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What are Universal Precautions?

What are universal precautions? Explore our article to know the purpose of universal precautions & how to protect yourself from an infected individual.

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When Not to Use a Defibrillator: Do’s and Don’ts of Using an AED

Guide Sections: Knowing when not to use an AED is just as important as knowing how to use one, and where to find it. Here’s why. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) save over 1,700 lives in the United States every year. However, many Americans do not currently know where to locate AEDs or how to use …

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What Are the Key Differences Between Infant, Child, and Adult CPR?

Guide Sections: Do you know the differences between infant, child, and adult CPR? The American Heart Association (AHA) conducts research on CPR outcomes of infants, children, and adults on an ongoing basis, so it’s important to stay up to date on how recommendations for CPR change over time. In this post we will cover the …

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Mediterranean Diet for Heart Health

Guide Sections: If you have ever been curious about following a heart healthy diet, you likely have heard of the Mediterranean Diet (MED). This diet is one of the most popular and well-studied diets around. Let’s go over what the mediterranean diet for heart health is all about. What is the Mediterranean Diet? This diet …

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How to Determine If Someone Is Unresponsive & What To Do

Guide Sections: Imagine walking through the grocery store and seeing someone fall to the ground. Do you know how to determine if a person is unresponsive?  How should you assist the person until trained emergency medical personnel arrive? Would you know how to treat an unconscious person?  We will explore some recommended ways to assist, …

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EMS Week – Insights from 2021

As EMS Week begins, the information in the 2021 ESO Fire Service Index Report is of great relevance. The report was prepared based on data from ESO from 2,096,597 records from 537 fire departments throughout 2020. It breaks down the emergencies handled by fire departments by type of incident and other relevant variables. The breakdown …

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Chain of Survival

Guide Sections: Sudden cardiac arrest happens when the heart stops functioning and is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. An electrical malfunction in the heart throws off the heart’s normal rhythm and causes a cardiac arrest.  Sudden cardiac arrest victims must receive a series of life-saving measures quickly to improve their survival chances. To …

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Congratulations to our Winter 2021 Scholarship Winner!

EMT, aspiring half-marathoner, and President of the Girl Up and SoBear Activities Clubs, Savannah Doelfel is a neuroscience major who hopes to eventually combine her interests in medicine and law upon graduating from Brown University. We are delighted to announce that Savannah is also the recipient of the Winter 2021 Avive College Scholarship.

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2020 AHA Updates on Maternal Resuscitation from Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest in pregnant women is a dangerous and complex condition owing to the presence of two patients (mother and fetus) as well as the need for immediate treatment. The newly released 2020 AHA CPR & EGG guidelines provide a framework to optimize resuscitation for in-hospital maternal cardiac arrest victims.

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5 Ways EMS Providers can Find Support

While the 8 o’clock chorus of applause that spread throughout my neighborhood in March, April, and into June has subsided, essential workers continue to serve their communities and patients in profound ways. Risk of exposure, staffing shortages, infecting others, PPE supply, and more can weigh heavily on individuals who work on the frontlines, particularly EMS …

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