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Reasons to Learn CPR

Posted by Debby Franklin on Nov 28, 2018 1:54:24 PM

iStock_24140155_womancollapseEmergencies cannot be predicted.  Would you know what to do if someone collapsed suddenly in front of you? The most common cause of death world wide is due to cardiovascular diseases. Being trained in CPR can be invaluable.  CPR techniques can help save someone who has suffered a heart attack and a number of other emergency situations. 

Four out of five cardiac arrests occur at home.   Brain death occurs four to six minutes after the heart stops breathing,  CPR effectively keeps blood flowing and provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs ensuring a better chance for full recovery.  

CPR is not a method of restarting the heart, CPR is used to return the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body to delay brain damage.  CPR consists of chest compressions at a rate of 120 beats per minute performed with the heel of the hand on the center of the chest 2 and a half inches deep into the chest. Repeat the action quickly, at least 120 times a minute.  Don't stop doing CPR until emergency services arrive at the scene! Current studies have shown that people may have a better chance of surviving with normal brain function when CPR is continued up to 38 minutes or longer.  

Less than 3% of the U.S. population receives CPR training, leaving many bystanders unprepared to respond to cardiac arrest.  We can't control everything that will happen to those around us but we can do everything possible to be ready to help in case an emergency occurs.  

If you are still working on resolutions for the new year, add CPR training to your list!  Easy Living Services is a nationally accredited training center currently offering American Heart Association's "Heartsaver" curriculum in a fun, relaxed environment.   AHA CPR/1st Aid and Basic Life support is the number one training course for Healthcare Providers.  Our classes are expertly tailored to meet the needs of diverse participants including individuals, business groups, day care works, and health and fitness instructors.  Contact us today to learn more about flexible and convenient training solutions for your or your organization. 

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Topics: senior safety, home safety, cpr, first aid, Heart Attack, Emergency, Cardiac Arrest

Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms & First Aid

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jun 11, 2013 3:40:00 PM

heat exhaustion, heat stroke, high blood pressure, For many of us summertime means long hot days, picnics, walks, the beach and taking a break from the indoors.  But for some being in direct sunlight or heavily heated conditions this may pose a hazard of heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.  

Individuals with high blood pressure or some heart conditions and people who take diuretics may be more sensitive to heat exposure.  There are several reasons that senior adults are more prone to heat related illnesses than younger adults.  Some of the reasons are; not adjusting well to changes in temperature, more chronic medical conditions, more likely to take medicine that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature.    

Watch for these symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:

  • Pale, clammy or flushed
  • Sweaty
  • Weak or tired
  • Dry mouth, thirsty
  • Light headed or dizzy
  • Muscle cramping
  • Headache
  • Increased body temperature
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fainting
Heat stroke is more serious and can cause death or permanent disability. Watch for these symptoms of Heat Stroke and see emergency assistance immediately:
  • Mental confusion, delirium
  • Seizures or fainting
  • Hot dry skin red or bluish
  • No sweating
  • Fast pulse with deep breathing then shallow breaths and weak pulse
  • Dizzy
  • Body temperature of 104 or higher
First Aid for heat related stress:
  • Stay hydrated by drinking cool water or electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade or other sports drinks.  Avoid alcohol and caffeine as well as extremely cold liquids.
  • Move out of the sun into a shady or air conditioned area and rest in a cool place.
  • Lay down and elevate the legs and feet higher than the head.
  • Loosen clothing.
  • Spray or sponge with cool water or soak towels in cool water and wrap around the body.  Fan vigorously.
  • Put ice pack on the neck, under the arms and on the groin area.
  • Seek medical assistance.

If you are finding it difficult to juggle it all - work, family, errands and other demands that often leave you over taxed.  Where do you turn when a loved ones needs are more than you can manage on your own?  What do you do when some of the care alternatives seem like a complication rather than a solution?  We understand, in fact, we have been there.

Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care, Easy Living Services. Offering flexible care plans designed to guarantee safety, comfort, companionship and personal care and attention to your loved one at home.

Finally, a real solution.  At last, peace of mind.  Call us at 770-442-8664.  

Topics: heat exhaustion, heat stroke, high blood pressure, stroke, first aid