Can You Use an AED Near Water?

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Can You Use an AED Near Water?

In my CPR classes I’m often asked if an AED can be used in a wet environment. I’m not talking about a sweaty person or someone who spilled a drink when they went down either. We’re talking boats, poolside, or by the lake.

Is there a risk of someone else kneeling or standing in the water being shocked?

To address your concerns about this, I have two answers…

  1. I’ve done it and it works without danger
  2. Here’s a great article from the Divers Alert Network that covers it further.

AEDs are just one of those things that are so important for restoring life that you need nothing to prevent you from using it. Don’t let a little water get in the way.

If you need training in AEDs or CPR, give me a call. I conduct classes near my home in Chattanooga TN and also as workshops at conferences where I’m speaking. You can find me at checkforapulse.com.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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What I Don’t Know about Snakes Could Kill Me

I started creating imagery for a local magazine to publish in regard to my first aid, CPR, and wilderness first aid classes. Here’s the first one…

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Should CPR Training Be Required in High School?

Should CPR Training Be Required in High School?

It’s a good question, and, for at least one school district in the United States, it’s been answered. Check out this recent headline- D.C. Requires CPR Training for High School Graduates.

Personally, I think it’s one of the smartest ideas to come out of DC in a long time. If your school system doesn’t require it, you should always consider getting your kids trained in CPR and first aid. It’s just a smart thing for a parent to do.

It’s easy for me because I teach it, but I certified my kids in CPR for Adults and Kids, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens while they were in grade school. We’ll do a refresher every year.

You should see them at the airport or mall pointing out all the AEDs!

If you’re near the Chattanooga area and want your kids trained, just get in touch. I also do medical courses for non-medical people at many of my conference appearances.

Whatever you do, put the ability to save lives in their hands!

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Parents- Please Don’t Let the EpiPen Price Increase Keep You from Using Them!

I teach a lot of CPR and first aid classes, as part of my Adventure Workshops and locally to raise awareness of the need to be prepared for medical emergencies. I enjoy teaching them, because it’s how I got started speaking professionally. It’s also a way for me to give back, by hoping that someone I teach will pass it on by helping another.

One of the key tenets I teach in my class is the ability to properly use an EpiPen. It’s not just learning the how, though. It’s also about being WILLING to use it. People are simply scared to death that they’ll hurt someone, use it improperly, or use it at the wrong time.

Unfortunately, now due to the price jump of EpiPens, you’ll find many people will also be afraid because of the cost.

PARENTS- Please try not to let this affect your decision to use one. EpiPens are a life and death treatment. If your child or someone else needs it, it means that they will likely die if you do not use it.

One thing I’ve found that helps in emergency situations is to use an algorithm. It’s simply a checklist of events and procedures that helps remove the stress, doubt, and fear from a situation.

You’d think it would be easy to find one of these online or from your doctor, but it’s not. Most of them are either way too wordy or written only for medical personnel. Even Mylan, the company that makes the EpiPen, has a set of guidelines that is useless for someone in an emergency situation.

I created the image below just for you. It’s mainly for parents, schoolteachers, or friends of kids who have EpiPens. Feel free to print it off, share it, give it away, or whatever you need to help spread it around. Be sure that you print out your own and keep it with your pen. You can even rubber band strap it around the pen itself.

EpiPen Action Plan

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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