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Micro vs. Macro Realism in Simulation


A medical simulation can have a thousand different objectives and it must be determined beforehand what level of realism is important to the learning objective. When thinking up a scenario one must decide where to focus limited resources. For example, if I am recreating a very general “Code Blue” emergency response used to train personnel from many different departments then ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Precordial Thump


It’s old school. It looks cool. Its rarely done. It’s back. The precordial thump is now back in the 2010 ACLS guidelines. 2010 (New): The precordial thump should not be used for unwitnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The precordial thump may be considered for patients with witnessed, monitored, unstable VT (including pulseless VT) if a defibrillator is not immediately ready for ...

The Heart Center AHA Online Classes


We are pleased to announce The Heart Center is now offering three American Heart Association classes online. Heartcode® is the only set of AHA online courses and we are glad to have it. Each Heartcode® class consists of three parts. The first sections allow you to complete certification while working at your own pace and in the comfort of your ...

CPR for New Parents


When first time pregnant couples are expecting a new baby, there is so much to anticipate and get excited about. Too often, in the mix of decorating rooms, hosting baby showers, and announcing the news to loved ones, mothers and fathers either forget or don’t see the need for taking a CPR class. No matter how attentive parents are, ...