Our ultimate goal is to make our community a
safer place. We came to our profession because we wanted to
help, and because we knew we could help with CPR training, AED
training (Defibrillator training), Bloodborne Pathogen training (BBP
training), and First Aid training.
has been guided by two community health problems that both have
solutions. Unfortunately, those solutions have not been
widely imple- mented. Our training lets us train others to
curtail the dangers of these two major safety areas:
AIDS and Hepatitis
Our principal focus is on reducing deaths caused by
these twin problems. Training members of the public to
deal with these deadly issues has been proven to significantly
decrease the severity of their impact on a commu- nity. While
these dangers may never be eradicated, we as a community can
greatly decrease tragic incidents through proper and widespread
The Success of
Resuscitation and Defibrillation
improvement in survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest will only be
achieved if Defibrillators are made more widely available within
the community, ensuring that as many people as possible are
trained in this simple life saving technique.
introduction of easy to use Automated External Defibrillators (AED),
that can analyze a victims heart rhythm and prompt users to
deliver life saving shocks quickly and safely, has enabled this
wider deployment to begin.
the nation, survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest, which kills
more than 400,000 people a year, is estimated at 7%, with cities
reporting anywhere as low as 3%.
where AED programs have been implemented, the save rate is much
higher. According to USA Today, one Minnesota
community has increased its save rate to 39%, more than five times
the national average. Similarly, airline passengers
who suffer sudden cardiac arrest and are shocked by flight
attendants have a 40% survival rate. Even more dramatic-
in casinos where AED-armed security agents monitor people with
video surveillance victims shocked within three minutes had a
74% sur- vival rate. The American Heart Association estimates
that 50,000 lives could be saved each year if AEDs were more
We hope to
see all communities, but most especially our own Metropolitan
area, adopt and implement the AED programs that will allow us,
together, to save hundreds, even thousands of lives one life
at a time.
Quote from President Bill
in mind, in a big city with a lot of traffic, it can often take
far more than 10 minutes for emergency medical technicians to
The Deadly Spread of
HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis
when OSHA mandated Bloodborne Pathogen training, few corporations
undertook training of their employees in the prevention of disease
transmission through the proper handling and disposal of blood.
bloodborne diseases have existed for centuries, the spread of the
HIV and Hepatitis viruses have made BBP training a critical issue
in todays corporate workplace.
that fail to train their employees are taking a serious financial
risk. If an employee contracts a deadly disease because a
Federal regulation was ignored by the company, any fine from OSHA
will probably pale in comparison to the judgment awarded in a
lawsuit and, of course, there is the human suffering involved
suffering that could often have been avoided if the people
involved had simply been properly trained.
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