June 1st marks the beginning of National CPR/AED Awareness Week. This week highlights the importance of learning how to administer CPR and AEDs (automated external defibrillators). In the U.S. alone, nearly 250,000 to 300,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year. The heart unexpectedly stops beating, and oxygen is deprived from the brain and other vital organs. SCA can claim a victim in only minutes, and many times 911 emergency respondents are too late to the scene.
CPR gives bystanders the ability to save a life during an emergency. A victim of SCA’s chances of survival almost double when CPR is applied within the first few minutes. It is also encouraged to learn how to use an AED—a machine that attaches to the victim and applies timed electrical shocks. This can also help save those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.
If you want to learn CPR, find your local American Red Cross chapter. The American Red Cross always offers CPR & AED classes, and they are even hosting special events during CPR/AED Awareness Week. allheart also sells CPR tools if you need equipment for a class or work. It’s never too late to be trained how to save someone’s life, educate yourself today.
Today marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day– a holiday to reflect on ways to lessen our carbon footprint. There are many small changes you can make to help the environment, most are very easy:
- Instead of plastic bags to hold your groceries, grab a couple of reusable tote bags to carry your goods. Check out Prestige Medical’s Large Canvas Bag– it comes in several fun designs and is perfect to take on those shopping trips.
- Pack your lunch for a week. Many restaurants often use Styrofoam containers for take-out. This material is usually non-biodegradable, which in turn creates a lot of environmental waste. Use washable plastic containers for your food and store everything in a lunch bag like this one. You’ll be saving money and the environment too!
- Go green with your scrubs! Look for recycled and eco-friendly fabrics. IguanaMed’s Green Line uses a combination of bamboo and cotton fabric for their apparel. I’d recommend their comfy V-Neck 2-Pocket Top and Trugreen Boot Cut Pants as great “green” options to add to your closet.
Show your heart some love during February’s American Heart Month! Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States for both men and women, with 600,000 deaths per year. Since it affects so many individuals, it’s important to spread the word on how you can help fight this disease. A healthy diet and exercise go a long way to ensure a strong body and heart. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies, avoiding foods high in cholesterol and trans fat. Make sure to also get plenty of rest as well—these preventative measures could save you from future cardiovascular problems including high blood pressure and stroke. Wearing red this month is another great way to show your support. Take a pick from one of the many red tops in our store—the White Swan V-Neck is only $6.99 in the clearance section, and our 3-Pocket Scrub Top is currently $8.98!
National Glaucoma Awareness Month is a great reminder to make eye care a top priority. As one of the leading causes of blindness, Glaucoma affects about 2 million people—and nearly half don’t even know they have the disease! Glaucoma creates high eye pressure and damages the optic nerve, causing gradual blindness over time. With very few symptoms, it’s often called the “the sneak thief of sight”. While there isn’t a cure for this disease, it can be treated if caught early.
Good news though, glaucoma is preventable! Be sure to schedule a regular eye examination once every 2 years if you’re under 40, and annually if older. 60+ is the highest-risk group for this disease. Healthy vision is an important concern for all ages.
And medical professionals looking for new eye equipment, Riester now has an Ophthalmoscope with cutting-edge LED technology and high performance optics. Head over to our eye care section for even more diagnostic tools and accessories.
October 21 is National Mammography Day! First proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993, the third Friday in October is dedicated to encouraging women to make a mammography appointment. And to encourage screenings, on this day and throughout the month, participating radiologists will provide discounted or free screening mammograms.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. So show your support to the breast cancer cause this month by asking everyone to make a promise to take care of herself and get a mammogram if they are 40 or over.
We have an entire section dedicated to breast cancer awareness; head over to allheart and check it out!
World Mental Health Day was established in 1992 to raise public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes more open discussion of mental disorders, and encourages efforts in prevention and treatment services.
We know that physical and mental health are intertwined, so a primary goal of World Mental Health Day is to encourage healthcare professionals to address the need to deal with mental health problems of people with chronic physical illnesses and, likewise, the physical care of mental health consumers.
The World Health Organization recommends incorporating mental health into primary care as a cost effective and convenient way of providing services and reducing stigma and discrimination. It is the only annual global awareness campaign to focus attention on specific aspects of mental health and mental disorders.
Today marks the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As healthcare professionals, we all know the importance of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and elevating the national dialogue on breast cancer—because while many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. While there are different treatment options, a cure has yet to be found.
The campaign for early detection has been extremely successful and awareness is the key to prevention. For more than 25 years, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has educated and empowered women to take charge of their own breast health by practicing regular self-exams to identify any changes, scheduling regular visits and annual mammograms with their healthcare providers, adhering to prescribed treatment, and knowing the facts about recurrence.
Chances are you know at least one person who is currently fighting breast cancer or is in remission who will appreciate the support. So be sure to share your ongoing commitment for the search for a cure to breast cancer. We even have an entire section of scrubs and accessories dedicated to the cause. Check out http://www.allheart.com/breast-cancer-awareness.html and show your dedication!