The Retail Cardiac Chain of Survival; or, How to Survive a Heart Attack at the MallWritten by Don Ross
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Check for signs of Circulation.
If there is no coughing when you give breaths and they're pale, limp and lifeless, they are probably in cardiac arrest. This means their heart is no longer beating well enough to stay alive. Without CPR until AED arrives, this person will not survive. The optimum chance he has for survival is if you, person standing next to him, know what to do.
Use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) if Available
An AED is an electrical device which helps to "re-boot" a person's heart when it is out of rhythm. Every minute an AED is delayed decreases a person's chance of survival by 10%. You may have noticed push to make these easy to use, life saving devices widely available, from FDA's recent approval of first in-home AED without a prescription, to local television commercials seeking to make AEDs as common as pay phones.
When American Heart Association studied giving immediate CPR alone vs. both CPR & AED before paramedics arrive, those receiving electrical shocks from an AED were twice as likely to survive. Even more dramatically, when casinos in Las Vegas acquired AEDs, survival from cardiac arrest went from 10% to 54%!
AEDs in Malls!?
While most do not, only largest malls now have AEDs, but not always. Talk to management to ask if and where they're located. Show that you care for humanity. Learn how to save a life and put it on your resume! It will make you a more attentive sales person with excellent management potential.
California Good Samaritan Law: http://www.swc.cc.ca.us/~kjacobs/goodsam.htmThe Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA): http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/8954/67328Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Study Results: http://depts.washington.edu/padctc/results.htmUnderstanding Legal Issues by Richard Lazar, EMS, Esq. http://www.early-defib.org/03_06_02.html
Copyright by Don Ross, CEO of OptiWell, the Optimum in Wellness Training, who began in retail management in the 1980s. Call (619) 204-3838 or visit OptiWell-inc.com for First Aid & CPR/AED certification in San Diego County.
Hurricane Teaching TipWritten by Freda J. Glatt, M.A.
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8. Have a unit on Five Senses of Hurricane ___. Can you smell sweat? Do you feel hot and sticky? Have each child make his own booklet.
9. Reinforce map skills as you track a hurricane. What better way to relate latitude and longitude?! Get to know those terms for your own city. Looking at mapís key, older children will be able to estimate how far away a hurricane is from a specific place.
10. Delve into causes of hurricanes. Make a list of strongest ever recorded and include their data. This will reinforce research skills and graph-making.
11. Tally how many hurricanes have occurred each year since 1960. Circle major ones. Is there a pattern?
I hope these ideas are useful and have inspired your own creative thinking.
And remember...Reading is FUNdamental!!
Freda J. Glatt retired from teaching after a 34-year career in early childhood and elementary education. Her focus, now, is to reach out and help others reinforce reading comprehension and develop a love for reading. Visit her site at http://www.sandralreading.com. Reading is FUNdamental!