Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the Chain of Survival

February 26, 2017
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Cindy Dunbar, Director of Customer Care, with AED Superstore, the world’s largest distributor of automated external defibrillators joins eHealth Radio and the Heart Health, Emergency Care & Health News Channels to discuss sudden cardiac arrest and the chain of survival.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Cindy Dunbar discuss the following:

  • When it comes to sudden cardiac arrest, there has been a lot of talk about the Chain of Survival. Let’s talk about that today. What is the chain of survival and what are each of the links?
  • So obviously calling 911 is at the first step because you want to get EMS on the way so you can get to the fourth link, right?
  • The next link in the chain is early CPR.  Not just CPR, but early CPR.  Why is that?
  • So if early CPR is important, than early defibrillation must be just as important?
  • Next in the chain is EMS arrival - and that must be a great relief for the rescuer!
  • What/Which is advanced hospital care?

 

For almost 20 years, Cindy Dunbar has worked in the retail industry in one capacity or another. Managing retail stores, Purchasing Manager for a small group of stores, owning a retail store and then working the other side of sales by being the Midwest Upper Regional Sales Manager for Cornell Trading, Inc. Being involved in sales from all different perspectives provided her the experience and knowledge that has helped her in Customer Service for AED Superstore since 2007.  

Starting as a Customer Service Representative she learned all different aspects of the business itself and the nuances of the AED industry.  Over the years she worked her way up to Customer Service Manager, Business Development Manager and is now the Director of Customer Care. As the Director she oversees every aspect of quality provided to all customers.  She is responsible for the success of each Customer Care Representative and the overall sales of that department.

 

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Website: www.aedsuperstore.com

Social Media Links:
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AEDSuperstore

AEDs and the Liability Myth

February 16, 2017
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Eileen Swierczsynki, marketing manager for AED Superstore, the world’s largest distributor of automated external defibrillators joins eHealth Radio and the Heart Health, Emergency Care & Health News Channels to discuss AED's & the liability myth.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Eileen Swierczsynki discuss the following:

  • Today we are talking about Automated External De-fib-rillators - also called AEDs - and the questions some may have regarding what, if any, liability risks are involved in owning one of these life-saving devices.  First let’s talk a little bit about what, exactly, AEDs are.
  • So if AEDs are so important to survival for someone in sudden cardiac arrest, why aren’t there more AEDs around?  I mean, I usually see them in airports, malls and schools, but why aren’t they everywhere?
  • I have to admit, that does seem intimidating, and I can’t blame them for feeling that way.  But you say there really is no reason to worry about litigation - why is that?
  • So what is your recommendation with regard to AEDs?  Is it worth the risk?

Eileen Swierczynski is the Marketing Manager for AED Superstore and, as such, has spent the last year learning as much as she possibly can about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), automated external defibrillators, and the heart.  She has a passion for spreading awareness of SCA so more lives can be saved and encourages everyone to take a CPR/AED class because you never know when you will need it.

 

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Website: www.aedsuperstore.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AEDSuperstore
witter: @AEDSuperstore

MedjetAssist: Your premier global air-medical transport provider

January 11, 2017
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John Gobbels, the Chief Operating Officer/Vice President and transport expert for MedjetAssist, the premier global air-medical transport membership program for travelers which is a great supplement to travel insurance again joins eHealth Radio and the Travel Health Care Information Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest John Gobbels discuss the following:

  • What is MedjetAssist, and how does it compare/contrast to basic travel insurance?
  • What are some of the different kinds of Medjet memberships?
  • With the recent attack in Germany, we are reminded that travel safety is very important. How would a Medjet membership benefit a traveler in Berlin at that time? 
  • As winter sports season has begun, would you recommend Medjet for skiers and snowboarders?
  • Would Medjet cover snowbirds or students studying abroad who are away from home for an extended period of time?

 

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John Gobbels brings over 25 years of pre-hospital and hospital service and management experience to his role as vice president and COO of MedjetAssist. Since joining the premier air-medical transport membership program in 2006 as director of transport operations, Mr. Gobbels has been responsible for complete oversight of all transport and repatriation operations.

Before moving from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Medjet’s headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Gobbels spent 13 years with STAT MedEvac, the air ambulance arm of the renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). During his tenure, he played integral roles in almost all aspects of the program, from base operations to communications and clinical operations.

For six years Mr. Gobbels served as clinical director of STAT MedEvac, overseeing compliance with the Commission on Air-Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), as well as the continuing education requirements for all clinical staff. Previously, he was a flight nurse and paramedic. Mr. Gobbels began his career with UPMC in 1991 as a critical care nurse.

John Gobbels holds a Masters degree in Management and Information Technology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA., as well as multiple degrees in health care.

 

 

Web Site: medjetassist.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/medjetassist 
Twitter: @MedjetAssist

ECG’s and how they can save young athlete’s lives

October 27, 2016
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Amber Neller, Strategic Accounts Manager at AED Superstore, the world’s largest distributor of AEDs and items related to CPR training and heart health joins eHealth Radio and the Heart Health, Emergency Care & Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Amber Neller discuss the following:

  • I read a startling fact the other day that stated every 72 hours a US athlete dies of sudden cardiac arrest – tell me why that is and what can be done about it.
  • So what can be done?  It seems like an ECG is an important piece of the puzzle to determining if an athlete should be participating in a sport – especially something rigorous like football or basketball.
  • You mentioned just about anyone can use the device – so I could use it?  To monitor friends and neighbors?
  • So does the device tell you exactly what is wrong?  Like “You have XYZ and should not play Basketball”?
  • So what is your recommendation if people have kids who just started high school or college sports coming up?


Duration: 7:12


Amber Neller has been with AED Superstore for 4 years.  She started her career in Customer Care, helped start and grow the Business Development unit, and is now the Strategic Accounts Manager which allows her to travel and represent a company she loves.  She is on the events committee and is the new Allied Chamber of Commerce Representative. To enhance her career, Amber is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications with a concentration in Marketing and Sales.  When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family – especially her fiancé and young son who is into hockey and t-ball.



Website: www.AEDSuperstore.com


Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/AEDSuperstore
Twitter: @AEDSuperstore

MedjetAssist: Take Trips, Not Chances

August 5, 2016
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John Gobbels, the Chief Operating Officer/Vice President and transport expert for MedjetAssist, the premier global air-medical transport membership program for travelers which is a great supplement to travel insurance again joins eHealth Radio and the Travel Health Care Information Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest John Gobbels discuss the following:

  • What is MedjetAssist, and how does it compare/contrast to basic travel insurance? What is the main differentiator?
  • What are some of the different kinds of Medjet memberships? Are they appropriate for both leisure and business travelers?
  • Medical emergencies don't discriminate. Does Medjet see a wide range of transport types from all ages, gender and locations?
  • Medjet recently launched a new Horizon membership called "Medjet Horizon" which includes more than just the medical evacuation portion. What exactly does this membership entail and how would it be beneficial for travelers, especially in light of recent terrorist attacks?
  • What are a few of the most important precautions that families can take to protect themselves while traveling this summer?


    Duration: 7:58

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    John Gobbels brings over 25 years of pre-hospital and hospital service and management experience to his role as vice president and COO of MedjetAssist. Since joining the premier air-medical transport membership program in 2006 as director of transport operations, Mr. Gobbels has been responsible for complete oversight of all transport and repatriation operations.


    Before moving from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Medjet’s headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Gobbels spent 13 years with STAT MedEvac, the air ambulance arm of the renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). During his tenure, he played integral roles in almost all aspects of the program, from base operations to communications and clinical operations.


    For six years Mr. Gobbels served as clinical director of STAT MedEvac, overseeing compliance with the Commission on Air-Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), as well as the continuing education requirements for all clinical staff. Previously, he was a flight nurse and paramedic. Mr. Gobbels began his career with UPMC in 1991 as a critical care nurse.


    John Gobbels holds a Masters degree in Management and Information Technology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA., as well as multiple degrees in health care.



    Web Site: medjetassist.com

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest

June 25, 2016
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Mike Carlin, who leads the CPR & AED training division of AED Superstore, the largest reseller of AEDs and associated service in the world joins eHealth Radio and the Heart Health, Emergency Care & Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Mike Carlin discuss the following:

  • We constantly hear about cholesterol, blood pressure, heart attacks, is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) common and is it something the general public should be concerned about?
  • What exactly is the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest?
  • How does one know if someone is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest and what do we do? Does one call 911 and just wait?
  • So I give someone CPR and try to use an AED but the person doesn’t make it. Am I responsible? Can I be sued for trying to help?
  • Are AEDs expensive and what kind of responsibility are we talking here? Do I just buy it and hang it on the wall?


Mike Carlin has been in the Fire/EMS field since 1996. He started as a junior firefighter and progressed through the ranks to Firefighter/Paramedic. In 1999 he became an American Heart Association and American Health and Safety CPR/AED Instructor. Mike continues to provide this service to the community and travels around the country for AED Superstore as an instructor as well. In 2013, Mike ended his career in EMS and joined AED Superstore where he is currently the Training Coordinator. Unable to stay away from the adrenaline rush of emergency response, he continues to give back to his community as a Lieutenant on his local fire department.


Hockey rules the Carlin household! Mike coaches, all three kids play, and his lovely wife is their biggest fan! Hockey does not leave much time for many additional activities, but in the limited spare time he does have, Mike likes to fish, snowmobile, boat, camp, and enjoy the company of family and friends around a nice campfire.



Website: www.aedsuperstore.com


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Taking charge of your medical records

June 21, 2016
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Beth Tofel, President of FootprintID that helps individuals manage and maintain the health and medical records of themselves and their family members joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Technology Channels.


With FootprintID you have “always” access to your information.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Beth Tofel discuss the following:

  • Was there something in particular that inspired you to found FootprintID?
  • Who can benefit the most from having their medical records at their fingertips?
  • How does one benefit from having always access to their medical information and that of their family or loved ones?
  • What is the biggest challenge for people in managing their health information?
  • How can having your records assist in proper diagnosis and treatment?


Summary: Make sure you always have access to Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, Power of Attorneys. They are often not with you when crisis strikes and some of the most important documents. They can assure that a person’s wishes are carried out, that a doctor has permission to speak with the parents of a college student, and that the proper individuals are called upon to make decisions.


Duration: 12:48


FootprintID® puts your health information at your fingertips. Store and manage all of your medical records in one secure, easy-to-use online portal – and access them 24/7 from your phone, tablet or computer. FootprintID® also lets you share vital health information with family, caregivers, physicians and emergency responders, and coordinate your medical history across providers.


Multitasking is a way of life for today’s parents. They are responsible for managing their careers and households as well as their family’s hectic schedules – not to mention their health and well being.  When it comes to healthcare, parents often struggle to keep track of their children’s medications, allergies and immunizations. They worry about a college-bound daughter managing her chronic health condition, or a son having a health emergency while they’re away on business. And they make countless calls to the pediatrician’s office to request copies of their children’s vaccination records.


Growing older tends to come with growing health concerns. You may be visiting multiple doctors and pharmacies. Coping with a chronic condition. Or assuming the role of caregiver for a parent or spouse. If you’re like many seniors, keeping track of medications, test results, procedures, and contact information can be overwhelming.


Organizing paper records is challenging and you rarely carry them with you. In an emergency, instant access to your health records can literally be a lifesaver.


Take you and your families health into your hands – learn more at www.footprintid.com.



Website: www.footprintid.com


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3MD, providing all parents access to hospital-grade medical supplies & instructions

December 3, 2015
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Dr. Mizuho Spangler Co-Founder of 3MD where their mission is to provide all parents access to hospital-grade medical supplies & instructions to help give your little one the best care joins eHealth Radio and the Emergency Care & Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Mizuho Spangler discuss the following:

  • How did 3MD get started and what is the overall mission of the company?
  • With the holiday season amongst us, pediatric burns are a huge concern. Can you tell us more about how many children get burned each year and what are the injuries most likely from? 
  • What is considered a burn? 
  • How do you recognize what burns are classified as more serious? 
  • What can you do to prevent burns in your child? 
  • Does 3MD suggest any products to help prevent burns or to assist if a child gets burned? 


Duration: 10:52


Mizuho M. Spangler, DO practices Emergency Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Spangler's practice supports these languages: Russian, German, Polish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Tagalog, Italian, Spanish, French and Korean. Dr. Spangler is also one of the co-founders or 3MD | three mommy doctors where they realized that the first-aid kits on the market didn't have the things that we, as doctors use on patients.



What followed was the creation of products that were known and trusted as physicians, with a list of easy-to-follow instructions and a list of "red flag symptoms," so you know when to head to the ER.



Website: www.threemommydoctors.com


Social Media:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/3MDthreemommydoctors
Twitter: @3mommydoctors

GE Healthcare/API Healthcare on Keeping Nurses Happy

November 13, 2015
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Dr. Karlene Kerfoot, the Chief Nursing Officer for API Healthcare, a GE Healthcare Company joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Health News Channels. For 30 years API Healthcare has been in the business of providing innovative workforce management solutions for the healthcare industry.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Karlene Kerfoot discuss the following:

  • Why does the issue of nurse satisfaction matter to API Healthcare?
  • Why is nurse satisfaction so important to hospitals?
  • How are patients impacted by nurse satisfaction?
  • What are the things that impact nurse satisfaction the most? 
  • What do you suggest hospitals do to try and improve nurse satisfaction?


Duration: 9:20


Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Dr. Karlene Kerfoot is Chief Nursing Officer for API Healthcare, a GE Healthcare Company. She has held a variety of positions in nursing and patient care administration, clinical practice, healthcare consulting and adjunct academic positions.


Dr. Kerfoot has been the Corporate Chief Nursing and Patient Care Officer at several large healthcare systems in the country:  Aurora Health Care System, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Clarian Health Partners, Indianapolis, Indiana; and the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, Texas. She is widely acknowledged for her work in patient safety, data-driven staffing and scheduling, creating healing environments and healing sanctuaries for staff, pioneering models of shared governance, and achieving excellence in quality outcomes.


Dr. Kerfoot earned a doctorate in nursing from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Masters and BSN from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She has published over 300 articles in the areas of leadership, patient safety, data-driven staffing and workforce issues. She also writes a popular column on leadership for Nursing Economic$, serves on numerous editorial boards, speaks nationally and internationally, and is a board member of the DAISY Foundation.



Website: www.apihealthcare.com


Social Media Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/apihealthcare
Twitter: @APIHealthcare

MedjetAssist, a great supplement to travel insurance

November 7, 2015
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John Gobbels, the Chief Operating Officer/Vice President and transport expert for MedjetAssist, the premier global air-medical transport membership program for travelers which is a great supplement to travel insurance again joins eHealth Radio and the Travel Health Care Information Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest John Gobbels discuss the following:

  • What is MedjetAssist, and how is it different from travel insurance?
  • Briefly describe some of the Medjet membership options that travelers can choose from.
  • Medjet recently launched its newest membership upgrade option: Horizon. Can you tell me a little bit about what this entails in terms of additional protection for Medjet members?
  • What types of injuries/illnesses does Medjet usually see when transporting a member? And what is the average price range of a transport for someone who is not a Medjet member where they would unfortunately have to pay out of pocket?
  • With holiday travel soon approaching, what is the best Medjet option for families to enroll in?


Duration: 9:55


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John Gobbels is the Chief Operating Officer/Vice President and transport expert for MedjetAssist, the premier global air-medical transport membership program for travelers.  With an initial career as a critical care nurse, John brings over 25 years of pre-hospital and hospital service and management experience to his current role. He is responsible for complete oversight of all MedjetAssist’s transport and repatriation operations.



Web Site: medjet.com