Saturday, April 17, 2010

Guest blog post for Living My MoMent

So this week I'm excited that not only am I participating in the Living My MoMent Blogoversary by offering a First Aid kit in her huge giveaway; I'm also guest blogging! You can read my post on Baby's 1st First Aid Kit.

There are a lot of really good blogs and web platforms for mom business to promote themselves on. Since I only teach locally I typically don't participate in many of these blog parties and giveaways. But I am happy to be supporting Abbey in her Blogoversary.... I listed my business and blog with her site just mere weeks after it first launched. She has a supportive blog and is really looking to help Moms and Dads get the word out on their work from home businesses.

So take a minute and go visit Living My MoMent, check out my guest post, peruse all the great MoM and Dad business listed there and check out the awesome blogoversary prizes! Who knows.... you might just win something! (hint, hint.... I'm donating a First Aid Kit!)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Back to the Legalese of the AED

Continuing in my series on the legal aspects of selling, purchasing or owning an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) today I'm citing two RSA's:

Automated External Defibrillator

Section 153-A:28

153-A:28 Intent. –
I. The use of automated external defibrillators addresses an important public health problem in New Hampshire. It is the intent of the legislature to encourage the use and availability of automated external defibrillators, along with training in the use of automated external defibrillators, for the purpose of saving the lives of people in cardiac arrest.
II. Further, the legislature strongly encourages dissemination of educational information regarding automated external defibrillators and encourages that access to these lifesaving devices be made widely available to businesses, schools, fire and police departments, and other public and private organizations throughout the state.
Source. 2000, 302:4, eff. June 21, 2000. 2002, 156:5, eff. July 14, 2002.

Pretty clear common sense. The State of New Hampshire encourages the use and availability of AED's. They also encourage training and information on them.


Section 153-A:29

153-A:29 Definitions. – For purposes of this subdivision, "automated external defibrillator" means a medical device which combines a heart monitor and defibrillator and:
I. Has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration;
II. Is capable of recognizing the presence or absence of ventricular fibrillation;
III. Is capable of determining whether defibrillation should be performed; and
IV. Automatically charges and requests delivery of an electrical impulse to an individual's heart, upon determination that defibrillation should be performed.
Source. 2000, 302:4, eff. June 21, 2000. 2002, 156:5, eff. July 14, 2002.

RSA 153-A:29 basically defines what an AED is. It monitors the hearts electrical rhythm, analyzes and determines the hearts rhythm, and determines if the patient as a heart rhythm that would benefit from a shock.

A question that has come up in classes lately is how exactly the AED works. I think I've blogged about this before, but basically the AED analyzes the heart's electrical rhythm. During Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) the heart's electrical system is misfiring and the heart just quivers. The AED shocks the heart, not to start it, but to stop it. That allows the heart to begin beating with a normal electrical rhythm. Kind of like hard rebooting your computer.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Reprioritizing

So I admit, my blogging has been hit or miss lately. With the final arrival of Spring in New Hampshire (and of course mud....) I haven't wanted to be sitting in front of a computer as much. Which led to some soul-searching and re-evaluating of priorities. It took a week to come to the BIG DECISION which was I am scaling back from my other blog. Yes... if you didn't know it I had a second blog all about shopping and saving on the Seacoast. But it was really time-consuming. I loved doing it, but it was based on my hobby of comparing prices between local stores. As much as I enjoyed it, the time involved was taking my away from my primary business... which is teaching CPR & First Aid, which began cutting into family and home time. I work from home, like a lot of other moms do, so that I'm available when my kids need me. On a beautiful sunny day I don't want to be telling the kids we can't go out to play because mommy is too busy working on her blog.

So I did some soul searching and decided that while I'm not completely shutting down the other blog, I'm scaling back on a big scale. My priorities are family, home and business. Anything else is just for fun, especially when it's not meeting my top 3 priorities. So over the next week you can hopefully expect a lot more on CPR & First Aid blogging as well as my intermittent odd things that come up when working from home with kids.

And if you notice the colorful fun button on my right sidebar - it's the official 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party button. I wasn't fast enough to get in on offering a prize, but check it out. There are hundreds... yes I do mean hundreds! of prizes to be won. Thousands of blogs are participating of which I am just a humble one. Check it out, visit some of the awesome participating blogs and who knows... maybe you'll just win something cool and fabulous!