Summer Heat Safety at Your School

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Symptoms, Response & Prevention of Heat Related Injuries

Yesterday we talked about summer fire safety in different places such as schools, homes, or place of worship events. Today we’re going to continue our summer safety tips discussion by talking about summer heat safety, particularly in school settings. There are two very critical things you need to know: symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke and how to respond. We’ll also provide you with some best practices for reducing heat related injuries this summer at your school. Read More

AEDs, a Critical Safety Device

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AEDs

Why AEDs are Important for Every Facility

An AED is an automated external defibrillator, a small portable device used to diagnose and treat cardiac arrhythmia’s. Having these devices is critical to human safety no matter the facility they are in. Unfortunately, anyone can experience a heart attack, although there are some factors that increase the chances, it can happen anywhere at any time. Keep reading to learn why having an AED in every facility is critical. Read More

Prepared Response, Inc.’s Easy Alert Aids Spokane Community College in a Recent Medical Emergency Response

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Easy Alert Continues to Provide Effective Communication and Resource Allocation During Emergencies

Spokane Community College (SCC), situated near the Spokane River in Washington State, offers students a diverse liberal arts education in a welcoming learning environment. Recently, the college began researching ways to increase communication amongst campus personnel during an incident or emergency. Like many facilities across the country, Spokane Community College is preparing for a worst possible scenario, while hoping they’ll never have to use their training to respond to a critical incident.

In January, Spokane Community College implemented Rapid Responder Easy Alert, a feature offered through the Rapid Responder platform, provided by Prepared Response, Inc. Shortly after implementation, an incident occurred, providing the college an opportunity to put its training and tools in action. On January 28, 2016, SCC initiated Easy Alert for a medical incident involving a faculty member who was experiencing flu-like symptoms with extreme fatigue and was unable to walk. Campus security was alerted and campus responders, campus dispatch, and security started an Easy Alert incident at 12:44pm PST. Read More

Healthcare Partnerships for Increased Response to Regional Emergencies

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Tips on Increasing Partnership for Resource Allocation

Incidents like terrorist attacks, natural disasters, etc. bring about chaos, especially for those trying to help. Hospitals become overrun with victims and others needing assistance that they can’t accept everyone or they run out of resources. By creating healthcare partnerships with other local hospitals, healthcare facilities, and even hospitals that are a reasonable distance away, you can gather the resources to assist all that come in needing help during regional emergencies. Read More

Communication at Smaller Healthcare Facilities

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Don’t Let Size Fool You, Risk is Everywhere

Just because you’re not in a multi-level hospital does not mean you don’t need effective communication between staff and patients. Effective communication may be even more important in a smaller healthcare setting because security personnel are not always available, and many times, paramedics are not on site. Below are a few ways that you may choose to communicate with staff and patients in a small healthcare setting such as, assisted living homes, clinics, or specialty offices. Read More

Mitigating Continuous Risk: Mass Disaster

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Prepare Early for an Efficient Response

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Hospitals’ risk and concerns differ from most other facilities and accept many people in the event of a mass disaster in their community. Natural disasters, chemical releases, large car accidents and other situations like active shooters and terrorist attacks are all cause for concern, and are scenarios hospitals must prepare for.

Natural disasters and weather are out of our control, but they can carry serious risk not only to infrastructure, but also public health. When these scenarios arise, hospitals must be prepared to accept patients, possibly many that are injured from the disaster. Since the weather patterns and seasons are predictable to a degree, we can assume there may be injuries from hurricanes from June to November, but earthquakes can be harder to predict and injuries from these may be in the hundreds. This is when up-to-date training comes in. Up-to-date training means hospital staff are better prepared to treat and respond because they are trained on the latest protocols and have the information fresh in their mind, enabling them to cope and respond in a more efficient manner. Read More

Dialing 9-1-1 from a Place of Worship

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9-1-1

We all know that when dialing 9-1-1, we will be asked questions about the type of emergency, location you are at and other information needed by first responders. This usually isn’t a problem, but if you’re at a place of worship when you dial 9-1-1 you may run into questions that you don’t know how to answer. When calling for help, you will need to know how to clearly answer to the 6 W’s dispatchers will ask. We’ll show you how to provide dispatchers with all the information they need and give you some tips that will get first responders to you quickly. Read More

Who Can Dial 9-1-1?

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What is Your School’s Policy on Dialing 9-1-1?

When an incident presents itself at a school, it is imperative to get first responders on the scene as quickly as possible. Some school districts have a policy that says only authorized school administrators can dial 9-1-1 for help. Today we are going to discuss some pros to this policy, and explain how the cons may outweigh the positive aspects. Read More

Medical Emergencies Series: Wrap Up

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Top 3 Tips for Preparing for Medical Emergencies

This week we have brought you a series on medical emergencies in different facilities. We started with schools, then discussed how to handle medical emergencies in your place of worship, and yesterday we brought you tips on how to prepare for medical emergencies at your hotel. Today we want to wrap up our series and give you some broad takeaways that will help any facility prepare for potential medical emergencies.

medical emergenciesFirst and foremost, training is the most valuable preventative measure that any facility can have for any type of crisis or emergency. Because people rely on training and instinct during a crisis, having effective training will increase preparedness during a medical emergency. Train and certify all staff or designated team members on CPR and First Aid and the use of an AED, if applicable. Read More

Medical Emergencies Series: Hotels

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Reduce Risk & Negative Attention by Being Prepared 

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Tuesday we started our series by focusing on medical emergencies in schools, yesterday we focused on medical emergencies in places of worship, and today we will bring you tips on how to decrease risk of medical emergencies in your hotel. There are hundreds of rooms, a mass of guests, and only so many staff that are working at any given time. When you factor in the potential medical emergencies that could happen, heart attack, seizures, loss of consciousness, etc., the risk is significant. The good news though, is that there are precautions and procedures that you can put in place to decrease the severity of a medical emergency in your hotel. Read More