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Week of October 14, 2019

Hydration and Electrolyte Replacement in the Winter

Hydration is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer.  Realizing that you are dehydrated when it is cold outside is more of a challenge.  We perspire underneath the layers of clothing that keep us warm in the winter.  Perspiration is absorbed by our clothing and we think we sweat only when it is hot outside.  That is so far from the truth!  When in an industrial setting in the winter months we need to be more aware of hydration.  We tend to drink less and dehydration is less obvious.  We are more prone to accidents in the workplace while operating machinery or working at a job site when we are dehydrated.  Be aware of this possibility and remember that the temperature outside is not as important as the temperature inside of your body.  To combat dehydration, look at the All Natural Sword Electrolyte Replacement products here! 


Emergency Defibrillators (AED)

Defibrillators

An AED Defibrillator can save a life when a person is in cardiac arrest.  Having one accessible in an emergency could mean the difference between life and death.


An AED Emergency Automated External Defibrillator restores the hearts normal rhythm during cardiac arrest.  It is a small, lightweight device that is designed to administer an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm to victims experiencing cardiac arrest.  An irregular heart rhythm is called an arrhythmia and it means that the heart cannot efficiently pump blood to other vital organs which will quickly become starved of the nutrients and life sustaining oxygen that it provides.  An AED Defibrillator can jolt the heart in order to restore its normal rhythm by sending an electrical current directly to the heart muscle.

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Survival rates are significantly higher with their use
Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital due to the length of time it takes for emergency personnel to arrive on the scene. Emergency Defibrillators in public places may double survival rates if there are people trained to use them. They are an absolute necessity in places of business, schools, athletic programs, and organizations. 

Knowing how to use one in an emergency is important

It is important that if an AED Defibrillator is purchased, training is provided for its proper use.   Emergency Personnel should always be called in this type of emergency in order to secure the best outcome for the victim.

Availability is Critical

Several states have passed legislation in recognition of the life-saving potential that AEDs offer against sudden cardiac arrest.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) "Near Proximity Rule" requires response to life-threatening emergencies within three to four minutes.  Accessibility is absolutely critical.  Though many facilities are placing emergency defibrillators in their buildings, there still needs to be a major "sense of urgency" to install them in convenient locations in protective wall mounting boxes for easy access.

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