The 2018 American Heart Associationâ€™sÂ Resuscitation Science Symposium determinedÂ that women are 27 percent less likely to receive CPR from a bystanderÂ because of the misconception that breasts make it â€œmore challengingâ€ and worries about inappropriate touching in the #MeToo era.
The good news is that technology has caught up! We are happy to introduce you to theÂ Womanikin!Â Yes they are putting boobs on CPR mannequins! Studies have shown that men are more likely toÂ receive life-saving interventionÂ than women since they are flat chested.
By having a variety of mannequins that differentiate between genders gives students a chance to practice different scenarios.Â CPR is traditionally taught on flat-chested dummies, people donâ€™t know how to handle women in dire circumstances: Is it inappropriate to touch their breasts? Does it count as sexual assault?
It is important to realize that CPR is lifesaving and should be rendered to collapsed individuals regardless of gender, race or ethnicity,â€ says lead study author Dr. Sarah M. Perman, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado. The Womanikin website provides female-specific instructions on how to give CPR: â€œYes, this will mean you are touching her left breast. Donâ€™t worry. You might save her life.â€
The Womanikin teamâ€™s goal is to close the gender gap by encouraging the public to go tit for tat when helping those who collapse in public. The product is a fabric sleeve with breasts that slips over traditional flat-chested CPR mannequins. In a three-way partnership among the United State of Women, NYC-based ad agency Joan Creative and Frontline Health, the Womanikin team wants its product in use by every CPR training school in the country.
The Womanikin design is nowÂ available for downloadÂ in a free â€œBuilderâ€™s Toolkit,â€ for anyone who wants to create their own.
Choking is a common cause of injury and death in young children, primarily because their small airways are easily obstructed. It takes time for babies to master the ability to chew and swallow food, and babies might not be able to cough forcefully enough to dislodge an airway obstruction. As babies explore their environments, they also commonly put objects into their mouths â€” which can lead to infant choking.
Sometimes health conditions increase the risk of choking as well. Children who have swallowing disorders, neuromuscular disorders, developmental delays and traumatic brain injury, for example, have a higher risk of choking than do other children.
What are the most common causes of infant choking?
Food is the most common cause of infant choking. However, small objects, parts from toys and certain types of behavior during eating â€” such as eating while distracted â€” also can cause infant choking.
What can I do to prevent infant choking?
To prevent infant choking:
Properly time the introduction of solid foods.Â Introducing your baby to solid foods before he or she has the motor skills to swallow them can lead to infant choking. Wait until your baby is at least 4 months old to introduce pureed solid foods.
Don’t offer high-risk foods.Â Don’t give babies or young children hot dogs, chunks of meat or cheese, grapes, raw vegetables, or fruit chunks, unless they’re cut up into small pieces. Don’t give babies or young children hard foods, such as seeds, nuts, popcorn and hard candy that can’t be changed to make them safe options. Other high-risk foods include peanut butter, marshmallows and chewing gum.
Supervise mealtime.Â As your child gets older, don’t allow him or her to play, walk or run while eating. Remind your child to chew and swallow his or her food before talking. Don’t allow your child to throw food in the air and catch it in his or her mouth or stuff large amounts of food in his or her mouth.
Carefully evaluate your child’s toys.Â Don’t allow your baby or toddler to play with latex balloons â€” which pose a hazard when uninflated and broken â€” small balls, marbles, toys that contain small parts or toys meant for older children. Look for age guidelines when buying toys and regularly examine toys to make sure they’re in good condition.
Keep hazardous objects out of reach.Â Common household items that might pose a choking hazard include coins, button batteries, dice and pen caps.
WHAT TO DO IF BABY CHOKES
Before you even get to this worst-case scenario, the smartest thing you can do is take a class on baby choking and infant CPR. â€œIn the heat of the moment, itâ€™s hard to know how to do it correctly,â€ Shook says. â€œAlthough 911 can walk you through it, if youâ€™ve never done it, itâ€™s very difficult.â€ Find a class near you and get certified! Nine Lives CPR offers many class options to fit your needs.
How to Relieve Choking on an Infant (1 year or less) :
â™¥ï¸ðŸŒŽ World Heart Day is celebrated every year on 9/29. This year we’re asking people around the world to make a promise … for my heart, for your heart, for all our hearts! â™¥ï¸ ðŸŒŽ
A promise as an individual to cook and eat more healthily, to do more exercise and encourage your children to be more active, to say no to smoking and help your lovedÂ ones to stop.Â A promise as a healthcare professional to save more lives. A promise as a politician to implement an NCD action plan.
A simple promiseâ€¦ for MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS.
Cardiovascular disease is the worldâ€™s number one killer today.Â But it doesnâ€™t need to be this way. ByÂ making just a few small changes toÂ our lives, we can reduce our risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as improving our quality of life and setting a good example for the next generation. Itâ€™s aboutÂ saying to yourself, the people you careÂ about and individuals all around theÂ world, â€œwhat can I do right now to lookÂ after MY HEARTâ€¦ and YOUR HEART?â€
In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the worldâ€™s number one killer. World Heart Day is, therefore, the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden.
World Heart Day is a global campaignÂ during which individuals, families, communities and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD burden, and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.
HEART DISEASE IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF DEATH WORLDWIDE
Technology to the rescue on the fight against heart disease! Many phones, for example, already have accelerometers that measure physical activity like steps taken, while the Apple Watch and Fitbits use sensors to measure heart rate.Â Heart irregularities can be dangerous without causing obvious symptoms, so smart devices that can diagnose them could be helpful as a prevention strategy.
IRREGULAR HEART RATE
The most common heartbeat irregularity is called atrial fibrillation, or afib. Afib happens when the two upper chambers of the heart donâ€™t beat in sync with the two lower chambers, and can increase the risk of everything from heart attack to kidney disease to dementia. But it can be hard to detect. New technology has come out to more accurately diagnose Afib and it’s all in the wristband!
TheÂ KardiaBandÂ by AliveCor is a sensor that is compatible with the Apple Watch and can detectÂ abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AFib). The user touches the sensor, which then takes a reading of the electrical activity of the heart, called an electrocardiogram (EKG) and then sends the information to an app. The AliveCor KardiaBandÂ has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
In the past the Fitbits sensor was not as accurate in detecting abnormalities in the heart rate. In October of 2017, FitbitÂ presented data on an algorithm was developed to detect a atrial fibrillation, using a technology already built into its wristband trackers: photoplethysmography, or PPG.Â Fitness trackers have long used PPG devices to monitor pulse rates. The tiny sensors, which consist of infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs) coupled with a sensitive light detector, measure infinitesimal gradations in light in human tissue, due to changing blood volume. This is used as an indicator to detect an irregular heartbeat or Afib.AFib such a good test case for the digital health revolution. It canÂ often be treatedÂ cheaply and effectively with oral anticoagulants once it is detected. Discovering someone who has an undiagnosed arrhythmia could save a life! These wearables are well worth the investment! Not to mention they help keep you motivated to move more!
We all know that a basic first aid kit can often help a person in need and possibly save a life. However, buying a good first aid kit can be confusing for many people. You can find one in your local grocery store or pharmacy but there’s often only one or two to choose from. There’s an endless supply of first aid kits online but it’s often overwhelming to find the one that has everything you need at the best value. Like many things these days, there is no perfect one size fits all first aid kit. While a basic kit would be a great addition to many homes, some medical offices and businesses may need additional items to keep their employees and customers safe. Let’s take a look at some of the common features in most first aid kits and some items found in the Advanced First Aid Kit.
All first aid kits should include the following items listed below. While items can be purchased separately, there are a wide variety of kits available that include all of these items in a convenient case. This type of kit is a good option for the home or car.
Bandages and gauze dressings to cover wound or support injuries
Scissors to cut dressings, clothing, rope, seat belts and more
Needle-nose tweezers to pull out splinters, ticks, thorns and snake fangs
Gloves to protect yourself from blood and other nasty fluids
A tourniquet to control blood flow to an injured limb
Advanced First Aid Kits have a wide variety of supplies that will prepare you for many emergencies. Nine Lives CPR highly recommends theÂ Be Smart First Aid kit . This kit has 326 pieces that cover up to 100 people. This Kit can be Mounted to the Wall in a Central Location at the Office. Recommenced use for office, home, car, school, emergency, survival, sports, hunting & camping. Here are some features to look for in an advanced kit:
21 antiseptic towelettes, 36 alcohol prep pads, 6 sting relief pads, 6 antibiotic ointment packets, 6 burn cream ointments, 10 antacid tablets, 10 aspirin tablets, 10 non-aspirin tablets, 1 instant cold compress 6″ x 9″, 1 English First Aid guide, 1 Spanish First Aid guide, 20 adhesive bandages, 1″ x 3″ 50 adhesive bandages 3/8″ x 1-1/2″, 60 adhesive bandages 3″ x 3/4″, 10 butterfly closures bandages, 18 wound closure strips, 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ 2 gauze rolls, 2″ x 4.1 yards, 2 eye pads, 8 sterile gauze pads 2″ x 2″, 4 sterile gauze pads 4″ x 4″, 1 sterile trauma pad 5″ x 9″, 30 cotton tip applicators, 1 adhesive tape roll 1″ x 5 yards, 5 finger splints, 1 triangular bandage 40″ x 40″ x 56″, 1 tweezers, 1 metal scissor, 4 nitrile examination gloves.
Why Go Red?Â Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Support Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red DayÂ® onÂ Friday, February 2, 2018Â andÂ donateÂ to help fund research during American HeartÂ Month.
Go Red For Women is a movement that starts with you. Lead by example and make the time to â€œKnow Your Numbers.â€ Itâ€™s knowledge that could save your life.Â Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. Itâ€™s time for all women to learn the most critical numbers in their life â€” their hearts depend on it.
Nine Lives CPR is now offering a combination course that includes both CPR and Infection Control for 5 CEUs.
This course is designed to satisfy requirements for license renewal by the SC Board of Dentistry. The course is offered ONSITE and can be customized to fit your needs. We will also be offering it at our partner locations throughout South Carolina. Stay tuned for date announcements.
As PACE providers, we look forward to bringing the convenience of continuing education to dental offices! Please visit our Dental Professionals page for more details.
Three airports around the U.S. have joined an American Heart Association (AHA) initiative to provide hands-only CPR training kiosks for passengers waiting for flights.
The Cleveland Hopkins International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International and Orlando International airports are now equipped with the kiosks, bringing the total number of airports with one in the U.S. up to seven. The initiative is funded by Indianapolis-based insurance company Anthem, according to aÂ statement.
Training only takes about five minutes and could help reduce the number of lives taken by cardiac arrest. Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital with about 20 percent happening in public spaces, according to the AHA.
Each kiosk includes a touch screen with a short video that gives directions on how to perform CPR. It offers a practice sessions and a 30-second test on a practice manikin while giving the user feedback on their technique.
“Our nation’s airports have proven to be a great way to extend our educational campaign to train people on the lifesaving skill of hands-only CPR and, help meet the Association’s goal to double bystander response by 2020,” said Craig Samitt, MD, chief clinical officer at Anthem. “By expanding the availability of the training kiosks, we’re hopeful that more people will feel confident to administer hands-only CPR on a stranger or someone they love.”
Learn the proper techniques of CPR so you can save yourself the embarrassment. Nine Lives CPR training offers a variety of classes to fit your needs. We will even travel to your location! Schedule your training today! Don’t be a Dummy, Get Certified!
When you have a serious health condition, itâ€™s key to have your medication with you along withÂ an easy way to alert your loved ones if youâ€™re having a medical emergency. Health company Aterica developed a smart EpiPen case called the Veta that not only reminds you to take your medication with you every day, but also alerts your loved ones when it has been removed and used during an emergency. The idea is to give both those who are at risk for anaphylaxis, including manyÂ with food allergies, as well as their family and friends greater peace of mind and an easy way to keep track of their EpiPens.