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The Heart Failure Drug That Could Save Millions

Jan 26, 2016 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

We're all about the heart and heart health here at CPRCertified, which means I do a lot of extra reading to keep current with the latest trends in cardiac care. I happened to do some reading over the weekend and came across some very big news from the pharmaceutical industry about a drug that could save the lives of many who experience heart failure.

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Women vs. Men: Is There a Difference When It Comes to Heart Attack Symptoms?

Jan 19, 2016 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Many of my female patients are surprised to learn that heart attack symptoms in women may be felt differently than the heart attack symptoms men experience. While there tends to be a good deal of similarity between the symptoms that men and women experience, let's go over some of the differences in heart attack symptoms in women and men and then discuss areas of overlap.

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The Worldwide Impact of Strokes: By the Numbers

Jan 12, 2016 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Around 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke every year. That number might seem shocking but let's examine some of the worldwide statistics surrounding stroke to gain an increased understanding of its incidence and who is at risk.

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Automatic External Defibrillators - If You Look Closely, You'll Find They're All Around You

Dec 1, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments
Recently, I gave a talk to a bunch of middle school kids about CPR and using automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in an emergency. Throughout most of my talk the kids were politely quiet and then about halfway through one brave girl raised her hand and asked nervously, "But where are the AEDs?" I was momentarily taken aback because I had toured the school earlier that morning and seen AED boxes at most of the major hallway junctions. So I asked another question, "How many of you know what an AED box looks like?" Two students from the entire assembly raised their hands. That got me to thinking about how many people take the time to notice where these lifesaving devices are located. So I've come up with a handy guide to help figure out where these wonderful instruments usually are found. More >>

What to Do If Your Employer Doesn't Allow CPR

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

As a health care professional and someone who knows firsthand about how CPR can make a huge difference in saving a life, refusing to do it or keeping trained employees from carrying out CPR on someone in need is incredibly disturbing to me. Shockingly, that is exactly what happened recently in a Bakersfield, California, independent living facility when an elderly patient went into respiratory and eventually cardiac distress.

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Waking Up Under Anesthesia - More Common Than You Think!

Nov 17, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Undertaking any medical procedure, especially those that require anesthesia, often demands a certain amount of trust between patient and caregiver. One of the most nightmarish of these is accidental awareness during general anesthesia, or AAGA and it happens more than you think.

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The Dogs That Are Transforming from Canine Companions to Medical Heroes

Oct 20, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Medical dogs are being trained to accomplish some truly amazing things to help their owners and providing them much more with just companionship. In many cases, they could save their owners' lives.

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First Aid Skills for Treating Wild Animal Attack Victims

Oct 6, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

The air is getting that crisp autumn chill, and the leaves are starting to turn. For many of us outdoorsy types, that means it's the optimal time to go for that last hike or camping trip before winter. It also means that animals are much more active trying to make their own preparations prior to the season's first frost. Should you or a friend or family member experience a bite or scratch from a wild animal attack, there are some basic first aid tips you should be aware of.

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Need a CPR Certification? The Stats That Will Make Up Your Mind

Sep 29, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Unfortunately, health emergencies like cardiac arrest don't normally happen anywhere near where the professionals are, which is why getting your CPR certification is such an important life skill for anyone to have. But you don't need to take my word for it. Let's look at some of the numbers.

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First Aid Basics: First Aid for Electric Shock

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

At nearly every turn, people living in a modern society are surrounded by electricity and electrical devices. When people come into unprotected contact with electricity, it can send a jolt or current of electricity shooting through the body. This is an electric shock, and it has the power to cause changes in one’s vision, muscular contractions, and burns. It may even cause one’s heart to beat irregularly. In the worse cases, it may cause death by electrocution. Treatment for any type of electric shock is important to prevent serious damage or death by electrocution.

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First Aid Basics: First Aid for Minor Cuts and Scrapes

Sep 21, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

One of the best things to have in your home is a first aid kit for treating scrapes and cuts. No matter how careful you are, accidents are bound to happen! By learning basic first aid for scrapes and keeping a stocked kit, you can avoid unnecessary medical bills and be prepared in case of a minor emergency.

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First Aid Basics: First Aid for Bruises

Sep 17, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

When a person falls, whether from a chair or while walking, it is likely that the individual will develop a bruise. Additionally, a person who is hit or tightly grasped by another person or is involved in an accident is also likely to bruise. Despite their unsightly appearance, bruises are not often considered to be serious injuries, and people may not seek out any type of care for them. Although they are quite common and generally not a cause for concern, there are times when bruises may be a sign of a more serious problem.

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First Aid Basics: First Aid for Cuts

Sep 14, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

At some point in most people’s lives, they’ve experienced a minor or even a serious cut. In addition, many have also helped tend to someone who has received some type of cut. A cut can be as minor as a small paper cut or something major like a laceration that runs deep through skin and muscle. Both are generally painful, and both require some degree of first aid. Cuts that are minor often represent little danger if proper aid is given; deeper cuts, however, can result in more serious concerns and require more care and attention.

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First Aid Basics: First Aid for Burns

Sep 10, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Burns are serious injuries that require immediate attention. There are three categories, or degrees, of burns that range from mild to major. The type of burn will dictate your actions when it comes to providing first aid. Burn-related first aid is best performed by people who know what to do for victims and what not to do. It is a skill that is invaluable for someone who is a medical professional, is entering the medical profession, works with the public, or is a parent. At CPR Certified, we offer basic first aid courses online that will prepare you to provide aid for a number of emergency situations or accidents, including those that result in burns.

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Advanced CPR & First Aid Training

Sep 7, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

When seeking employment in a health-care setting or when working in a job that puts you in contact with the public on a regular basis, you’ll want the best first aid and CPR training possible. An advanced CPR certification will make you stand out from others in you field and will give you confidence in your ability to provide emergency aid when needed. Here at CPR Certified, you can receive CPR and advanced first aid training online. Our online classes offer many benefits for the busy professional or student who wishes to learn the latest techniques, receive their certification card, or obtain recertification.

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The Pitfalls of Local CPR Training vs. Online CPR Training

Sep 3, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Taking classes online is the fastest and easiest way to receive your CPR certification or recertification. Online learning is ideal for health-care workers or other busy professionals who do not have time to attend local CPR training classes. Just like many local first aid courses, our classes are taught by professional, AHA-certified instructors. You’ll receive the same level of training as you would with local classes but with the convenience of learning at your own pace.

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CPR Certification Study Guide

Aug 31, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation has saved countless lives during many emergencies, such as when someone has a sudden cardiac arrest or experiences a near-drowning. Contrary to popular belief, anyone can learn CPR without undergoing extensive medical training. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), roughly 70 percent of Americans lack the ability to perform CPR when it matters the most. In fact, 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home, which means CPR is most likely to save the lives of loved ones. This staggering statistic alone should encourage you to learn CPR and become certified even if you are not a health-care professional. In addition, you may be required to take the CPR certification test to obtain a position in the health-care industry.

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Careers That Require CPR Certification

Aug 27, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

The ability to perform CPR is a skill that adds immeasurable value to all areas of one’s life, both personal and professional. It serves to boost your confidence in your ability to provide immediate care in an emergency, and it also boosts the confidence of those around you. When you receive and maintain certification, it also increases your desirability as an employee in certain industries and for certain jobs.

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Pet First Aid & CPR

Aug 17, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Although pets are well-loved members of the family, many people have no idea what to do if their dog or cat is hurt and needs emergency medical attention.

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How Much Does a CPR Class Cost & Is it Worth the Investment?

Aug 14, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

When learning a new skill, there is bound to be a learning curve. This is no different when it comes to learning a life-saving skill, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is better known simply as CPR.

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Everything You Need to Know About CPR Compressions

Aug 12, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

When it comes to life-threatening emergency situations, one of the greatest skills that one can have is the knowledge of properly performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (better known as CPR).

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In Need of a First Aid or CPR Refresher?

Aug 10, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

One of the most important skills that a person can have is the skill of performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (or CPR) properly in the event of an emergency. A proper CPR technique can mean the difference between life and death.

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Save a Life: Learn CPR & First Aid

Aug 7, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

The statistics are grim for anyone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital. When someone’s heart stops beating, it usually happens at home. Sadly, only about 8 percent of these people will survive this medical emergency.

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Who Should Learn Pediatric CPR & Why

Aug 5, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

The unthinkable can happen in a heartbeat. As active and sturdy as children can be, they are also inherently fragile. If an accident occurs, you may need to administer first aid or CPR to a child.

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How to Get CPR & First Aid Certified

Aug 3, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

The survival statistics for cardiac arrest victims are frightening. Only about 6.4 percent of people experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest will survive.

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The Benefits of AED Training

Jul 30, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Cardiac arrests happen frequently, with most of them occurring in the home, according to the American Heart Association. If bystanders don’t have adequate training for responding to this medical emergency, death could happen quickly.

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Basic CPR Certification Requirements

Jul 28, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Numerous professions demand CPR training and certification. However, even people who do not need to use CPR professionally should think about becoming CPR-certified. A report compiled by the American Heart Association estimates the global death rate for heart disease at 17.3 million annually.

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The Benefits of BLS Training

Jul 27, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Every day, there are any number of events that can result in serious injury and cause a person to stop breathing. These occurrences require fast action and people who are knowledgeable and capable enough to provide helpful assistance. Here at CPR Certified, we offer life-saving training such as our BLS training online.

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First Aid for Hangovers: Ideas That Actually Work.

Jun 30, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Lots of us have been there—a night of excessive drinking followed by a morning where you wish you hadn’t had those last few drinks. So what’s the best way to speed a hangover out the door?

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