Another Great SCA Survivor Story

March 7, 2016

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Donates Defibrillator to Grandson’s School after Defying the Odds at Casino

A Louisiana man who survived a sudden cardiac arrest at Boomtown Casino donates an automated external defibrillator (AED) to St. Rosalie School with HeartSine’s Forward Hearts program

James Stein defied all odds last October when he survived a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at a local casino that almost cost him his life.

Fortunately, luck was on his side, as the casino was equipped with an AED and staff members performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a timely manner. Time is critical during sudden cardiac arrest because for every minute defibrillation is delayed, the victim’s chance of survival decreases by seven to 10 percent.

To celebrate his luck and promote the importance of quick access to AEDs, Stein will donate a HeartSine® samaritan® PAD 350P (SAM 350P) AED to St. Rosalie School in Harvey, Louisiana. The device will be provided by HeartSine Technologies Forward Hearts program, which allows survivors of an SCA event in which a HeartSine defibrillator has been used, to donate a HeartSine AED to the charity or organization of the survivor’s choice, at no cost.

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The Stein family donates a HeartSine AED to St. Rosalie School in celebration of Stein’s survival. Pictured: Scott Stein, James Stein (survivor), He’nri Stein, Mary Wenzel, Fr. Larry Urban, and Taylor Stein

The potentially lifesaving SAM 350P AED, which analyzes the heart rhythm and delivers an electrical shock to victims of SCA in order to restore the heart to normal rhythm, will protect thousands of faculty members and students at St. Rosalie School. Stein chose to donate the AED to St. Rosalie School because his grandson is a student there.

“I feel so blessed and fortunate to be alive today, and I am glad to have the opportunity to protect my grandson and his classmates at his school,” said Stein. “Surviving a sudden cardiac arrest should not be a matter of luck. All public places should be equipped with AEDs.”

Much to the joy of his family – which includes his wife of 43 years, six children and grandchildren – Stein suffered no neurological damage and has resumed taking walks, cooking, and doing many of the other activities he enjoys.

“Mr. Stein’s survival from sudden cardiac arrest is a great example of the importance of AEDs in all public places,” said Michael Lockwood, sales manager at HeartSine. “As sudden cardiac arrests truly can take place anywhere, it is imperative to place AEDs in all public spaces from casinos to schools.”

The HeartSine AED at Boomtown Casino that saved Stein’s life was supplied by HeartSine’s authorized distributor Think Safe, Inc., a first-aid industry wholesaler based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

“It is important to communicate that AEDs help protect against one of the nation’s leading causes of death,” said Paula Wickham, Think Safe’s president. “Only through more AED placements and quick response by volunteers and staff, like this exemplary event at Boomtown Casino, will we stop the impact of the average 350,000 deaths that occur annually as a result of SCA. AEDs are easy to use and should be placed in all public places.”

The HeartSine AED was given to St. Rosalie School on February 29, 2016.


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What Do Darth Vader and CPR Have in Common?

March 4, 2016

About a 104 beats per minute.

That’s right, Star Wars fans. If you can hum Vader’s theme song, The Imperial March (and we know you can), then you can also deliver the recommended rate of compressions for hands-only CPR. Why? Because the infamous Sith Lord marches to the rhythm of 104 beats per minute, which is within the 100- to 120-compressions-per-minute range recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA).

But don’t take our word for it: the proof is in this public service announcement from the Kiowa County EMS team.

Here’s why this is important: CPR is not only easy to learn, it’s also invaluable. According to the AHA, effective bystander CPR administered immediately after collapse from sudden cardiac arrest can double a victim’s chance of survival.

So—whether you get your training from the Dark Side, the Light Side, or from a local organization unaffiliated with the greater galactic politics of a galaxy far, far away—think about registering for a CPR class. One day, you might just save a life.

 


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CPR Saves Lives! 2,500 People Just Told Us So…

January 19, 2016

Source: CPR Saves Lives! 2,500 People Just Told Us So…

Check out this great piece from Social Discussion covering the CPR Saves Lives March, an event that was part of the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) 2015 Conference, which is held by Citizen CPR Foundation. In this march, 2500 people came together to march through the streets of San Diego in order to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, CPR, and AEDs. 

2500! We think that’s amazing! As a first aid technology distributor and a facilitator of first aid and CPR training certification, we know how critical emergency preparedness is. CPR and AEDs save lives—just see some of these lifesaving stories:

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Northeast Iowa
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Think Safe Employee
Chippewa Falls, WI

Think Safe is proud to be part of the emergency preparedness industry—proud to educate people how to respond when sudden cardiac arrest or other medical emergencies occur; proud to supply businesses with AEDs, AED management programs, and other first aid supplies; and proud to advocate for safer workplaces, better access to AEDs, and up-to-date information and training.

So, we were stoked to learn of the success of the CPR Saves Lives March! And we think everyone involved, including the thousands of people who turned out to march, deserves a shout-out for bringing emergency preparedness into the public eye in such a big way. Well done, everyone, and thank you!


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AED Laws: Do You Know the Risks?

October 29, 2015

aed_symbol with aedAutomated external defibrillators (AED) are the number one treatment for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), one of the nation’s leading killers. They are portable, user-friendly devices that even lay rescuers can use in an emergency to help save a life. As a result, many workplaces are required by law to have them on-site and many other workplaces have them on-site simply because they recognize their value as life-saving technology. AEDs are smart, responsible devices to have in your first aid and medical emergency tool belt, but owning one does come with liability.

So, you want to provide a safe working environment and be as prepared as possible in the event of SCA, but how can you be sure you’ve fully mitigated all AED program legal risk for your facilities or organization? Here’s the answer: know your state AED owner laws. AED owner laws exist in every state but vary widely. These laws require administrative and/or operational procedures for AED programs, help provide Good Samaritan and civil liability immunity protection, or even mandate AED ownership and deployments.

State AED owner laws do impact AED program operations and create or mitigate liability risk. It is important that you have an accurate and complete understanding of your state’s AED laws so you can ensure regulatory compliance, avoid costly administrative sanctions, and preserve any available Good Samaritan or civil liability immunity protections as an AED owner or for AED users within your organization.

That said, navigating state laws can be tricky and time consuming. That’s why some companies try to sell you a subscription to accessing information on state laws, with discounted multi-seat subscriptions for larger organizations. But, why pay when you can get your AED state law information for free through the First Voice State AED Laws portal? 

checkmarkThat’s right, we offer a no-cost subscription that makes learning about and mitigating the risks of AED ownership a snap! All you have to do is visit our AED State Laws page and fill out the form. We’ll get back to you within one (1) business day, and you’ll be well on your way to safe, informed AED ownership. 

We hope to you hear from you soon, and we thank you for helping us every day to make minutes matter!


Attention Childcare Providers: DHS-Compliant First Aid Kits are Available at Think Safe

October 22, 2015

If you’re a childcare provider, aDHSK01_lrre you prepared in the event of a medical emergency with first aid supplies approved by the Iowa Department of Human Services? If not, now is an excellent time to purchase DHS-compliant first aid kits from Think Safe, offering over 300 first aid essentials and items that comply with State of Iowa first aid supply requirements. These requirements are listed under Iowa Code 237A and 441 Administrative Code, Chapter 110. 110.5(1) specifically discusses health and safety conditions. You can review this information at the Iowa DHS Provider Portal.

From gauze, bandages, and eye wash to ice packs, bio hazard bags, and disposable thermometers, our DHS-compliant first aid kits are fully supplied with the tools you’ll need to respond to medical emergencies. And all of them fit securely in an easy-to-use hard plastic carrying case, complete with our four-pocket easy refill system.

At Think Safe, we know childcare is no easy job. It takes skill and heart, patience and imagination. It takes being prepared for anything. So, take some of the guesswork out of your day, and check out our Iowa DHS-Compliant First Aid Kit.


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Explore Comprehensive CPR and First Aid Training Options with Think Safe!

October 5, 2015

1-Profile_pic__In_Person_Training_LogoWhen a medical emergency occurs and a life is on the line, every single minute is crucial. Learn how to get the most from those minutes or renew your expiring certificate today by registering for one of Think Safe’s monthly in-person training classes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Think Safe offers comprehensive training classes in first aid and CPR (healthcare provider or lay rescuer), bloodborne pathogens, mandatory reporting, automatic external defibrillator (AED) use, and many more. Our trainers are experts who make learning these life-saving skills easy and interesting.

We offer our in-person training classes every month, so you have plenty of opportunities to gain these critical skills. Check out our upcoming Cedar Rapids CPR and first aid training classes!

­Upcoming Class Schedule

10/10/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 9am to noon
10/15/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm
10/24/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 9am to noon
10/29/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm

11/05/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm
11/14/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 9am to noon
11/19/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm
11/28/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 9am to noon

12/03/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm
12/12/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 9am to noon
12/17/2015: CPR & First Aid Training, from 6pm to 9pm

To register for one of these classes, simply call us at (319) 377-5125 or visit our in-person training calendar at http://inperson.firstvoicetraining.com to register online.


FVT-Animated-CPRCan’t attend one of our in-person training classes? No problem. We’ll bring the training to you! Today’s companies know ongoing employee training is critical to improving safety and productivity in our ever-increasing competitive environment. As an industry leader in technical training, Think Safe has conducted thousands of standard, modified, and custom in-house training programs to meet the needs of companies throughout North America. We would like to offer you the same opportunity through our First Voice Training Network!

You can choose course content from our extensive list of training offerings and then have the opportunity to discuss your specific needs with an instructor. Our experts can tailor your in-house training to meet your organization’s unique objectives, emphasizing areas of high interest, and using examples and case studies that are relevant to you.

Not only can we bring a trainer to your site but we can also provide eLearning, followed by an in-person skills check. We call this blended training, and it helps to cut down on your labor and/or overtime costs. Or, consider the benefits of having your own in-house CPR and first aid instructor program:

  • Tailor the content to your specific needs
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Save on travel time and out-of-facility expenses
  • Instructors can run demonstrations anytime with any size of class, including new hires
  • Equipment or problem-specific issues can be openly discussed
  • Cost effective for large teams
  • Promotes teamwork and camaraderie among workers trained together
  • Workers remain on site in case of an emergency
  • More comfortable learning environment

To learn more about these options, discuss your unique training needs, or get a same-day quote, call us at (319) 377-5125 or submit a request for onsite information.


Testimonials

“…I just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful training. We all had a great time and learned a lot.
You are an outstanding instructor!”
–J. Schmede, AGL Resources

“Think Safe has an integrated approach that has helped us to have better communication throughout our facility in the event of a first aid or medical emergency. Their proprietary software is also helpful in ensuring equipment or any training we have remains up to date and in compliance with OSHA needs.”
–Safety Director, Raining Rose

Interested in finding out how Think Safe’s products can benefit your workplace? Simply contact Think Safe at 888-473-1777 or click on the More Information button, and we’ll be happy to contact you. Or, if you like what we do, refer us to a friend!

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Local YMCA Receives Lifesaving Donation of Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

July 2, 2015
Cedar Rapids, IA – June 23, 2015 – Think Safe andHeartSine presented the YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area with a donated AED on Tuesday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Helen G.Nassif YMCA.Five months after staff at the Helen G. Nassif YMCA saved the life of a local school teacher using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), the YMCA was awarded a second AED from HeartSine, the device manufacturer. Valued at $1595, the AED will be located in the Welcome Desk at the request of the man whose life was saved after experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest while using the YMCA’s indoor track.On January 20, 2015, staff members performed lifesaving measures to the member after he went down on the track. They grabbed the AED and another staff member who was working out at the time, cleared the area and later brought the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to the site of the emergency. Two YMCA members who are health care professionals witnessed the event and joined in the lifesaving effort until an ambulance arrived. The patient survived and as a result, HeartSine, the AED manufacturer, awarded an AED to an organization chosen by the survivor. He chose to have it donated to the Helen G. Nassif  YMCA so the facility has an AED on each level.

Think Safe is the local distributor who sold the AED to Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA. The donation is made possible by HeartSine, the AED manufacturer, through their Forward Hearts AED donation program. On behalf of survivors who’ve benefited from their AED products, HeartSine awards an AED to the organization of the survivor’s choice. Think Safe President, Paula Wickham said, “This is the way things should work. The Pay It Forward Program allows recognition of a life-saving event and enables others to share their story and life-saving victory over the disease that is the nation’s leading killer. Another life may be saved in the future, in the pool area, due to Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA doing the right thing for their members. Our congratulations go out to HeartSine and Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA for another valuable life saved!”


Interested in finding out how Think Safe’s products and training options can benefit your workplace? Simply contact Think Safe at 888-473-1777 or click on the More Information button, and we’ll be happy to contact you. Or, if you like what we do, refer us to a friend!