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BBB Urges You to Be Prepared for a Sudden Health Crisis During AED/CRP Awareness Week & National Safety Month –

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone! In recognition of CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) Awareness week and National Safety Month, BBB wants to stress the importance of businesses being prepared and equipped in times of a health crisis.

Sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of approximately 1,300 people each day in the U.S., according to Cardio Partner Resources, a BBB accredited business certified by the American Heart Association to conduct CPR/AED workplace trainings.

“With my many years of experience of EMS I knew the importance of CPR training and early defibrillation,” said Brian Leonard, training division and national accounts director at Cardio Partner Resources. “It became a personal passion when my father died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and the current survival rate is only 5%. By simply training employees in CPR and deploying an AED, survival rates can raise as high as 75%.”

During this week each year, CPR/AED classes and demonstrations are conducted, events are hosted and educational information is distributed on the importance of being trained in CPR and AED use. It’s also National Safety Month and the National Safety Council recommends before heading to the pool or beach this summer, making sure everyone knows how to swim and someone in the group has been trained in First Aid and CPR. For information on CPR, First Aid and AED training programs in your area, visit

Cardio Partner Resources team of certified experts provide CPR and AED training, equipping trainees with all the necessary tools to implement a successful AED and First Aid program, which includes automated AED machines that walk users through all required steps of resuscitation.

Steve Bernas, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois says “The greatest asset of any company is its employees, and having several of our staff go through the potential life-saving training offered by Cardio Partner Resources and installing a AED Unit in our headquarters is something everyone in our company values for their security and well being.”

“There is no misusing this thing, it talks to you, it tells you what to do, it’s amazing,” said Kelly McClellan, Human Resources Manager at BBB serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, who participated in the training along with seven of her coworkers.

“For me personally the training was very beneficial, I have 6 children and 6.5 grandchildren, elderly grandparents and a father-in-law who has a heart condition. I feel I’m best prepared now… I think everyone should get trained,” she said.

Over 350,000 people suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year in the U.S. and only 10% of them survive, according to Survival depends on getting CPR immediately from a bystander within the first few minutes following cardiac arrest, before first responders arrive.

BBB encourages you to get trained. It’s the only way to be prepared. For valuable lifesaving information during national safety week check out the National Safety Council website and



ABOUT CARDIO PARTNER RESOURCES: Cardio Partner Resources is a national training center for the American Heart Association with a network of over 350 qualified instructors nationwide. Our clients range from some of the largest national corporations with multiple locations, to local companies with one location. We customize each AED and training program to meet our client’s budgets, needs and expectations. We understand that each client has specific needs and never hard sell an AED brand or a solution; instead Cardio Partners works with the client in determining the best solution for them.

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Summer Safety Tips


Summer is a season filled with sunshine, barbecues, and recreational swimming! Whether in a pool at home, at a friend’s, at the lake or the ocean, many kids and adults choose swimming as a top recreational activity each summer.

Water safety is top priority for many parents for good reason. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-4. Though prevention is key, knowing how to perform CPR could save a life, like in this recent story of a 6th grader saving her friend by performing CPR after nearly drowning.

Staggering Swimming Stats:

  • About 91 million people over the age of 16 swim in oceans, lakes, and rivers each year in the United States.
  • More than half of fatal and nonfatal drownings among those 15 years and older occurred in natural water settings, including lakes, rivers and oceans.
  • In the U.S. alone, there are 10.4 million residential pools and 309,000 public swimming facilities (according to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals).
  • Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.

Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) involves performing cycles of chest compressions and providing rescue breaths. For an unconscious person who is not breathing, a rescuer providing quality chest compressions does the work of the heart and lungs, circulating oxygen-rich blood to the brain, keeping vital organs alive and preserving brain function.

Anyone can perform CPR, however with training, potential rescuers are better prepared, more confident and more efficient at providing high-quality CPR.

Hands-only CPR:
Three easy steps to remember when performing hands-only CPR.

Ensure the scene is safe and call 911

Shout “Are you okay?” If unresponsive, immediately begin CPR

Press the heel of one hand on the chest, and place your other hand on top of the first and begin compressions pushing hard and fast at the rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute

Think “Staying Alive, Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme song), Sweet Home Alabama and Dancing Queen. All have a rhythm of 100 beats per minute.

Water Safety & Drowning Prevention

Learn to Swim
1. Make certain everyone in your family know how to swim well.
2. Enroll young children in formal swimming lessons as soon as age-appropriate.

1. Teach children to ask for permission to go near water.
2. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear life jackets.
3. Use the buddy system, never let anyone swim alone.

Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water
1. Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool.
2. Remove access to above-ground pools such as ladders and outdoor furniture when pool is not in use.

Maintain Close Supervision
1. Maintain a constant watchful eye on kids, even if a lifeguard is present.
2. Stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when you are supervising.


Why CPR and AEDs?

While many people say they have been trained in CPR at some point in their life, most do not understand what CPR is actually doing and just how important performing high-quality chest compressions and providing rescue breaths really is.

If a person you love suddenly collapses and is no longer breathing, they are in Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). In a panic, you may think the only thing you can do is wait for EMS to arrive, but every moment of time is critical in this dire situation. YOU can be a rescuer.

For every 60 seconds that pass, chances of surviving drops by 10% without CPR or defibrillation. After just 4 minutes, brain damage begins to occur. After 10 minutes, it is unlikely they can be saved. EMS response times are often 12-14 minutes in metro areas and even longer in rural areas. Unfortunately waiting for professionals to arrive is far too late in most cases. Providing CPR as a bystander can double or even triple chances of survival.

Be prepared to save a life.

Download CPR/AED Awareness Guide

Heart Healthy Salmon Recipe

Packed with omega 3’s, salmon has many heart-health benefits. The fatty acids found in salmon are excellent for inflammation, eye health, cardiovascular health, and cancer prevention. Healthy fats isn’t all salmon has to offer, other powerful properties include vitamin D and selenium. Grilling season is upon us and what better way to kick off the nice weather, than to grill up some cedar planked salmon!  Your heart will thank you for it.


*Before grilling, soak the planks in wine, or water for 2-3 hours.
  • 4 wild-caught salmon filets or steaks
  • fresh lemon juice1 tablespoon
  • maple syrup, 2 teaspoons
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • rosemary, dried, ½ teaspoon crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • kosher salt
  • Garnish
  • scallions, 2 thinly sliced for garnish
  • lemon juice, fresh, 2 tablespoons


  1. Combine lemon juice, maple syrup, chili powder and rosemary and oil in a small bowl.
  2. Cover the salmon with the mixture and let it rest for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Slice scallions.
  4. Pre-heat your grill at medium-high heat.
  5. Place the plank on the center of the grill and sprinkle cedar plank with kosher salt.
  6. Close the grill lid for a few minutes so top of plank dries slightly.
  7. Place the salmon in the center of the plank, leaving at least one-inch between the fish and the edge of the plank.
  8. Reduce heat to low.
  9. Close grill lid and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until desired doneness.
  10. Use a spray bottle to quench any fire on the edge of the plank.
  11. When cooked, put on serving platter and garnish with scallions.
  12. Serve with the lemon juice / seasoning mixture as an optional garnish.

Grilled (vitamin B rich) asparagus, or (vitamin C rich) sweet potatoes, make an excellent side dish for cedar planked salmon. Enjoy!


Spring into Action: Easy Tips to Avoid Heart Disease

Spring is FINALLY here! Spring means blossoms blooming, bees buzzing, rain raining, thunder thundering, lightning flashing, cool winds blowing, sunrise jogging, playground swinging, barbecuing, families gathering, sunset kissing, lemonade standing, and kids laughing. Spring means starting over, starting fresh and starting anew.

To millions of Americans, spring (and all of its spring-y-ness) is a reminder that they can’t do all of those things anymore because they suffer from heart disease. According to The American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Over 800,000 Americans died of heart disease each year. That’s 1 out of every 3 deaths. Think about that the next time you sit down for family dinner. Look to your left and then to your right. One of you will die from heart disease. Those are sobering statistics.

What can we do to avoid becoming a statistic? The AHA lists smoking, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition, among others, as the leading causes of heart disease. A good start is to follow some simple dos and don’ts. Here are a few tips that could save your life:

Have a healthy eating plan: Choose foods low in salt and saturated fat. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and nuts. Try to avoid sugary drinks and red meat. If you’ve got to have that steak, get the filet. It has the lowest amount of fat on the menu. Don’t make your diet goals too big. Set small goals of eating a little better each day and each week. You’ll notice a difference in how you look and feel.

Be physically active: Little bits of exercise each day can go a long way towards avoiding heart disease. The goal is to exercise 60 minutes each day. That’s a lofty target, and most of us just don’t have that kind of time. You can do small things like take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park on the far end of the parking lot instead of right next to the grocery store. You will find yourself feeling stronger in no time.

Tame your stress: Easier said than done, right? The AHA says long term stress can cause increases in heart rate and blood pressure that may damage artery walls. Learning stress management techniques like deep breathing exercises will not only benefit your body, but also your quality of life.

Spring Into Action! And make small choices today that will pay off the rest of your life. Your friends and family will love you for it!

Written by John Bryson, Director of Marketing, DXE Medical Inc. Donates to Nashville Inner City Ministry

Former Nashville Fire Chief, Buck Dozier, reached out to DXE Medical to share about this great organization and the need for an AED. Last month we had the opportunity to meet the wonderful people at Nashville Inner City Ministry, a faith-based organization that focuses on helping kids from economically challenged neighborhoods in Nashville.  

NICM offers various programs for children and teens throughout the year, from summer camps to learning centers, the group works closely with local churches and volunteers to make learning fun.  Their converted school buses, also known as rolling classrooms, are much more than transportation – it’s a vehicle of hope.

DXE Medical and are thrilled to be able to contribute to our local community and this organization that helps thousands of children year over year. Thank you for all that you do NICM!

To find out more about Nashville Inner City Ministry, please visit their website.

Regional Efforts for AED Placement

AED Placement

According to Live 5 News out of Charleston, SC, emergency responders have been mapping out the placement of AED’s in the Lowcountry for a couple of years now. EMS Chief Carl Fehr says they created an AED database to make it easier when someone calls 911. Dispatchers will talk lay responders through the process of doing CPR and also let them know where they can find an AED.

Over 500 devices have been registered. however, they believe there are several that still need to be accounted for in the community. Businesses have access to register their AEDs in a database so when someone calls from that location, the dispatcher can see where the AED is placed within the building.

Back in December of 2016, Tony Butler and his teammates were playing basketball at the Mt. Pleasant town hall gym. Butler’s medical checkups have always been good, his blood pressure normal. Yet, as he puts it, “it happened.”

Butler had just wrapped up one game, and the guys playing the next court over convinced him to stay and join in.

“I was there about 5 minutes and didn’t feel right,” said Butler. “So I went and sat on the bench. And they tell me I slid onto the floor and was… was gone.”

His heart stopped. One player called 911. Someone else ran to the police station next door.

“And one of them went to the office and got the AED,” said Butler. Luckily, firefighters were at the gym by that point and could use the AED quickly. “They zapped me two or three times. The next thing I remember is being in the ambulance. Going across the bridge.”

Butler survived. He is still sore from his ribs being broken during chest compressions. He’s working on building up his basketball stamina again.

The goal is for people who witness a cardiac emergency to think not only to call 911, but to also think to grab an AED. While training helps with a rescuer’s comfort level, you don’t have to be trained.

Anyone can use an AED.

You do have to know where it is, which is why the regional registration database is so useful for someone calling 911.

“I think every business should have one,” Butler said about AEDs.