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CVS Caremark phasing out tobacco sales

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CVS Caremark phasing out tobacco sales

CVS blog: “Pharmacy and retailer CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that it will phase out tobacco sales over the next year, saying that profits from the sales are not worth the larger cost in public health.

CVS said in the Journal of the American Medical Association that the company is increasingly developing programs to improve the quality of care and reduce healthcare costs and that selling tobacco products is antithetical to both goals. Tobacco products produce more than $1.5 billion in sales annually for CVS, but the financial gain is outweighed by “the paradox inherent in promoting health while contributing to tobacco-related deaths.”

Smoking is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., killing 443,000 Americans and costing the nation $193 billion in healthcare expenses and lost productivity each year, according to a Surgeon General’s report released last month.

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Promising Technology Could Turn Laptops and Tablets into AEDs | Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

The invention relates to a kit for adapting common laptop and tablet computers to enable each to be used as an automated external defibrillator (AED) to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

via Promising Technology Could Turn Laptops and Tablets into AEDs | Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

via Promising Technology Could Turn Laptops and Tablets into AEDs | Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

CPR training in high schools

Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 10.57.30 PMSeveral states have state laws that requires CPR in schools training before high school graduation. Florida is not one of them. The following is one of Florida State Advocacy points in the political agenda.

“Promote CPR and AED Training for Both Professionals and Lay Rescuers as a Critical Part of the Chain of Survival – Support public policy initiatives that require CPR and AED training for licensure/certification of professionals that may need to respond to medical emergencies. Work to assure that AHA CPR and first aid training are recognized by licensing agencies that regulate professions that are required to have CPR and/or first aid training for licensure/certification. Support policies that encourage bystander CPR. Support CPR and AED training in schools with an emphasis on hands-on coursework.”

“The American Heart Association is advocating for Hands-Only CPR to be taught in high schools throughout the state as a graduation requirement. For those of you who believe that the schools are already overburdened with graduation requirements I say you are correct. However, what we are advocating for is to include CPR Hands-Only training in an already required course such as PE or Health. We are not asking for teachers to become certified to teach the course and we are not asking for students to become certified. We simply want to ensure that future generations of Floridians have not only the cognitive knowledge of CPR, but also hands on training. We would like to see every student graduate with the knowledge of how to save a life if a sudden cardiac arrest should occur.”

Links:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Advocate/StateIssues/State-Advocacy_UCM_305738_TabbedPage.jsp

http://yourethecure.org/aha/community/b/greater-southeast/archive/2013/09/03/cpr-for-high-school-graduation.aspx

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/CommunityCPRandFirstAid/CPRinSchools/CPR-in-Schools_UCM_453682_SubHomePage.jsp

Another kid collapsed in a school. Thank coaches for starting CPR.

Another kid collapsed in a school. Thank you to coaches for starting CPR. We all should learn CPR. Please check these resources for schools. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (http://www.sca-aware.org/schools) via Healthy Hearts

You can save a life if you know how to react. 

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Sudden cardiac arrest affects about 1,000 people outside hospitals each day in the U.S. and only 10 percent survive. When bystanders provide CPR and use automated external defibrillators before EMS arrives, about 40 percent of victims survive. If the national survival rate increased to 40 percent, about 100,000 additional people could be saved each year. Read more. Sudden cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack. Understanding the difference could save your life–or the life of someone you love.

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