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If you woke up one morning and found that your home was in the path of a natural disaster, like a wildfire or a hurricane, would you know what to do to stay safe? In these scenarios, there is often little time to react, so having a plan before it happens can be critical to your safety and survival. Do you know what to do to be prepared?
Both bloodborne and airborne pathogens may pose significant risks in the workplace. What really makes them different from each other, though? Learn how they are very different pathogens with different requirements in terms of prevention and risk prevention.
Just about every organization with employees deals with sensitive health information in some form or another—and if that’s the case for your company, your employees need to be trained in how to handle that information without violating HIPAA rules. Here’s why.
The Chain of Survival is a series of actions that has to be taken to improve a patient’s likelihood of surviving cardiac arrest. Whether or not you’re a healthcare professional, knowing the links in the chain—and your place in it—could help you save a life.
Agonal breathing bears little resemblance to normal breathing. It is gasping and labored, and may include snorts, moans, or other strange vocalizations. What do you do when someone is experiencing agonal breathing? Learn about the symptoms and causes of agonal breathing/agonal respiration.
There are a lot of options when it comes to getting your CPR certification. But, with all the options that are avaliable the American Heart Association and the Red Cross are two of the most widely recognized. How do you choose between the two? This guide details the pro's and con's of each.
Warning signs of heart attack in women are more subtle than those found in men—and they mean heart attacks are sometimes mistaken for other ailments, such as the flu. Many women don’t get the help they need in time because they don’t recognize the symptoms until it’s too late. Learn the symptoms of a heart attack in women so that you might help save the life of a woman in medical need.
What is CPR and what does it do? When a person’s heart stops, rescuers use CPR to manually pump blood through the body and make sure the brain and vital organs stay oxygenated. It’s a way to keep cardiac arrest victims alive in the precious minutes before rescuers arrive.
Many people who work in the healthcare field—or who may be the first on the scene of an accident—need a higher level of CPR training for healthcare providers. There's a bit of confusion surrounding what we call BLS certification for healthcare providers, rather than CPR taught to the lay public. This article takes an in-depth look at what kind of certification Basic Life Support for healthcare providers is and who needs it.
If you’re expecting a baby, it’s an exciting, joyful time—but it can also be stressful. There’s so much to do to prepare. As the primary caretaker of a brand-new baby, one of the best things you can do for your child is to learn infant CPR.
If you work in a place where it’s reasonable to expect some risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, the OSHA standard defines the measures your employer should take to reduce or eliminate that risk. It also outlines the actions you should take and the training you need to protect yourself. This article examines what those OSHA requirements are and who they apply to.
Do you know the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack? Knowing the difference can help you make better decisions in the case of a life-treating emergency. Let's take a more in-depth look at both.
These days, it depends. In the past, it was fairly common across the board for CPR training providers to offer a shorter version of the initial BLS certification course for those seeking to renew their certification.
Here are some common misconceptions and fears that keep people from providing lifesaving care when the chips are down.
We often get asked the question—what’s the ideal depth for CPR chest compressions? The answer is no deeper than 5.5 centimeters, or about two inches, in adults.
Picture this: you’re at a child’s birthday party. One of the children starts choking on a piece of cake. Remembering your first aid training, you immediately leap in with the Heimlich maneuver. The child makes a full recovery. Sounds like a happy ending—until the parents charge you with assault and battery. Can it happen?