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What Does AED Stand For?

Aug 13, 2019 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. But how does an AED work? This article looks at how an AED functions and delivers a shock to a victim to restart a normal heart rhythm. 

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Making Sense of Blood Pressure Readings

Jul 17, 2019 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Keeping tabs on your blood pressure is a crucial part of making sure your heart and cardiovascular system stay healthy. Understand what those numbers mean, and you’re better equipped to know when there’s a problem.

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How to Decide When to Perform CPR

Jul 11, 2019 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

There are a few clear-cut warning signs that indicate when to do CPR on another person. How do you know which ones mean you need to perform CPR? This article examines the most common situations to help you decide when to perform CPR immediately.

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AHA vs. Red Cross CPR Training Programs: What’s the Difference?

Jun 4, 2019 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

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.

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Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

May 30, 2019 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

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.

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What Does CPR Stand For?

May 17, 2019 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

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.

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Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

Mar 20, 2019 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

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.

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Expecting a Child? Should You Take Baby CPR Classes?

Feb 21, 2019 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

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.

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What are the OSHA Requirements for Bloodborne Pathogen Training?

Jan 25, 2019 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

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.

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The Difference Between Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack

Dec 21, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

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.

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First Aid Skills You Need to Know for Cold Months

Dec 7, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

There's that old familiar chill in the air, which can only mean one thing: It's officially the season of slips and spills, sniffles and sneezing! Here are some essential first aid skills for treating winter injuries and illnesses. 

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Who Needs BLS Certification?

Sep 25, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

BLS stands for Basic Life Support. In the United States, this type of certification is for those in the medical field. If you’re a healthcare provider or someone in a rescue profession, the CPR certification you most likely need is BLS.

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Where Can I Find CPR Certification Near Me?

Sep 7, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Looking for CPR and First Aid certification classes near where you live? There are a variety of ways to search out local classes and get your training in a convenient place. Here’s a look at your options.

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What's the Difference Between Initial BLS Certification and BLS Recertification?

Jul 25, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

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.

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Five Most Common Fears That Keep People from Performing CPR

Jul 10, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Here are some common misconceptions and fears that keep people from providing lifesaving care when the chips are down.

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What is the BLS CPR Algorithm?

Jun 18, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

The BLS CPR algorithm is the basic protocol for performing CPR to an unresponsive victim. It’s the definition of high-quality, effective-as-possible CPR.

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First Aid and Health Safety for Disasters

May 1, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

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?

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What Happens if Ribs Break During CPR?

Mar 7, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

It’s one of the biggest fears laypeople have about delivering CPR—what if you actually do more damage to the patient than good? What if you break a rib? It does happen—and more often than you’d think.

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Rescue Breathing vs. CPR: What's the Difference?

Feb 5, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Rescue breathing is a component of CPR—and for some, it’s an off-putting one. Also called “mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,” rescue breathing was once taught as part of every CPR class. However, research in 2010 called the effectiveness of rescue breathing into question.

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BLS vs. CPR: What's the Difference? Is There One?

Jan 4, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

If you work in a field where lifesaving training is needed, this may have happened to you: you apply for a job that asks for BLS certification—and you wonder if your CPR certification qualifies. What is the difference between BLS and CPR certification?

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The Right Depth of Chest Compressions in CPR: How Deep Should You Go?

Dec 22, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

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.

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Can You Be Sued for Performing First Aid?

Nov 30, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

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?

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AHA Cards Jumped 772% in Price. Here's What CPR Trainers Need to Know.

Oct 20, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

If you teach CPR and first aid under the AHA curriculum, you couldn’t miss the news—the price of cards and e-cards recently made a 772% jump—from about $2.20 to $17. This drastic price increase is likely to raise costs for instructors and training centers by thousands of dollars—and force them to raise the price of classes for students. Here is what CPR trainers need to know.

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Should Your Kid Learn CPR?

Sep 20, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Children as young as 11 years old—sometimes younger—have been shown able and willing to provide lifesaving care when needed. Kids are often around other kids, and may catch onto emergencies that busy adults don’t—especially when those adults are responsible for dozens of children at a time, or when adults aren’t immediately present. Children who know CPR can save lives, just as adults do.

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Why Do People Drop Dead? Causes of Sudden Death

Aug 23, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Picture this: you’re enjoying a day of hiking with your family. Then one of your family members collapses and doesn’t get up. It sounds like a nightmare scenario—but it happens on a regular basis. Some of the causes of sudden, unexpected death are rare, but others are quite common. Here’s an overview of some of the causes of sudden, unexpected death.

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First Aid for Summer Barbecues

Jun 23, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Summers is a time of sunshine, outdoors, and barbecues - but it can also be a time of injuries, particuarlly if you are near a grill. Check out these first aid skills that might come in handy if you want to make sure your BBQ is safe and fun.

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What Happens if You Fail at CPR and Someone Dies

Jun 1, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

If you’re a healthcare provider, this may be a sadly common occurrence in your life. But if you aren’t—if you’re just a bystander, and you suddenly find yourself called upon to provide CPR. Here are some examples of the questions and concerns we’ve heard from people in our CPR classes about what happens when the outcome isn’t the best.

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How to Check the Status of Your Certification

Aug 24, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

When you’ve already learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation, you understand the benefit of this life-saving skill. The American Heart Association promotes hands-only CPR as a skill that everyone can know and use in an emergency. But there are times when knowing CPR and being certified in this skill is necessary to save lives. Whether you use your skills professionally or you just want to be prepared for any emergency situation, CPR skills are beneficial and important. When you need to check CPR certification information, CPR Certified is ready to help.

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The History of CPR

Dec 11, 2014 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

So where did CPR come from? How did we move from the early, experimental methods, to the where we are today where it is easy to earn your standardized CPR certification? That is a good question and one I am going to answer.

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Can You Be Sued for Performing CPR?

Feb 7, 2014 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

In March of 2013, a resident at a nursing home—an 87-year-old woman—stopped breathing. The nurse on the premises told a 911 dispatcher that she would not perform CPR, because of the facility’s rules against it. Unfortunately, the woman died before emergency response could arrive.

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