ATTENTION! - ONLINE ONLY CPR CARDS ARE NOT VALID!
Beware of online websites promoting CPR completion cards.
Would you want your physician practicing critical surgical techniques on a keyboard?
Adapting to Covid-19 guidelines and understanding workplace compliance standards has been a struggle for many businesses and employees. We understand and are here to support you in staying current on required CPR training certifications. State and Federal Laws require many types of organizations and employees to be "hands-on" CPR certified, including, but not limited to child-care workers, all medical professionals, dentists, pharmacists, nursing students, and EMT's. Construction companies are also required to have at least one person CPR certified at each job site. State and federal grace periods on expired certifications have now lapsed. In-person CPR training is once again being required and in-person CPR training is considered an essential service.
Since March, many people have completed online-only CPR classes believing these courses would satisfy certification requirements. Online only CPR classes are not accepted without a "hands-on" skills training completed with a certified instructor. Portions of CPR training may be completed via online video courses, but you MUST complete a practical segment to certify your skills. Hands-on training on a manikin is a critical demonstration of competency.
If you have already completed an online course, you can still attend a CPR skills check to validate your card. We offer 30-minute skills check appointments on the same days we conduct local classes. Once you pass the instructor-led skills check you may receive a BestCPRUSA card valid for two years. We can also issue American Heart Association cards (for an additional expense) if you have completed the American Heart Association's online video training and provide us with a copy of your test completion certificate.
Because in-person training will always be the best (and only) successful way to learn CPR, we are traveling to companies and schools again to conduct in-person training. For companies who are not returning to the workplace soon, we are offering virtual training options. Our existing corporate and educational clients who have already trained with us in the past may be eligible for virtual, instructor-led courses.
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Over the past decade AED's have become much more readily available to the general public, and if you have taken one of our CPR classes you know that many gyms, dental offices, community centers, churches, and even some supermarkets may have a defibrillator for anyone to use. However, it has always been of great concern to us that many AED's are not checked frequently enough, and we regularly find units in public have expired pads and low batteries.
Most offices DO NOT have a regular maintenance plan for their AED and have not assigned someone to check the unit consistently. A recent security review of a major King County school district found that nearly 40% of their AED's were not ready for use. The national average is above 45% of AED's are not checked and maintained often enough to be assured they will function as needed.
When was the last time anyone in your office checked the AED? - Who's job is it ????
AED"S save lives everyday and there is no reason to be afraid to check if the pads need replacement. YOU CAN DO IT! After all, the machine is there to save your life and has been purchased for EVERYONE'S USE!
Checking AED's is a simple process. The pads have an expiration date clearly labeled on the foil covering. DO NOT OPEN THE FOIL TO LOOK AT THE PADS, THE EXPIRATION DATE IS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FOIL. Most models require pad replacement every two years. Some more advanced models have longer expiration dates, also clearly labeled on the pads in plain view. Simply open the unit's cover or case and look at the pads.
AED batteries also weaken over time and typically last 4-6 years at most. All AED's have some indicator, either a green flashing light, a green arrow, a battery indicator bar, or similar icon which will tell you the battery is active. When in doubt, simply turning the unit on will tell you if the battery is low. The machine CANNOT shock you unless both pads are actually on a victim of SCA, (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) so it is perfectly acceptable to test the unit by turning it on. AGAIN, DO NOT OPEN THE FOIL ON THE PADS!
Ordering new pads and batteries is a simple process by searching online. We also HIGHLY recommend replacing older AED's (older than 10 years) with a newer unit. Older AED's did not have nearly the same quality or degree of rescue capability as newer models. Some units are also difficult to find current replacement parts, and replacement items may already be past expiration dates. A few older models were also not designed to last more than ten years.
Not sure what to do? Give us a call, we are here to help!
Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. It's one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe.
Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures, particularly when combined with high humidity, and strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition. Fortunately, heat exhaustion is preventable.
Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion may develop suddenly or over time, especially with prolonged periods of exercise. Possible heat exhaustion signs and symptoms include:
You can take a number of precautions to prevent heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses. When temperatures climb, remember to:
Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal but they are not safe.
Sparklers Are Dangerous! Every year, young children can be found along parade routes and at festivals with sparklers in hand, but sparklers are a lot more dangerous than most people think. Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries.
Consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.
In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 50% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Over two-thirds (67%) of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16. And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, an estimated 1,200 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers.
Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires.
If You Choose to Use Legal Fireworks, and consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:
Millions of people in the US make New Year's resolutions each year, but only a small fraction of them manage to keep them. If you struggle to keep your New Year's resolution, one expert says you might not be setting the right kind of goal. Business Insider spoke with psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert, author of "Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days," who broke down three of the biggest reasons people fail to complete their resolutions each year. Here's what he said:
Your resolution isn't specific enough
One of the biggest reasons people fail to keep their New Year's resolutions is because they're not specific enough, Alpert told Business Insider.
For example, resolving to "exercise more" or "lose weight" are easy ways to set yourself up for failure, as they lack ways to mark progress and are unlikely to keep you motivated throughout the year. Instead, try making your goal specific, like running a particular 5K you have circled on the calendar or losing 10 pounds by a certain date.
Running a 5k is fun and definitely doable. Reuters "It's easier to drop out or walk away when you set goals or resolutions that are vague," Alpert told Business Insider. "When it's really detailed and specific, it's harder to walk away from it." Having a timeline on your resolution is helpful, he said, so think of short-term, medium-term, and long-term benchmarks that will let you know you're on track to achieving your goal.
"What do I need to do this week, what do I need to do over the next month or so, and what do I hope to accomplish over the next several months?" Alpert said.
You aren't framing them positively
Another problem people face when making resolutions is framing them with negative language. When people resolve to stop wasting money or stop eating junk food, for example, it often backfires because it makes them think about the very thing they're trying to avoid. "It's almost like I say to you, 'I don't want you to think about what a zebra with pink and blue stripes looks like," Alpert told Business Insider. "You kind of have to think about what that would look like not to think about it, right?" Try framing your goal in positive language instead. "So much of how we talk to ourselves impacts our actions and our behavior," Alpert said. "We need to feed ourselves positive self-talk. Instead of telling ourselves 'Don't eat junk food,' we should be telling us the behavior we desire, like 'Eat carrots and peanut butter as a healthy snack.'"
Your resolution isn't about you
Another major obstacle people face is the tendency to make New Year's resolutions that don't reflect what they actually want. The biggest culprits are dieting and exercise trends, Alpert said. But it can apply to any number of goals, like a career-related goal inspired by what you think other people expect of you. "Goals need to be made for the individual," Alpert said. "So often, people seem to be influenced by their friends, their family, what they see in society." "I think it's important for people to set goals that are for themselves and unique to themselves."
While ‘tis the season to be merry, for many of us, it’s also a season for stress, anxiety and angst, which leads us to behave in ways we’re sure to regret later. During this time of year, people often resort to bad habits—they may cave into sugar cravings, go for the booze and overdose on caffeine. In part, that’s because, during the holidays, people tend to experience heightened emotions. You may feel overcome by loneliness, become annoyed by meddling relatives or lose patience with your loved ones. And in the present economy, you also may be worried about how you’ll be able to pay for good gifts without maxing out your credit cards.
In fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) found that nearly half of all women in the United States experience heightened stress during the holidays, which puts their health at risk. The APA also learned that during this time, 41 percent of women use food and 28 percent use alcohol. Unless you lean on effective relaxation and self-love techniques, as well as positive self-talk, all your worries may trigger overeating or binging, overloading on alcohol, arguments with your loved ones, skipping regular exercise, not getting enough sleep and neglecting your needs. Of course, we all that devouring a bag of cookies, guzzling booze, venting to a loved one or spending too much money on holiday presents are not smart ways to sooth your holiday stress.
To help you have a happy season, here are 7 Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress.
1. Take calm-down breaks. Soon after you awake, close your eyes, take several deep breaths and meditate or just relax. Imagine yourself in a beautiful place, think of a happy memory or visualize yourself succeeding at a cherished goal. “Quieting down your mind before you begin your day can help it get off to a great start and things will flow for you,” says Debra Berndt, an expert in creative visualization and hypnosis and author of the upcoming book, Let Love In: Open Your Heart and Mind to Attract Your Ideal Partner. In addition, whenever you get stressed out, anxious or feel overwhelmed during the day, take quick relaxation breaks of 1 to 5 minutes to calm yourself down. Conscious, slow breathing can help you when you’re feeling frustrated waiting in line at the supermarket, post office or drug store.
2. Put on rose-colored glasses. When people try to push their bad habits on you during this holiday season, tune into their motivations. For instance, before you get annoyed at Aunt Jane, who keeps urging you to try a piece of her apple pie, or your co-worker Frank, who keeps trying to fill your glass with booze, first take a deep breath. Then, step into their shoes and realize that Jane is just showing that she loves you, and Frank is merely trying to be convivial. Then graciously thank them for their misguided attention. Rather than view your situation with annoyance, be grateful instead.
3. Get moving. Perhaps one of the best ways to overcome stress during the holidays or any other time is to exercise regularly. Research shows that physical activity not boosts your fitness and energy levels but can also elevate your moods. In addition, exercise has been found to reduce anger, tension, fatigue and confusion. Despite the many demands on your time, this is not the season to stop exercising. Indeed, when regular exercisers are inactive, they begin to feel depressed and fatigued after just one week, according to a study from scientists at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Exercise also can give you that much-acclaimed “runner’s high.” Indeed, research shows that rigorous physical activity of any kind pumps up production of endorphins, your body’s feel-good neurotransmitters.
4. Go for real foods mostly. Inevitably, at this time of year, you’ll be tempted with sugary, empty-calorie “treats” just about wherever you go. But to be your most energetic, focused and happy self, it’s best to eat foods that grow on trees or on the ground (vegetables and fruits) and to choose healthy fats (such as olive oil and flax seeds), lean protein (such as fish and organic chicken) and legumes, nuts and seeds.
5. Take polite portions of “comfort” foods and drinks. During the holidays, it’s easy to “fall off the wagon” and use—or over-use—alcohol, sugar and caffeine. It’s best to think before yu treat your body like a trash can instead of a temple. The best way to stay true to the best you is to limit your consumption of such comfort or pleasure foods and drinks as apple pie, cookies, pasta and eggnog. When offered these and other “goodies,” try to take three to five “polite” bites and sips—and only after having a well-balanced meal with smart carbs (vegetables, fruits or whole grains), fats and protein. (See Tip #4.) Be aware that if you’re a sugar addict, you must be especially vigilant when it comes to desserts and quickie carbs.
6. Prepare “Nice To Do For Me" and “Need to Do For You” lists. Writing down all that you have to do during the holidays will help you realize how do-able your tasks are. Be realistic as to what you put on your lists. Then start tackling one item from each list in turn. For example, after buying gifts for your mom or significant other, take time to work out, too. By alternating between lists, you won’t feel deprived, because you’re being good to yourself. Better yet, as Cheryl Richardson suggests in her fabulous book, Take Time for Your Life: A 7-Step Program for Creating the Life you Want, prepare an “Absolute Yes” list, which will reflect priorities that inspire you to use your gift of time well. “When you practice extreme self-care and put yourself first, you are then fully available to others without resentment or anger,” she aptly points out.
7. Be generous. One of the best ways to stay calm, content and cheerful this time of year is to act generously with your loved ones, co-workers and friends. This doesn’t have to mean you’re spending a lot of money. You can be generous with your compliments. You can generously offer to do a loved one’s dreaded errand. You can generously write a fun, short poem. When you are creative with your gifts and thank you’s, people will appreciate your real, heartfelt sentiments.
From: Psychology Today
Connie Bennett MSJ, CHHC, CPC, Smart Habits of Highly Successful People
BestCPR student saves infant!
I was working full time as a nanny. Lauren was 10 months at the time and was learning how to eat solid foods. One day, I was feeding her small pieces of fruit and one got stuck. She went silent, kind of turned red, and looked at with me big eyes. Overall, she looked stressed and confused. I knew immediately what was happening because she did not make a single noise, not even coughing sounds.
I pulled her out of her high chair, threw her upside with her face in the palm of my hand, and hit her upper back 3 times. A piece of food shot out and onto the ground. I think it came out the second time I hit her. However, my adrenaline was pumping and by the time I registered it was out, I already had hit her a third time.
She had tears coming down her cheeks, but she didn’t even cry. It seemed like she was overall relieved, but totally fine once she could breathe. I’m pretty sure I was shaking for the next hour though. I was nervous she would have bruised, but she never did. That’s when I realized that I did not hit nearly as hard as I thought I did.
One month later, she did it again, but with the parents when I wasn’t there. I had previously told them what had happened and how I had handled it. As a result, her father did the same thing and saved her again!
I learned the skills in your class and I am now able to help educate other people. I’m so thankful she is okay. She’s running and talking now. :) I appreciate everything you taught me!
let's all get home safely and stay home!
THE BEST THING TO DO IN SEATTLE THIS WEEKEND IS TO STAY HOME!
If you can GET HOME NOW and stay home all weekend, please do. And while you are home, this would be a great time to check all your first aid supplies and safety equipment.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING TIPS!
IF YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED DRIVER, TODAY WOULD BE A GREAT DAY TO FIND A HUGE, FLAT PARKING LOT AND TEACH YOUR TEENAGER HOW TO DRIVE IN SNOW BEFORE THEY NEED TO DO IT ALONE. AVOID PARKING LOTS WITH LIGHT POLES, HILLS, CURBS, AND CONCRETE PARKING BLOCKS. Should you teenager damage your car... remember ...it's not my fault. :)
Please be safe out there until the streets are dry again.
Farley Kautz, Owner, NwBestCPR and First Aid Training
We've posted this story before but we wanted to share it again becuase it's such a COMMON STORY! As instructors we hear women tell us stories frequently about NOT REALIZING THEY WERE HAVING HEART ATTACKS!
Heart attack deaths are highest during December / January holiday season.
According to a study published in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association (AHA), the winter holiday season is considered a risk factor for cardiac and non-cardiac death. While researchers don’t know exactly why heart attacks are more common around holidays, they note a number of possible reasons, including changes in diet and alcohol consumption during the holidays; stress from family interactions, strained finances, travel and entertaining; respiratory problems from burning wood; and not paying attention to the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Consider the case of Julie Rickman, a 41-year-old stay-at-home mom. “I felt like we were running around, going everywhere, and I just couldn’t catch my breath,” Rickman said. “I remember, two days before Christmas, we thought I was allergic to my live Christmas tree, and we took it down and got an artificial tree.”
The day after Christmas, Rickman got winded while folding laundry. She thought it was exhaustion but decided to go to the emergency room, anyway. That trip saved her life. Along with two blockages in her heart, doctors also discovered she had suffered a heart attack.
“I have no idea when the heart attack happened. I was one of those women who attributed feeling bad to the holidays and thinking I was exhausted,” she said.
“The progression of heart disease doesn’t happen overnight, so an uptick in cardiac death during the holidays is actually more the acute manifestations of the disease,” said Jorge Plutzky, M.D., a volunteer with the American Heart Association. “Factors like cold weather, stress and dietary indiscretion can contribute to a chain of events leading to more stress on the heart. A cardiac event might be triggered because the heart is working harder.”
In our first aid classes we suggest multiple things to consider before you travel. No one wants to think about bad things happening on vacation.
Preparing for emergencies ahead of time, especially when traveling to a foreign country can be critically important for the safety of loved ones!
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU GO!
Encourage your family and friends to take a first aid class before you travel.
Plan for the best, but prepare for the worst....What if the victim is you!
Farley J. Kautz