Gerola: Coast Guard-approved life jackets needed at pools, lakes

Coast Guard-approved life jackets are an important component of water safety and drowning prevention for everyone. They are designed to keep your head above water and help you remain in a position which permits proper breathing. Inflatable items such as arm floaties and waist rings are toys and should not be used as a safety […]

Superstition Fire and Medical District’s Annual Fire Prevention Festival Oct. 9

Was it Mrs. O’Leary’s cow that kicked over a lamp? Was it a fiery meteorite? Or was it the neighborhood boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes? Over the years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of theories for the cause of a fire that burned for two days. Fire Prevention Week was established […]

Fire district to hold cardiac screenings Oct. 24 in AJ

October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, dedicated to educating patients and the public about what Sudden Cardiac Arrest is and how to respond to this serious emergency.

SCA is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes the heart to suddenly stop beating, resulting in no blood flow to the brain and other vital organs.

Approximately 350,000 out-of-hospital SCA’s occur each year in the United States, with a median reported survival-to-hospital-discharge rate of 8 percent.

Rapidly implementing the “chain of survival” can help increase the chances of surviving an SCA event.

The steps in the chain include activation of emergency medical services by calling 911, starting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation or cardio-cerebral resuscitation (known as CCR, using only continuous chest compressions), using an automated external defibrillator and acquiring appropriate care.