What is Mental Health?

Mental Health is being talked about more now than ever. 

With the fact that 1 in 5 people will struggle with their mental health each year. It’s a good thing that mental health is finding its way to the spotlight.

This statistic isn’t to say the same 1 in 5 people will always represent this demographic either. Mental Health conditions change continuously as our health and life changes. Almost everyone will likely experience mental health issues at some time or another in their life.

But what exactly is mental health? How is it different from mental illness?

Keep reading for that answer and more!

What is Mental Health?

What is Mental Health?

What most people associate mental health with are things like depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD. While these are mental health conditions related to mental illnesses, that’s not all mental health is. 

If you think of what we think of when we consider our health in general, we think of our body, how healthy it is, nutrition, and the thought of maintaining a healthy body to avoid health problems or illness. Well, Mental Health is the same thing, but with our brains. Mental health refers to the overall condition. A person can be in good mental health, be experiencing mental health problems, or have a mental illness. 

What is the difference between Mental Health and Mental Illness?

While they are often talked about together, there is a difference between the two. 

Mental Health can be described as how you feel and function in everyday life. Mental illness refers to any number of mental health conditions or diagnosable disorders that impact a person’s overall mental health.

Many things can impact a person’s mental health, and not everyone who will struggle with mental health has a mental illness. A person’s mental health can be affected by your overall health, social factors, upbringing, experiences they might have had, genetics, nutrition, and any number of things. Not every mental health problem is related to a mental illness. 

Mental illness refers to various mental heal conditions and diagnosable mental disorders, all of which impact your overall Mental Health. Mental Health is our foundation for processing our emotions, how we process, how we feel about ourselves and others, and overall how we are functioning in day-to-day life.

Symptoms of Mental Health Problems 

The World Health Organization WHO defines mental health as :

“Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and can make a contribution to his or her community.”

Mental Health Disorders 

There are common types of mental illness disorders. Mental illness disorders usually affect a person for much of their life and often can require medication and therapy to help the individual cope or recover.

The two most common types of mental health disorders are Mood disorders and Anxiety disorders.

Anxiety Disorders 

Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses and can stem from various mental health conditions or illnesses. Many people experience anxiety when struggling with their mental health. Some can be prolonged mental illnesses, such as a person who has always suffered with OCD their whole lives for example, where as some disorders can be brought on later on in life by triggering events and experiences such as PTSD.

Common Anxiety Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorders 
Phobias 
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder OCD 
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

Mood Disorders

Mood disorders affect a person’s overall mood and can significantly impact their overall mental wellness. People affected by mood disorders experience significant changes to their mood, often accompanied by periods of mania, depression, or both.

Common Mood Disorders

Depression
Bi Polar Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder

Mental Health and Mental Illnesses vary, and symptoms a person experiences can change as well. While mental illnesses will include their own unique set of symptoms, often starting with anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts, there are many more indicators that your mental health is suffering than that. 

Signs of Mental Health Problems

Here are some common indicators of mental illness or mental health struggles;

Experiencing depression 
Anxiety
Changes to the overall behavior and mood
Overeating/not eating enough
Changing to sleep such as inability to fall asleep or sleeping too much
Feeling hopeless 
Low self-esteem or low self-worth, limited self-potential
Confusion
Fatigue
Withdrawing from social activities or socail media
Loss/lack of Ambition
Difficulty or inability to carry out daily activities such as work, cooking, cleaning etc.

The above are some common behavioral changes that may indicate a struggle with mental health or mental illness. It is essential to understand that Mental Health will be different from person to person, and mental health conditions will present differently from case to case. 

What should you do if you think you are struggling with mental health?

If you or someone you know might be experiencing mental health problems, what should you do? 

If you have mental health concerns about yourself, it is important that you speak to your doctor about it, no matter how minor they may seem. Your doctor can do tests to help rule out any physical health problems that could be contributing. Additionally, they will listen and help you towards the right next step. If you don’t have a doctor, there are many options available for help. Most cities have free mental health clinics, such as Klinic here in Winnipeg. These clinics can be a great place to find resources or even speak to a trained counselor.  

It is vital to understand that things like poor nutrition and the overuse of mood-altering substances, living a high-stress life can lead to poor mental health conditions that may present one or symptoms of mental illness. Like how our bodies get less healthy with the more alcohol we drink and more Mcdonalds we eat, the same goes for your mental health. When we eat poorly, our body’s overall health deteriorates, and it can lead to minor health problems or severe illnesses. The same thing happens with our mental health. With a lack of nutrition or too many toxins, our brain’s overall condition and health deteriorate, and we can start to experience mental health problems. The brain is a muscle that needs to be kept in good shape & healthy to work its best, just like your heart or any other organ in your body.

If you are unable to go to any of these places physically, LOTS of help exists online. There are many apps and websites that offer free or low-cost real counseling.

If you suspect someone else may be struggling with their mental health, what should you do? The best thing you can do is be there for the person. If you feel comfortable, check-in with this person and see how they are doing. If you feel so inclined, find local or online resources you can share with them. Let them know that they don’t have to be suffering alone, or at all. Help exists for every kind of person that is open to it. Understand that not everyone will be ready to talk about it or even receptive to the idea of a mental health struggle. It can be a bit of a hot topic, especially to those who don’t already experience mental health struggles. If they insist they aren’t struggling, don’t want the help, no matter the rejection, the most you can do is accept that and offer your support.

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COVID-19 or Allergies?

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How Do I Know If I Have Covid or Allergies?

As summer ends and fall begins, so does a new wave of allergy season. COVID-19 cases have also been on the rise again. With so much going around, it can leave us with a big question.

How do I know if I have symptoms of COVID or just allergies?

Seasonal allergies and Coronavirus share many of the same symptoms, however, there are several differences. More severe symptoms such as fever, chills, and sweating are more common with COVID-19. Symptoms such as shortness of breath and difficulty breathing is less common in allergies unless the person has a pre-existing respiratory condition that can be triggered by the exposure of pollen, such as asthma.

Symptoms of Both COVID-19 & Allergies

Symptoms of Covid-19 & Allergies
  • Fever/Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Runny or Congested Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Difficulty Breathing

Additional Symptoms of Allergies

  • Sneezing/Itching Nose
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath, cough
  • Red/Watery Eyes
  • Hives

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever & Chills
  • Muscle/Body Aches
  • New loss of Taste/Smell
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose

When to get emergency medical attention

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Pain/pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to stay awake or waking up

Staying Safe

Don’t forget to practice social distancing and other health and safety measures to protect you and your loved ones. Wear a non-medical face mask when you are in public, consider using gloves when you are shopping and using public transport, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day.

It is essential to take the proper precautions towards protecting yourself from both allergies and Coronavirus. There may be an increased risk of accidental exposure to Coronavirus with more people cough and sneeze from allergies. Using proper social distancing and safety measures such as wearing a face masks, using gloves and sanitizer will help protect against the spread of COVID-19 and should be used when in public.


Why every building needs an AED

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SCA can happen to anyone, any age, and anywhere. This is why every building should have an AED. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) affects 1 Canadian every 12 minutes, or about 40 000 people a year. SCA happens when there is an electrical issue with the heart. The heartbeat will stop or be quivering. Cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack because a heart attack is caused by circulatory and other physical problems with the heart. While various cardiac events can happen to healthy individuals at any age, it is becoming increasingly more common that younger employees, students, and athletes are experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

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What is SCA?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) affects 1 Canadian every 12 minutes, or about 40 000 people a year, making SCA among the leading causes of death for Canadians each year. SCA happens when there is a change or stops in the heart’s rhythm. The heartbeat will stop or be quivering or rapid. SCA is different from a heart attack because a heart attack is caused by circulatory and other physical problems with the heart. In the event of SCA, an AED should be used immediately. It is best to use the defibrillator as soon as possible if the patient requires a shock, every minute that passes without one, that patients’ rate of survival and recovery decreases by 10%.

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What are the differences: Heart Attack, Stroke, and SCA?

A Heart attack is a circulatory problem when blood flow to the heart is blocked. A stroke is caused by some blockage or ruptured blood vessels in the brain, and sudden cardiac arrest is when there is a change or stops a heartbeat.

What are the warning symptoms of SCA

Often there are no symptoms before an SCA event.
When someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, they may be unconscious and not breathing with little, no, or rapid pulse.

Symptoms of SCA

Rapid or irregular heartbeat or palpitations
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
Fainting after exercise or startle
General chest pain or fatigue or shortness of breath especially
Chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath during exercise or after
Prolonged shortness of breath, fatigue, confusion and chest pain
Rapid or no pulse
Loss of consciousness with shallow or no breathing.

How do you know if you need an AED?

If you find someone unconscious, not breathing and unresponsive, or experiencing the above symptoms before losing consciousness, there is a high chance you will need an AED. It is good practice in any emergency to get an AED if there is one on-site. Many times, there won’t be visible signs of a cardiac episode, especially if the patient is already unconscious.

Can I accidentally use an AED on someone that doesn’t need it?

AED’s are designed only to allow shock in programmed situations. The machine will first analyze the patient’s heartbeat for any irregularities. The AED will only prompt the user to press the shock button if it detects little, rapid, or no heartbeat. If the shock button gets pushed, and the patient does not meet these requirements, the AED will not administer a shock.

How do I get an AED?

The urgent need for easy access to AEDs throughout our province and country has inspired the website you are on, the mission behind it. Operation Heart Heal and Aim For Life have launched a First Aid CPR/AED training program with a bigger purpose. For every full qualifying class, Operation Heart Heal is proud to donate an AED to that building, or another establishment that doesn’t have one.

We are working to provide Canadian Red Cross Certified first aid training to rural communities who don’t have access to first aid training, or emergency equipment such as EMS or AEDs. To find out more and see how you or someone else can get a free AED, contact us today!

Before you go! Save and Share this FREE guide to CPR!

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Keeping Up To Date with Covid-19

With temperatures rising, restrictions have been changing to allow for more shops to open up and restaurants to have higher capacities. We are all ready to embrace a healthy life this summer. Many people have started to dismiss advisories that request people wear masks and continue to maintain a distance, while many are concerned that this could kick-start a new wave. But what is the updated risk?

While the daily average of confirmed cases is getting consistently lower throughout Canada and many other parts of the world, the risk of covid-19 is still present almost everywhere.

Covid-19 Updates for Canada as of July 5th

Here is a summary of covid-19 cases across Canada as of July 5th, 2020.

Canada – Total Active: 27,612 New Cases: 219
Globally – 191,857 New Caes

Ontario- 138 New Cases – Total Active: 1839
Quebec – 79 New Cases – Total Active: 24,943
PEI – New 2 – Total Active: 5
Manitoba – Total Active:16
Saskatchewan – Total Active: 71
British Columbia – Total Active: 162
New Brunswick – Total Active:1
Nova Scotia – Total Active:3
Newfoundland and Labrador – Total Active: 0
Yukon – 0 Active
Northwest Territories – 0 Active
Nunavut – 0 Confirmed

Globally there are over 4 million active cases, with a total of over 11 million confirmed.

The United States is still averaging from 20,000 – 40,000 and up to 300 deaths each day.

We have seen significant improvement in comparisons to the thousands reported daily in the beginning weeks of the pandemic. Covid-19 continues to be a severe health risk, and we should all continue to practice social distancing measures and follow health and safety advisories.

Please continue to wear a mask and wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently. If you have symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19, health authorities still advise that people continue to get tested and quarantined for 14 days.

Stay safe; we are overcoming this together.


Protect Your Mental Health This COVID-19 Season

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This season we are all being asked to practice not only social distancing but to take self-isolation and quarantine measures. Being asked to stay indoors and not go about our regular routines for weeks at a time can have negative impacts on your physical and mental health if you don’t take care of different aspects of what your mind and body needs. 

Going through a public health crisis such as COVID-19 can create a lot of fear, anxiety, and social distancing measures that can very quickly lead to increased levels of depression, anxiety, and other symptoms. We must take steps to protect our mental health regardless of if you have pre-existing struggles with mental health.

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Symptoms of Depression & Mental Illness

Depression and sadness

Fatigue, exhaustion, lethargy

Frequent napping

Heightened anxiety 

Mood swings 

Irritability 

Decreased motivation 

Changes in appetite and weight

Symptoms in Children
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Children and teenagers may display signs of mental illness differently; below is a list of symptoms and signs typically seen from young children to teenagers.

Excessive Crying

Irritability and aggravation

Sadness and depression 

Upset stomachs

Headaches

Restlessness

Unhealthy eating habits

Unhealthy sleeping patterns

It is crucial to make sure your children are getting enough physical activity and mental stimulation and proper nutrition to help improve and prevent these symptoms. 

Even though we live in a day and age where the majority of not only of what we do on a day to day basis is online, there is so much more than the usual that we can take advantage of online. It is vital for our mental health to keep a variety in what we do, keep ourselves learning new information, and even trying new things to make a significance in how self-isolation affects our emotional and physical health. We must try to maintain a healthy mix of social, mental, and physical activities. 

Here are some activities to help break your Cabin Fever this COVID-19 season. 
Things To Try Online

Online Courses

There are thousands of free online courses that you can take on just about anything. Upgrade your credentials, learn a new skill or language, learn how to code a website or app. Learn how to run a business or take the courses you should have studied in college. Check out Udemy and Coursea for some great online courses.

Get some online culture virtual museum & art gallery tours. Check out some of the word’s most famous art galleries and museums that you can visit in bed. 

You can give the famous Water Lilies a virtual visit.

Ever wanted to visit The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam? It is now available online

Van Gogh Museum Now Free Online

Here is a list of 12 more famous museums and art galleries that have free online tours.

If those inspired you, check out this list of 10 different art classes you can take for free online.

Start A Blog/Vlog

Websites and Blogs and Vlogs are much easier to start than you think! Check out WordPress or Godaddy for free and cheap websites and blogs! Videos more your thing? Startup a YouTube channel!

Missing Wildlife?

Check out this collection of live cams with anything from Birds, Aquariums to Puppies, or Pandas! This website has a wide variety of wildlife live streams! 

Try Yoga!

I put this one in the online category because if you’re starting, it might be helpful to start with an app such as Downdog or a YouTube channel, click the link for a good channel for beginners.

Things To Try Offline

Indoor Gardening

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Indoor Garden of Kitchen Scraps

Now that you’ve had to stock up on produce try your hand at scrap gardening! Click the link to see the variety of things you can regrow right in your own window!

Did you know that you can plant and grow your kitchen scraps? Try planting the ends of your chives, garlic, or even try your hand at an indoor avocado or pineapple tree.

Cooking

Now that you have some extra time around meals try cooking and baking your meals more than you usually would. Try experimenting with new combinations and recipes. 

Writing

Writing is hugely beneficial to your mental health! Whether you’re self-helping through journaling or just passing the time with creative or technical writing, it keeps you mentally stimulated, grounded, and gets the creative juices for everything else flowing as well!

Spring Cleaning

It is good that now and again to go through the junk drawers, clean out our basements and garages, purge the wardrobe, and finally test all of those pens that keep dying halfway through use. Not only does this benefit your house, but it can even help reduce anxiety and stress. 

Need a change?

Try freshening up the way things feel with rearranging your furniture and decor! 

Read 

Now is a great time to crack open those books you’ve meant to get around to, you know what they say, a chapter a day keeps the insanity at bay! 

Meditate and Yoga 

If you can’t go outside, go inside. Meditation, mindfulness, and yoga are all great ways of staying physically active and relaxed. These activities are also useful tools to help keep your anxiety, stress, and depression levels at a minimum.

Benefits of Meditation

Exercise

Get or stay in shape with at-home workouts, exercises, dancing, or get outside for a walk or a jog!

Work on your goals

Now is the best time to sit back and try to put a little reason for life’s rhyme. Try goal setting and financial planning for your current situation and future. 

Fuel Your Dreams

Start planning your dream business, or that trip, or start that book you’ve always maybe wanted to one day write. Even if its all for fun, these things that we think are silly in reality, might be the best idea on paper. 

Teach your dog (or cat) a new trick

Some old dogs can learn new tricks! Have you tried? Try teaching your animal a new trick; not only does it help your pass time, but it also keeps your animal entertained. 

Get Crafty!

Got some reno’s on the to-do-list? Start a new DIY project, refurbish, or renovation! 

Please remember social distancing is in place for everyone’s health and safety, including yours. Help flatten the curve by staying home as much as possible, washing your hands often and practicing social distancing.

Social distancing laws and other COVID-19 related news are updated daily. Follow us on here and on social media @operationheartheal to keep update an for more information on how you can stay healthy and happy at home!


Going The Social Distance

COVID-19 Social Distancing & Cabin Fever

Canada has seen a steady incline of positive coronavirus cases. Manitoba is for now on the lower amount of confirmed cases with only 35, whereas Quebec is now over 1300. Provinces and other nations are already in a state of emergency. Most areas are now limiting gathers to 5 or less.  

However, there are some essential things to take into consideration with these numbers. We can only test and confirm as fast as our time and resources allow. Tests are minimal, and the majority of cases will go untested and recover without any medical treatment. This is because it’s being advised that people only test if your symptoms are more critical and require medical attention. With that in consideration, there remain hundreds to thousands of people who will go unconfirmed, and may never exhibit severe symptoms. We must take this into account when asking if the social distancing is necessary.

In the past decade, we have seen a few dangerous viruses and illnesses that affected people on a global scale. Throughout the 2000’s we had seen Mad Cow, the SARS, H1N1, and Ebola. If you go further back, you see epidemics of the Spanish Flu, Small Pox, and Polio. But none of these epidemics had closed down our modern world like the coronavirus. 

Across the world, nations have had to enforce lockdown and other emergency protocols. Las Vegas has wholly closed for only the 2nd time in history, the first being JFK’S assassination. In more extreme cases, the Italian government has issued threats of using physical force and weapons to shut down large gatherings and social events if people continue to not comply with these temporary laws. While some of these measures may seem drastic, many people are still not taking these warnings seriously.

People who are sick, and people who have been returning home from travel have been proactive as a whole at practicing social distancing and self-isolation. These are not the only people who are at risk for infecting the rest of the public, just the most immediate. The more significant risk is a large amount of the population right now that isn’t showing symptoms and are at risk for passing the virus on unknowingly.

The coronavirus can take up to 2 weeks for symptoms to start. In this time, a seemingly healthy individual with no symptoms, but that has unknowingly picked up the virus can and will transmit it. The average person has the potential to infect up to hundreds of people in one day. You don’t have to come into immediate contact or proximity to transmit the virus. Anyone who accepts their money uses a door handle after them or picks up the jar that they put back is at high risk of contracting the virus. This is an example of the average person. Social distancing has been put into effect to try and reduce and eventually eliminate this from happening. 

With hospitality and customer service industries closing, many people have been transitioned to work at home or laid off. 

This proactive measure kept hundreds of thousands of us contracting and dying from the COVID 19. If companies didn’t take these precautions, the numbers would be significantly higher

This is the same outcome that social distancing is to have. There are a lot of people who work in health care, emergency services, network providers, customer service positions, retirement and care home staff, and many other vital professionals will still have to go into work. These people are working hard to keep us safe; our loved ones cared for and keep our resources going. We all must do our part to keep them healthy, too. 

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Together We Can Flatten The Curve & Bounce Back

While this measure is for the best interest of our entire population, it isn’t exactly practical for everyone. Having to follow these social distancing rules and being forced into self-isolation does pose the risk of experiencing cabin fever, a term used to coin the effects that being cooped up for long periods can have on the mind and body.

Some potential risks and symptoms of cabin fever include:

Depression or sadness

Becoming agitated 

Headaches 

Lethargy 

Restlessness 

Troubles concentrating 

Decreased motivation 

Frequent napping

Difficulty waking up

Weight gain or loss

Social isolation 

Here are some things you can do to beat cabin fever and making working and playing at home healthier and happier than ever!

Exercise at home 

Start a DIY project 

Take free online courses 

Virtual Museums 

Try meditation 

Do yoga/stretch 

Read 

Write 

Start a blog 

Set your goals

Work on your business 

Clean your house

At-home spa treatments 

Scrapbook 

Plan a trip

Learn your family tree

Learn a new skill, craft, or language

Try a new show or YouTube channel 

Play board games

Try to make every day different as much as you can, whether you’re with family or alone. 

While we should be staying away from busy public areas, you can still enjoy getting outside. It is vital for your mental health and body to get fresh air and sunshine (natural Vitamin D). If you are someone who has been transitioned to work at home, it is a good idea to take yourself on a walk after a long day of working at home before a long night of binge-watching Netflix. Give your eyes a break and your body and legs much-needed movement and stretching. 

We are all in this together, and together we can bounce back faster than ever. 


Make Heart-Healthy Living Your 2020 Resolution

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Start your new year off right! Give your heart a healthy start this year. Check out our quick guide on how to start living healthier for your heart!

Check out these heart-healthy tips to start keeping good care of your heart and overall health! 

  1. Start getting enough sleep.

Sleep is vital for good health and a happy heart. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, and you’re not going too long without good quality sleep. 

  1. Include more foods for your heart.

It’s always a good idea to include more of these foods in general. However, here are a few that specifically help your heart! 

  • Fish high in omega 3’s, like salmon and tuna.
  • Berries
  • Dark green veggies like spinch, kale and bok choy. 
  •  Fruits and vegetables that are red, orange, and yellow such as tomatoes, oranges, and carrots.
  • Nuts 
  • Legumes 
  • Check out more information on heart-healthy eating here!
  1. Cut back on alcohol and smoking.

Alcohol and cigarettes not only have ingredients in them that can weaken and damage your heart, but these can add stress to your heart. Try to limit or quit these things to help lower your risk of heart disease and other severe illnesses. 

  1. Start making time to relax & reduce stress.

Stress can lead to many serious illnesses, and heart disease is no exception! Make sure to take time to relax and reduce stress. When we are under stress, it can weaken and damage our hearts, and it is vital to give ourselves time to de-stress and relax. 

For more information on how stress can impact your heart, click here.

  1. Exercise more! 

Exercise helps strengthen your heart, lungs, and your body as a whole. It’s essential to get at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day. Even something as simple as walking can help lower stress levels, improve your heart’s health and function, and help lower your risk for heart disease. 

You can see more information on these heart-healthy living tips and more here! 


Hypothermia

Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a medical emergency that happens when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it. This causes a dangerously low body temperature, which can cause severe damage. The average body temperature is around 37 C (98.6 F). Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls below 35 C (95 F).

When your body temperature is too low, our heart, nervous system and other vital organs can’t function properly. If Hypothermia is Left untreated, it can lead to failure of your heart and respiratory system and, eventually, death.
How Do You Get Hypothermia?
You can get Hypothermia from being exposed to cold weather or submerged in cold water for extended periods.

Hypothermia Symptoms, Signs of Hypothermia, How to tell if someone has hypothermia


What To Do If You Have Hypothermia?

The first course of action is to warm the body back up to normal body temperature.
Cover any exposed areas of skin, go inside or to the warmest location available to you.

What are the Symptoms of Hypothermia?

Shivering/Shaking
Slurred Speach
Confusion
Slower Breathing
Lack of Coordination
Inability to move fingers/extremities
Drowsiness
Unconsciousness
Cold & Red Skin

Typically symptoms come on gradually, and often the person is not aware that they are experiencing these conditions. Confusion and numbness can distort a person’s perceptions of what is happening o their body. If you suspect someone might have Hypothermia, ask them if they are okay and help get them to a place to warm up. If the person is unconscious, call 9-1-1 immediately.

While you are waiting for emergency services, if possible, gently move the person inside and remove any wet/frozen clothing and replacing it with a warmer coat or blanket.


How To Save A Life

Bystanders using CPR and an AED save up to 30 000 + lives a year. The use of these things together can very often be the difference in life or death of a cardiac event such as sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

How To Save A Life Using CPR

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and is the procedure of performing chest compressions and rescue breaths. This keeps oxygen pumping to vital organs until EMS arrives. AED is an Automated External Defibrillator, these are portable machines that can measure a person’s heartbeat and detect if it has stopped, and administer a sock in efforts to restart the heart.

The combination of these two things can raise survival rates from 20% to up to 60% or more.

Using CPR To Save A Life

The success of the CPR does vary from each situation and is not guaranteed however many times, CPR alone or CPR with an AED can save the person’s life, and should be attempted if possible.

Performing CPR and using an AED is very easy to do.
There are reports of children successfully saving lives by performing chest compressions (see examples here) with little actual training.

AEDs are very user-friendly. They come with easy to follow directions, units such as the Zoll AEDs we distribute provide CPR assistance with a built-in technology that can sense the depth and rate of your compressions and has audio prompts and an easy to read screen that can provide feedback and advice such as push harder, on the CPR.

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How Do You Perform CPR?

Before starting First Aid & CPR, assess that the scene is safe enough for you to do so without putting yourself or the patient in additional risk.

911 – AED – CPR

It is essential for 911 to be called immediately.
If possible assign someone to call 911 and retrieve the AED as soon as possible.

If you are alone, call 911 first, get the AED and then begin rescue efforts.
The 911 operator will help you with CPR until EMS arrives.

Tap them on the shoulder and ask “Are You Ok?”

  1. Open Airway. It is ideal for the patient to be lying on their back. Tilt their head slightly to lift the chin.
  2. Check For Breathing. Listen (for no longer than 10 seconds) for breathing. If the person is not breathing, begin CPR.

If you’re not trained in CPR it is advised to not do the breaths if you’re not already familiar with how to give them. If you are CPR certified or confident in your ability to; then proceed with rescue breaths.

See how to perform rescue breaths below.

Steps Of CPR

Basic CPR Steps
  1. Position. Interlock fingers, Center Of Patients Chest.
    Interlock your fingers and place the heel of your hand on the center of their chest, interlock your fingers by placing the heel of your other hand, on top of the other hand. Keep your arms straight, keep your fingers raised so they do not touch the patient. 
  2. Give Compressions.

Compressions should be done with force and speed. Compressions should be 2” deep and done at a pace of 100 compressions a minute. If you are giving rescue breaths, do 30 compressions, and then deliver 2 rescue breaths.

How To Give Rescue Breaths

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Performing Rescue Breaths. Share and help save.

If you are not familiar already or haven’t been properly trained, it is advised to continue with CPR. If performing breaths follow these instructions.

  1. Open Airways
    Make sure the head is tilted and chin lifted slightly. 
  2. Pinch the nostrils closed with one hand, and support the chin with the other.
  3. Take a normal breath and place your mouth over theirs, making sure it is sealed so no air gets out. 
  4. Blow into the person’s mouth to make the chest rise, watch it fall. Deliver 2 rescue breaths and then continue with compressions. 

Continue CPR until emergency officials arrive, or if the patient starts breathing.

How To Use An AED

If an AED is available, use it before performing CPR.
Many AED units have technology that assists the person with CPR.

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How To Use An AED
  1. Turn On AED. Follow the included instructions.
  2. Place Pads On the Chest & Push Analyze
  3. Administer Shock (If Advised)*
  4. Begin CPR.

Place the pads according to the AEDs instructions on the chest.
Push the analyze button and let AED read the patient’s heartbeat.
If no heartbeat is detected, the AED will inform you to administer a shock. 
If the AED prompts you to, push the shock button.

If no shock is required, the AED will inform you. Begin CPR after use.

Always make sure that you can do this without putting yourself or the patient in further danger. Ensure that the scene is safe from any hazards and that performing CPR won’t further injure the individual. Always call 9-1-1 first (or assign someone to) the operator will assist you in CPR until officials arrive. You do not need to be officially certified to perform CPR on someone, you just need to understand what you are doing, and be able to do it confidently. 


Everyday Heroes: The Office Saves a Life

In this segment of Everyday Heroes, a brave individual saves a woman in a moving vehicle using CPR that he learned on The Office.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

In Everyday Heroes, Operation Heart Heal outlines stories of everyday people saving other everyday people. The amount of lives saved by bystanders using First Aid measures such as CPR and AED use has increased significantly over the years. 

Using CPR in a life or death situation can be intimidating, and many people do not feel comfortable unless they have official CPR training. While proper training is recommended, it is not necessary to be able to successfully save a life using CPR. CPR is easy to use, and with this trick highlighted in The Office, easy to remember. 

Belive some things you see on TV

One Woman has The Office to thank for being alive today. In today’s Everyday Heroes, an Arizona man uses the CPR technique he had recently seen demonstrated on the popular comedy, The Office.

In the original article you can find here, the man explains how he had no prior knowledge of CPR before, nor had he ever planned on performing it in the first place. But the thing about CPR is you never know when you’ll need it, and for who. 

In the scene, the staff of the company in the show get CPR training. To help them remember the compression rates of 100 compressions a minute, she tells them to do the compressions to the beat of Stayin’ Alive, an actual trick that is taught by many CPR instructors. You can see it below.

Rescued From A Moving Vehicle

The man has noticed the woman unconscious at the wheel of her car, driving down a dirt road. He had to break a window with a rock to get to the woman, he then began performing CPR, his only point of reference is the scene in the office. With no cell phone or other bystanders around, this seemed like the best move, and it was. He had successfully saved the woman’s life and she shortly regained consciousness.

Using CPR To Save Lives

The most important part of CPR training is the technique and rate of compressions. There are many great sources of information on how to properly perform CPR, and as long as you are confident enough to be able to properly administer chest compressions, then you do not need a proper certification if you find yourself in a situation where you need to perform CPR. It is recommended to get official training as there is much more to basic First Aid and CPR that you really only learn from a proper instructor, things like rescue breathing, AED use and other techniques that can help if the situation doesn’t call for CPR. 

If you are interested in learning how to perform CPR yourself, you can check out our information on performing CPR and using a defibrillator. 

The Office Helps Save A Life