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Why are you waiting to get CPR and AED training?

Why are you waiting to get CPR and AED training

Why are you waiting to get CPR and AED training?

Now’s the time for CPR and AED training.

Are you CPR and AED certified? If not, what are you waiting for? June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. It’s that special time of the year when we shine a light on how lives can be saved if more Americans know how to perform CPR and how to effectively use an AED. Celebrate by getting your CPR and AED certifications.

 

Did you know about 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes? If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love. Be the difference for your parent, partner, or child (American Heart Association).

Getting Your CPR and First Aid Certification is Easier than You Think

Excuse #1: I don’t want to take a CPR and AED class while Covid-19 is still around.

We understand; however, with cardiac arrest on the rise during the Covid-19 crisis, getting your AED and CPR certifications is more important than ever before. 

 

To help keep our trainers and students safe, Cardio Partners has implemented additional safety measures for all of our AED and CPR classes. Safe distancing techniques are being practiced during all in-person training sessions and skills tests. Disinfection protocols are in place for all teaching equipment between sessions.

Excuse #2: I don’t have the time to take a CPR class!

Actually, yes, you do have the time. The blended learning option combines in-person skills practice with safe, online learning. The lessons are quick, clear, and easy to follow. With focus and attention, passing the exam is a breeze. 

Excuse #3: I could never perform CPR. It looks too hard!

CPR with rescue breathing is easy to learn, and anyone can perform it. Hands-only CPR offers a safe way for bystanders to give someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) a fighting chance. 

 

Skilled CPR and AED trainers break the process down and demonstrate the procedure step-by-step. They take the mystery out of the process and offer gentle feedback to ensure that you’re doing everything right. Then, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice on life-like CPR manikins that provide real-time performance feedback. 

Excuse #4: CPR training is too expensive.

Costs may vary from provider to provider, but AED and CPR classes are priced to encourage participation. Check out the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or your local YMCA for an affordable course near you. Or, to arrange CPR and AED certification classes for your workplace or organization, contact Cardio Partners

 

Many employers will cover the cost of training. If they’re unable to offer classes onsite, they may reimburse you. It can’t hurt to ask! 

 

The American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the National Safety Council worked together to designate a nationally recognized CPR and AED Awareness Week. On December 13, 2007, Congress unanimously passed a resolution to set aside June 1-7 each year as National CPR and AED Awareness Week. 

 

We’d like to join these advocates for heart health and safety by encouraging you to celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week in your community by getting AED and CPR certified.

 

Cardio Partners offers CPR, first aid, AED, and bloodborne pathogen training courses in all 50 states. We offer training in traditional classroom settings as well as blended learning courses. To learn more about our classes, call our team at 866-349-4362 or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com



DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

 

Should I purchase a bleeding control kit with my AED?

Should I purchase a bleeding control kit with my AED?

Should I purchase a bleeding control kit with my AED?

Benefits of purchasing a Stop the Bleed kit with your AED

In most cases, YES! Whether you’re buying your first AED, upgrading your existing AED, or adding additional AEDs to your public access program, it makes good sense to make sure your first aid kits and bleeding control kits are in rescue-ready shape. 

For those purchasing an AED for home use because your loved one has a history of heart attack or cardiac arrest, adding a bleeding control kit may not be necessary. 

However, if you live in a remote area and frequently work with heavy machinery or agricultural equipment, we’d certainly recommend adding a bleeding control kit to your Philips HeartSine Home AED package order!

While you’re at it, we also highly recommend offering first aid, AED, CPR, and Stop the Bleed training for individuals who are most likely to serve as point persons for your emergency response plan. 

Here are a few good reasons to purchase a Bleeding Control Kit with your new AED

  • Traumatic hemorrhaging (blood loss) can lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
  • Traumatic events can trigger SCA.
  • A comprehensive AED, first aid, bleeding control program is easier to implement.
  • It’s easier to track expiration dates.
  • First aid kits can be used to treat minor injuries like scrapes, minor cuts, burns, and sprains, but they’re not designed to stop heavy bleeding.
  • Stop the Bleed kits help control life-threatening bleeding caused by traumatic injuries.
  • Most bleeding control kits will fit inside AED cabinets.

Finding the Right Bleeding Control Kit

There are three different types of bleeding control kits*: basic, intermediate, and advanced. Each vacuum-sealed and tamper-proof kit contains:

Basic Curaplex Bleeding Control Kit Contents:

  • 1 Permanent marker
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 Tourniquet
  • 1 Emergency bandage
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 5.5"
  • S-folded compressed gauze dressing

Intermediate Curaplex Bleeding Controls Kit:

  • 1 Permanent marker
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 Tourniquet
  • 1 Emergency bandage
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 7.5"
  • 2 Rolls of primed, compressed gauze dressing
  • 1 Pack of H*VENT chest seals (2/pk)

Advanced Curaplex Bleeding Control Kit:

  • 1 Permanent marker 
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 Tourniquet
  • 1 QuikClot bleeding control dressing, Roll (3"x 4')
  • 1 H*Vent vented chest seal, two-pack
  • 1 Emergency bandage 4"
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 5.5"
  • 1 S-Folded primed, compressed gauze dressing

*Contents may vary depending on kit model

May is National Stop the Bleed Month. Anyone can learn to Stop the Bleed. Yes, you can! For more information on Curaplex bleeding control kits and to find the bleeding control kit that’s right for your organization, visit our website.

Have questions about AEDs, bleeding control kits, or first aid classes? Contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 to learn more. We also welcome your emails, and you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

 

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

Bleeding Control Kits: A Case Study

Bleeding Control Kits: A Case Study

Bleeding Control Kits: A Case Study

The Importance of Stop the Bleed Kits

The Problem: Traumatic injury is a leading cause of death.

Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans 45 and younger (Coalition for National Trauma Research). Up to 20% of trauma-related deaths in the United States could be prevented. That’s approximately 30,000 lives that could be saved with proper training, equipment, and product availability. 

The Overview: Understanding the scope of the problem is the first step to stopping it.

It’s our hope that this post will help corporate clients, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, municipalities, and communities to better understand traumatic bleeding and the importance of bleeding control kits and Stop the Bleed kits.

The number of active shooter events, school shootings, and mass casualty incidents at churches, concerts, sporting events, and other public venues has increased dramatically over the past several years.

As a result, these tragedies have changed what being a “first responder” means in society. Now, the first responder could be you. 

Key trauma statistics:

  • Victims of severe bleeding can die within 5-10 minutes (Journal of American College of Surgeons).
  • Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma (Hartford Consensus).
  • In 2020, gun violence killed nearly 20,000 Americans (Gun Violence Archives).
  • Trauma is the number one cause of death for Americans under 45 and the fourth leading cause of death overall for all ages (American Association for the Surgery of Trauma).
  • 671 billion a year in healthcare costs and lost productivity (CNTR).
  • Hemorrhagic shock is responsible for 1.9 million deaths worldwide (ResearchGate). 
  • 42,060 Americans are estimated to have died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020 (National Safety Council).
  • Because of better wound care, between 2005 and 2013, the percentage of wounded service members who died of their injuries in Afghanistan decreased by nearly half (Associated Press).
  • Over 1 million people have learned how to Stop the Bleed (Stop the Bleed).

The Solution: Stop the Bleed bleeding control kits and training

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action started by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security in 2015. The Stop the Bleed program cultivates grassroots efforts to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency . . . before professional help arrives. Stop the Bleed kits and other specialized bleeding control kits can be used by both trained professionals and bystanders.

Because death from loss of blood can occur in less than five minutes, bystander action and accessible bleeding control kits are essential. 

“Tourniquets save lives, but an exaggerated fear of tissue damage led medical authorities to ban them from use on both military and civilian trauma patients. Some 3,400 American lives were lost in Vietnam from failure to use these simple devices (Wall Street Journal).”

No matter how quickly professional emergency medical technicians arrive, in the event of a mass shooting, workplace violence, traumatic injury, or motor vehicle crash, bystanders will be the first responders on the scene. As a result, easy-to-use public access bleeding control kits are increasingly important and are a necessary component of any comprehensive emergency preparedness plan. 

With access to the right products and the right training, anyone can help stabilize a victim and improve their chances of survival.

Just like having a publically accessible AED, bleeding control kits are an important addition to workplace, school, and public access emergency readiness programs. For households in rural, remote, or hard-to-reach locations, they make great additions to personal-use emergency kits.

For pricing on bleeding control kits and Stop the Bleed Kits Contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 to learn more. We also welcome your emails, and you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

Where should your school keep bleeding control kits?

Where should your school keep bleeding control kits?

Where should your school keep bleeding control kits?

Top locations for placing Stop the Bleed kits in schools

Many states require schools to have bleeding control kits. And you’ll note that we’re using the plural — “kits” — here! It’s important to have enough kits for the number of potential victims at each location. Although there’s no official guidance on the number of kits a school should have, we recommend having multiple bleeding control kits in high-traffic and high-occupancy areas.

Why? Well, according to Education Week, there have been nearly 60 school shootings since the publication’s journalists began tracking these tragic incidents in 2018. 10 school shootings were reported in 2020, 25 were reported in 2019, and a harrowing 114 people were killed or injured in school shootings during 2018. 

Mass casualty incidents such as mass shootings are a sad fact of life in America and in American schools. Uncontrolled bleeding is responsible for 35% of pre-hospital trauma deaths and 40% of deaths within the first 24 hours. Bleeding control kits — also known as Stop the Bleed® kits — teachers, school administrators, and staff members with the bleeding control products they need to save lives. 

Best locations for bleeding control kits in schools

The best locations for bleeding control kits in your school are publicly accessible, easy to find, and in places where they’re most likely to be needed. 

We recommend the following locations. Please note, we can’t see the future! These locations should give you a baseline as you start stocking your school with bleeding control kits.

  • Gymnasium
  • Auditorium
  • Main office
  • Library
  • Concession stands
  • School nurse’s office
  • Athletic fields
  • Weight room
  • Athletic trainers’ equipment bags
  • Buses and athletic team vehicles
  • Wherever there’s a first aid kit

Best practices and recommendations for Stop the Bleed bleed control kits in schools

  • Regularly communicate emergency protocols and procedures.
  • Install clearly-marked wall-mounted Stop the Bleed kits next to publically accessible AED cabinets and first aid kits.
  • Reserve teacher in-service and planning days each year for first aid, CPR, AED, and Stop the Bleed® training and refresher courses.
  • Require school security guards and coaches to carry bleeding control kits and receive Stop the Bleed®, CPR, AED, and first aid training.
  • Equip all school vehicles and buses with first aid and bleeding control kits.
  • Install multiple bleeding control kits in gymnasiums, cafeterias, main office, library, and other popular common spaces.

Who can use a bleeding control kit? You can! Anyone can! Have more questions about AEDs, bleeding control kits, or first aid classes? Contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 to learn more. We also welcome your emails, and you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.


DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

What’s the Difference Between Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Bleeding Control Kits?

What’s the Difference Between Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Bleeding Control Kits?

What’s the Difference Between Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Bleeding Control Kits?

Choosing the Right Stop the Bleed Kit

With so many bleeding control kit options to choose from, you may be wondering what’s the difference between basic, intermediate, and advanced kits. We’re glad you’re here because we have the answers you’re looking for! 

Stop the Bleed kits — also known as bleeding control kits —  can help save lives. So let’s take a closer look at the differences between the basic, intermediate, and advanced bleeding control kits so you can select the right kit configuration for your organization. Keep in mind that it’s also important to have enough of them to respond to mass casualty situations like last month's mass shooting incident in Boulder, Colorado. 

Curaplex Stop the Bleed bleeding control kits are an important addition to office emergency readiness kits, school emergency response equipment, factory floors, and public access emergency readiness programs. For households located in rural or remote areas or even hard-to-reach locations like a penthouse suite, they make great additions to personal-use emergency kits.

Why Choosing the Right Bleeding Control Kit is So Important

Did you know that uncontrolled bleeding is a significant cause of preventable deaths and that nearly 40% of trauma-related deaths around the world are due to bleeding? And tragically,  in 2020 there were more than 600 mass shootings in the United States. For Americans 45 and younger, trauma is the fourth leading cause of death overall for all ages. 

What’s in a Bleeding Control Kit?

Bleeding control kits, like the ones made by Curaplex, are designed to provide the user — either emergency responders or civilians — with immediate access to life-saving products that can control bleeding and traumatic hemorrhaging. As victims of severe bleeding can die within 2-5 minutes, the kits need to be easy to access. They’re designed to be easy to use, but First Aid and bleeding control training is always a good idea!

Permanent marker: To note the time tourniquet was applied

Gloves: Protect the rescuer from infection and bloodborne pathogens. 

Trauma shears: To speed up access to the site of injury.

Tourniquets: To help stem and slow arterial bleeding in extremities.  

Compressed gauze dressing: For packing wounds and slow bleeding.

Emergency bandage: To secure dressings and stem bleeding.

Intermediate and advanced kits also typically include chest seals to treat sucking chest wounds and QuikClot dressings — which are treated with hemostatic agents for improved performance.

Finding the Right Bleeding Control Kit

There are three different types of bleeding control kits*: basic, intermediate, and advanced. Each vacuum-sealed and tamper-proof kit contains:

Basic Curaplex Bleeding Control Kit Contents:

  • 1 Permanent marker
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 Tourniquet
  • 1 Emergency bandage
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 5.5"
  • S-folded compressed gauze dressing

Intermediate Curaplex Bleeding Controls Kit:

  • 1 Permanent marker
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 Tourniquet
  • 1 Emergency bandage
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 7.5"
  • 2 Rolls of primed, compressed gauze dressing
  • 1 Pack of H*VENT chest seals (2/pk)

Advanced Curaplex Bleeding Control Kit:

  • 1 Permanent marker 
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 Tourniquet
  • 1 QuikClot bleeding control dressing, Roll (3"x 4')
  • 1 H*Vent vented chest seal, two-pack
  • 1 Emergency bandage 4"
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 5.5"
  • 1 S-Folded primed, compressed gauze dressing

*Contents may vary depending on kit model

National Stop the Bleed Day is May 20, 2021. Anyone can learn to Stop the Bleed. For more information on Curaplex bleeding control kits and to find the bleeding control kit that’s right for your organization, visit our website.

Questions about AEDs, bleeding control kits, or first aid classes? Contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 to learn more. We also welcome your emails, and you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

Will law enforcement administer CPR if they arrive before EMS?

Will law enforcement administer CPR if they arrive before EMS?

Will law enforcement administer CPR if they arrive before EMS?

For many medical or trauma-related emergencies like accidents, overdoses, shootings, and 911 emergency calls, law enforcement officers are first on the scene. But will they administer CPR before EMS arrive? The answer is a little complicated.

Because police officers are on roving, decentralized patrol around-the-clock they’re often able to respond to calls more quickly than firefighters or other EMTs. And, unlike firefighters or EMT teams, law enforcement officers can leave non-emergency to respond to more pressing situations.

Performing CPR and defibrillation with an AED within the first 3-5 minutes can dramatically increase survival odds, it makes sense for law enforcement officers to administer CPR and arrive on the scene with an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Each year, more than 350,000 Americans experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and only 41% receive bystander CPR. Equipping law enforcement vehicles with automated external defibrillators and ensuring that officers are trained in CPR and AED use allows lifesaving interventions to be delivered as quickly as possible. 

However, this isn’t always the case. The answer to “will law enforcement officers administer CPR if they arrive before EMS” is: it depends on the department’s policy.

Is it hard to train law enforcement officers to perform hands-only CPR?

Not at all! Hands-only CPR — also known as compression-only CPR — is easy to learn and highly effective.

“Despite being positioned to make an impact on emergency cardiac survival rates, law enforcement remains an under-utilized component of the chain of survival. Police officers trained to deliver high-quality cardiocerebral resuscitation [hands-only CPR] can not only be the difference between life and death but also determine good brain outcomes post-incident” (Police1.com).

Will equipped police vehicles with AEDs help improve cardiac arrest survival rates?

Absolutely. Cardiac arrest victims who received a shock from a publicly-available AED that was administered by a bystander (or, in this scenario, a police officer) had 2.62 times higher odds of survival to hospital discharge than those who did not receive a shock (EHS Today). 

“Law enforcement officers are often the first public service providers to arrive at the scene of an emergency. The research in support of AEDs, naloxone, and bleeding control methods supports the training of officers to provide immediate and life-saving care for patients experiencing cardiac arrest, overdose, and traumatic injury” (Boundtree.com).

You wouldn’t send your officers into the field without the training and equipment they need to respond to an active shooter call. If your department isn’t CPR/AED trained and your fleet isn’t equipped with a first responder AED package, now’s the time. 

Cardio Partners offers CPR/AED/first aid training courses in all 50 states. To learn more about our traditional or blended courses, call us at 866-349-4362 or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

How can I keep my employees calm during a SCA emergency?

How can I keep my employees calm during a SCA emergency?

How can I keep my employees calm during a SCA emergency?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Assuming stats will hold steady — and not increase as a result of COVID-19 — more than 350,000 Americans will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year, many of them while at work. 

Which is all the more reason to stay calm and stop SCA.

Purchase AEDs for your office

Nothing brings more peace of mind than a readily accessible automated external defibrillator (AED). An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during SCA. Modern AEDs are easy to operate, even for someone with no medical background.

Spring for training

You know what breeds calm? Confidence and know-how. Schedule CPR/AED training for your entire team. Blended learning options offer affordable and flexible training opportunities for your employees. 

Take a deep breath

We humans have a tendency to hold our breath or take quick, shallow breaths when we’re experiencing a stressful situation. And let’s face it, witnessing SCA is one of the scariest, most stressful things that could possibly happen in the workplace. Our brains need oxygen to function and focus. It’s absolutely essential to keep on breathing, so your employees can help those who can’t! 

Call for help

Call 911! The operator will offer guidance and support until emergency responders arrive.

Be laser-focused

It’s hard to think clearly when something as life-threatening as SCA is happening right in front of you. However, when an emergency happens, it’s vital to keep your wits about you. Encourage your employees to focus on the big-picture details: who, what happened, when, where and how bad is it. Then determine whether or not there are any pre-existing conditions, document the steps your team took to help the victim, and gather any other data that might be useful for first responders. These kinds of details will help the medical team and it’ll keep your employees focused.

Speak slowly

Project calm to your team by speaking loudly — don’t shout! — and slowly. Offer reassurances and make sure you’re messaging clearly and confidently. Your team will follow your capable lead.

Keep it cool. Cardio Partners offers CPR/AED/first aid training courses in all 50 states. To learn more about our traditional or blended courses, call our team at 866-349-4362 or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.