The week before Memorial Day (May 20–26, 2019) is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. The goal of this awareness week is to maximize the health benefits of swimming by minimizing the risk of illness and injury. Just 2.5 hours of physical activity every week, including water-based physical activity, can benefit everyone’s health. Each of us plays a role in preventing illnesses and injuries linked to the water we swim, play, relax in, and share. Swimming is a fun, healthy way to stay physically active and spend quality time with family and friends. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.
Why Is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Important?
Injuries caused by mishandling pool chemicals:
Pool chemicals are added to maintain water quality (for example, to kill germs). Each year, however, mishandling pool chemicals when treating public or residential/backyard pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds leads to 3,000–5,000 visits to U.S. emergency departments.
For more info, visit CDCs Pool Chemical Info.
Illnesses caused by the germs in pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds:
During 2000–2014, nearly 500 outbreaks were linked to pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds. Most of the outbreaks were caused by germs Cryptosporidium (or “Crypto”), Legionella, or Pseudomonas. Healthy swimming is not just about the steps pool operators and pool inspectors take—so let’s all do our part to help keep ourselves, our families, and our friends healthy.
For more info, visit CDCs Healthy Swimming Info.
Drowning: Each day, two children younger than 14 years old die from drowning. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children 1–4 years old. we want to remind you about drowning prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury or death in children under the age of 5. Drowning can be quick and silent. It's a fallacy that the act of drowning is accompanies by screams or splashing, making proactive prevention crucial. To help prevent drownings, please remember to have active adult supervision, never swim alone, make sure your pool is fenced with self-closing/latching gates, and most of all keep a Pool / Lifeguard First Aid Kit on hand.
For more info, visit CDCs Water Injuries Info.
Harmful algal blooms:
Algae can grow in warm, nutrient-rich fresh- and marine water. An abundant growth of algae that harms people or animals is referred to as a harmful algal bloom (HAB). HABs in fresh- and marine water can produce toxins that cause a variety of symptoms including skin irritation, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, stomach pain, numbness, and dizziness. Symptoms vary depending on the type of HAB toxin and the type of exposure, such as skin contact, ingestion by eating food or drinking water contaminated with HAB toxins, or breathing in tiny droplets or mist contaminated with HAB toxins.
For more info, visit CDCs HAB Toxin Info
Naegleria fowleri “the brain-eating ameba”:
Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic ameba (a singlecelled living organism) that is commonly found in warm freshwater such as in lakes, rivers, and hot springs. If water containing the ameba goes up the nose forcefully, the ameba can invade and cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).
For more info, visit CDCs Naegleria Info
American CPR Training™ reminds Instructors that the American Heart Association’s new requirements for CPR training courses using CPR feedback devices are effective in just two weeks.
The American Heart Association published that they “will now require the use of an instrumented directive feedback device in all courses that teach adult CPR skills, effective January 31, 2019". Also, the American Red Cross published a statement that they “will incorporate CPR feedback devices in all classes delivered directly by the American Red Cross and recommend CPR feedback device usage for all training partners”. To comply with the new course requirement, feedback devices must, at minimum, measure and provide real-time audio feedback and/or visual feedback on compression rate and depth. Other national training organizations (American CPR Training™, etc.) have not yet implemented these requirements for instructors, however, it is likely that the 2020 ILCOR/ECC guidelines will include this requirement in which case all compliant CPR Training organizations in the US will add this to their instructor guidelines.
American Heart Association Requirements:
• Chest compressions are delivered at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute and at a depth of at least two inches.
• Feedback devices must, at a minimum, measure and provide real-time audio and/or visual feedback on compression rate and depth.
• Although chest recoil and proper hand placement is noted in the announcement, it is NOT part of the compliance with the directive.
Prestan Professional CPR Manikins with CPR feedback meet the new requirements!
Prestan evaluated their Manikin products in light of the American Heart Association statements and have determined that Prestan Professional Adult CPR/AED Training Manikins with Monitor meet all of the requirements as stated by the American Heart Association.
Prestan’s Professional Adult CPR/AED Training Manikin with Monitor provides real-time visual feedback with lights in the shoulder area of the manikin that builds student confidence by providing feedback rates in steps. Then, when compressions are 100 to 120 per minute, two green lights appear. If the upper limit of 120 compressions per minute is exceeded, a yellow flashing light will flash on and off. Prestan’s Professional Adult CPR/AED Training Manikin with Monitor also provides real-time audio feedback with a clicker mechanism that emits a loud ‘click’ sound when the torso is compressed to a depth of at least 2 inches.
The American Heart Association has not set requirements for Child manikins nor Infant manikinsyet – although Prestan’s Professional Child CPR/AED Training Manikins with Monitors and Prestan’s Professional Infant CPR/AED Training Manikins with Monitors provide the same comprehensive feedback mechanism desired by instructors worldwide.
Have Prestan Manikins but Need to Upgrade?
If you already own Prestan Manikins, without monitors or with the older putty colored monitors, upgrade them today! You can purchase the New Blue Prestan Monitors to easily upgrade all your Prestan Manikins. Available in singles or 4 packs.
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About Prestan Manikins
Prestan Manikins offer full compliance with the new requirements at affordable pricing (Under $150 for a complete Adult Manikin with Feedback Monitor) where other manikins require expensive ($300+ per manikin) external adapter to upgrade to current standards/requirements. Prestan Manikins can be ordered on Amazon (Prime 2 day available) or with free shipping and free extra/bonus items at AmericanCPR.com
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Risk for injuries and heart attack both rise dramatically during the holiday season. Sudden Cardiac Arrest increase is commonly attributed to holiday stress, as well as the consumption of richer foods and alcohol. Injuries and accidents rise due to cooking (often with many people in an unfamiliar kitchen), holiday lights and decorations, space heaters, and more.
No matter what the reason - Give life this season! Whether your group is still within the 2 year certification period or not: a refresher course in CPR and First Aid is timely, makes a great gift, and could help keep everyone safe. Remember that 80% of all bystander CPR is performed on loved ones!
Now… if you want to give the gift of lifesaving, we’ll pitch in too. Not only are our CPR, First Aid & AED Classes ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™, but you can save even more by combining classes and, we’ll add a FREE CPR KEYCHAIN MASK for every person in your group if you schedule and pay for your class in December 2018 to occur any time in 2019! Training makes a great group event - Take your Holiday down-time and turn it into a lifesaving event!
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How it works: Get your CPR, First Aid, or AED Quote by clicking below (or combination of any/all these). Get your CPR, First Aid, or AED Quote by clicking below (or combination of any/all these). After reviewing the super-low quote price, schedule and pay for your class with our team in December 2018 to happen at your location ANY TIME DURING 2019 & we’ll add a free CPR keychain for each student. For single topics, we’ll add the mini keychain and if you hold a multi-topic class, we’ll add the larger keychain with gloves! You must mention you want the “Free CPR Keychain Deal” when scheduling, as we can’t send them out after a class – we need to include them with your materials so we can hand out to the students on the day of the class. If you would like to purchase some for gifts or safety reminders – you may do that too – just click below.
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After a hugely successful 10 years on the market, Prestan is retiring their flagship item from the product line – the Light Skin Manikin!
While replacement skin overlays and faces will still be available, the Light Skin Manikin in of itself will soon be no more! This will apply to all Light Skin Manikins….adult, child, and infant; singles, four-packs, and collections.
Due to their more realistic tones, the popularity of the Medium and Dark Skin Manikins has surpassed that of the Light Skin Manikins by about 20 to 1. These manikins still use the advanced skin overlay developed with 3M – for easy cleaning, discoloration prevention, and effortless AED pad adherence and removal – but the tone is far more lifelike which has become overwhelmingly preferred in recent times.
How does this affect you?
In the past, you have purchased this soon-to-be discontinued product from us. This change does not pose an issue for the manikins you currently have and use, but we thought perhaps you’re looking to add to your inventory and would like to keep a consistent physicality / look & feel of your training equipment – Now would be the time to do so!
Prestan is accepting orders for the Light Skin Manikins only until August 31st! We are asking any of our customers looking for the Light Skin Manikin to place their order with us by the close of August 29th - and are offering FREE GROUND SHIPPING*.
You may have seen or heard of the new requirement announced by the American Heart Association stating that the AHA “will now require the use of an instrumented directive feedback device in all courses that teach adult CPR skills” which is to be put into effect early 2019. As a Prestan manikin user, you’re in luck! So long as your manikins include the monitor, you are already in compliance. But don’t worry if you purchased manikins without monitors – you can easily, and cost-effectively, get up to date by simply ordering the monitors alone to place within your manikins.
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