3 Fun Mental Health Activities That Leave You Feeling Great

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Even with today’s emphasis on mental health, it’s challenging to know how to improve your well-being. Think about the last time you made your mental health a priority. What do you do when you need to focus on yourself? At Specialized Health and Safety, we typically focus on physical health, from treating allergic reactions to debunking outdated first aid techniques.

Tips and First Aid Treatments for Immediate Allergic Reactions

An allergic reaction is when your body identifies certain substances (also called allergens) as harmful, even though they may not be. These substances range from food to environments and even to medications. Many times, the symptoms are often very mild, like watery eyes, skin irritation, sneezing, and some other cold-like symptoms. Depending on the person, the symptoms can be more

Why Everyone Can Benefit from CPR Training | Who Should Learn CPR?

Let’s start with a hypothetical scenario where a stranger, or even one of your friends, collapses. You check the person’s pulse and there’s nothing there. You begin to panic at this point, and you don’t know whether to wait for medical help or start performing CPR. These situations are very scary, but no matter what, you need to act immediately.

AED Myths

AED training.

For those who don’t know what an automated external defibrillator (AED) is, you may have seen them being used in many TV shows and movies, like Grey’s Anatomy or Doctor Strange. An AED is a portable electronic device that is used in life-threatening situations where a patient has gone into cardiac arrest. The AED delivers an electronic shock or defibrillation,

When to Teach Your Kids CPR

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Learning CPR at a young age is a skill that can help your children save lives. CPR is being taught to kids in schools, in youth organizations, and even at home by their parents. In America, about 20 states require CPR training to graduate high school. Of course, high schoolers can do CPR, but the question as to whether middle

Hands-Only CPR—Is It Effective?

CPR First Aid Training hands-only CPR Concept

Nearly everyone knows what CPR is thanks to its prevalence in dramatic TV and movie scenes. But did you know there’s another type of CPR that’s not as often portrayed in Hollywood? These days, people are understandably hesitant to initiate mouth-to-mouth contact with a complete stranger, but CPR is essential to saving lives. Thankfully, Hands-Only CPR is just as effective

Developing a Disaster Preparedness Plan

Family in a boat on a flooded street after a flood disaster.

The unfortunate nature of disasters is that they are unpredictable. To a certain extent, yes, the weatherperson can warn you when there’s a storm brewing or a tornado watch. However, even then, you can’t be sure of the level of damage to expect from the event. Having a disaster preparedness plan in place can help you and your family stay

Does a Heart Arrhythmia Go Away on Its Own?

“Protect your heart” is more than just sage advice for young lovers. Prioritizing your heart health is key to both living longer and preventing several issues, including type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. When assessing your heart health, some issues can’t be detected without a medical examination. However, some heart problems create symptoms that we notice during our everyday

Summer Boat Safety Checklist

While biking and tanning are great ways to enjoy the sun, most people in Minnesota are called to the water in the summer—we’ve got 10,000 lakes, after all! Fishing, skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and leisurely cruises are all great summer activities, but boat safety is essential to preventing accidents on the open water. Life Jacket Safety Life jackets are typically the

Differences in CPR for Children and Adults

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Did you know CPR differs in practice depending on age? CPR for an infant is different than CPR for a child, which is also different from CPR for an adult. CPR outcomes among infants, children, and adults are tracked by the American Heart Association (AHA), which allows the regulations to stay up to date on the ways CPR changes over