Woman saved with CPR while attending conference

Sarah Stephenson (Photo Courtesy of WDEL)
Sarah Stephenson (Photo Courtesy of WDEL)

Sarah Stephenson was attending a a conference when she observed a woman nearby having a seizure in her chair.

“She was kind of just sitting there with her head back, so nothing really looked out of the norm,” said Stephenson. “You always want to check out things first before going over to a situation because you never really know what could be happening next, and the safety of you and others around you is still important.”

Stephenson and two of her co-workers Ranee Patterson and NAtalie HAwker, assisted her in placing the woman on the ground and she began CPR.

“I just did [it], and the next thing I know, I’m counting one, two, three, four, up to thirty, and then two breaths, and we did it again. Finally, until the paramedics arrived.”

Stephenson had previously been a lifeguard for 15 years so her training kicked in when it counted.

“If something were to happen, ‘Oh, wow, I know this, I can help this person,’” said Stephenson. “I mean it’s not a difficult task, but you do need to know what you are doing.”

Source: WDEL


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Four Critical Steps To Burn Treatment When Burns Occur

Seconds count, when burns occur.

Burns need to be cooled immediately. Otherwise, the heat will continue to destroy the surrounding and underlying tissue, and may even progress into a second or third degree burn. This will present serious complications for the patient both in cost and on-going treatment.

Here are four critical steps you should take to treat a burn:

  1. Immediately stop the burning process
  2. Cool the burn, but don’t overcool the patient
  3. Provide pain relief
  4. Cover and protect the burn area against contamination

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It is actually recommended that you don’t use ice. It can cause more damage and slow the healing process.1 It is recommended instead you use a burn dressing. Burn dressings are a gelatinized water mix designed to perform the four critical steps for burn management in one application. Because of their gelatinous nature, they seal the burn from further contamination, they cool the burn site and relieve pain by heat transfer into themselves, and the fluids on the burn site cannot soak into the dressing nor can they evaporate through them. And finally, as the burn site cools down, the dressing warms up, leaving the site covered by a warm dressing, helping to prevent hypothermia.

Burn Dressing will absorb temperatures which is extremely important. The additional gel within the burn gel pouch can be left on the wound for up to four hours prior to receiving further medical treatment if necessary.

Benefits of burn dressings

  • Provides controlled cooling by convection, not evaporation
  • Acts as a heat exchanger
  • Absorbs heat throughout the gel contact are
  • Conforms to the burn surface, providing total cooling contact
  • Does not affect core body temperature or contribute to hypothermia
  • Stops the burning process
  • Portable—on the scene—when seconds count!
  • Cools the burn, dissipates heat
  • Provides pain relief
  • Easy to use
  • Evaporates slowly
  • Use on any burn
  • Non-adherent, easy to remove
  • Covers and protects against contamination
  • Helps prevent infection
  • Water-soluble
  • Won’t irritate the eyes, nose or mouth

All burns should be treated with concern. It is important to keep in mind the golden rule of burn management: If someone has a burn on his or her body exceeding the size of the palm of his or her own hand, where blisters are present, burns to genitalia, face or to any flexion point, this person should seek medical attention. All electrical burns require medical attention.

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/burns#modal-close


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Understanding Hi-Viz Apparel Requirements

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ANSI/ISEA 107-2015

The first thing to understand is the ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 standard. This is a voluntary standard that provides guidelines on what qualifies as an approved fluorescent material; and what level of coverage and reflective tape are required to qualify as for various classes and types of garments.

This standard was designed for industries like utility, emergency responders, maintenance, construction, airport personnel and many roadside workers exposed to potential injuries due to low visibility on the job.


ANSI 107 establishes four performance classes (Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, and Class E) and three garment types (Type O, Type R and Type P). Performance class and garment type are co-dependent, which means that to qualify under the ANSI standard, the apparel must have both a class and a type (not just one or the other).

Performance Class 1 offers the minimum amount of high-visibility materials needed to differentiate the wearer from non-complex work environments. On the other side of the spectrum is Class 3, which offers the greatest amount of high-visibility materials to allow for the best definition of the human form in both complex backgrounds and through a full range of movement. In addition, Class E describes pants or bibs that do not qualify as meeting the requirements of any of the other classes when worn alone, however when they are worn together with a Class 2 or Class 3 garment, the overall classification of the ensemble is Class 3.

Garment Type O is intended for work that takes place off-road or in controlled environments, such as parking lots, festivals, warehouses and factories. Garment Type R is intended for roadways or other environments with moving traffic or equipment, and is the minimum level of protection permitted for workers exposed to roadway rights-of-way, including roadway, construction, transportation, traffic-control, DOT, and airport ramp workers. This garment type represents the vast majority of hi-viz apparel on the market. Finally, Type P garments are intended for public safety workers, including emergency/incident response, police, fire, and EMS. Type P garments are permitted to be worn in the same environments as Type R garments, however they make accommodations for the additional gear required by those professions.

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First Aid Service – Why Outsource?

Have you ever utilized a first aid service before? Do you know that such a service exists?

Often times businesses attempt to handle the first aid and safety needs for their company by themselves. Perhaps this is possible when a company is small and has only a few employees. However, through the challenges of a company growing and becoming more viable in its industry, first aid and safety needs could begin to take a backseat, leaving them vulnerable.

Having a first aid service company manage your first aid and safety needs can be very beneficial.

  1. Allow’s you to focus on your business, its growth, and more complex issues that come with that.

  2. Ensure that you have an adequate supply of products to meet or exceed the latest A.N.S.I or O.S.H.A standards, and help you understand and comply with those standards.

  3. Having this service could also have a positive impact on employee morale and increased productivity.

In this article, we are going to go over the recommended fill list for an industrial first aid cabinet.

The areas of first aid that your business first aid cabinet should cover as A.N.S.I defines them are:

  1. Minor wounds Bandages
    • Antiseptics
  2. Major wounds Compresses
    • Gauze
    • Tape
  3. Burns Burn gels
    • Sprays
    • Ointments
    • ice packs
  4. Eye injuries Eyewash
    • Eyecups
  5. Personal comfort Analgesics
      • Ibuprofen
      • Non-aspirin
      • Aspirin

Putting together a first-aid program yourself that meets the above areas can be a real challenge. It could be difficult to source all of these items, especially in single unit dose packaging that helps to mitigate cross-contamination. Most items sold and purchased through pharmacies or large box stores are meant for personal or home first aid kits.

A service company like UniFirst First Aid + Safety will meet with you and your team to design a program based on your needs and environment. Knowing that your first aid and safety needs are being handled by professionals from UniFirst First Aid + Safety, will allow you to put your mind at rest and focus on other areas of your business.


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Apple Watch – It’s a life saver

18-year-old Deanna Recktenwald from Lithia, Florida, was at church on April 22 when she received a notification on her Apple Watch that her resting heart rate was extremely high. IT had jumped to 160 beats per minute up from her usual resting heart rate.

“The only symptom that I had was that I was out of breath from walking and standing and sitting so it kind of didn’t make much sense,” Recktenwald told ABC News.

Recktenwald’s mother, Stacey, a registered nurse, rushed her to an urgent care facility.

When the staff at the urgent care facility confirmed that her resting heart rate was at 190 beats per minute, Deanna was sent to her emergency room where doctors determined Deanna was in kidney failure.

Deanna received the Apple Watch a few months earlier at Christmas from her parents. The parents are very thankful for its ability to alert them to a condition that otherwise might have gone unnoticed.

“Now that we have some answers to why this is happening we can prevent something major from happening down the road,” said Deanna

Deanns’ mother Stacey wrote to Apple, explaining what happened and thanking the company fo that eApple Watch.

After about an hour the blood work came back and the doctors reviewed the results and told us that Deanna was in Kidney Failure. Her kidneys were only functioning at 20%. She had no symptoms of any kidney issues or any other medical issues. If it wasn’t for her Apple watch alarming her about her HR we wouldn’t have discovered her kidney issue.

I honestly feel that your Apple Watch has saved my daughter’s life. She is heading off for college in August and her condition may have been overlooked and if it wasn’t caught now the doctor said she would have needed a kidney transplant. I am forever grateful to Apple for developing such an amazing lifesaving product. Now I can send her off to college and know that she can monitor her HR and seek attention if it alarms her again.

Tim Cook responded via Twitter.

Source: ABC News

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Hockey player alive today due to AED

It’s the second time in three years that an AED was used at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena to save a hockey players life.

On March 28, a player in the locker room went into sudden cardiac arrest. Players as well as an off-duty Paramedic began CPR and utilized and AED to deliver shocks to the man.

Authorities say the victim had a pulse and was breathing when paramedics arrived. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was released and “joking with friends” the next day, the fire department’s blog said.

The AED was installed due to the initiative of a teenage hockey play and Boy Scout. He noticed that the arena didn’t have a AED.

“This is an example of how learning CPR can save a life. Whether a teammate, a friend, co-worker, loved one, or a complete stranger, starting CPR quickly increases the chance of survival,” says the fire department blog.

“According to the American Heart Association, CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.”


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MTA conductor performs CPR on passenger

Pictured: Kevin Bartsch (Photo Courtesy of New York Post)
Pictured: Kevin Bartsch (Photo Courtesy of New York Post)

F-Train conductor, Kevin Bartsch was on a southbound train when passengers alerted him to an unconscious man.

“I found this gentleman slumped over on the bench, people were saying he’s dead,” Bartsch, 50, recalled. “I noticed his lips were blue. I checked for a carotid pulse. He did not have one.”

Bartsch performed CPR on the man while an EMT arrived on the scene with an AED.

The man returned to consciousness before the defibrillator was needed.

Passengers on the scene describe Bartsch as a hero.

Bartsch himself, was rather modest.

“When it all was going on, training mode took over,” he said. “I did what I had to do.”

”It hit me after, I just saved somebody and was up all night reflecting on it,” he said.

Source: New York Post

Is the Apple Watch a Life Saver?

William Monzidelis says he is thankful to being alive today and that he owes it all to his Apple smart watch.

William was working at their family business, Bowlerland Lanes in Eastchester, a month ago when he passed blood in the bathroom. He says his latest model Apple Watch started going off almost instantly.

Doctors says that had William not gotten medical treatment as quickly as he did, he most certainly would have died.

“I was getting notifications from my watch telling me that I needed to seek medical attention immediately, my heart rate is going too high and too low, numbers that I’ve never had in my life,” William said.

Williams Mother Nancy recalls:

“I looked at his lips, they’re always pink like lipstick. ‘Your lips are white and blue, what’s going on?’. He said, ‘maybe I bled too much, my lips are never white and blue’,” Nancy said.

She got him in the car and drove to the hospital.

“When we got off the exit he started seizing, shaking his head, started projectile vomiting blood out of his mouth, his nose, wherever, then he passed out,” Nancy said. “His eyes rolled back and he was out.”

The Apple Watch is the most popular smart watch on the market today.

“I owe my life to that company, literally owe my life,” he said. “If I didn’t see that I would have gone back to my office, probably passed out, and that would have been it.”

William is still recovering from his ordeal. After two blood transfusions and an emergency endoscopy to cauterize the ulcer.

Source: CBS New York

Publix employees honored for saving co-workers life

Photo Courtesy of CBS 12

Two Publix Employees, Christina Holbrook and Erika Serkin used a defibrillator on Jon Powell, a meat cutter at Publix West Palm when he collapsed at work.

“I’m just glad to be here and I really don’t know what else to say. I mean everybody else, so many people jumped in to help. I’m grateful for that,” Powell said.

Erika Serkin, the Publix store manager saw Powell on the floor when Christina rushed over to assist.

“I saw him on the floor, and Erika was there and she said something about CPR and it’s all kind of a blur from there, I just went into action and gave him CPR,” said Christina Holbrook, Publix grocery clerk.

“We applied the AED machine to him and you press a button on it and it tells you step by step what you need to do,” Serkin said.

Both woman are happy that they had the been trained to use the defibrillator.

“I’m happy that everything turned out the way it did,” Holbrook said.

Source: CBS12

Chances of survival are doubled when CPR is performed in conjunction with an AED.

Did You Know?…….


1. SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

2. Approximately 356,000 people of all ages experience SCA each year

3. 9 out of 10 victims die

4. Effective bystanders intervention can triple survival rates


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