CPR Classes near Fremont, CA

Date: October 19th, 2013

Time: 1pm -4pm

Cost: $70

American Heart Association CPR Training near Fremont, CA

 

The American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED certification class covers CPR for infants, children, & adults, choke-saving, and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). This course is for renewing, re-certification, or initial students. 

 

San Jose CPR Certification
Next to USPS, across street Diddams
545 Meridian Avenue, Suite E
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 724-9985
www.sanjosecprcertification.com
Free Parking!

 

 

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (commonly known as CPR) is a potentially life-saving procedure that should be performed when a person suffers from cardiac arrest, or stops breathing in San Jose. The process alone is unlikely to restart the heart, but delays permanent damage to the brain. Knowing how to apply CPR is a crucial part of basic first-aid knowledge.

To perform CPR, place the palm of your hand in the center of the patient’s chest and push down by around 6cm. Aim for at least 100 chest compressions each minute. In addition, you can perform ‘rescue breaths’. To do so, start by slowing the pace of the chest compressions to around one every second. Then, every 30 compressions, pinch the patient’s nose and breathe firmly into their mouth twice (for around one second each time).

While performing CPR, notify others and urge them to call the emergency services. To fully restart the heart, defibrillation (the application of electric shocks to the patient’s heart) is necessary. This requires a defibrillator, which can generally be found in an ambulance. If no one is around, apply CPR to the patient for several minutes and then alert the emergency services.

Bear in mind that, generally, assistance with CPR instructions can be obtained over the phone from the emergency services, if ever you are unsure of the procedure. Stay calm when performing CPR, as the patient’s brain cells will only start to die within several minutes, which is plenty of time to alert the emergency services or listen to instructions. The best way to learn CPR is at a CPR Classes in San Jose.

If you are still concerned about a CPR situation arising, attend CPR training in San Jose, as there is no substitute for a physical example. Instructors will be able to comment on your action and will help you fine tune your skills. Make sure the AHA CPR Course in San Jose class you attend is right for you, as classes exist for the everyday person, and for health care professionals.

Long hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area offer us opportunities that have become rare in the modern day: To encounter nature (our own as well as that of the outside world) in an intimate one-on-one fashion. Because this is such a departure from the usual manner in which so many of us live in San Jose, however, there can be risks involved in the venture that we may not consider until we encounter them – and by then, it may be too late. Anticipating – and preparing for – the possible pitfalls will leave our minds free to focus on the excitement of the journey.

 

The safest wilderness hikes are typically undertaken under the supervision of seasoned guides. With proper forethought and precaution, we can certainly enjoy a successful excursion without the help of a professional. Lengthy hikes in wild terrain should never be undertaken alone, however. Companions are crucial. Trusted friends can give us invaluable aid in the event of an injury and also provide us with a gift that’s often underestimated on the trail: psychological support. Fatigue, hunger, dehydration, sun, cold and various other factors can all impair our judgment and confuse our emotional responses. Two or more heads are definitely better than one when it comes to negotiating these sorts of risky experiences, especially when our very survival may be at stake.

 

Ideally, everyone who is going on the expedition should understand the basic procedures of medical rescue and first-aid. These skills include CPR and the application of bandages and splints. Practice these techniques beforehand until they become second nature, especially if you’ll be traveling through terrain that poses significant risks. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the environment that you’ll be traveling through. Some factors to be aware of include the availability of water, possible high altitudes, any posted warnings in the area and the projected weather forecast.

 

We burn a lot more calories (about 3,000-5,000 for men and 2,000-3,500 for women) per day when we’re involved in a strenuous activity such as hiking. Pack enough food to compensate for your exertions along the trail.

 

Other crucial supplies that you should have on hand include:

– solution for water disinfection

– a fire starter kit

– an improvised shelter

– a map

– a compass or GPS

– a cell phone

– emergency lighting

– sunscreen

– insect repellent

– a multi-tool knife

first-aid kit

 

Be sure to break your boots in well in advance of your trip in order to avoid that great enemy of all Bay Area hikers – blisters. If you’re setting out merely for a day-long excursion, it’s still advisable that you prepare for an unexpected night spent outdoors.

It’s important that you know your own medical history as well as that of any traveling companions. Preexisting conditions can be exacerbated when we enter into unfamiliar environments. Lung problems, for example, will typically become more severe at high altitudes. Be particularly aware of any temperature extremes that you may encounter along your projected road. Consider also any severe allergic reactions that you or any of your company may be vulnerable to, such as bee stings, poison ivy or any of various food allergies.

First-Aid training with STS has a number of benefits. It can be helpful not just in tackling emergencies but in dealing with more minor incidents – and in helping to avoid accidents and injury in the first place.

 

It is often necessary for staff in San Jose to be trained in first aid in order to meet legal health and safety requirements. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that workplaces provide basic medical facilities that can take care of all their employees in case of emergency. This means a clinic, hospital or other healthcare facility must be available to all employees. This facility must be “in near proximity” as defined by OSHA specifications. OSHA defines “near proximity” as within four to six minutes’ response time in the case of particularly dangerous workplaces or within 15 minutes’ response time in the case of workplaces that don’t offer any unusual hazards. Those San Jose workplaces that don’t have such a facility nearby must have staff members who are trained in first aid and CPR so that someone can quickly render aid in the event of an injury or a sudden illness (such as a heart attack).

 

Legal requirements aren’t the only reason for undertaking first-aid training in the San Jose workplace. Having somebody on-site who can immediately jump into action if there’s a medical emergency can save precious time. In a serious situation such as a cardiac arrest, every minute counts. Knowing what to do in the event of a severe injury such as a dangerously deep cut, a bad burn or an electric shock can minimize the resulting injury. A trained first-aider can perform lifesaving treatment such as CPR while waiting for the paramedics to arrive; this can mean the difference between a good outcome and a poor one.

 

Another good reason for training employees in first aid is accident prevention. Our Safety Training Seminars First-Aid course covers workplace safety makes employees more aware of potential hazards and the possible consequences of ignoring regulations and taking unnecessary risks. This kind of training can help staff to feel more involved in and responsible for keeping their workplace a safe and healthy environment. Rather than being annoying barriers to efficiency, health and safety rules come to be seen as useful tools that benefit everyone. Trained staff can also support their co-workers in making good choices, reminding others of guidelines and why these exist.

 

As well as the obvious advantages, a first aid course can confer more subtle benefits. Training in first aid can also improve morale in the workplace. Arranging a first-aid course with STS demonstrates a clear commitment to staff welfare and training together can encourage team-building.

Arranging a first aid course is not hard. Individual staff members can be trained off-site at STS’s San Jose office on Meridian Ave., perhaps attending a group course in the evenings. Safety Training Seminars will also visit your workplace and administer training on the premises of you have a group of 14 or more.

Epilepsy Classes are Conducted in San Jose, CA.

Doctors, nurses, dentists taking CPR class with American Heart Association

American Heart Association CPR Training class for medical professionals

Teaching others about Epilepsy Awareness is an important thing—not only during Epilepsy Awareness Month, but at all times.  Many people still live under many incorrect assumptions about epilepsy, and those things need to change. The American Heart Association has developed the Heartsaver First-aid course which overs what to do when someone suffers from a seizures. These courses are taught all over the USA and in San Jose.

First, epilepsy is far more common than people think.  There are more than three million cases, and climbing right now, with one hundred fifty thousand cases being diagnosed every year.  Sadly, deaths in the epileptic population due to Sudden Death Due to Epilepsy (SUDEP) run as high as seventeen percent each year.

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to SUDEP—age, IQ, even race and sleeping position.  However, more research needs to be done to help combat this disease.  Research though requires several things that epilepsy does not have: positive attention, and enough research money.

Epilepsy has been around since before the time of Christ, and sufferers of the disorder have been thought to be possessed with demons.  Many have been made fun of in school, or called idiots or daydreamers, when in reality they were having a seizure.  Still to this day, there is such a stigma that many people with epilepsy refuse to talk about having it openly.

Making people properly aware of what to do, how to act and how to support a person with epilepsy is important—especially during November, which is Epilepsy Awareness Month.  Here are some things to know when dealing with seizures of any type.

REMAIN CALM.  This is important for any seizure.  If you are dealing with someone having an absence or partial seizure, they may not be responsive at first.  For this reason, they may become combative, so stay calm no matter what.

MOVE THINGS OUT OF THE WAY.  This is important, too, especially when the epilepsy patient is wandering around, out of it, or about to fall to the ground into a tonic clonic (grand mal) seizure.  Moving things, especially sharp objects, will minimize injuries.

LET THE SEIZURE RUN ITS COURSE.  If the absence or partial seizure is taking place standing up, DON’T force the patient to sit down.  This will cause more problems if you do.  If the tonic clonic seizure is taking place, turn the patient on their side, loosen any clothing, take off their glasses and shoes, and turn their head to the side as well. DO NOT stick ANYTHING in their mouth.

ONCE THE SEIZURE HAS RUN ITS COURSE.  Stay with the patient, and talk to them calmly, but quietly, to let them reorient themselves.  It may take them a while to do so.  Patients that have a tonic clonic seizure may very well go back to sleep, and stay asleep for up to twenty four hours.

PLEASE NOTE:  IF AT ANY TIME THE SEIZURE LASTS MORE THAN FIVE MINUTES, CALL 911.

During Epilepsy Awareness Month, things like how to deal with a seizure will be taught to everyone that can possibly be reached.  At the same time, though, the need to raise research money will be brought up, too.  There are a several foundations just to support epilepsy, however, they need patrons to support them.

Susan Axelrod along with two other mothers of epileptic children founded the CURE Foundation.  The goal of the CURE Foundation is to raise money specifically for research for epilepsy.  Susan, does have an extra “gun” in her arsenal if you will—her husband is David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s senior advisor.

As parents to Lauren, Susan and David Axelrod went through the pain of seeing their daughter Lauren seize day in and day out because there weren’t medications to control her.  Surgery didn’t help either.  More research was and is, badly needed.  Lauren will live in a special home the rest of her life, but has finally found a medication that works—for now.

Thus was born the CURE Foundation—and a way to make the need for this disorder’s need for research money more prominent.  The Axelrods are the spokesmen, if you will, for epilepsy that Michael J Fox and Muhammad Ali are for Parkinson’s disease.  Yet, combine Parkinson’s with multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy—and there are still more cases of epilepsy out there!  Yes, more research money is desperately needed!

On Oct 25, 2009, the Axelrods were interviewed by Katie Couric on 60 Minutes about their daughter, Lauren and the CURE Foundation.  The interview and its results were fascinating.  With Epilepsy Awareness Month coming up, be sure to try to watch that episode, and to help out your local epilepsy support chapter.  You’ll be glad you did.

For more information about learning about seizures and other life threatening emergencies, please take an American Heart Association Heart Saver First-aid course. Be prepared.

Are Women at as Great a Risk for Heart Attacks?

Learn signs and symptoms of heart attack in women

Heart attacks occur about as commonly in women as they do in men. However, the symptoms of a heart attack may be much less obvious for women. Many people think of the image of a man clutching his chest and falling to the ground as “code” for heart attack, yet women may experience a different set of symptoms. Nevertheless, the condition is no less serious, and it’s important to be aware of the warning signs and seek medical assistance right away.

What Exactly Is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack may be caused by a variety of medical conditions. The term “heart attack” is shorthand for a sudden shortage of oxygen-rich blood to the heart. This can be caused by a variety of medical conditions. The most common medical condition is due to a build up of plaque in the coronary artery. Sometimes, a piece of plaque will cause the blood to clot around it, constricting blood flow to the heart. When the blood flow to the heart is restricted, the heart tissue begins to die.

When experiencing a heart attack, it is important to seek medical attention right away to avoid permanent heart damage or death. If you have high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease, you may want to consider diet and lifestyle changes to lower your risk of heart attacks. Even a short 20 minute walk everyday can make a huge impact on lowering your risk for heart attack.

What is a Heart Attack Like for Women?

Women experiencing a heart attack are likely to feel a shortness of breath, nausea, or lower back and jaw pain. Women may also experience a pressure or a pain in their chest, back, or upper abdomen. The tightening in this region of the body may spread to the neck or jaw. Other symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, or extreme fatigue, A cold sweat and nausea are also common symptoms.  It’s easy to confuse some of these symptoms with the flu or the normal fatigue of aging. However, if you think you may be having a heart attack, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.

Because heart attacks in women are more difficult to recognize, women are often misdiagnosed or sent home without being treated, causing unnecessary damage to heart tissue. Therefore, it is important to be aware of all possible symptoms and seek medical attention if you think you may be having a heart attack. You should report all symptoms fully to the doctor for the best diagnoses.

Seeking Medical Attention

Heart tissue can be damaged very quickly in a heart attack. Therefore, it is very important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Don’t drive to the hospital. Instead, get an ambulence to bring you to the emergency room. People who call an ambulence and recieve Emergency Medical Service will get treatment up to an hour sooner than going to the emergency room by car. In a heart attack, every minute matters to preserve heart tissue.

Early Warning Signs?

Signs of a blocked artery may appear up to six weeks before a coming heart attack. Unexplained shortness of breath, fatigue, or stomach pain may indicate a blocked artery and increased risk for heart attack. These early heart attack warning signs should urge you to talk to your doctor about heart disease and seek treatment before your heart tissue becomes damaged. Heart attack warning signs for women can be easily confused with other diseases and disorders. Misdiagnoses are common. If you are at risk for heart disease, it is important to know the symptoms, risks, and report everything fully to medical professionals.

Being Prepared – Learn CPR

It is very important to know the warning signs of a women suffering from a heart attack, but it is also very important to know what to do. Immediately call 911 if you suspect someone is suffering from a heart attack. If their heart stops beating, start CPR. The American Heart Association and the American Red Cross provide low cost CPR classes throughout the Bay Area for those interested in learning how to perform proper CPR.

Where To Learn CPR in San Jose

Where to find a CPR course in San Jose

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a rescue technique used to pump blood to the heart to keep a person alive until medical help arrives. CPR can also involve using breathing techniques to provide oxygen to the lungs. CPR saves millions of lives each year, and anyone can learn the simple techniques. A number of San Jose organizations provide CPR training to help educate people about this important, life-saving method.

Certification and Non-Certification

CPR training may be certified on non-certified. Choosing which type of training you should get depends upon what you intend to do with the knowledge. Some jobs require official certification in CPR. These include emergency medical technicians, nurses and other healthcare workers. Some jobs require that you have knowledge of CPR, though official certification is not necessary. In addition, basic CPR training may be for use on adults. Training for CPR on children and infants is considered additional training that may or may not be offered. CPR training may also include dealing with choking problems and the use of common defibrillator equipment found in restaurants and other public facilities. Most instructional programs offer a card to indicate that you have completed certain types of CPR training.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross offers a number of first aid and CPR training classes as part of their emergency-preparedness work in local communities. These classes may include safety training for babysitters, caregivers, lifeguards and to become an instructor in these classes. The CPR courses may cover training in both adult and infant rescue. Certification generally follows a written test. You can contact your local division of the American Red Cross for their class schedules that run throughout the year.

Hospitals

As a public service to the community, area hospitals often provide health information to the community. These may include a variety of classes in infant care, pregnancy classes and lifestyle changes after certain illnesses. Some hospitals also provide first aid and CPR training. Training in a hospital setting ensures the use of medically approved techniques so that you will be able to administer the proper technique when needed.

Fire Stations

Personnel at local fire stations may participate in community safety programs such as CPR training to spread the word on this valuable life-saving technique. These programs are often organized by the American Heart Association and have the firefighters who have used the technique in their jobs as teachers. The firefighters can often provide interesting and valuable advice on real-life situations in which CPR is done. Generally, these programs are certified as “community level training,” as opposed to the type that is given to medical personnel.

Community Centers

Many community centers around the country teach CPR to ensure that as many people as possible can help save lives during emergency situations. Often, these classes are held at community pools where the risk of drowning may occur. CPR can save drowning victims and can be an important skill for parents and grandparents if they have a swimming pool on their property.

Safety Products Companies

If you cannot find CPR training given by the previously mentioned groups, you may be able to attend classes that are offered by safety supply companies. These companies often hire emergency medical personnel to teach the classes. Though the classes may not qualify as “certified” training, but they can still provide valuable skills to help save lives. Ask about certification before you take the class.

Free CPR Classes

About twice a year, the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross offer free non-certified CPR training courses. They are usually called CPR Saturdays, or Sidewalk CPR and offer a chance for the public to learn the steps of CPR for no charge. These courses do not offer a certification card, so if you need the course for a work requirement, you should probably take the full class.

CPR Apps

With the invention of the smartphone, a whole new way of delivering information to people has begun. People are able to learn almost anything via their cell phone connection to the internet. Information on how to do CPR via cell phone app makes it possible for individuals to have instructions on how to apply CPR whenever it is needed. These apps can help to refresh the memory about correct CPR techniques when people are faced with an emergency situation. CPR apps are available for both Iphones and Android phones.

American Heart Association

The most widely accepted CPR certification in the San Jose area is conducted by the American Heart Association. San Jose CPR Certification conducts BLS, CPR, AED, First-aid, and ACLS courses in their comfortable classroom near downtown San Jose on Meridian Avenue.

View upcoming classes here

 

6 Reasons You Should Learn CPR

CPR instructor teaching a student how to perform CPR

Do you know how to perform CPR properly?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a technique used in medical emergencies to help keep blood pumping through the body and oxygen flowing to the brain. According to the American Heart Association, CPR saves lives, and they offer classes in communities across the country and throughout the year. Emergencies can happen anywhere, but a few circumstances may have particular need of someone trained in CPR.

You Care for Infants and Children
Many parents-to-be feel the need to get first-aid and CPR training to prepare them for the responsibility of caring for a new life. In this way, they feel ready to deal with any emergency they may encounter. If you work in a school or daycare facility, CPR training will give you the skills to help during an accident or medical emergency. Generally, CPR classes include the special techniques needed for use on infants and small children.

You Live With Someone Who Has A Serious Medical Condition
If someone in your family has a serious medical condition such as heart disease or a respiratory condition, you may wish to be prepared for an emergency by getting CPR training. The procedures of chest compression and intermittent breaths given to a person in distress can maintain life until the emergency medical team arrives on the scene.

You Own A Swimming Pool
People who own a swimming pool on their property often worry about children who might be attracted to the water and end up in a drowning accident. Knowing CPR techniques will help you to be prepared to help should a drowning incident arise. Grandparents who have swimming pools on their property often want CPR training to ensure that they are in a position to help if a grandchild is in trouble.

You Work In A Medical Environment
Those who work in medical environment may have CPR training as one of the requirements for employment. Often, the employer will arrange training for new-hires to ensure that all personnel can handle any emergencies that occur with patients that are already medically compromised. If you already have this training, it can help your chances for employment. The course that medical professionals are required to take is called BLS for the Healthcare Provider.

You’re Involved in Fitness or Physical Training
Frequently, teachers of fitness programs and other personnel of a facility are required to have CPR training to ensure that they will be able to handle any medical emergency that occurs during physical activities. This readiness can be important when older clients have sudden medical problems or when unsuspected medical conditions arise in any client. Having all staff members trained in CPR is not only a good marketing point for the facility and ensures that employees will be able help until EMTs arrive.

Basic First-Aid for Minor Injuries – Courses offered in San Jose

There are certain skills, such as CPR, that we may devote ourselves to learning whilst all the while hoping we never have to call upon the knowledge and use it.  First-aid could also fall into this category, though the circumstances that call upon us to use it may be more frequent. Knowledge of the basic treatments for common types of cuts, bruises and other injuries can be crucial when professional help is unavailable. Whether we’re out in the wild, at home waiting for an ambulance or otherwise alone with a person in need, our quick responses can mean the difference between an arrested and an aggravated injury.

The golden rule for all forms of first-aid is, “First of all, don’t do any more harm”. You should never perform a procedure if you’re unsure of your ability to pull it off. The same principle applies to administering medicines that you’re not familiar with. If you’re debating whether or not an injured person should be moved, choose to err on the cautious side. An exception to this rule of thumb would be when remaining at the place of the accident carries continued risk (i.e., in cases of fire, avalanche, flood, building collapse, etc.)

A big part of the aid that we give to a victim is emotional in nature. Human contact and support are crucial in the aftermath of physical trauma. Always strive to remain calm and centered. This not only enables you to function with greater efficiency but also conveys your emotional stability to the person you’re caring for.

Immediate first-aid for all forms of bruises calls for a cold compress or cold water. If you use ice, wrap it in a cloth so that it doesn’t come into direct contact with the person’s skin. Apply for ten minutes at a time, with intermittent breaks, for a total application time of one hour.

Puncture wounds run a high risk of infection. Rinse them well with water and leave them open to heal. Closing the wound may actually promote infection. A little initial bleeding will be helpful, as this will carry bacteria out of the punctured area.

Scrapes that are caused by abrasion are oftentimes painful, but they should nonetheless be scrubbed to remove any dirt and stone particles within the wound that could cause infection. Use soap and water, and apply an antiseptic ointment to the affected area immediately afterwards.

If a person has been cut, remove all of their clothing from the area so that you can gauge the severity of the wound. The greatest risk in such cases will most likely be blood loss. Stem the bleeding by applying direct pressure to the cut for ten to fifteen minutes. If the injured area can be elevated then this will also slow bleeding. Strive to calm the person and discourage movement, as this can aggravate the wound.

More severe cuts occur when the skin has been shaved at an angle (skin flaps) or flayed off completely (avulsions). A skin flap should be reconnected to the underlying skin, with some form of bandage and tape, after the wound has been cleaned. The flap itself should be kept intact, as it can help the tissue beneath to heal. Avulsions need to be taped closed, if at all possible, to stem the severe bleeding that can result.

The American Heart Association recommends that everyone takes a CPR and First-aid class at least once every 2 years to be properly trained for an emergency. San Jose CPR Certification offers this course about two times a week in Santa Clara County.

 

Santa Clara County Good Samariatan Laws for Providing First-aid

If you’re in a situation where someone is injured and requires first aid your first decision is whether or not you’re willing to provide it. If you decide to become the first aid provider your first priority then becomes your own safety.
Some people wonder if they’re required to provide first aid after taking a safety class. In general the answer’s no, first aid training is meant to increase your effectiveness as a first responder and as a first aid provider, but you don’t have the same legal obligations to provide treatment that doctors and other professional medical providers do.
Many people are concerned about the possibility of being sued if they provide first aid to an injured person. Good Samaritan laws generally provide protection to first aid providers as long as those providers don’t exceed their level of training. The application of Good Samaritan laws varies between countries and in the U.S. it varies from state to state. You should find out how the Good Samaritan laws are applied in your area.
After someone takes an American Heart Association first-aid class, they will receive an official certification card that shows the date of the course and when the card expires. Even though a rescuer does not possess a current card, or if their card has expired, they are still protected by the Good Samaritan laws.
Before helping a victim you must have the victims consent to do so. Identify yourself and state your level of training.
“My name’s Robert and I’m trained in basic first aid. Can I help you?”
If the injured person says no and you provide first aid anyway, you’ve opened yourself to a potential lawsuit. If the victim is unresponsive or mentally impaired the legal concept of “implied consent” allows you to provide first aid. Implied consent assumes that most reasonable people will want first aid treatment if they’re in need of it.
A minor can’t legally withhold consent for first aid treatment, but their consent needs to come from a parent or legal guardian. If the parent or legal guardian isn’t present, or if they’re unresponsive or mentally impaired, then the concept of implied consent allows you to provide first aid.
After deciding to help and getting the victims consent to do so your next priority becomes your own safety. Take a minute and assess safety at the scene. If the victim has been injured in a car accident it may be necessary to have someone stop traffic in order to make the accident scene safe for the first responders/first aid providers. If the injury was caused by machinery it’s not unreasonable to assume that the machinery needs to be shut off in order to make the accident scene safe. If a person has cut themselves and is bleeding you need to use a barrier to protect yourself against blood borne pathogens.
The hazards will vary greatly from an industrial setting to an office setting, and from being outdoors to being indoors. What’s important is that the hazards are recognized and then be eliminated or neutralized. Only after you’ve decided to provide first aid, you’ve been given the victims consent to help, and you’ve assured yourself that the scene is safe, can you move on and start providing hands on first aid.