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Student athletes spend hours training for competition — but how about training to save a life?

SCA on soccer field.

Studies show that 6,000 – 8,000 teens experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) annually.1 Every three days, a student athlete falls victim to sudden cardiac death.2

Student athletes are at heightened risk for SCA due to the additional strain placed on the heart during athletic conditioning and competition. Contributing factors include the influx of adrenaline, dehydration, fever, and changes in electrolytes.3

While SCA isn’t preventable, sudden cardiac death can be. All it takes is to educate students on the symptoms that can precede an SCA event and to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) readily available during athletic practices and competition.

SCA can strike without warning, but sometimes symptoms are presented. Student athletes often dismiss symptoms preceding an SCA event for fear of losing precious game time. That’s why it’s vitally important for athletes to fully understand the risks they face and feel confident speaking up to prevent sudden cardiac death.

Here are some of the warning signs:5

  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat – racing or fluttering
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Extreme fatigue

Nine out of ten victims who receive a shock from an AED within the first minute of SCA survive.4 Ensuring that your students and coaches are trained to respond to an SCA emergency could help save a life.

Download the ‘Help in a Heartbeat’ flyer to educate your team about the symptoms of SCA.

To learn more about the latest package from Cardiopartners to help your athletic teams respond to any emergency, visit: https://www.aed.com/zoll-aed-plus-athletic-director-s-package

1 “Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Teenage Athletes: What’s the Risk?”. Promise powered by Nemours Children’s Health System. https://blog.nemours.org/2017/02/sudden-cardiac-arrest-teenage-athletes-risk/

2 “Young Athletes & Sudden Cardiac Arrest”. Boston Scientific. http://www.your-heart-health.com/content/close-the-gap/en-US/heart-disease-facts/young-athletes.html

3 “Sports and Sudden Cardiac Arrest(SCA)”. Cardiosmart – American College of Cardiology. https://www.cardiosmart.org/Heart-Conditions/Sports-and-Sudden-Cardiac-Arrest

4Source: 2017, AHA Mediagenic Survey Results; 2017, AHA with Edelman Intelligence; 2017, AHA with BLR Media; Postgrad Medical Journal, October 2007.

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Cardio Partners Celebrates Lead Training Specialist Omar Walker

Licensed EMT and Cardio Partners superstar honored for service

After nearly 10 years on the job, Lead Training Specialist Omar Walker estimates that he’s certified nearly 30,000 individuals in first aid, CPR, and how to use an AED.

More than a little shocked to hear that he was being honored as a Cardio Partners leader highlight of the month, Omar, who is based in Chicago, took a few moments to reflect on the recent polar vortex (“Even when the United States Postal Service suspended deliveries, Cardio Partners bundled up and made the trek in -20°weather to conduct classes!”), and more importantly on his career and achievements as an EMT and training center faculty member.

“I was actually really surprised,” said Omar when asked during a recent phone interview about being recognized by his peers. “Pleasantly surprised, because I’m remote and I rarely see other people in the company. We do regular phone meetings as a company, of course, but I’m pretty much self-sufficient — so sometimes you think you’re flying under the radar, and not necessarily in a bad way!”

“I greatly appreciate it. Traveling all over the place to put on classes and constantly ensuring that the quality of the class is there can be tough. I’m happy to know that the work doesn’t go unnoticed. I’m grateful to Cardio Partners and to Brian Leonard to work for this company.”

(Now director of sales, Brian Leonard founded Cardio Partners Resources, which was acquired by DXE Medical and then rebranded as Cardio Partners in 2017.)

Omar’s day-to-day is anything but routine. Because Cardio Partners offers CPR, first aid, and AED training 24/7, Omar may find himself driving to rural Illinois at 4 am for an early morning session or pulling the third shift for a 2 am class in Indianapolis. He’s also responsible for training and maintaining certified instructors throughout the Chicagoland region.

“I really like being able to share my knowledge. With my EMS background, I’ve done CPR hundreds of times and have seen the benefits of it. It’s so important to have people who are prepared to save a life. As an instructor, it’s gratifying to have people say that they’ve had CPR training for 20 years and that my course is the best training they’ve ever received.”

After losing his 42-year-old stepfather to cardiac arrest, Omar decided to go into emergency medical services and become EMT certified. “If someone had known CPR and those resources were available to him, he would have a high probability of being saved.”

And when convincing people why they should become CPR certified, Omar thinks about his stepfather and points out that, “Statistically, the person they would start CPR on would be a family member or a loved one. That’s 69% of the time it’s going to be your spouse, mom, brother, or child who needs CPR.”

In addition to his full-time commitment to Cardio Partners, Omar still works weekend shifts as an EMT in the Chicago area. He’s seen the power of CPR first-hand:

“One of the times CPR really affected me was one of my very first pediatric patients. We got a call about a non-responsive and not breathing infant. A piece of hard candy had caused him to choke. It took us 4 minutes to get there and there was no pulse. Within 10 compressions the item popped out, the child vomited and then he started breathing.”

Omar still thinks of that child every day. He’d be 15 now and Omar is confident he’s living an active and healthy life.

Thanks, Omar, for being our full-time lifesaver.

Schedule a first aid, CPR, and AED training for your team today! Please contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or emails us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

 

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5 Heart-SMART Goals For 2019

Achieve These 5 Goals and You Could Save a Life

Happy New Year from all of us here at Cardio Partners! We know you have your resolutions lined up but around here, we’re all about setting SMART goals. For those of you who need a refresher, that’s Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. There’s something so incredibly satisfying about setting a clear goal and achieving it, so let’s start the New Year with a solid action plan.

2019 Goals

GOAL #1: Become First Aid Certified

If you’ve been putting off getting your First Aid certification or telling yourself that you’ll “get around to it,” well, now’s the time.

In fact, here’s your SMART Goal in one tidy little package: Become First Aid certified by the end of National Heart Awareness Month in February.

Visit the American Red Cross or American Heart Association to find a class near you. Classes are affordable, convenient, and flexible. Blended courses, which combine online coursework with in-person skills training, are great options for busy professionals.

GOAL #2: Get Your CPR and AED Certification

Once you have your freshly minted First Aid certification in hand, level up with CPR and AED training. To keep yourself accountable and to fulfill the Timely requirement, set a deadline for yourself! May 30 seems pretty reasonable to us. Again, to find a class near you, the American Red Cross or American Heart Association are the websites to visit.

Wondering what you’ll learn? Check out 10 Reasons Why You Should Learn CPR, or more to the point, What Will I Learn From a CPR or First Aid Class?

GOAL #3: Encourage Your Friends & Colleagues to Become First Aid & CPR Certified

Congratulations! You’ve passed the tests and made the grade! Now, encourage others to do the same. Think about the folks in your life who would benefit from becoming certified and jot down a quick list. Whether you opt to encourage one family member, start a movement within your community, or recruit 10 colleagues, make sure your goal is specific, measurable, and attainable.

We’re thinking “Encourage at least 15 friends and colleagues to register for First Aid, CPR, and AED Certification before the end of the year” sounds pretty doable.

GOAL #4: Invest in a Stop the Bleed Kit

Think of it as a graduation gift to yourself. Violence is a sad reality in America these days, so it’s best to be prepared.

Curaplex Stop the Bleed kits are intentionally designed to provide the trained rescuer with immediate access to life-saving products that can control bleeding and traumatic hemorrhaging. Basic kits start at $59.99 and the compact, vacuum-packed and tamper-proof kit includes:

A permanent marker
2 pairs of gloves, latex-free, large
1 C-A-T® tourniquet
1 emergency bandage
Pair of trauma shears, 7.5”
2 rolls of primed, compressed gauze dressing
A printed insert which shows instructions for use
Advanced kits include 1 Pack of HALO seals and QuikClot combat gauze.

GOAL #5: Start a Fundraiser for a Community AED

We recently donated a refurbished AED to the Q Center in Portland, Oregon, but as much as we’d like to, we simply can’t donate an AED to every deserving community center in the country. We can, however, share some great advice for funding for your AED program!

GotAED, an initiative of Simon’s Heart, is a crowdfunding site dedicated to placing AEDs in areas where children learn and play. The site invites schools and youth organizations to begin a campaign to fund the purchase of an AED and offers tips and suggestions to help ensure a successful crowdsourcing campaign. If your organization isn’t kid-focused, you may want to look into other popular crowdfunding platforms like CauseVox and CrowdRise.

Before you launch a crowdfunding campaign, be sure to familiarize yourself with the laws regulating nonprofit fundraising in your state. A good place to start your research is the National Council of Nonprofits.

For the full scoop, download our Grant Guide.

Have burning questions about our products and services? Ready to achieve your heart-smart goals? Please contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. We also welcome your emails, and you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

 

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