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CPR and First Aid training

Written By: American CPR & Safety | Published On: 7th July 2011

After browsing the web and finding this page, will you be getting your business associates trained? It should be easy, right? Well, you’ve come to the right page and the right company. You can email us your training request, tell us how many students need to be trained and we’ll respond with a quote! Email us at: classes@americancprandsafety.com

AED placement in Rural areas needed

Written By: American CPR & Safety | Published On: 6th April 2011

Funding for AED Placement Eliminated in President’s Budget

Placing more AEDs in rural areas and small communities will help save lives; however, funding for a program that does just that is completely eliminated in President Obama’s recent budget proposal.

Join us in calling on Congress to restore funding for the Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program.  It is critical that constituents like you express how important this funding is to communities that otherwise cannot make the investment necessary to protect their citizens from sudden cardiac arrest.   Send a quick, personalized email to your legislators right now!

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cpr/Childcare Minneapolis,HANNA’S LAW

Written By: American CPR & Safety | Published On: 28th February 2011

Childcare Centers listen up!  You need the best training possible.  Schedule yours now. Our centers and private care providers have the top of the line education, period! 

New’s update as of today……..Hanna’s law is Passing!

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Holberg, Hall sponsor ‘Hannah’s Law,’ named for 4-year-old who died after choking on a grape

by John Gessner
Thisweek Newspapers

Emotion gripped Ron Edlund of Lakeville as he talked about his granddaughter, Hannah Kozitza.

The 4-year-old died last June after choking on a grape at a North Mankato child-care center.

With only one staff member at the center trained in CPR, Hannah’s family is left wondering whether quicker intervention from a nearby teacher could have saved her.

“We’ll never know,” Edlund said at a state Capitol news conference Tuesday.

Two south metro lawmakers have sponsored a bill that requires all teachers and assistant teachers in state-licensed child-care centers to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including CPR for infants and children.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, and Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville, passed out of a House committee Tuesday and was introduced in the Senate. Holberg said the lobbyist for Minnesota’s licensed day-care association told her the group won’t oppose the bill.

Holberg, who represents District 36A, agreed to sponsor the bill in the House after getting a call from Edlund, one of her constituents.

Hall, who represents District 40, is a former first aid instructor who said he’s saved two lives using CPR.

“This law is just common sense to me,” the freshman senator said, a framed photo of Hannah nearby. “Anyone who looks at this face would say, ‘Let’s do something.’ ”

Hannah’s parents, Justin and Jenna Kozitza, spoke at the news conference.

“What we’ve had to go through in the last six, seven months is just unbelievable,” Justin said. “It’s hard being here. It brings out a lot of emotions. But we’re still here.”

“Hannah’s Law” would require teachers and assistant teachers to complete CPR training within 90 days of starting work, unless they’ve completed the training in the previous three years. The training would have to be repeated every three years.

The four-hour training costs about $60, Hall said.

The bill applies only to state-licensed child care,  not county-licensed home care, Holberg said.

Many national child-care  chains already required CPR training for their teachers, and parent demand would likely widen the practice even without the law, Holberg said.

The center Hannah attended, the Golden Heart Child Care Center, was fined $1,000 for negligence, according to Holberg.

A Minnesota family whose daughter died at her day care is trying to help other children. They’re trying to help with a bill making its way through the Minnesota legislature. Annie Stensrud explains from Mankato.

Just two and a half months past what would have been little Hannah Kozitza’s 5th birthday, her family strives to prevent another death like hers.

“Just an energetic little girl that was taken away way too young,”said Hannah’s father Justin Kozitza. To say Hannah’s death was a shock to family is an understatement.”It was terrible.

I don’t want to live that day again, it was terrible. A parent’s worst nightmare,” said Jenni.

Justin says everyday they re–live that June morning when Hannah choked on a grape at Golden Heart Daycare and eventually died. She’d gone to that daycare for quite some time and the Kozitzas trusted them.

“You expect your child to come home from daycare when you drop them off. You don’t expect to bury your child that night,” said Jenni. The daycare called the Kozitzas before calling 911. When paramedics got there, it was too late.

Hannah’s grandpa Tony heard the sirens. He found out what happened just a few minutes later.”It was really a sad situation when we got there. There was no less than twenty hospital staff working with her when we got there and we thought that we could bring her back, but it was already too late,” said Tony.

“It’s hard telling your eight year old daughter that her best friend and sister has passed away. And for her to go in there and see her and tell her to wake up, it was really hard to see. Nobody should have to go through that,” said Justin.

When the Department of Human services conducted their investigation, they found no proof that the employees who helped Hannah had been certified in CPR.In fact, the law only requires one employee of a daycare to be certified.

That’s why the new bill “Hannah’s Law” is moving through the legislature right now. “We’re in the process of passing that law so that everyone has to be CPR certified, so that this doesn’t happen to another family,” said Jenni.”If there would have been someone there at that immediate time, which this law should help with, then there might have been a chance that she’d be here today.”

The report shows that the daycare facility has changed some of its procedures for giving kids snacks. Hannah’s law has passed through several committees, but it still has a way to go.

Blood Borne and air borne pathogens

Written By: American CPR & Safety | Published On: 8th February 2011

I am a great fan of Suzy Cohen the Pharmacist and to read the story below gave me a new perspective on air borne pathogens!  We have many areas that we enter and think our new found technology is great, well, here is one we missed.  Watch out for Blood Borne pathogens in public places also, there can be blood markers on bed spreads in Hotels that you wouldn’t even think of.  Most don’t change the bed spread between guests.  I found blood on one in my Hotel room and realized I needed to ask for a new one at each arrival no matter where I was.  I don’t know if there is Hepatitis B present in that blood.  It stays on surfaces up to 2 weeks in some cases!  GROSS!  Oh, and for another tip, make sure you check out the fire exit sheet at your door and stay on floors 1,2 or 3 only.  Take it from a fire fighter, they are easier to exit in an emergency.

Read on and enjoy

DON’T BLOW DRY YOUR HANDS!

By Suzy Cohen

We’re at the peak of the cold and flu season right now, and if you feel like you’re encircled by an army of hostile viruses, you are. I’ve been inundated with your emails about what you should do or take to prevent falling ill.

The single most important thing you can do to prevent colds and flu is to wash your hands well and often. Now, those of us in the healthcare professions were taught to use hot, soapy water and scrub for at least 15 seconds. That’s what you should do. But how should you dry your hands?

Never, ever use the blow dryers found in restrooms. Through the years several scientific studies have shown that drying one’s hands with a blow dryer as opposed to paper towels actually increases the number of germs on your hands. I know the studies were all done by counting bacteria rather than viruses, and fungus, but germs all hang together. Misery loves company as they say.

Studies in the past have shown a four-fold increase in the number on people’s hands after using a blow dryer. Shocking! One recent study, done in London in 2009, found that people who used a blow dryer to dry their hands had two to three times as many bacteria on their hands as they did before washing them. Not only that, many of the bacteria were pathogenic—that is, they were the kind of bacteria that can cause disease.

The key problem is that the vents and bottoms of dryers in public bathrooms get contaminated with regular use. The dryers are kept in a warm, moist place—precisely the kind of environment that bacteria, fungus and viruses need to thrive. The dryers never get hot enough to kill the germs, just warm enough to help them multiply. In fact, the studies also found that the warm air from dryers actually helps disperse the pathogens all around the room. I’m boycotting public restrooms this week, between the toilets flushing germs all over the place, and the hand dryers blowing, I think I’ll just hold it in.

Based on the science, it’s actually better to leave the restroom with wet hands than use the blow dryer. Carry your own paper towels or just shake your hands off. And if I don’t already sound too neurotic, don’t touch the door handle on the way out. Remember, that’s touched by all the people who didn’t bother to wash their hands after changing a tampon, going No. 2 or whatever. I’m banishing the thoughts from my head immediately.

Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse or pocket. Resist touching your nose and mouth. And power up your immune system.

Take one of our Blood Borne Pathogens training class or link it up with your CPR/First Aid training

Stay safe and warm until next time!

Shannon Madden

CPR/First Aid in Minnesota

Written By: American CPR & Safety | Published On: 24th January 2011

2011 starting up!

Revving engines and trying to get going in the morning is all to familiar to most people in Minnesota right now.   I’ll tell you a little story…..

 You’re about to go to the store (just up the block or two) and hurry to get in the car, missing your hat and gloves of course, you grabbed your coffee mug and drinking your coffee on the way there makes you somewhat warmer.   Half way there you hear an awful pop noise and there goes the right front tire!  Great, it’s cold, snowy, the car is out of control, your coffee spills all over you AND…after a lucky stop and no accident, you think….great the car is full of ”dirty snow” and now you have to change the tire!  (you don’t have AAA of course).  If you were to change this scene, what would you do different??

It’s all too a familiar story for a lot of folks.  Preparing for the worse case scenario is so important.  We all hope it never happens but if it does, we know we are covered!  What’s a few second more to grab that hat and gloves, NOT drink and drive ANYTHING, and make sure you know HOW TO change your tire or at least know the actions to take when broken down on the road.  Safety is a life saving action.  Make sure you are.   Read your car manual if you haven’t already, it has great tips and shows you how to change your tire too.

What do I do if my child/family member/employee/ has frost nip, UM, what is frost nip?? 

 Take our first aid class with our great trainers and find out just what needs to be done for nip, bite and other weather related emergencies AND how to prevent these emergencies all together!  Prepare your skin for the cold outside, do you know how??

Until next time,

Stay safe, happy and warm!

Shannon

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