Posts Tagged ‘CPR’

American Heart Association Training Courses & History

AHA BLS Courses in Rancho Cordova and Carmichael

American Heart Association BLS

Since the fortys, the American Heart Association (AHA) has used more than 3 billion dollars on research to increase the knowledge of heart diseases and stroke. This funding has produced significant results and important discoveries that have advanced the understanding of these diseases and options for treatment and prevention. The association also plays a significant role in educating cardiologists and the entire treatment team on important new information that comes from research. Through continuing education the cardiovascular medical community stays up to date with the latest advances in patient care, CPR, & First-aid.

Today more than 2,000 researchers and clinical investigators are receiving AHA funding to study a wide range of important areas. In previous years recipients have even included future Nobel Prize winners. There are many types of research being funded. Basic research helps to shed light on how these diseases develop and affect the heart, circulation and so many metabolic functions. Clinical research funding contributes to improving cardiovascular patients care. Changes in lifestyle, options for surgery, uses of existing and new treatments all need to be studies to improving patient outcomes. Today, the American Heart Association CPR programs continue the heritage of research support and assistance to physicians entering the field of cardiology. They offer these training courses in Rancho Cordova and other cities around Sacramento

The impact of lifestyle on cardiovascular health has been studied for decades. The role of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis are well understood and there are now therapies to address these cardiovascular risk factors. Physicians have lifestyle management and educational tool to help patients and their families play a more active role in their care. The American Heart Association is an important partner with the medical community and patients to change the course of cardiovascular health in the United States.

The AHA also plays a valuable role in continuing medical education for its more than 27,000 professional members. Physicians and professional care teams must continuously educate themselves in order for advances in research and cardiovascular medicine to reach their patients. The association offers professional members live training classes in Sacramento and surrounding towns and has many active state chapters. Web-based education programs are offered to accommodate busy schedules. And the association holds as many as eight medical conferences each year where professional members can meet, listen to experts, take educational BLS programs and talk with colleagues. In addition to these many educational options, professional members can join councils that are part of the AHA organization. These16 councils address individual specialty areas that allow professional members to match their interests and be part of a national network.

The American Heart Association has been funding important cardiovascular and stroke research for 65 years. That research has added significantly to the medical field. The organization’s commitment to education helps bring these research findings to the attention of physicians who treat patients with cardiovascular disease.

Seven First Aid Training Myths

First-aid Certification Class in Sacramento

American Heart Association First-aid

Accidents will happen – that is unavoidable. What people can do is to make sure that they are prepared to handle any accidents that can conceivably come up. However, there are a lot of first aid myths out there that can cause more harm than good. They may have come from old wives’ tales, rumors, or a tragic misapplication of common sense, but those myths are out there.

    • “Burns can be treated with butter or cream.” This is tragically inaccurate. Butter or cream might feel nice for a little bit due to how cold it feels, but the oil in them will trap the heat and make things worse. Infections can also result from applying foodstuffs to burns. It is better to put the afflicted area under still and cool water to remove heat
  • “If you have a nosebleed, tilt your head back.” Tilting your head back during a nosebleed doesn’t do anything productive. All it does is let blood flow down your throat, which can result in choking or vomiting, if it gets to be stomach. Tilting it forward and pinching your nose is far more beneficial.
    • “Only trained personnel can properly perform first aid.” Untrue – first aid can be used by anyone. Most of the time, people just need to know what to do, and in many cases, all that is required is some common sense. Don’t move a broken bone. If someone is vomiting, make them lie on his or her side to make sure that no choking occurs. For slightly more complex situations, there are plenty of guides available online. A few minutes brushing up on your first aid could potentially save a life. However, the American Heart Association recommends taking a certified CPR and First-aid course in Sacramento so you can be well prepared.
    • Sucking the snake venom out of a wound with your mouth will save someone.” Snake poisons contain hemotoxic and myotoxic venom. The former destroys red blood cells, and the latter will cause paralysis. Both will severely damage muscles and tissue, as they are meant to aid in the digestion of the afflicted. Trying to suck it with your mouth out might only result in two people being poisoned, at best. However, there are devices that are meant to suction poison from a wound.
    • “Specific equipment is required for a proper application of first aid.” Nope. While proper equipment or a well-stocked first aid kit would help, in most situations people don’t need equipment to help someone out.
    • “Urinating on a jellyfish sting will help.” Not only is urinating on a sting awkward, it might not even help. Depending on your diet, your urine may or may not be acidic – and it is only helpful if it is acidic enough. To lessen awkwardness and to make sure that the sting is treated, just go with vinegar.
  • “Putting wounds under running water will help.” Running water only washes away the body’s efforts to clot the wound, resulting in further bleeding. It’s better to create pressure on the wound to slow down or stem the bleeding.

Anyone can perform basic first aid if they know what to do, and what not to do. Knowing whether something is fact or fiction will help people respond appropriately in case an accident or mishap occurs. The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association in Sacramento provide official CPR and First-aid Certification courses to the public at low prices. Learn from the experts and take a training course.