Friday, December 4, 2015

How to Give Hands-Only CPR

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive." CPR can more than double a person's chances of survival, and "Stayin' Alive" has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.

Hands only CPR by AHA

It is even catching on with high school students. Freshmen at eight Florida schools who learned and practiced chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth ventilation reported increased knowledge and decreased fear of performing lifesaving skill on actual victim compared to video-only training.

Ny has gone as far as making it a requirement. High school students across the city and state will soon learn how to save lives in school.

A regulation approved by the Board of Regents will require students to learn hands-only CPR. Students will also be taught how to use automated defibrillators.
Advocates say the move is long overdue.

"With CPR, you can double, even triple the amount of people that we save," said Dan Moran, a CPR advocate. "The key is, when someone goes down, you've got a matter of minutes. And if you can get someone in the first minute, the survivor rate's here (moves hand near top of head). Each minute after, it goes down."

The regulation takes effect on October 7.

Assembly Bill 319 by Assembly member Freddie Rodriguez passed the Assembly Education Committee in April. The bill holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers by ensuring high school students learn CPR before they graduate high school.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 424,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside the hospital each year, and sadly, only 10 percent survive. Alarmingly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they do not know how to perform CPR.  Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving - recipes

Happy Thanksgiving

Below are a couple of recipes you may like to try over the holidays. Enjoy!

The World's Best Turkey (

  1. Butterball Premium Frozen Turkey 10- to 24-lb
  2. 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  3. 2 apples, cored and halved
  4. 1 tablespoon garlic powder  
  5. salt and pepper to taste  
  6. 2/3 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne \

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Rinse turkey, and pat dry. Gently loosen turkey breast skin, and insert pieces of butter between the skin and breast. Place apples inside the turkey's cavity. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place turkey in a roasting bag, and pour champagne over the inside and outside of the bird. Close bag, and place turkey in a roasting pan.

Bake turkey 3 to 3 1/2 hours in the preheated oven, or until the internal temperature is 180 degrees F (85 degrees C) when measured in the meatiest part of the thigh. Remove turkey from bag, and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving.

Herb and Butter Roasted Turkey ( 

  1. 1 (14-16) pound turkey, giblets + neck removed, rinsed + patted dry
  2. 2 sticks (1 cup or 16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  3. 2 tablespoons fresh sage, plus more for stuffing the bird
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, plus more for stuffing the bird
  5. 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  6. zest of 1 lemon
  7. 3 teaspoons salt
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  9. 1 large piece of double lined cheesecloth
  10. 2 lemons, halved
  11. 1 garlic head, tips sliced off
  12. 1 onion, halved
  13. 7-8 cups low sodium chicken or turkey broth

White Wine Pan Gravy

  • 1 cup white wine, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • drippings from the turkey
  • 2-3 cups chicken or turkey broth, as needed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage
  • salt + pepper, to taste


Remove the turkey from the fridge one hour before roasting. Remove the giblets + neck and rinse the bird off, pat dry and allow to come to room temperature.
To make the compound butter, finely chop the sage, thyme + parsley and add to a bowl with the butter. Add the lemon zest, salt and pepper, mix well to combine, making sure the butter is smooth and the herbs evenly mixed throughout (you can also add everything to a food processor and mix it that way).

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven.

Place the turkey in a large roasting pan.

Season the cavity of the turkey with salt and pepper and fill the cavity with the, lemons, garlic and onion. Gently lift the skin of the turkey by using your fingers and going in between the skin and body of the bird. Rub half of the compound butter under the skin of the bird, spreading some of the butter on top of the skin as well. Take the remaining butter and melt it over the low heat on the stove or in the microwave. Dampen your cheesecloth with warm water and squeeze dry. Submerge the cheesecloth in the melted butter, making sure all the cheese cloth has soaked up the butter. Lay the cheesecloth over the bird, covering most of the bird. Drizzle any remaining butter over the turkey.
Pour about 4 cups of chicken broth into the bottom of the roasting plan. Place the roasting pan in the oven and roast for 45 minutes at 450 degrees F. After 45 minutes reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and continue cooking for another 2 hours (until the turkey registers 160 F. on a meat thermometer), adding 1-2 cup of broth half way through roasting. I like to baste the turkey with the drippings 2-3 times throughout cooking and when doing so rotate the roasting pan.

Remove the turkey from the oven and remove the cheesecloth, transfer the turkey to a baking sheet, tent loosely with foil and let rest 20-30 minutes before slicing.

To make the gravy, strain the liquid from the roasting pan, skimming off most of the fat. I like to pour the broth into a 4 cup measuring cup and then place in the freezer for 10 minutes. This helps the fat rise to the top of the surface. Once you have skimmed the fat, add enough broth to equal about 4-5 cups total of drippings/broth.

Place the roasting pan over two burners and add a slash of wine (about 1/2 cup) to deglaze the pan. You want to scrape up all those brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Once the pan is throughly deglazed, add the butter and once melted, add the flour whisking to combine. Cook stirring constantly, until the mixture is golden, around 5 minutes.

Increase heat to medium high and add the remaining 1/2 cup of white wine, whisking as you go to let the wine reduce down. Slowly add reserved broth, stirring constantly, until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the sage and cook, continuing to stir, until the gravy has thickened to your desired thickness, around 8 to 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm with the turkey.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support

PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Here at cprtrainingcenter we offer an array of courses.
Course Description:The completely redesigned American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support course is based on new science evidence from the 2005 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC.  The goal of the PALS course is to aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. Skills taught include recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; the systematic approach to pediatric assessment; effective respiratory management; defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion; intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

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Stay tuned for more heroic CPR stories and  overall general information!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Everyone should Know CPR

Why It Matters to You

Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur. The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love. Don’t be afraid; your actions can only help. If you see an unresponsive adult who is not breathing or not breathing normally, call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest.

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 326,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors. Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Advanced cardiac life support or advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) refers to a set of clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke and other life-threatening medical emergencies, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy those interventions.

CPR Training Centers' ACLS class is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leader.  Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts:  proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early ACLS management of peri-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Positive Thinking

Just sharing some interesting reads I came across this one is by James Clear an author about about behavioral psychology, and I am giving you the brief version. You can read the whole article here.

The Science of Positive Thinking: How Positive Thoughts Build Your Skills, Boost Your Health, and Improve Your Work

Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But "positive thinking" is also a soft and fluffy term that is easy to dismiss. In the real world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like "work ethic" or "persistence."

But those views may be changing.

Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.

What Negative Thoughts Do to Your Brain

Researchers have long known that negative emotions program your brain to do a specific action.
For example, when you're in a fight with someone, your anger and emotion might consume you to the point where you can't think about anything else. Or, when you are stressed out about everything you have to get done today, you may find it hard to actual start anything because you're paralyzed by how long your to-do list has become. Or, if you feel bad about not exercising or not eating healthy, all you think about is how little willpower you have, how you're lazy, and how you don't have any motivation.Your brain closes off from the outside world and focuses on the negative emotions of fear, anger, and stress. Negative emotions prevent your brain from seeing the other options and choices that surround you.

What Positive Thoughts Do to Your Brain

When you are experiencing positive emotions like joy, contentment, and love, you will see more possibilities in your life. These findings were among the first that suggested positive emotions broaden your sense of possibility and open your mind up to more options.

A child who runs around outside, swinging on branches and playing with friends, develops the ability to move athletically (physical skills), the ability to play with others and communicate with a team (social skills), and the ability to explore and examine the world around them (creative skills). In this way, the positive emotions of play and joy prompt the child to build skills that are useful and valuable in everyday life.

These skills last much longer than the emotions that initiated them. Years later, that foundation of athletic movement might develop into a scholarship as a college athlete or the communication skills may blossom into a job offer as a business manager. The happiness that promoted the exploration and creation of new skills has long since ended, but the skills themselves live on.

The benefits of positive emotions don't stop after a few minutes of good feelings subside. In fact, the biggest benefit that positive emotions provide is an enhanced ability to build skills and develop resources for use later in life.

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's Friday again

It's Friday again! That means quote of the day Friday.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

Enjoy your weekend everyone and we will see you on Monday!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Unlikely Heroes

I ran across an article the other day at KOMONEWS that relates to the importance on understanding how to do CPR.

TULALIP, Wash. -- Two Snohomish County teenagers are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a stranger.

Hailey Enick and Jasmine Daniels, both freshmen at Everett High School, were in Tulalip Saturday night when they pulled in to a McDonald's, they said. Enick's mother wanted to take a photo of the lunar eclipse while the group was on their way home from picking up Hailey's birthday cake.

It turns out that side trip would become a life-saving rescue mission.

"(The man) wasn't moving at all. His friend was slapping him and putting water on him," said Daniels, who is 15 years old. "Everyone was yelling, 'call 911!' His eyes were, like, in the back of his head and he wasn't breathing."

She had learned CPR in a high school health class in the Fall. Enick had taken the same two-day training course just last month. The best friends decided to try it on the man, who appeared to be overdosing.

"I was nervous. 'Is it going to work? Is it not going to work?'" Enick said. "I never thought I'd actually have to use (what we learned)."

"Turns out we had just done Everett High School three weeks ago," said Tim Key, chief of EMS for Everett Fire Department. "They had gotten the training then, so it was very fortuitous timing."

The girls took turns doing compressions on the stranger for about five minutes until help arrived.

"After, like, five minutes he started gasping for air," Daniels said. "He didn't completely come into consciousness until he got what I think was insulin from the medics."

Amazing story! These girls are heroes. Now they learned CPR and were able to save this man's life.

You can read the rest of the story here.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Healthy Diet - Healthy Heart

A healthy heart and activity

A healthy heart requires being physically active and maintaining a healthy diet. Improving your diet lowers your risk for heart disease in many ways, including helping to lower high cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as preventing obesity and improving the function of your heart and blood vessels. Sometimes life can be busy and getting to the gym isn't always possible, so what can we do.

I found a list at webmd that was intriguing:
  • Glance at the wall clock and rip off a minute's worth of jumping jacks. If you're a beginner, try the low-impact version (raise your right arm and tap your left toe to the side while keeping your right foot on the floor; alternate sides)
  • Do a football-like drill of running in place for 60 seconds. Get those knees up! (Beginners, march in place.)
  • Simulate jumping rope for a minute: Hop on alternate feet, or on both feet at once. An easier version is to simulate the arm motion of turning a rope, while alternately tapping the toes of each leg in front.
A few less aggressive:
  • Sitting in your chair, lift one leg off the seat, extend it out straight, hold for 2 seconds; then lower your foot (stop short of the floor) and hold for several seconds. Switch; do each leg 15 times.
  • To work your chest and shoulders, place both hands on your chair arms and slowly lift your bottom off the chair. Lower yourself back down but stop short of the seat, hold for a few seconds. Do 15 times.
  • To stretch your back and strengthen your biceps, place your hands on the desk and hang on. Slowly push your chair back until your head is between your arms and you're looking at the floor. Then slowly pull yourself back in. Again, 15 of these.
Those are just a few things you can do when time doesn't permit you to get to the gym, something is better than nothing.

A healthy heart and the foods you eat

Organic fruits and vegatables, nuts, and fish which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce heart disease are a great starting point for a heart healthy diet. Omega-3 fatty acids found in most fish may decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting, decrease stroke and heart failure risk, reduce irregular heartbeats, and in children may improve learning ability. Eating at least one to two servings a week of fish, particularly fish that's rich in omega-3 fatty acids, appears to reduce the risk of heart disease, particularly sudden cardiac death.

Here is a link from helpguide that shows an eat more and eat less chart to help you begin a heart healthy diet.

Friday, October 16, 2015


But as delightful as Fridays are, don’t wish the week away for them. Every day (yes, even Mondays) have the potential to be the most awesome day of your life. Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hands Only CPR Can Save Lives

According to the American heart Association most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don't be afraid. Your actions can only help.

When calling 911, you will be asked for your location. Be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed address. Answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive." CPR can more than double a person's chances of survival, and "Stayin' Alive" has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.

We at CPR Training Center have courses to teach CPR for certification, re-certification and industry professionals, but to know that anyone can practice even the simplest form of CPR could be the difference in saving someones life in a critical situation is amazing.

As I find good reads and stories I will post them for you the readers to enjoy and be educated by.

Thank you for reading!