Eight Common Mistakes When Administering CPR

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CPR is a skill that takes specialized training; however, it’s well worth it when someone needs help. You never know when you could be the only person in the room with CPR training and the ability to keep someone alive.   Given how important it is, you should know how to provide CPR in the safest and most effective way possible—and

5 Signs of an Impending Heart Attack

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Heart disease is a serious issue in the United States. In fact, it’s the leading cause of death in adults. The CDC reports that a heart attack occurs every 40 seconds in the U.S. They also state that approximately 1 in 5 heart attacks are silent, meaning that the individual experiences a heart attack but doesn’t realize it. One of

A Guide to Renewing Your CPR and First Aid Certification

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According to statistics from the American Heart Association, 436,000 Americans die every year from cardiac arrest. When performed immediately, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can double or triple the chance of survival when cardiac arrest occurs outside of a hospital. Those numbers alone make learning CPR an important skill for anyone and everyone to learn. CPR and First Aid Courses CPR saves

What is AED Training: Who Should Get Certified?

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An automated external defibrillator (AED) is an advanced medical device that can help save the life of someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. They’re incredibly user-friendly, but there are training courses available. Who should get an AED certification, and how can they do it? How Does An AED Work? So, how does an AED work? When someone is in cardiac arrest

Incorporating More Vegetables Into Your Kids’ Diets

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The holidays are fast approaching, and with them, a veritable smorgasbord of seasonal treats for your kids to enjoy. All things are fine in moderation, but it’s also a great time of year to take a bite in a healthy direction and incorporate more vegetables into your children’s diets.   The Health Benefits of Vegetables Vegetables are packed with vitamins,

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

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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