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What The Heck Does A.E.D. Stand For?

You’ve seen these signs just about everywhere in public. They’re right here. Look below.

AED

That’s a sign that says there’s an automated external defibrillator nearby. That’s comforting. Sort of. Assuming you dudes and dudettes know what an automated external defibrillator really is.

Basically, that’s a machine that will help you save a life.

Not only is this machine a literal life saver, it also is so easy that anyone who speaks English will be able to use it.

This device will talk you through the steps necessary to use it so you can electrically shock a person’s heart back into a normal rhythm.

Yeah, that’s right. You know in all those medical dramas, when the patient is circling the drain and the doctor starts telling people to charge. Then she starts rubbing these paddle together, yells to get clear and then presses the paddles to the patients chest? Then the patient convulses up into an arch?

That’s what this does. It sends a massive current of electricity through a dying patient, shocking the heart back to beating in a normal rhythm.

One quick note: the holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. Which means there are going to be a lot of people suffering through cardiac events. It might even be the person standing right next to you.

Instead of panicking, wouldn’t you rather know what to do? While this device might be automated and easy to use, people still need to put it to use if it’s going to do any good. Which means it’s up to dudes like you to know what to do.

Fortunately, this device is so easy to use, you can learn to do it just bey heading over to the Heart Rescue Now website and watching a short interactive video.

No, I’m not kidding. It’s that easy.

All you have to do is watch the video and, at certain appropriate points, click on one of two choices and you will know exactly what to do should this situation arise while you’re out in a public place.

You can save a life.

Spread the word. Let other people know about this website and learn how to use an A.E.D. You never know. You might be the person who needs help. And, if you do, let’s hope someone nearby has gone through this video.

Go there. Spread the word. Five minutes of your time is a really small price to pay to save a life.

— Richard

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Thank A Veteran

by Richard

Today, in America, we celebrate Veteran’s Day. This is the day we set aside to honor those of our fellow countrymen and women who have served time as part of our armed forces.

What with the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq, as well as in various hotspots around the globe, we’ve owe more than ever to those past and present members of the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard.

While we’re celebrating all of those who served today, I’d like to set aside a couple of minutes to talk about those who gave even more. Thanks to advances in battlefield medical technology, we’re seeing more soldiers returning alive but seriously wounded from service abroad.

Which gives us the opportunity to help them. Just quickly google assistance and veteran and you’ll find plenty of organizations dedicated to helping our troops. I’d like to highlight a couple here to which you might want to donate.

Fisher House is an organization dedicated to providing “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

The Wounded Warrior Project provides a number of services to the returning wounded and their families, including benefits counseling, caregiver retreats, family support and peer mentoring.

The USO is a nonprofit, congressionally chartered private organization that provides innumerable services to our troops, either on active duty or on leave. In addition to the well-known entertainments the organization puts on overseas, the USO does things as simple and powerful as welcoming home troops who arrive in airports all over the country, something my father-in-law (himself a veteran of the Marines) does almost every week.

Take some time and provide some support, dudes. If you can’t get out and do the work yourself, you can easily donate some money to help out these and other worthy organizations.

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