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January, 2010

Compression Only CPR

Compression Only CPR There have been 2 studies released in the last month in The New England Journal of Medicine that focus on the benefits of “Compression Only” or “Hands Only CPR”. In an effort to clear up any confusion I will attempt to answer the most common questions I am faced with regarding “Compression Only” CPR during a Heart Center ...

Top 10 CPR Myths

TOP TEN CPR MYTHS CPR can be a life saving skill that anyone can learn. However, over the last 7 years of working as a paramedic inside hospital emergency rooms and “on the street”, as well as teaching CPR to both medical and non-medical people, I have heard many different “myths” surrounding CPR. The problem with these myths is that they ...

Moms On The Hill

Moms on The Hill (A thank you from The Heart Center) Moms on The Hill (MoTH for those in the know) is a moms group located on Capitol Hill. MoTH is a huge, fairly exclusive parenting group, and an excellent resource for any current or soon-to-be-mom. Through an incredible stroke of luck the very first Infant CPR class The Heart ...

Reviews

Reviews When we were designing the website we forgot to include a special area just for reviews and comments from students who have taken our classes. Our solution to this will be a monthly blog containing recent reviews and comments. We will include both positive and negative comments and promise to be as impartial as possible. “John’s mastery of ...

ABC-Beginners Guide To CPR

ABC-Beginners Guide ABC. Airway, Breathing, Circulation. This is the mantra of all CPR courses. Those 3 letters and their respective actions form the basis of all patient assessment. In this article I will attempt to break down these 3 letters into the simplest of parts. This first installment will cover letter A-the airway. Please excuse the simplistic terms I may use in ...

When Should You Call 911

When Should You Call 911? If you have ever taken a CPR class then you know the answer to this question. You call 911, depending on the age of your patient, very quickly after determining the patient is unresponsive. However, life is rarely this simple. Most of the time, thank god, you are not going to be calling 911 because someone has stopped ...

CPR Training Traps

Safety Institutes and On-Line CPR A lot of people are confused and tricked by the different options available to them when they are looking to take a CPR class. A quick search on Google will bombard you with different offers, prices, and ways of taking the class. There are many companies out there that offer on-line and “safety institute approved” ...

Safety Pet Peeves

Safety Pet Peeves—Cars edition There are two things that people do everyday around cars that drive me crazy. The first is crossing against the light or crossing busy streets at some point other than at the light. The second is people who don’t drive their cars all the way to the side of the road when they pull ...

A lesson from Haiti and Katrina

If Katrina wasn’t proof enough, then this past weeks disaster in Haiti should finally drive the point home that sometimes everything goes wrong. Sometimes your cell phone is in a dead zone or your car breaks down on a lonely back road. And sometimes your whole neighborhood is washed away or flattened by an earthquake. Please don’t think ...

A-B-C Every time—Pro edition

Airway, Breathing, Circulation. Either you have heard this mnemonic before or you will be learning it soon in your next CPR, First Aid, ACLS, or PALS class. Either way, in my opinion it is the holy grail of medicine. Alright, maybe that’s stretching it a little but in the Emergency Medicine world it forms a very strong foundation of ...

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