The Retail Cardiac Chain of Survival; or, How to Survive a Heart Attack at the Mall

Written 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 untilrepparttar AED arrives, this person will not survive. The optimum chance he has for survival is if you,repparttar 109280 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 noticedrepparttar 109281 push to make these easy to use, life saving devices widely available, fromrepparttar 109282 FDA's recent approval ofrepparttar 109283 first in-home AED without a prescription, to local television commercials seeking to make AEDs as common as pay phones.

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    AEDs inrepparttar 109287 Malls!?

    While most do not, onlyrepparttar 109288 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:

  • The Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA):

  • Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Study Results:

  • Understanding Legal Issues by Richard Lazar, EMS, Esq.

    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 for First Aid & CPR/AED certification in San Diego County.

  • Hurricane Teaching Tip

    Written by Freda J. Glatt, M.A.

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    8. Have a unit onrepparttar Five Senses of Hurricane ___. Can you smellrepparttar 109279 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 atrepparttar 109280 mapís key, older children will be able to estimate how far away a hurricane is from a specific place.

    10. Delve intorepparttar 109281 causes of hurricanes. Make a list ofrepparttar 109282 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. Circlerepparttar 109283 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 Reading is FUNdamental!

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