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Saving Lives in Your Community Association: Defibrillators (AEDs), Bleeding Control Kits (BCKs), and CERTs with Dr. Jason Mansour

Saving Lives in Your Community Association: Defibrillators (AEDs), Bleeding Control Kits (BCKs), and CERTs with Dr. Jason Mansour

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Does your community association have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) or a Bleeding Control Kit (BCK) on hand in the worst-case scenario and do you have trained people on hand to use these devices? Do you have a gym, pickleball/tennis courts, and other recreational amenities where a cardiac event may be more likely? Are you familiar with the responsibilities and value of a volunteer Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT)? Join Donna DiMaggio Berger and guest Dr. Jason Mansour, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Broward Health, as they dive into the details of these vital life-saving tools. Learn about local ordinances that require these devices in multi-story residential buildings, how they operate, and the essential training needed for their use.

In times of emergency, the choice between CPR and AED can be pivotal. Accompany Donna and Dr. Mansour on a journey into the depths of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Explore the impact of chest compressions on the heart and brain and the American Heart Association’s endorsement of hands-only CPR. Dr. Mansour guides you through the differences between CPR and the use of AEDs, highlighting how a split-second decision can drastically enhance survival rates.

Donna and Dr. Mansour reflect on the importance of being a good neighbor and the role of life-saving equipment in our communities, emphasizing the significance of AEDs, BCKs, and CERTs in multi-family buildings and HOAs particularly those with gyms and recreational amenities where a cardiac event becomes more likely. We guarantee you will leave with a newfound appreciation for these vital resources and their roles in our daily lives.

Conversation highlights include:

  •  Necessary training for safe Defibrillator. (AED) usage
  • Risks associated with improper AED usage
  • Where associations can find AED training for their employees
  • The differences between using a defibrillator and performing CPR
  • What a Bleeding Control Kit (BCK) is composed of, and how it functions
  • Advice for CERT members to triage injuries in mass casualty situations
  • Other life-saving devices community association boards should consider for common areas

About Take It To The Board

Think you know what community association life is all about? Think again. Residents must obey the rules, directors must follow the law, and managers must keep it all running smoothly. Take It To The Board explores the reality of life in a condominium, cooperative or homeowners’ association, what’s really involved in serving on its board, and how to maintain that ever-so-delicate balance of being legally compliant and community spirited. Leading community association attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger acknowledges the balancing act without losing her sense of humor as she talks with a variety of association leaders, experts, and vendors about the challenges and benefits of the community association lifestyle.

If you’ve got a question, Take It To The Board with Donna DiMaggio Berger – We Speak Condo & HOA!

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