May is STOP THE BLEED® Awareness Month

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The following article is from HSI.  Very important information about why it is important to understand how to react quickly in response to a major bleeding event! “May is STOP THE BLEED® Awareness Month Emergency Care The annual STOP THE BLEED® national awareness campaign takes place every May. It highlights the need for everyone to be trained in life-saving emergency… Read more »

Hands Only CPR

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Nearly every class I teach or presentation I make on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, someone asks about the “new change to Hands-only CPR.” Hands-only CPR is a rather new technique for anyone untrained in regular CPR.  Medicine and science continue to advance ways to improve the chances of survival.  Full CPR (chest compressions and breathing) remains the most effective way to help… Read more »

Why You Shouldn’t Just Shoot Them!

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I have often been confronted with someone in my Active Shooter class saying once the gun has been taken away from the intruder they would “finish them off.”  A long time ago, the law was simpler, and life was too.  When you felt wronged, you usually had to act yourself because there either were no officers, or you were in… Read more »

CPR/First Aid/AED, CPR only, Hands-Only CPR

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Which course should you take?  If possible, I encourage taking the full CPR/First Aid/AED course for anyone who has not been trained before.  This will give them training in a variety of potential health related problems including sudden cardiac arrest.  Trauma bleeding is a leading cause of death in many emergency situations.  Like CPR, if you know what to do,… Read more »

Why I don’t make my Byrna look like a lethal weapon

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To me, it seems ridiculous to make a less lethal weapon look like a real firearm.  We have become used to police officers using a taser or seeing it on their duty belt.  Most of the time it has a lot of yellow or orange panels on it to help distinguish it from the lethal firearm on the other side… Read more »

Why should I choose a Byrna?

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Actually, not just a Byrna, which we sell, but many other options are out there for “less lethal” defense.  So more particularly, why use less lethal defense when someone is breaking into your house, for instance? Our homes should be an environment representing safety for those inside.  We laugh, play, sleep and usually enjoy peace in our homes.  When we… Read more »

What is the real cost of taking shortcuts in your health, safety, and security training?

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The real cost is likely undetermined.  It all depends on IF something happens and What was taught.  Of course there are other factors such as whether the student understood the content. When I worked in the hospital, all the students in my class had a very real chance of being called to perform CPR.  As I wound down to my… Read more »