|Posted on April 15, 2017 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
Water is a better bet than sports drinks for young athletes, sports medicine specialists say.
Most youngsters don't exert themselves at an intensity or duration that requires the extra sugar and salt contained in sports drinks, said Dr. Matthew Silvis. He is director of primary care sports medicine at Penn State Health Medical Center.
"Sports drinks can replenish some of what you lost during exercise, but you really need to be exercising for more than 45 minutes to an hour before you would consider that," Silvis said.
"Many of our kids are not doing enough to warrant it," he added in a university news release.
Also, giving children sports drinks with extra sugar puts them at risk for weight gain and tooth decay, Silvis and his colleagues noted.
Dr. Katie Gloyer is a primary care sports medicine physician at Penn State Medical Group, in State College. She agreed that "kids and adolescents really should not be using these drinks. Water is the best method of hydration."
Energy drinks that contain caffeine or other stimulants are also ill-advised for children, the physicians said. These beverages can boost blood pressure, cause heart palpitations and heart rhythm disorders, headaches and upset stomach.
Some kids may also feel jittery or nervous after downing an energy drink, the experts added.
Coaches and parents should provide water to make sure children are properly hydrated during exercise, the doctors said.
"If they are playing 30- or 45-minute halves, they should have a water break, and maybe add fresh orange slices or a granola bar to add a bit of sugar and/or protein at an appropriate level," Silvis said.
After exercise, whole or low-fat chocolate milk works just as well -- if not better -- than recovery drinks. "Chocolate milk has the perfect combination of fat, proteins and carbohydrates that you want to get back into your system," Silvis added.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has more on sports and energy drinks.
SOURCE: Penn State, news release, April 6, 2017
|Posted on December 25, 2016 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
Dial 9-1-1 Fast
Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies — every second counts. If you see or have any of the listed symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. Not all these signs occur in every heart attack or stroke. Sometimes they go away and return. If some occur, get help fast! Today heart attack and stroke victims can benefit from new medications and treatments unavailable to patients in years past. For example, clot-busting drugs can stop some heart attacks and strokes in progress, reducing disability and saving lives. But to be effective, these drugs must be given relatively quickly after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear. So again, don't delay — get help right away!
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|Posted on December 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
1st Choice Emergency & Safety Training has heard it through the grapevine that Publix has put Philips Brand AED's in all 1,134 store locations and had various members of their team get American Heart Association CPR/AED training! I spoke with a member of management today at one of my local stores. When I mentioned that I was an instructor and had heard what Publix decided to do her face lit up and she said, "This was the first time I left a CPR class and felt confident that I could really help someone!"
This video is a perfect example on how they are involved in helping their local community.
|Posted on September 19, 2016 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
improve survival after an out-of-hospital cardiac
arrest. Their presence reduces the critical time for
treatment. Less time to defibrillation improves
victims’ chances of survival. Having the devices
appropriately located in a business or workplace
improves the survivability of people experiencing a
Why should employers make Automated
External Defibrillators available to
■ There are 300,000-400,000 deaths per year
in the United States from cardiac arrest.
■ Most cardiac arrest deaths occur outside the
hospital. Current out-of-hospital survival rates
are 1 to 5 percent.
■ In 1999 and 2000, 815 of 6,339 workplace
fatalities reported to OSHA were caused by
■ Jobs with shift work, high stress, and exposure
to certain chemicals and electrical hazards
increase the risks of heart disease and cardiac
What causes cardiac arrest, and how
does an AED improve survivability?
■ Abnormal heart rhythms, with ventricular
fibrillation (VF) being the most common,
cause cardiac arrest.
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA 3174 (2001)
■ Treatment of VF with immediate electronic
defibrillation can increase survival to more
than 90 percent.
■ With each minute of delay in defibrillation,
10 percent fewer victims survive.
Is AED equipment expensive?
■ The average initial cost for an AED ranges
from $3,000 to $4,500.
Are AEDs difficult to use?
■ AEDs are easy to use. In mock cardiac arrest,
untrained sixth-grade children were able to
use AEDs without difficulty.
■ Automated external defribrillators are effective,
easy to use, and relatively inexpensive.
|Posted on April 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
WHY LEARN CPR?
Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time.
• Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
• Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
• Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.
o Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.
o A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.
WHO CAN YOU SAVE WITH CPR?
The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be a loved one!
• Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home.
• Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
• African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in another public location than Caucasians, and their survival rates are twice as poor as for Caucasians.
WHY TAKE ACTION?
• Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.
• Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
• Sadly, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.
• The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually, to equip Americans with the skills they need to perform bystander CPR.
|Posted on April 5, 2016 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
Jobs that require CPR AED and or First Aid Certification:
Hospitals require medical personal to be CPR certified. Medical personnel like doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians may be required to perform CPR in thecourse of their duties. Human resource personnel, secretaries, maintenance personnel and other nonmedical employees would seldom need the skills but may be required to have CPR skills.
Medical personnel must maintain advanced CPR skills, which includes the use of basic equipment and how to do two-man CPR. Nonmedical personnel could maintain CPR certification at a basic level. AED instruction may be required as a part of the CPR certification process.
Law Enforcement and Firefighters
Police, sheriffs, firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMT) and first responders must maintain CPR certification. EMTs and first responders need advanced CPR skills. Basic skills may be sufficient for law enforcement and regular firefighters.
Medical and Dental Offices
Like hospitals, all medical personnel in a doctor's office must know how to perform advanced CPR. Office personnel, while less likely to perform CPR, may be still be required to maintain a basic CPR certification. Most offices will likely have an AED on premise, and employees must know how to use it.
Dentists and dental assistants are required to know and maintain CPR certification. While dental offices may seldom have a need for CPR skills, some dental procedures could cause a patient to experience a cardiac arrest. Dental office staff may not be required to maintain CPR skills.
Flight attendants may need to respond to a medical emergency while in the air. The flight attendant cannot guarantee there will be trained medical professionals on board to respond, so the flight attendants must maintain CPR and first aid skills. AEDs are common equipment in airports and on planes, and flight attendants are required to know how to use one.
Jail and prison personnel are often required to maintain CPR certification. In the event of an emergency, medical staff may not be immediately available, and guards or other staff may need to respond until medical support arrives.
Schools, most states require public school teachers and day care workers to maintain CPR certification. If a student or teacher is injured, a teacher can respond to the emergency until medical assistance arrives.
Pools and Beaches Lifeguards must maintain CPR skills. Drowning victims may require CPR, and a lifeguard with CPR skills can respond appropriately to the emergency.
Other occupations include:
Personal Care Home Assistants
Hotel Personnel (location requirements vary)
Mental Health Professionals
The list is endless! Basically any professional that works with people under 18, the elderly, the sick, or individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness.
As we know there are people that are required to have CPR/AED and First Aid certifications as a part of their job requirements. However, EVERYONE who is able should be certified! Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. Check out the “WHY LEARN CPR” for more info.
|Posted on April 5, 2016 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
Why is it a good idea to learn CPR? The very life you save could be that of a loved one! Watch this video to learn basic skills in less than 2 minutes!