Helps Healthcare Professionals Prep for Spring Health Hazards

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New Special Section for Healthcare Professionals and First Responders Offers Data about Top Springtime Health Hazards, Resources for Preparation

To help first responders and healthcare professionals prepare for seasonal illness and injury patterns that tend to be highly prevalent in the springtime, Health Education Solutions (HES), a leading provider of online healthcare certification courses, today released a new special section focused on Spring Health Hazards. The educational article package highlights springtime health hazards and provides resources for certification to help individuals in the healthcare industry prepare to respond to these seasonal concerns.

“As the weather warms and Americans take their recreational activities outdoors for the first time in months, injuries from more active behavior become much more prevalent,” said Terri McKinney, president of HES. “At Health Education Solutions, we aim to provide education and certification resources that will help both first responders and healthcare providers quickly respond to these springtime safety and health issues.”

The new Spring Health Hazards special section highlights some lesser-known facts about springtime safety and health issues. For example:

  •     Girls sustain playground injuries slightly more often than boys. While girls sustain 55 percent of playground injuries, boys experience 45 percent of injuries.
  •     Children ages 5 to 9 visit emergency departments for playground injuries more often than children in any other age group.
  •     A 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that individuals had an approximately 5 percent greater risk of having a heart attack immediately following the shift to daylight-saving time than they did the week before the shift.

With information on springtime health hazards in both adult and pediatric environments, the articles discuss health trends that may be more prevalent in the springtime and include statistics related to such topics as playground injuries, drowning injuries and daylight-saving time’s influence on injury and illness. The new special section can be accessed in HES’ online research library at

To assist healthcare professionals and first responders in preparing to respond to springtime emergencies, HES offers a series of online healthcare certification courses. Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification and recertification, and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) certification and recertification courses are available in convenient self-paced formats that allow students to certify or recertify in timeframes that suit their busy schedules. Practice tests and free practice quizzes are available for both the ACLS and PALS courses.

Health Education Solutions additionally offers first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training for healthcare professionals, first responders or anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency.

Other online Health Education Solutions courses include a basic life support (BLS) course, and stroke and bloodborne pathogens training courses.

Additional resources related to seasonal health trends, healthcare certification and professional training are available in HES’ online resource library.

About Health Education Solutions
Health Education Solutions (HES) is a leading provider of continuing education solutions for healthcare professionals. HES, a subsidiary of Nelnet Inc. (NYSE: NNI), offers ACLS and PALS courses developed in partnership with medical faculty at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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