This morning I felt the chill in the air which told me that summer is making way for Fall, then Winter, and then the Holidays! I should start working on a Christmas gift list, and just don’t have enough hours in the day (all that went through my head in about two seconds flat) …ARGHHH!!
Then I started thinking about making the case for AED’s as Holiday gifts!
No other gift has the potential to save a life during a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) like an AED.
No iPhone or Droid app, not a 60in 4XHD Display Flat Screen TV, iPad, XBox or Play Station or Kindle has the capability at this moment, but I would guess there will be an app that would be able to in the future.
800,000 people in the United States will suffer a heart attack this year, of those 800,000, 47,000 will have a second, almost half will have a shockable rhythm, and in any case most will need CPR.
So when you are making your list, and checking it twice think about it…
What is the best gift you can possibly give a person? (hint, every mother knows the answer to this one).
Put your answer below in comments.
The American Red Cross launched its official first aid app, putting free and simple lifesaving information right in the hands of smart phone users.
This app is the first in a series to be created by the American Red Cross, the nation’s leader in first aid and emergency preparedness information. It’s also the only first aid app created or endorsed by the American Red Cross for use on both the Android and iPhone platforms. It gives instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, and includes videos and interactive quizzes. Users who take quizzes can earn badges they can share with friends through social media to show off their lifesaving knowledge.
The app takes critical first aid information normally stored on bookshelves and in pamphlets and places it at the fingertips of tens of millions of individuals – which will save lives. The Red Cross app includes trusted Red Cross disaster preparedness information for a number of common situations.
“The penetration of personal smart phone ownership in the U.S. has recently risen above 60 percent and will likely soon reach the level of traditional wire line phones,” said Jack McMaster, president, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services at the Red Cross. “The broad availability of this platform opens a new opportunity for us to create custom apps, free of charge, tailored to specific emergencies confronting individuals no matter where they are.”
“The American Red Cross First Aid app is a free and easy way to get lifesaving first aid instruction and disaster preparedness information anytime, anywhere,” said Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council chair Dr. David Markenson. “Everyone should load this onto their smart phone as an important first step in learning what to do for medical emergencies and in creating a family preparedness plan.”
App features include:
- Simple step-by-step instructions for everyday first aid scenarios;
- Prioritized steps to take during an emergency, with 9-1-1 call button;
- Sharable badges to be unlocked through interactive quizzes;
- Videos and animations to make learning first aid fun and easy;
- Safety and preparedness tips for a range of conditions including severe winter weather, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes;
- Preloaded content that gives instant access to all safety information at any time.
The app is free and available for iPhone and Android users. Find the app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.
The new app builds on the American Red Cross legacy of teaching first aid and lifesaving skills to people across the country. An average of more than 9 million people a year receive Red Cross training in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.
Downloading the app is not a substitute for training. To learn more about American Red Cross first aid or register for a course, visit redcross.org/takeaclass.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
A man was flying from Los Angeles to Albuquerque on Southwest Airlines when he died of a heart attack. His wife thinks his hairy chest had something to do with his death.
By Nancy Laflin KOAT Albuquerque.
Caroline and Jack Jordan were on the Southwest Airlines flight when the heart attack occurred. Passengers performed CPR, but he didn’t survive the attack.
His wife said a defibrillator was on board, but wasn’t used because of her husband’s hairy chest.
“The flight attendant that had been right up there with us said because his chest is too hairy,” she said.
A local Albuquerque physician said reacting to an emergency quickly can be the difference between life and death, and chest hair is rarely a factor with a defibrillator not working.
The staff at the Albuquerque Heart Institute said there are razors and scissors included with the devices to shave hair and cut clothing and jewelry. Caroline Jordan said for her husband it was too late.
In our CPR/AED Classes at Northwest Response we teach all students opn how to deal with a hairy chest before applying the AED electrodes. All Students who become certified in CPR & AED Deployment know how to deal with a situation like this, obviously Southwest Airlines Needs Some serious retraining, with a certified instructor.