Stories: “Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime”

February 26, 2009


Think Safe will be bringing you emergency and first aid stories on our blog, entitled “Stories”. Employees at Think Safe hear these accounts all the time and we wanted to share these stories with you.

Some of the posted stories will be celebrated successes of how trained staff and appropriate medical equipment has saved a life.

Other stories, such as this one told by Carrie Meyer,  is a story about an unfortunate loss.

Automated External Defibrillator

Automated External Defibrillator

AEDs are vital life-saving equipment that is often neglected. One of Think Safe’s goals is to raise awareness about the importance of AEDs in all sorts of locations;  schools, gyms, and the work place.  Meyer shared with us the story of a fitness center which did not have an AED available.

I have spent a few weeks now with a fitness center in Colorado in regards to an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for their facility.  They had discussed the placement on one of these life saving units for their business and the manager really saw the value in having the device, although they hoped they would never need to use one.

I was making a follow up call to the fitness center last week and asked the question.”Have you gotten to review the information on the AED for the business?”  The response was not one that I had expected.

The manager said that earlier that week a man went down at their facility, she was the one to administer CPR, but it was not enough.

The gentleman did not make it.

The manager said that she is still trying to calm herself down, she was glad she had the following day off.  She also mentioned to me that she tried to find my number right away but could not find it.

As we were nearly through with our conversation she said, “Carrie, I just really did not think that this would happen at our center.

The owner and she are now making a serious effort to get an AED into their center.  The phrase of “Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime” comes to mind.

As uncomfortable as it is to have to think about using the device, the fact is that it is a lifesaver.  And I know there is one lady that is forever changed by this experience.

Meyer shares a story that is all too common.  Does your fitness center have an AED?  Does your state require, by law,  to have an AED at a fitness center or gym?

Next time you go in to work out, inquire to the staff about their emergency and first aid training and equipment.  If they don’t, encourage the business to have a trained staff,  first aid supplies and an AED – it could be the difference between life and death!

Wishing you a long and healthy life!

Think Safe, making minutes matter.

Our first post!

February 20, 2009

Welcome to our first ever blog post!  We are excited to enter the blogosphere!  I guess it is about time to initiate this type of technology into our website, especially since we believe in bringing technology and innovation to the world of first aid and emergency situations. As President of Think Safe, my goal is to bring our mission to life:

To provide comprehensive best-in-class products that address emergency situations and help those in need of immediate assistance or refresher training.

Of course 9-1-1 assistance is whom we rely on for immediate advanced care but there are incremental little things that a parent, coach, friend, coworker or good Samaritan can do while waiting for their arrival. And what if 9-1-1 is going to be a while? What if your school is in the middle of a lockdown situation and someone in a locked down classroom has a major medical emergency? What should be done and should not be done according to first aid science standards and key industry recommendations? It is our passion to give helpful tools and power to these types of situations.

First Voice Emergency Instruction Device & Marketing Coordinator Will Lenzen

Will Lenzen holding the new First Voice Emergency Instruction Device

Our very own Marketing Coordinator, Will Lenzen is shown holding our 2nd generation First Voice™ Emergency Instruction Device (EID). This model was developed with the help of Will whom re-designed and updated our faceplate based upon customer feedback and input. Our new improved rugged and portable EID provides both English and Spanish first aid and CPR instructions for over 30 major or minor medical emergencies. We had a fun and educational time – we made Rosetta Stone proud – today switching back and forth from Spanish to English instruction segments on how to care for a gunshot wound, embedded object in the eye, severe thermal burn, snake bite, and allergic reaction – just to name a few!   Enough digressing, I’ll close the blog with a big thank you to all whom have made our 2nd generation possible including our concept inventor and “voice” (former helicopter flight nurse) Annette Carter.  Make it a great day!

Think Safe President, Paula Wickham