In-Facility: BLS course two ways

In-Facility is the second of two versions of Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR available as part of newest update to BLS for 2015.  Both versions of the American Heart Association (AHA) BLS video cover the same materials, in the same order, and receive the same certification card “BLS Provider”. The alternative version to In-Facility is the Pre-Hospital version. The only real difference in the course is the variety of examples used throughout the video to illustrate different possible scenarios.

In-Facility BLS is more of a traditional healthcare environment. in-facilityThe examples used are ones doctors, nurses, dentists, or pharmacists might expect to run into. Places like the Hospital, urgent care, dental office, or elderly care facility. These locations are more likely to have CPR events and often have access to more advanced tools.

Both version or BLS CPR are essentially identical in the information covered, so you know regardless of which version you watch in class that you are learning the same skills as all professional rescuers. This is true in In-Facility BLS as with Pre-Hospital BLS. This is not really a new concept for the AHA courses. Previous editions of BLS had the two versions as completely separate classes that received different cards. Even in those older editions the course materials were basically identical. This is why in the newest edition they did away with the separate class and combined the two types of BLS into one course with choice of examples.

Whether you need In-Facility BLS or Heartsaver CPR you will find your AHA CPR course here at Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC. We offer only official AHA certification courses. If you have more questions about a class, or which class you need feel free to call us a  (916) 672-2277. You can also visit our website at http://www.blssacramento.com to find our full schedule of courses and sign up for the one of your choice.

Pre-Hospital: BLS course two ways

Pre-Hospital is the first of two versions of Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR available as part of newest update to BLS for 2015.  Both versions of the American Heart Association (AHA) BLS video cover the same exact materials, go through the topics in the same order, and receive the same certification card “BLS Provider”. The alternative version to Pre-Hospital is the In-Facility version. The only difference is the variety of examples used.

Pre-Hospital BLS has examples of events outside of a traditional healthcare settings. These are the kind of examples EMTs or Paramedics are more likely to run into. An Airport, a School, or an accident on the side of the road. Pre-HospitalIn these situations the rescuer will only have what they bring with them, being prepared is paramount. Because these “out of hospital” events can happen basically anywhere, this version of BLS can be good for someone who doesn’t work in a hospital or care facility. A Personal Trainer or Physical Therapist might consider watching this version of BLS.

It is important to note that both version are essentially identical in the information covered. BLS covers CPR for adults, children, and infants; use of the AED, special breathing techniques, and choking. This is true in Pre-Hospital BLS as with In-Facility BLS. This is not actually new for the AHA courses. Previous editions of BLS had the two versions as completely separate classes that received different cards. Even in those older editions the course materials were basically identical. This is why, in the newest edition, the AHA has done away with the separate class and combined the two types of BLS into one course with choice of examples.

Whether you need Pre-Hospital BLS or Heartsaver CPR you will find your AHA CPR course here at Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC. We offer only official AHA certification courses. If you have more questions about a class, or which class you need, feel free to call us a (916) 672-2277. You can also visit our website at http://www.blssacramento.com to find our full schedule of courses and sign up for the one of your choice.

Healthcare Heroes, Thank You!

Healthcare is not a profession for the faint of heart. It is often exhausting and sometimes nasty work. That said, it is also rewarding being able to help others in need. Whether you are a Physician or Paramedic, a Dental assistant or Pharmacist, all Healthcare professionals deserve our thanks. For #NursesWeek we thank all medical professionals and specifically Nurses who are an integral part of the Healthcare system.

Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC focuses on providing Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR training to all Healthcare Professionals. Healthcare1We teach only American Heart Association (AHA) CPR classes, which are generally the required level of CPR for Medical professionals. You are welcome to visit our website http://www.blssacramento.com to find our full schedule of classes and sign up for the one that works for your schedule. Call us at (916) 672-2277 if you have any questions. Learn CPR today to say thank you to all those Healthcare professionals who work hard everyday to save lives, you might get a chance to save a life yourself. Be prepare because #lifeiswhy!

Basic Life Support who should take it?

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the level of American Heart Association (AHA) CPR training required by most healthcare professionals. But what exactly is Basic Life Support (BLS) and how is it different from regular Heartsaver CPR AED?

For the most part Basic Life Support (BLS) is the same subject matter covered in regular CPR. Both classes cover Compression, Breathing, and Chocking techniques for Adults, Children, and Infants as well as the use the the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). BLS covers a few additional techniques that are more common for healthcare professionals, such as the use of the Bag Mask Device, AHA Basic Life Supportand has more focus on team rescues beyond the single rescue techniques that are focused on in regular CPR. After those few additional topics the greatest difference is the language used in the class. In BLS time is taken to explain why a particular technique is recommended and what exactly (in medical terms) is being done by each technique employed during the resuscitation attempt.

There is no prerequisite or professional requirement to take Basic Life Support (BLS), it is open to all. It may only be required by healthcare professionals but BLS is available to anyone who wants to take the class. BLS is considered a “higher” level of CPR certification, so if you are BLS certified you are also certified in regular CPR.  If you are ready to take your CPR skills to the next level join us in our next BLS class!Basic Life Support 1

At Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC Basic Life Support (BLS) is the most common course we teach. You will find daily American Heart Association (AHA) BLS classes posted on our website http://www.blssacramento.com. Please visit our website to see our full schedule of available classes as sign up for the one that works best for you. If you do NOT need BLS, then your in luck because we offer regular Heartsaver CPR AED classes too, with optional First Aid if you need that also. Feel free to call with questions at (916) 672-2277. We hope to see you in a CPR class soon! #lifeiswhy

Volunteer For Sacramento

Volunteer this week and join the nationwide movement for #NationalVolunteerWeek! The American Heart Association (AHA) is largely built on volunteers! It is because of selfless volunteers that many in need are helped and Sacramento has a large network to facilitate volunteering. It is amazing how when we endeavor to heal our community we end up healing ourselves also. To read more about the benefits of Volunteering check out HelpGuide

aha volunteerTo Volunteer with the American Heart Association visit their Volunteer HUB. There you can find tools to show you opportunities to volunteer, resources from the AHA to facilitate, and much much more.

To find other Volunteer options in the Sacramento area try the City of Sacramento Volunteer Resources.

Another population in need of Volunteers are our Local Sacramento Veterans. Stand Down Sacramento is a great organization helping Homeless and Struggling Veterans of Sacramento County. Check out how you can volunteer For Stand Down here.

Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC is passionate about providing vital life saving skills to Sacramento Area rescuers and volunteers. Whether you need Basic Life Support (BLS) as a professional in healthcare or Heartsaver CPR AED and/or First Aid as volunteer you will find the right American Heart Association (AHA) CPR class with us. Go to http://www.blssacramento.com to see our full schedule of classes and sign up. Call us at (916) 672-2277 with questions or to inquire about a group class. Thank you to all of our AHA Volunteers for #NationalVolunteerWeek

3 Quick Tips For Hands Only CPR

When you find an unresponsive person, who is not breathing, it is an emergency and CPR should be started immediately. If you know BLS or CPR you can preform it, but if you do not not CPR it is very easy to preform Hands Only CPR to similar effect. Hands Only CPR is regular CPR without worrying about breathing and focusing on highest quality compressions possible. hands only cpr 1Even in regular CPR, the compressions are the most important component of CPR. This is why, when we exclude giving breaths, we still make a positive impact on the survival of the patient. Once you know they need CPR, call 911 or have someone call 911 and start compressions fast! Below are 3 quick tips that can help you preform Hands Only CPR:

1. Place the heel of one hand in the center of the chest just below the breast bone but above the soft part of the stomach. Use both hands to push hard and push fast. You will want to keep your elbows straight, this will help the force of the compressions come from the body weight instead of arm strength and it will provide better compressions.

2. When the AED arrives make sure to Turn it On and follow the prompts. We may think we know how the AED works, because they all work in a similar manner, but the truth is all AED’s are a little different, this is why it is especially important to follow the prompts and not immediately plug in the connector.

3. In 2-rescuer adult CPR, switch roles just before you press the shock button on the AED, or after 5 cycles if the AED is not present. This is important because it ensures that rescuers are not getting tired, and compressions are effective. hands only cpr 2

At Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC we teach official American Heart Association (AHA) CPR. Visit our website http://www.blssacramento.com to sign up for a class or call at  (916) 672-2277. Remember #CPRsaveslives!

National Wear Red Day is February 3rd

February is Hear Month, and this year make sure to join the AHA for National Wear Red Day on Feb. 3rd. #GoRedForWomen is all about raising awareness and fundraising for Heart disease and stroke in Women. These miladies are leading killers in all people all over the world, but women often are marginalized when talking about heart disease. Approximately 1 woman every 80 seconds dies from the complications of heart disease or stroke.

What can you do about it? Luckily 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events can be prevented
with education and quick action. On National Wear Red Day make sure to wear red and show your support! Next you can participate in fundraising, find that information here. National wear red dayThen make sure to get educated, go to the AHA support website to get started. Learn the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, learn your numbers and if you are at risk, lastly make an action plan to manage your numbers and be ready to act in case of emergency. The AHA has laid out these tools for your easy access.

Last step, Make sure to take pictures learning about your heart health and wearing red for National Wear Red Day! Share it with the world our social media and friends to help get the national conversation moving. Use hashtags: #GoRedForWomen#GoRedWearRed#GoRedGetFit.

At Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC we celebrate life by teaching you how to save it in a cardiac emergency. We teach official American Heart Association (AHA) courses like Basic Life Support (BLS) and Heartsaver CPR. Visit our website at http://www.blssacramento.com to view our current class schedule or call at  (916) 672-2277. With Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC you will have the tools and education needed to act in an emergency. Prepare yourself with these lifesaving skills. Because #lifeiswhy

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Wearing Gloves First Aid Technique

Wearing Gloves and using other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is an important but easily overlooked part of First Aid. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is more than just wearing glove, it is also about washing your hands correctly, wearing eye protection when available, and just generally taking precautions to keep yourself safe in an emergency situation.

The American Heart Association (AHA) First Aid course that we teach at Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC covers all the detail of using Protective Equipment but we will highlight a few key points. First, when washing your hands it is important to not wash too quickly. The AHA recommends washing for 20-30 seconds with lots of soap and water. It is also a good idea to use a towel to turn the water off after washing so that you do not recontaminate yourself. handwashing_wearing gloves 1Next, when an emergency arises send someone to get the first aid kit or get it yourself if no one is available to get it for you. First Aid Kits are the best place to look for and store your personal protective equipment. First Aid Kits will vary in what materials they contain but it is very common for them to have some protective equipment. Make sure to Wear Gloves before coming in contact with the victim, and where eye protection if available.

The most important technique involved with Wearing Gloves is taking them off properly. You start by pinching the outside of one glove so that you can start pealing it back off your had. When that glove is almost off, take it completely off with the other gloved hand and grip the glove inside your gloved hand. wearing gloves 2With the free hand take a few fingers under the lip of the glove still on the other hand. making sure to not expose the free hand start taking the last glove off inside out with the help of the free hand with the other glove inside the second. Once free place the gloves in an appropriate waste receptacle, such as a bio-hazard bag if available.

Come to Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC to learn all of the other valuable First Aid techniques, like Wearing Gloves, in an American Heart Association CPR AED and First Aid class. All of our classes are official American Heart Association (AHA) courses. Visit our website at http://www.blssacramento.com or call at  (916) 672-2277 to find our class schedule and sign up for a class. At Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC we prepare you for the emergencies that could happen to anyone anywhere. Prepare yourself with these lifesaving skills. Because #lifeiswhy

Flying AED Drones for Remote Emergencies

Flying AEDs could be the next innovation in emergency rescue in remote locations. AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators are used to help restore a normal heart rhythm in sudden cardiac arrest emergencies. They are becoming more and more common everyday as awareness of their use spreads and with the advent of new laws requiring them in more places. That being said, there are still many places that AEDs are not available; such as remote locations like wilderness areas and national parks, dense locations like heavy traffic, and/or disaster locations that may not have enough emergency supplies. Flying AED Drones are one possible solution. Personal and Commercial drones are only growing in popularity now. flying AEDAmbulatory AED Drones seem like the next logical step. Operating just like any other drone, it would carry the payload of the charged AED through the air directly to the emergency. The EMT operator can coordinate with first responders at the scene to administer the AED treatment before other advanced care can arrive.

I can conceive of a few ways one could make the Flying AED drone feasible. One dutch company is working on just such a concept. Their Flying AED can fly nearly 60 miles per hour, are GPS assisted, and have a 12 mile range. The company has plans to make the flying AED into a flying medical toolbox with a variety of other emergency tools, but news about this project has vanished since the article was originally published in 2014, but if new updates surface, you will read about them here. A Japanese company is testing their version of the Flying AED drone currently and may have more updates for us early in 2017, as trials are set to run through the fall and possibly winter of this year.

At Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC, we teach rescuers to use the AED. Whether you take a CPR, CPR & First Aid, or BLS; all of these classes cover the AED in detail. We may not have a Flying AED, but luckily all AEDs work on the same basic steps, so after a class at Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC you would be able to use a Flying AED if one arrived to assist you in an emergency. Visit our website http://www.blssacramento.com to sign up for a class today, or call us at (916) 672-2277

How to Avoid Sodium and High Blood Pressure

What is the relationship between sodium and high blood pressure? Sodium is an important part of how our bodies function. Maintaining the correct balance of sodium and water is critical for regular cell function; essential for processes like cellular reparations and osmosis. In terms of blood pressure, excessive sodium in the blood stream will pull water into the blood vessels from surrounding tissue. This effectively increases the total volume of blood in the vessels. More blood in the same system increases the system pressure; thus high blood pressure. This increase in pressure can eventually damage blood vessel walls as well as over work the heart increasing risk of heart failure. A little sodium in the diet is necessary and unavoidable but excessive sodium is very unhealthy.

sodium and high blood pressure 1If you think you are safe from the risks of sodium and high blood pressure because you don’t have a history of high blood pressure or heart failure in your family and don’t often add salt to your food; you should think again. A recent American Heart Association (AHA) study showed that the majority of sodium in american diets are a part of the recipe long before table-side additions are accounted for. About three-quarters of the sodium in Americans’ diets comes from processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods. This means not only is the food from restaurants generally on the salty side, most packaged and canned foods in the pantry are equally if not more salty.

The best way to start avoiding excessive sodium and high blood pressure is to check the labels. Buy the low sodium options when available, alternatively preparing fresh food at home is another great way to manage the sodium of your diet. A good strategy, if you can’t always prepare food fresh, take the time when available and freeze extra to make future prep easier. How you prepare your food matters too. When possible avoid cooking methods that add sodium like frying, and use flavorful herbs in to replace extra salt. Follow these five recommendations to reduce salt intake: check packaged food labels, eat fresh foods when possible, use alternative cooking methods to frying, try flavorful aromatic herbs and vegetables instead of salt, and incorporate potassium to help counteract the affects of high sodium intake.

sodium and high blood pressure 2Today (November 3rd) is also #NationalSandwichDay, celebrate it with a healthy fresh made sandwich… hold the salt. Head over to #BreakUpWithSalt, the AHA sodium watch blog for more info about sodium and high blood pressure. Part of being healthy is managing ones diet, but part of being a healthcare provider is being ready to help other even if they didn’t manage their sodium. At Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC we teach AHA CPR, First Aid, ACLS, and BLS. We are an American Heart Association (AHA) training site. You can go to http://www.blssacramento.com to see you full schedule of classes or call at (916) 672-2277 with questions. Learn CPR today to be ready in case of emergency. Because #lifeiswhy