Dispatchers should be able to coach anybody to do chest compressions and provide this potential to sustain life until professional help arrives,” he added. “In my mind, there’s no reason we can’t have 60 to 80 percent of Americans who have had a cardiac arrest receiving assistance from bystanders.”

 

 

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-cpr/more-people-might-survive-cardiac-arrest-if-more-bystanders-tried-hands-only-cpr-idUSKCN1RD37U


Five Safety Tips that Impact Business

Follow these tips to create and maintain a strong safety culture that engages employees as part of the process.

It’s easy to turn a blind eye to safety when working in fast-paced environments and having to meet project deadlines. However, most manufacturing employers can attest to the turbulent outcomes that can arise if safety standards are not regularly enforced. Our everyday actions can have an impact on cost and productivity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2,000 eye injuries occur every day in the workplace, costing more than $300 million in lost production time, medical expenses and worker compensation.

It’s clear that many companies are failing workers with insufficient safety programs and injury prevention plans. However, employers have the opportunity to turn this situation around with a few changes. Protecting employees doesn’t mean your organization has to start from square one. It does, however, require you to create a strong safety culture and open communication channels so employees can collaborate when it comes to hazard identification and problem-solving.

Here are five tips that operations managers, site managers and safety coaches can use to start that dialogue:

1. Start from the top. Developing a healthy safety culture requires leadership to champion safety as a key organizational value. The company culture must include leading, working and acting safe. When management leads in safety, the organization will follow.

2. Distribute safety surveys. When executing on your safety culture, it’s important to first find out what your employees know about your safety guidelines and expectations. Are they familiar with your corporate policies and procedures? Do they even know their own responsibilities when it comes to safety? This survey also serves as a great opportunity to get anonymous feedback on employees’ perceptions about safety in your workplace.

3. Conduct pre-shift huddles. This is a time when management can reinforce the safety culture by covering near-injury misses, newly identified hazards and educating staff on how proper processes and equipment handling can protect everyone’s health and safety. The goal of safety huddles is to also provide an open, non-punitive forum for employees to communicate about workplace safety.

4. One-on-one discussions. Supervisors can build trust and show respect for their workers’ safety by engaging associates in informal safety discussions. Associates who know that their opinions and perspectives are valued will be more likely to participate in informal communication about safety practices. This is also an ideal setting to gain feedback from employees who may not be comfortable bringing up concerns in front of a large group.

5. Perform ongoing safety training. Providing safety training for employees is essential for creating a culture of workplace safety. A workforce with a strong understanding of safety guidelines and best practices is more likely to recognize potential hazards before they occur. This can lead to fewer injuries and help you avoid costly losses in productivity and employee morale.

Some of the benefits of a safer and more engaged workforce include:

●       reduced workers’ compensation costs, lower medical expenses and improved productivity.

●       improved safety as a result of clear and repeatable processes for identifying and addressing hazards and injury threats.

●       stronger employer branding and positive outside perspective of the organization.

 

 

Impact on Employer Branding

Workplace safety should begin and end not only with workers in mind, but with workers being engaged—actively participating and driving safety programs forward. High levels of employee engagement have also been correlated with greater productivity, quality and profitability, as well as reduced turnover rates. It can also contribute to improved employee retention, and it even has the ability to impact recruiting, since job seekers will be able to learn about your culture of safety through online reviews. In today’s world, job seekers look to current and former employees’ experience to decide whether or not they want to work for a company.

 

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