red cross http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8386/all en-US 10 Lifesaving Skills Everyone Should Know http://www.wisebread.com/10-lifesaving-skills-everyone-should-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-lifesaving-skills-everyone-should-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sinking_car.jpg" alt="Sinking toy car" title="Sinking toy car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="145" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are many dangers that lurk in the world around us; fortunately, basic knowledge, common sense, and not panicking can ensure you come out on top of most emergency situations. Check out the skills below to know how to wisely react if and when you&rsquo;re ever put to the test. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-items-you-might-have-forgot-in-your-emergency-kit">6 Items You Might Have Forgotten in Your Emergency Kit</a>)</p> <h3>1. CPR</h3> <p>Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) methods have changed a bit over the years, but the <a href="http://depts.washington.edu/learncpr/quickcpr.html">three basic CPR actions</a> are to check for unresponsiveness and call 911, begin chest compressions if the victim is not breathing normally, and tilt the victim's head back and give two one-second breaths through the victim&rsquo;s mouth. The pattern is 30 chest compressions, then two breaths, and continue the pattern until the victim begins to breathe or help arrives.</p> <h3>2. The Heimlich Maneuver</h3> <p>If an adult is choking and cannot breathe, the Heimlich maneuver can dislodge the foreign body responsible for the victim choking. <a href="http://heimlichinstitute.com/page.php?id=34">The Heimlich Institute</a> recommends this technique: from behind, wrap your arms around the back of the victim and form a fist below the victim&rsquo;s ribcage but above his belly button. Grasp your fist with the other hand and press into the victim&rsquo;s upper abdomen with a quick upper thrust and continue until the foreign object is expelled. Seek training for infant and child Heimlich techniques, as they are less intuitive than the adult method and can do more harm than good if not done correctly.</p> <h3>3. Preventing Hypothermia</h3> <p>Hypothermia is when a body&rsquo;s core temperature drops to the point where normal muscular and cerebral functions are impaired. People might be suffering from hypothermia if they start to shiver uncontrollably, lose coordination, become drowsy, or notice a slower breathing or heart rate. Treat hypothermia by bringing victims inside out of cold weather, removing any wet clothing, and wrapping them in blankets or a sleeping bag. Give them warm fluids without caffeine or alcohol to help stabilize their temperature.</p> <h3>4. Using an AED</h3> <p>Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are popping up in schools, malls, and even businesses these days. Proper use of an AED can provide life-saving intervention if someone is experiencing cardiac arrhythmias that lead to cardiac arrest. Proper training is required to use an AED, so contact your local <a href="http://www.redcross.org/">Red Cross</a> to get certified.</p> <h3>5. Controlling Bleeding</h3> <p>Just like ice won&rsquo;t form on form on a flowing river, blood will not coagulate when flowing freely. Apply pressure to the wound, preferably with sterile gauze, but a towel or T-shirt will work in a pinch. If you can, elevate the wound above the heart.</p> <h3>6. Providing Aspirin for Heart Attacks and Strokes</h3> <p>In addition to regular pain relief, aspirin is <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/QuestionsAnswers/ucm071879.htm">recommended by the FDA</a> to help treat mini-strokes and heart attacks. Aspirin&rsquo;s properties as an anti-inflammatory and a blood thinner help more blood get through the large clots that lead to heart attacks. After calling 911, instruct someone you suspect of having a heart attack or stroke to <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0505a.shtml">chew and swallow a standard 325 mg dose</a> of aspirin. Two warnings: check to make sure aspirin won&rsquo;t interact negatively with other medications, and if you're providing aspirin to a stranger, you may want to <a href="http://www.cprinstructor.com/legal.htm">check your state's Good Samaritan laws</a> to make sure you can't be held accountable for trying to help save a life.</p> <h3>7. Escape from a Sinking Car</h3> <p>10% of all drowning deaths can be attributed to not being able to escape a submerged <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/remove-car-dents-quickly-and-cheaply">car</a>. You only have a second or two to try and open the door before most of the door is below the water level. If that doesn&rsquo;t work, try to open the window; even if you can&rsquo;t exit through the window, once enough water has entered the car to equalize the pressure, you will be able to open the door and swim to the water&rsquo;s surface. The most important skill in this situation is the ability to remain calm.</p> <h3>8. Exit a Burning Building</h3> <p>Try to have an escape plan for any building you enter. Every hotel room, government building, and most office buildings have publicly posted emergency exit maps. If there is a fire, check to see if a door feels hot before opening, and never use an elevator during a fire emergency, as it may get stuck or take you to a floor engulfed by flames. You may have to crawl to avoid smoke inhalation, which is often more deadly than the fire itself.</p> <h3>9. Help With a Severe Allergic Reaction</h3> <p>If someone appears to be having a severe allergic reaction, call 911 immediately, then try and talk to the person, asking them if they&rsquo;ve ever had that reaction before and if they possibly have an <a href="http://www.epipen.com/">EpiPen</a> (a spring-loaded shot of epinephrine). If the victim has an EpiPen but cannot self-administer, you will need to give the shot; instructions should be printed on the outside. Be prepared to also provide CPR if necessary.</p> <h3>10. Properly React to a Snakebite</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re bitten by a snake you think may be venomous, get away from the snake, remain calm, and immobilize the bitten arm or leg to slow the poison from spreading throughout your body. Then call 911, remove any jewelry before swelling starts, and try to position yourself so the bitten extremity is below the heart. Don&rsquo;t try to use a tourniquet, apply ice, or cut the wound to suck out the poison; <a href="http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/snakebite-treatment">these methods don't work</a> and can do more harm than help. Especially do not try to capture the snake, but instead try to remember its size and coloration.</p> <p>Keep in mind that <a href="http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.d8aaecf214c576bf971e4cfe43181aa0/?vgnextoid=46de1a53f1c37110VgnVCM1000003481a10aRCRD&amp;vgnextfmt=default">Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED training</a> can help you gain knowledge and the confidence to use these skills; the certification also looks great on a resume. Stay safe, and remember to keep your wits about you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/david-galloway">David Galloway</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-lifesaving-skills-everyone-should-know">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth">Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/disguise-your-stuff-to-prevent-car-break-ins">Disguise Your Stuff to Prevent Car Break-ins</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-steps-you-must-take-if-youve-been-in-a-car-accident">10 Steps You Must Take If You&#039;ve Been in a Car Accident</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-dangerous-mistakes-even-safe-drivers-make">8 Dangerous Mistakes Even Safe Drivers Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/snow-patrol-winter-driving-safety-kit-must-haves">Snow Patrol: Winter Driving Safety Kit Must-Haves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips cpr emergency skills red cross safety Wed, 02 Nov 2011 09:48:13 +0000 David Galloway 687745 at http://www.wisebread.com Last-Minute Giving http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-giving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/last-minute-giving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/arc blood.jpg" alt="blood donor t-shirt" title="blood donor t-shirt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here’s a gift idea that will help put you in the holiday spirit. It will not help you mark “done” on your gift list but may save a life. If you’re feeling well today, have mailed all your Christmas cards, and wrapped all your presents, consider this last-minute, life-affirming idea.</p> <p>Let me begin by saying that I am not a representative of the <a href="http://www.redcross.org/donate/give/" title="http://www.redcross.org/donate/give/">Red Cross</a>, just an occasional and sometimes reluctant blood donor. My experiences at their blood donation centers and mobile sites have ranged from pleasant (when door prizes were offered to donors and I snagged homemade goodies) to slightly annoying (when less-than-attentive attendants have not offered to retrieve much needed orange juice), and I have never been particularly encouraged by the organization’s plea to build inventory of blood supplies.</p> <p>Nevertheless, several years ago on a Christmas Eve, I drove through a light snow to my city’s donor facility, privately answered the slew of I-can’t-believe-anyone-would-ask-that questions, submitted to finger prick and needle insertion, and waited patiently for my blood to flow. What stands out from this particular visit was a label on the bag that would hold my blood. It was marked with a designation that indicated to me that my blood would go to directly and immediately to a young child; I’ve never seen such a label before or since. Anyway, it was a nice reminder that there are real people in hospitals who receive blood transfusions every day, including holidays. </p> <p>In the interest of promoting how blood donation can benefit <strong>frugal living</strong>, here are the possibilities:</p> <ul> <li>If you missed or just couldn’t afford to pony up for the adopt-a-family gift at your office, you can still give without costing yourself a dime; </li> <li>You’ll receive a mini-physical consisting of temperature, blood-pressure, and pulse checks and determination of your iron level;</li> <li>You may receive incentives, such as gifts or <a href="http://www.dailypilot.com/articles/2007/12/24/news/dpt-blooddonation24.txt" title="http://www.dailypilot.com/articles/2007/12/24/news/dpt-blooddonation24.txt">opportunities to win prizes that representatives of local sites or blood drives</a> have solicited (for example, I have received t-shirts and a Christmas ornament; and won a gift card to a local nursery).</li> </ul> <p>To find a blood donation center or learn more about the process, visit <a href="http://www.givelife2.org/donor/default.asp?thisHB=12/24/2007%2005:44:30" target="_blank" title="http://www.givelife2.org/donor/default.asp?thisHB=12/24/2007%2005:44:30">givelife.org</a>. </p> <p><em>Note: The t-shirt featured was accidentally washed with a yellow crayon; I have received another t-shirt in the past couple of years but it was an XXL (I&#39;m 5&#39;) and so I donated it to a friend who organizes local blood drives and can find a larger donor. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-giving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-valentines-day-picks-your-pocket">8 Ways Valentine&#039;s Day Picks Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-more-hobbies-you-can-start-for-free">10 More Hobbies You Can Start for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-valentines-day-gifts-for-10-or-less">20 Valentine&#039;s Day Gifts for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/celebrate-love-not-money-with-these-recycled-valentines-day-gifts">Celebrate Love, Not Money, With These Recycled Valentine&#039;s Day Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living blood donation give life last-minute gifts red cross Mon, 24 Dec 2007 14:01:26 +0000 Julie Rains 1540 at http://www.wisebread.com