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  • Doctors explain how COVID-19 could affect student athletes’ hearts

    ORLANDO, FL-- As schools are getting back to full in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year, school sports are also making a comeback. But before your teen gets back to the swing of things, will you get your child the COVID-19 vaccine? A survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation says nearly one in four parents will definitely not. However, doctors say that can spell trouble, especially for student athletes. There are more than eight million high school student athletes in the U.S. “One in 300 will carry a form of cardiovascular disease that predisposes them to have a risk of sudden cardiac arrest,” explained Gul Dadlani, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Nemours Children’s Hospital. And having COVID-19 could put them at greater risk including those who never had heart problems before. “COVID can affect the heart and you don’t have to be that symptomatic to have issues within your heart muscles,” continue Dr. Dadlani. A study from The Ohio State University found 15 percent of athletes who had mild symptoms of COVID, or were asymptomatic, showed signs of heart inflammation as they recovered. Overexerting the heart while it’s inflamed can lead to major complications, sudden cardiac arrest, and even death. Watch out for chest pain, shortness of breath, and dizziness after the quarantine period. “Those are always red flags that warrant a follow-up with their pediatrician and/or pediatric cardiologist,” Dr. Dadlani stated. Also, make a graduated return to play. Don’t push yourself to practice or play right after COVID recovery. Check with your doctor to see if the heart inflammation has cleared before returning to play. Another recommendation is to perform a heart EKG on athletes before they even take part in team sports. This screening is typically not included in a sport physical but doing one may find heart abnormalities that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest or even death. Recent research shows a rare side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine is heart inflammation, but CDC officials say the benefits of getting the COVID vaccine still outweighs the risks. SOURCE: Ivanhoe Newswire and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Posted on 08/10/2021

  • Is this the future for AEDs?

    Check out Avive's vision for the future of sudden cardiac arrest response! Avive unveils its new AED/defibrillator and related connected ecosystem to the public for the first time. Much more than just a smaller, lighter, more portable, and affordable AED - the Avive Connect AED is a connected system of care focused on improving out-of-hospital SCA outcomes in communities across the country! Learn more at This device is currently undergoing FDA review and is not commercially available for sale in the U.S. or UK

  • How To Determine If Someone Is Unresponsive: First Aid For an Unconscious Person

    First, you will need to check and verify that the person is unconscious. This can be accomplished by performing the following steps: Loudly ask if they are okay. Shake them gently to determine if they’re rousable. If the individual is not responsive, you must take further action. 1. Unresponsive but Breathing Normally: What You Need to Do Here is what to do if you encounter an unresponsive but breathing person: 1. Call 999 When calling 999, try to stay calm and clearly explain what is going on. In this case, you would tell the 999 dispatcher that you have found an unconscious person and answer their questions clearly and with as much detail as they ask of you. They may ask if you notice any injuries or suspect any trauma. Dispatchers are there to help and support you. You are not alone! 2. Open the Airway of the Victim To open the airway, tilt their head back to ensure there are no blockages, such as the tongue or foreign objects. 3. Check Their Breathing Now that the airway is open, it is time to check and see if the person is breathing using the Look, Listen and Feel process: Look closely at the chest to see noticeable rising and falling of the chest. Place your cheek next to the patient’s airway and listen to see if you can hear them breathing. While your cheek is next to the airway, you should also be able to feel the breaths. 4. Place Them in the Recovery Position If you have established the patient is unconscious but breathing, you need to try to keep the victim safe until help arrives. In this situation, it is best to place the person on their side and to tilt the head back. This helps keep the airway open. This is what is known as the recovery position. 2. Unresponsive And Not Breathing: What to Do What should you do if a person is unconscious and NOT breathing normally? If you have determined that a person is unconscious and unresponsive, and not breathing properly, you must immediately begin CPR to save their life. How to Perform CPR CPR is simple, easy to learn, and will help increase the patient’s chances of survival tremendously. Basic CPR Steps: Call 999 to notify them of the emergency. Put the heel of one hand on the centre of the person’s chest. Put the heel of the other hand on top of the first hand and interlock your fingers together. Position your body directly over the patient’s so that your shoulders are over your interlaced hands, and make sure your arms are straight. Push hard enough to make the chest compress two inches down and push fast to enough to keep a 100-120 beats per minute rhythm. Perform CPR until the ambulance arrives. If an AED is available, use the device to Restart the Heart. With thanks to the original post:

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  • Emergency First at Work (EFAW) Blended | paulkennytraining

    Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) ​ Emergency First Aid e-learning course gives learners the opportunity to undertake online first-aid training and still go on to achieve the level 3 award in emergency first aid (RQF). ​ The course can replace 3 hours of the 1-day emergency first aid at work (RQF) course. This e-learning also covers other practical areas of the course, such as CPR, so is great for reinforcing competency and refresher training. ​ Areas covered Understanding the role and responsibilities of a first aider Assessing an incident Managing an unresponsive casualty Recognising and assisting a choke casualty Managing a casualty – external bleeding and shock Managing a casualty – minor injury ​ Who is it aimed at? - The course is ideal for any employee or manager who wishes to become an emergency first-aider in the workplace. ​ Prerequisites - No prior knowledge needed ​ Typical Duration - 3 - 4 hours ​ How It Works - Our e-learning is available to use on multiple platforms such as tablets, PCs and laptops. All you need is an internet connection. Learners simply log on to the Learner Management System (LMS) and work their way through the course, along with the scenarios that provide them with real-life context. ​ Learners are assessed at the end of the course by multiple-choice questions. ​ Certification - Learners will receive a e-learning completion certificate, which is downloadable upon successfully finishing the course. ​ Students then contact Debra Jones at BUFF, and she will arrange a place on one of our half day practical courses. Students on the day attend with a copy of the e-certificate and picture id. ​ Learners are assessed at the end of the course by multiple-choice questions. Students will then receive an e-certificate by email which usually only takes 24 to 48 hours.

  • COVID-19: guidance for education | paulkennytraining

    COVID-19: guidance for Nursery and education settings I have assembled the latest guidance for Nursery and education settings and hopefully this will answer some of the questions I am getting. Click the images below to open up the files which you can then print out or save. ​ Students who are part way into a course, do not worry we will pick up from where we left off with a small refresher at the start of the course. Speak to Debra Jones about rearranging the days you have already booked. Watch out for an important development we are due to launch soon and watch out for our new app for ios and android that is due to launch in the next few months. ​ We are taking precautionary measures to ensure that we can still support your business while keeping our own staff safe and healthy. We can assure you that while this situation develops, we will be maintaining full business continuity and our usual high level of customer service. We will keep you informed on any news as it develops. Good luck and stay safe Paul Kenny CPR during COVID-19

  • Commercial Training | paulkennytraining

    Our Commercial training centre in Bolton is now open Our Bolton training centre is now open and we are accepting new students. We are following National and local restrictions and these will be reviewed on a regular basis. Our clients and our staff are very important to us and we want to make sure that everyone is kept safe. Hands on classroom training at the centre have now recommenced. You can still access some of our training through our partners Bolton Under Fives Forum 9BUFF's) in a COVID secure environment by clicking this link Also, we have a small selection of our core training courses online. Click the orange button above. Our centre based classroom courses: ​ First Aid in the workplace Mental Health First Aid Fire safety Health and safety Ladder Safety Managing Conflict These courses are now up and running. ​ Don't forget a small selection of the courses are available online. ​ Our trade counter selling First Aid supplies has gone online. Check out our new online first aid supplies store at Thanks for your support and patience. ​ Stay safe ​ Paul Kenny ​

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