Whoa, Thats Way Too Hot!

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Sep 22, 2010


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Whoa, Thats Way Too Hot!
When my parents were newlyweds they were involved in an awful cabin fire. They were in the mountains of southeast Idaho with some good friends. They came back from a horse ride and started into the cabin. My mother stooped at the door way to light a match. As the match ignited it sparked the fumes of a leaking kerosene lamp. The resulting explosion blew her off the steps. My father was already inside and faced the full brunt of the explosion. By a series of miraculous events they survived and finally ended up at the burn unit at the U. But as you can imagine their recovery was horrific.
I saw my parents live with the scars of that day while growing up. I heard them recount the events in frightening detail. But many good things came from this experience. Countless times my father would tell me that during his lowest moments he was surrounded by other people, burnt more badly than he was. Often they were kids. There is always someone worse off than you, became our unofficial family slogan.
Now I feel I have an opportunity to prevent people from suffering in an avoidable fire. I have worked around medical oxygen for over a decade and have seen people put themselves in danger while using it. A few moments of education can correct most of these situations. To accelerate the distribution of this information I created an oxygen training program for professionals. It is a 30-40 minute presentation which covers how to properly use oxygen tanks, regulators, concentrators, and other oxygen equipment. It also reviews the most common hazards overlooked when using oxygen. It is done in a written test format that easily accommodates personnel training documentation.
This program can be geared for any or all medical professionals, including RNs, CNA's and staff among others. It can also be customized for your particular team dynamics. This program is a community service and is done at no charge. Please feel free to contact me to schedule this important training- spaces do fill up quickly. Lets be safe while providing for those who are worse off than us.

Editors Note: This article was submitted by Travis Hall, owner of MedStar Home Medical. He can be contacted via phone or email, 801-768-4464 or travis@MedstarHomeMedical.com.

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