Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sandy Hook Elementary School: a note to those affected

I received this note from a LinkedIn connection and wanted to share it with you.

During this extremely trying time, compounded by what should be a joyous season, my heart breaks for those struggling with such unimaginable tragedy.  

Please share this with anyone you feel might benefit and take time to feel gratitude for what we have and offer a hand to those without. 

On 12/15/12 11:46 AM, National Center for Crisis Management wrote:
Dear Colleague,

As the leader of the National Center for Crisis Management and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, I want to write to my connections on LinkedIn to address the tragic event that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Those close to this event and directly impacted will have to contend with this horrific experience in the short-term and long-term as the psychological ramifications of this event emerge. All will likely be impacted in some manner and will have to cope with their own feelings and the feelings of others with whom they come into contact in a personal and professional capacity.

As professionals we will be charged with having to help others make sense of an occurrence that in the immediate makes no sense. We will have to attempt to make children and adults feel safe when we cannot assure them of absolute safety. We will have to come up with a plan to address the emergent psychological needs of those directly and indirectly impacted by this event. We will have to assist in keeping people functional.

Below are links to practical documents from A Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools: Sixth Edition and Comprehensive Acute Traumatic Stress Management, both publications of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. They include useful information for assisting professionals in addressing the emergent psychological needs of those impacted by this tragic event.
- Practical Suggestions for Assisting Children in the Aftermath of a Tragedy
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- Teacher Guidelines for Crisis Response
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- Parent Guidelines for Crisis Response
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- How Do People Respond During Traumatic Exposure?
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- Helpful Information During and After a Traumatic Event
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The mission of the Center and the Academy has always been to assist professionals and victims in addressing the emergent psychological needs of victims before, during and in the aftermath of a crisis situation. The Center's and the Academy's Professional Directory is available to find individuals to assist in meeting the needs of those effected by this incident by going to .
I hope you find these documents informative and of assistance. Please feel free to share them with anyone you believe could benefit from them. I hope that you and your family are doing well during this difficult time.


Brad Lindell, Ph.D.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

mmm, tacos

 Whole Health Source: Food Reward Friday

Food Reward Friday - a blog from a neurobiologist who recommends things like a Hardee's MONSTER THICKBURGER and this week's winner: the Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco!

...and a lot of other good science'y stuff too.

Well, I'm hooked.

Just 9 minutes?!

I read this article today, finding it fascinating. 

During class, I always tell my students to "just keep going" as you'll be tired (CPR is exhausting!), or even start to think - what's the point.  Now, looks like the research is confirming what we've been telling students all this time. Press On! 

The article does point out that prolonged resuscitation is not suitable for every case, but "...found that patients have a better chance of surviving in hospitals that persist with CPR for just nine minutes longer, on average, than hospitals where efforts are halted earlier."

Just nine minutes?!?!  Wow. 

Dear Resuscitation Team,
Keep going!

And in even more encouraging news, senior study author, Dr. Nallamothu who's an associate professor at the University of Michigan and a cardiologist at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center found that "neurological function was similar, regardless of the duration of CPR."

That's always been the main argument against prolonged resuscitation. That the cost outweighs the benefits. Diminished neurological function, lessened quality of life - all valid concerns and still something that should be kept in mind during extended resuscitation efforts. But, perhaps after more medical professionals review this data they'll think twice before ceasing care.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My directorial debut

I'm so excited!

Last Thursday, we shot the video for the new Prestan Professional AED trainer.  What a great learning experience!  It was so cool to see the behind the scenes - to see what it really takes to make, what looks to us, a seamless one-take video.  One take ..ha!  How many times can the talent point to that button?! Or close that lid?!  I admire their patience and perseverance.

We're working with the folks at Jumpstart Video Productions and the voice talent of Theresa Seiders at That's All She Read Voice Overs.  What a great group of professionals. I can't wait to see the finished product, feeling now like a kid on Christmas Eve.

I hope to share the video with you all soon - sometime around the first of December.  We're doing something else rather cool too.  Shooting an introductory video, kind of a,' Hey, check out this new product' thing as well as instructional segments on how to put the unit together, work the buttons and such.  I've been getting quite a few calls lately from customers who want to see it in action.  Patience grasshoppa, patience.

So!  Make sure to stay tuned as I'll be posting the videos soon.