Sep 262011

According the American Heart Association, for every minute that passes between cardiac arrest and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases up to 10 percent.

No school administrator, teacher, or athletic coach wants to think about the prospect of the injury or death of a child who is under their responsibility. Certainly no one working with young people would knowingly let them play on unsafe playground equipment, sit in a classroom that did not meet building code, or participate in sports without the proper protective gear. The school nurse’s office or athletic trainer’s equipment box is expected to be stocked with bandages, cold packs, and other standard first aid supplies.

Yet every day on school campuses and athletic fields, many of our youth are left unprotected from a public health crisis that the Heart Rhythm Society estimates kills from 5,000 to 7,000 children and young people per year – nearly 20 children per day.

What’s the solution?

An AED (automated external  defibrillator). Its  a simple-to-use device that is becoming a standard of care in public facilities, offices, health clubs, shopping malls, and even many schools.

What can you do?

Take the important step of making sure that CPR skills and an AED are incorporated into your school, business, or organization’s emergency response program.

Sep 272011

When it comes to sudden cardiac arrest, taking early action is lifesaving.
Here are six integral factors which can contribute to the survival of these events.

1. Early Recognition

Witnessing an emergency event, making an immediate assessment of the situation, and deciding to act.

2. Early Access

Confirming unresponsiveness and calling 9-1-1 or on-site emergency responders and following the instructions of the emergency dispatcher.

3. Early CPR

Beginning cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately.

4. Early Defibrillation

Immediately retrieving and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restore the heart back into normal rhythm.

5. Early Advanced Care

Emergency medical services (EMS) responders begin immediate advanced life support including additional resuscitative measures and/or other therapies.

6. Early Follow-Up Care

Seeking and receiving effective follow-up care after a sudden cardiac arrest.

Sep 262011

According the American Heart Association, for every minute that passes between cardiac arrest and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases up to 10 percent.

When someone collapses from sudden cardiac arrest, damage to the brain and vital organs begins in as little as four minutes if untreated.

Often the heart does not stop completely, but goes into ventricular fibrillation, in which the heart quivers rapidly but does not pump blood effectively. A shock from an AED can reverse this condition, restore the heart’s natural rhythm, and prevent permanent damage and death.

The shock from an AED is much more effective if it is delivered in the first few minutes after collapse. It is important to perform CPR until the arrival of a defibrillator for use.

Jun 142010

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Another teen was saved because his school had an AED in the gym.

Austin Redd was standing in line to play soccer when he suddenly collapsed. The heart defect that is normally detected a few weeks after birth had gone undiscovered in Austin.

But Austin’s school nurse had rushed to the gym where Austin lay on the floor. She grabbed the AED and used it to restore Austin’s heartbeat to his blue, lifeless body.

Austin,  his friends and family gathered in the gym last week to thank those who saved his life. Thanks to a portable AED and quick-thinking school staff, Austin will be back in school next year, grateful to be alive.


May 172010

American Health and Safety Training, Inc., a leading CPR, First Aid, AED training company for over 20 years, introduces a fast, easy and effective system for coaches, parents, and team members to get CPR safety training online!

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Developed by medical professionals who also happen to be coaches, this program includes sections on sport-specific injuries, injury prevention for athletes, and general safety tips.

CPR / FIRST AID / AED certification training for the busy coach.  In a short period of time you can now earn a two-year certification in CPR, first aid, and AED.

You love the game and you are a role model for the players. But facts are facts…at some point every player will be injured to some extent while performing physical activities and sports.  Your ability to respond and handle an emergency will greatly improve your confidence and reputation as a coach.  It will also build trust and confidence with the players and their parents.

An essential skill for you as a coach is the ability to care for your team in the event of injury when time is of the essence. You are the often the first adult at practice or a game to notice when one of your players is down and in danger of losing life or limb.

Failure to learn adequate first aid and CPR reduces your players’ chances of survival when they are seriously injured and exposes you to potential liability risks.

This course will give you the knowledge and confidence to win – in all situations.  Help yourself so that you can help your players!  Don’t be the person who just hopes it won’t happen to them.

Our system is simple, fast, affordable, and can even help you earn a FREE AED for your team, association, local gym, or school.

May 022010

lax hitOur goal is for every team to have a readily-available AED ready to save lives when seconds count.

According to USA Today in, “Six Minutes to Live or Die,” a Mayo Clinic study has determined that a person in cardiac arrest has a window of just six minutes during which their life will be saved or lost.


USA Today goes on to say,

“A one-minute decrease in the [911] call-to-shock time increases the odds of survival by 57%. In other words, a three-minute reduction in call-to-shock time improves a victim’s odds of survival almost four-fold.”

But many cities have average EMS response times of more than ten minutes.

When a player drops on the field, court, or poolside, will you get a busy signal when you dial 911? Odds are good you will, especially when calling from a cell phone.

Play the odds for your team, coach. Learn First Aid, CPR, and AED skills through Coach Safetm . Ask your team and your team’s parents to learn these skills.

When 250 people from your organization or community take our First Aid, CPR, and AED training online, AHST will donate an AED to your group.

And it’s not just an AED. When 250 more people are trained in basic rescue techniques, that’s 251 more chances that your kids’ lives will be saved in a heartbeat thanks to your caring actions.

Call or email AHST today to learn more about our free AED program.

First Aid and CPR are vital skills for any coach, but when a life is on the line, a nearby AED (Automated External Defibrillator) may make all the difference.

When19-year-old Jordan Myhre was swimming practice laps to prepare for an upcoming triathlon, Coach Frasersmith noticed that the swimmer’s position in the water was oddly crooked. Myhre flipped over on his back and Coach Frasersmith yelled for help to get him out of the water.

A nurse had just walked into the pool area and she helped Jordan’s coach use a poolside AED to analyze Jordan’s heart rhythm and shock his heart to try to restart it. When paramedics arrived, they had to defibrillate Jordan’s heart three more times on the way to the hospital.

Jordan is alive today in large part because his coach paid attention, took quick action and used a nearby AED to help save his life.

May 012010

February 3, 2010
El Cerrito, California

Coach Michael Booker of El Cerrito High School in the San Francisco Bay Area, is also a police officer who is trained in CPR. This was fortunate for one of his players today, who had a seizure on the basketball court and then stopped breathing. Coach Booker, along with two other CPR-trained professionals, a nurse and a firefighter, sprang into action and saved the boy’s life.

When the other players in this case noticed that the boy was having a seizure, their first impulse was to yell for the coach. Every team looks to their coach for guidance, and even more so during a life-threatening emergency, and every coach must be prepared to meet this expectation. Are you prepared to save a life?

online CPR training courses for coaches.

Apr 012010

As a coach, you can remind your players to speak up when they don’t feel well. Teach them that speaking up is courageous, and staying silent may be deadly.

Knowing lifesaving techniques such as CPR is good.

Not having to use them is better.