Health 57A

Hlth 57A (Health 57A)
First Aid for the Community, Home, Wilderness and Disasters
is a one-unit class that is offered at De Anza College almost every quarter.

Red Cross standard first aid patch: a patch that says Red Cross Standard First AidUpon successful completion of the course, each participant can receive an American Red Cross certification in First Aid (valid two years). This class is not a CPR / AED (cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation) class, but includes parts of it and taking this class before you take a CPR/AED class will make the CPR/AED class easier.

We meet for only four sessions, not all quarter.

While we are still in a COVID social distancing requirement, some of the skills work required by the Red Cross for first aid certification can’t be fully completed, since many skills require people getting close to or touching another person. The college will likely schedule HLTH57A again after people have been vaccinated and we know what the rules are from the Centers for Disease Control and the state of California.

Please take a look at the assignments (and free download of the text) at this page to get a head start on the class.

The De Anza College class is designed to cover more than the minimum first aid. Students who need first aid knowledge for their De Anza programs (or who just want to learn first aid, as many of my students have wanted as parents, coaches, scout leaders) also get in-depth coverage of law, earthquake preparedness, and preparation to make a CPR/AED class easier.

HLTH57A students who have gone on take EMT training and lifeguard training have told me they were much more prepared than others in their classes.

= = = = Below is the usual info about the class. Some of this may be updated later as needed, but I will be leaving much of it for future reference. = = = =

We finish before finals week and do not meet during finals week.

To find the classroom, S56, go to:

Look for the S5 building. S56 is in the bottom left hand corner of the S5 building.

Or look at the map with room numbers of buildings at:

Enrollment and registration steps are at:


“The class is full and I want to add!” I receive many emails from students wanting to add the class, or who are already on the waitlist.

I can’t add anyone until after the class has met for the first time, and I often do take extra students, so attend the first class and you might be added.


We are no longer using this text:

cover of text book

The new text is still called (titled) the American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED participant’s manual.

first aid text cover Red Cross 2016

The De Anza Bookstore will probably charge around $12 (used), $15+ (new) for it.

OR you can download it to your laptop for free (or make a printed copy) by going to

and scroll down to the second section, titled

Participant Materials (Core)

then scroll down to:

First Aid/CPR/AED Participant’s Manual

Click on it and download it.

OR try this link:’s-Manual.pdf

free download in Spanish (Manual del participante: Primeros Auxilios/RCP/DEA American Red Cross)

The Red Cross had a note: “The 2016 Manuals are best viewed in Firefox or Chrome browsers.”


In the schedule of classes you will see a green textbook icon, a small round green icon with $0 in the center,

a green circle with a $0 in it, the icon for free textbooks

used to designate free textbooks next to listings for some classes, including HLTH57A: “Classes with the green book (OER) designation use course materials such as textbooks that are of zero cost to the student except for school supplies typically required in the course.”

You need the 2016 copyright text. The 2014 text is is of date. It is possible to Google the text title and get the old, out of date text with the newer cover. Use the link at this webpage. If you borrow a text from a friend or buy one at an off-campus bookstore, be sure you are getting the 2016 copyright text.

No other text(s) or skills cards will work. If the bookstore is out of the text, do not special order it as it can take well over a week to get, go to the Red Cross office at 2731 North First Street, San Jose, or another bookstore that has it in stock.

You must have in class each day (except the first day, but it is recommended for that day) either the hardcopy textbook or a fully functional copy on a laptop.

Reading assignments:

The CPR/AED material in this text is for the general public and very different than the procedures taught in advanced CPR classes such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, that most students in this class will need, and I recommend you do not read those sections of the text.

You will read pages 1-42, (part of the end of chapter three has different methods than are taught in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and I will describe the differences in class), and read 61-156. The reading will be in sections assigned at this webpage, but you can do all of it in advance of the class if you want.


After doing the reading, as an optional review, see if you can answer all of these:

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List three ways to minimize the risk of disease transmission (pages 11-14 has the answer)

Why were Good Samaritan laws developed? (page 8 has the answer)

Difference between consent and implied consent-give two examples of each (page 10)

Three emergency action steps (page 16)

Six questions you try to answer when you ‘check’ (page 16-18)

Call first/care first (page 18)

Why/when can confusion be a signal of a medical emergency in an elderly person? (page 25)

Fainting occurs when there is a sudden ________ (page 86)

F.A.S.T. stands for (page 88)

Three situations when you can move an injured person (page 141-143)

Define shock (page 94)

Seven signals of shock (page 94)

Steps to care for shock (page 94)

Signals of internal bleeding (page 95)

Define bruise (page 95)

Define abrasion (page 96)

Laceration (page 96)

Avulsion (page 96)

You need a booster shot for tetanus at least every ___years (page 98)

Rule of thumb for when a cut will need stitches (page 98)

Care for bleeding (page 99- 102)

Care for thermal burns (page 105)

Care for chemical burns (page 105)

Fracture (page 106)

Sprain (page 106)

Dislocation (page 106)

Splint only if______ (108)

R. I. C. E. stands for: (page 108)

Anatomic splint (page 108)

Care for a person with a possible head, neck or back injury (111)

Heat cramps (page 120)

Heat exhaustion (page 120-121)

Heat stroke (page 121)

Care for frostbite (page 123-124)

Care for hypothermia (page 123)

Care for person who may have been poisoned (page 127)

How to remove a tick (page 133)


The De Anza library has a lab where you can access computers: and a few laptops for loan to students:


You will get a lot more out of the homework

if you read the chapter before trying to answer the questions or do the projects.

All homework must be done individually by each student, not as a group project.

Homework projects will all be listed at this class webpage, and be available after the class is over. Homework projects will be turned in on Canvas, not by printing pieces of paper and bringing them to class.
A modern computer with updated Web browsers (Firefox, Safari, or Chrome) and an Internet connection is all you need. There are step-by-step Canvas Student Guides anyone can access to learn how this online system functions,
that show you how to perform common tasks in Canvas, from changing your profile to submitting an assignment.

The actual Canvas pages to do work from will be sent to people as they enroll in the class.




This should be completed before the second class session, but of you find it in time to read it before the class starts, you will be better able to ask questions the first time we meet

– – – Read the HLTH 57A course syllabus. It has the grading standards, requirements for certification, details about paying for the Red Cross certification card, class rules and more. You are responsible for the material in this document. (This is also known as the ‘greensheet’ in many De Anza classes.)


Chapter 1 and part of chapter 2 (Read pages 1-42)

and as you do the reading, write these in your text:

On page 10 at the end of the last paragraph, write: “(The emergency medical assistance for a minor (under age 18) must be for a “life-threatening” problem, not just a small scrape.) Just because someone is a friend or relative, consent is not implied for them.

On page 12 write: “Hepatitis B virus can live on a surface, exposed to the air and dried, for two weeks.”

At the top of page 15 write: “Never pour undiluted bleach straight from the bottle onto spills of blood, urine, sputum or vomit. Dangerous levels of toxic chlorine nitrous oxide gases could result.”

On page 13 at the bottom of the page, write: “Kevlar gloves are puncture resistant. Nitrile gloves are resistant to most moderate chemicals. If you must use latex, touch victim as little as possible until you know if they are allergic to latex.”

On page 32 at the Skill sheet 2-2 write: “Unconsciousness and being asleep are not the same. Also, you can be awake and only partially conscious.”

On page 38 write:

“OHCA = out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

POHCA = pediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest”

(You do not need to copy the textbook pages and turn them in to prove you wrote in this material.)


Complete these projects: Again, you will turn these in at Canvas.

1) Read the Simple secondary survey study sheet and briefly write up the five most important things you learned from the reading. If you already knew it all, briefly write up the most important things.
Students in HLTH57A should be familiar with the material in the study sheet. Notice that I said familiar with, you do not have to memorize everything. It includes a list of times to suspect a spinal injury; reasons why a person might become unconscious or semi-conscious; typical causes of altered mental status, fainting and seizures; signs and symptoms of a concussion and more.

2) Read First Aid Facts and Fallacies and write up five things, either those you did not know, or that you think most people do not know, or some combination. You do not need to click on and read all the links, but most are short reads.

3). Your text has a section Reach or Throw, Don’t Go on page 17. Read it and compare it to How to rescue a drowning victim using a reaching assist or a shepherd’s crook and list the five most important things at the webpage not talked about in your text.

4) As a review, AFTER you read chapter one take a look at the Chapter 1 questions.

5) As a review, AFTER you read chapter two and the assigned part of chapter 3 take a look at the Chapter 2-3 questions.


Do not read pages 43-60.


Chapter 4, read pages 61- 73, and as you read, write these in your text:

On page 65 at the bottom of the page, write: “If the conscious choking victim is much taller than you and you can’t get into a proper position to give back blows and/or abdominal thrusts, you can ask them to kneel.”

You will be completing this skill on a class member.

Write in your text at the top of page 68:

“When practicing on a student in class you should only simulate back blows and abdominal thrusts (do not apply pressure) so you do not hurt anyone.”

(You do not need to copy the textbook pages and turn them in to prove you wrote in this material.)

6) As a review, AFTER you read chapter four take a look at the Chapter 4 questions.


Chapter 5, read pages 76 – 92, and as you read, write these in your text:

On page 84, just above the photo of glucose tablets, it says; “You should also call 9-1-1 . . . if you are not able to immediately obtain an acceptable from of sugar.” add these words: “Do not spend time looking for sugar; call 911.”

On page 88, below the box T, write “If the possible stroke is unwitnessed, after you call 911, try to find out the time the victim was last known to be well and free of signs and symptoms of a stroke.”

(You do not need to copy the textbook pages and turn them in to prove you wrote in this material.)

7) As a review, AFTER you read chapter five take a look at the Chapter 5 questions.

– – – – The Checking a Responsive Person skill on pages 24-28 will be required for you to certify. Please do re-read page 27 of your text


re-read the Simple secondary survey section, S.A.M.P.L.E. and O,P,Q,R,S,T of Simple secondary survey study sheet, as they are also answers to questions on your final exam.

(Knowing the Checking a Responsive Person skill, and the S.A.M.P.L.E. questions to ask, are also required for an E.M.T. / Paramedic and in a Red Cross lifeguard certification class.)




Homework due at the beginning of the third class session:

Chapter 6, read pages 94 – 117, and as you do the reading, write these in your text:

On page 102, at the end of the using hemostatic dressings paragraph, write: “To stay effective, hemostatic dressings require continuous direct pressure at the source of the bleeding until controlled.”

On page 106, just above the section on electrical burns, right after the first aid for chemicals in the eye, write: “for tiny foreign bodies in the eye, such as sand, lint or pollen, have the person to blink several times to try to remove the object, if that does not work, gently flush the affected eye with clean-enough-to-drink water and if the object still remains, get medical attention.”

On page 107, after the first bullet, write: “If part of the bone is protruding through the skin, do not attempt to align/straighten the bone or place the bones back into the body.”

On page 112, at the end of the nose injuries section, write; “Do not pack the person’s nose with cotton, tissues, (or anything) to stop the bleeding.”

At dental injuries, after “place the tooth in the injured person’s saliva” make a note “(in saliva, but not in their mouth)”.

On page 115, at the end of the first paragraph, write: “Bending the person’s knees slightly allows abdominal muscles to relax. You can put pillows or rolled-up blankets under the person’s knees to make it easier for them to hold the position.”

(You do not need to copy the textbook pages and turn them in to prove you wrote in this material.)

1) As a review, AFTER you read chapter six take a look at the Chapter 6 questions.


2) Complete this project: Your text lists six mechanisms of injury that could cause you to suspect a head, neck or spinal injury. Compare them to the list at: Simple secondary survey study sheet and write up the five times to suspect a spinal injury listed at the webpage, but not listed in your text, that you think you are the most likely to ever see.


3) Complete this project: On page 110 your text has a chart that shows that Signs and Symptoms of Concussion can be grouped into four categories:

(Quoting from the instructors manual):

“Thinking and remembering: The person may seem confused, dazed or “out of it,” or have trouble remembering recent events.

Physical: The person may feel nauseated or vomit, complain of a headache, or be sensitive to bright lights or noise.

Emotional: The person may seem irritable, sad or agitated.

Behavioral: The person may sleep more or less than usual. Children may also show changes in eating or playing habits.”

Compare this to the list at: Simple secondary survey study sheet and write up the five signs and symptoms of a concussion listed at the webpage, but not listed in your text, that you think you are the most likely to ever see.



Chapter 7, read pages 118-140 and appendixes on pages 141-156

4) As a review, AFTER you read chapter seven take a look at the Chapter 7 questions.



5) Complete this project: The appendixes have fire safety info on pages 151, 152 and 154. Read the info and compare it to Fire safety then write up five safety items listed at the webpage, but not listed in your text that you think you most need to pay attention to.




Homework due at the beginning of the fourth (last) class session:

Again, the easiest way to do this type of assignment is to run your mouse across some of the text, copy it (click Ctrl C or Apple C on many computers) and paste it (click Ctrl V or Apple V) to a blank document on your computer. You can handwrite any assignment but it must be easily readable, so block printing is preferred and must be in letters at least as big as the type on this page.

If you use a printer, or write with a pen, use black or dark blue ink.

Complete these projects
1) Read Cultural issues in first aid and write up the five most important things you learned. Again, brief answers are all that is needed. (Something new, not from your text, for example, not how to obtain consent.)

toppled brick chimney USGS photo:

2) Read earthquake home hazards survey and write up the five most important things you need to do.

tsunami hazard zone sign 150 pixels: sign warning of a tsunami hazard zone with a drawing of a huge wave and a person climbing up a slope

3) Read Disaster planning and write up the five most important things you need to do.

4) The Wilderness Medical Society defines wilderness as any situation when you are “more than one hour away from definitive medical care.” This could be your own home after an earthquake or other disaster as well as camping. Read wilderness first aid outline and write up the five most important things you learned beyond what is in the Red Cross material in your textbook.

5) Read and try to answer the First Aid class wrap-up questions.

optional extra credit:

One of these will be accepted as extra credit only if you completed all the other assignments due the fourth class session:

Even if you don’t have an infant or toddler, one might visit. Crawl around your home and look for unsuspected hazards at infant/child level. Write up what you find. AND write up the five most important things you learned in appendix C.


Read Leave no trace and write up five things you personally can do, and encourage friends to do, that can prevent injuries and other need(s) for first aid.


Read vehicle repair safety and write up five things you personally can do, and encourage friends to do, that can prevent injuries and other need(s) for first aid.


Read (no homework or extra credit on this to turn in): If you suspect a stroke, a question on the HLTH 57A final exam.


There is no longer a multiple choice exam for certification, but we will have a written final during the fourth (last) class session. Almost all the questions will be given to you in advance.

You will not need a scantron.

We will start class by finishing any skills work and lecture not yet completed, then take a break, then take the final exam.

Before the last class, IF we are doing certifications, read this document you will be signing in class: HLTH57A card fee agreement

After (please wait until AFTER) the last class it will be time to pay for the Red Cross certification, if you earned it and if you choose to pay for it. A map of where to go to find the cashier and pay is at: map of locations of offices in the De Anza College Registration and Student Services Building

Details about the certification are in the HLTH57A course syllabus.


Free flu shots for students are offered each Fall quarter and often available later quarters.

Go to:



The next on-campus blood drive will be listed at:

Blood donation FAQs has reasons some people faint after giving blood and ways to prevent it, a link to the questions asked before you donate, info and links for athletes and scuba divers, precautions to take after donating blood, info on how donating blood can make you healthier, info on what the donations are needed for.



kayak with Monterey Bay Aquarium in background: mom and baby sea otter 300 pixels: mom and baby sea otter

The Outdoor Club (usually May and October) Monterey ocean kayak day trip


I recommend volunteering at a Escape from Alcatraz swim BEFORE you try to swim it:

Escape from Alcatraz ‘Sharkfest’ swim volunteering

and participating in an Outdoor Club beginners Monterey kayak trip first will give you enough kayaking experience to volunteer.

line of kayaks with Monterey Bay Aquarium behind them


2005 pool and kayaks from above:

Every quarter the De Anza College Outdoor Club has a kayaking lesson in the De Anza pool on a weekend. Details and a few pictures from previous lessons are posted at:

kayaking / canoeing lessons


spring 2006 flying off the surfboard: Outdoor Club surfing lessons spring quarter






When you call 911 from a land line telephone, such as in your house, you get dispatch for the city the phone (your house) is located in. When you call 911 from a cell phone you most often get the Highway Patrol at a central location. Sometimes, especially if you are not calling about something on the freeway/highway, it would be faster to get dispatch for the specific city the problem is happening in. This requires knowing the direct dial seven digit phone number for each dispatch.

Cupertino police/sheriff can be direct dialed from a cell phone at: 1 (408) 299-2311. De Anza emergency can be directly dialed from a cell phone at 1 (408) 924 8000. Or we can use the phone in a classroom to call security at 5555 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency).

Direct dial emergency phone numbers for most cities in Santa Clara County, California, can be found at the Santa Clara County ARES/RACES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services) website.

San Mateo County cities (and the San Francisco airport) direct dial phone numbers can be found at:

When you are planning a camping trip, try to get the direct dial number for the park/Sheriff or agency in charge before you go.

At a hotel, be sure to find out if you need to dial 911 or 9-911 or 8-911 or . . .

In a lot of Canada you can dial 911 in an emergency just like in the U.S. But in other countries it’s often a different number. See this list from the U.S. Department of State and double check when you get there:

And note that in many other countries, when you call their emergency services (911 or 999 or 112 or a local number or ___ ) it does not necessarily mean an ambulance will be dispatched. The emergency services operator decides what’s appropriate, talking you through your own first aid, or sending you to your doctor or sending an EMT with or without an ambulance.

The Red Cross requests “If your wireless phone came pre-programmed with the auto-dial 9-1-1 feature turned on, turn off the feature. Do not program your phone to automatically dial 9-1-1 when one button, such as the “9” key is pressed. Unintentional 9-1-1 calls, which often occur with auto-dial keys, cause problems for emergency call centers. Lock your keypad when you’re not using your wireless phone. This action prevents automatic calls to 9-1-1.”

After an earthquake, for example, Radio Cupertino, at 1670 A.M. will broadcast “the latest information on the nature of the emergency, the impact of the emergency on the community, and instructions for local residents.” I am a member of the Cupertino Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Cupertino Medical Reserve Corps and always recommend CERT training, available for any local city you live or work in.


Optional reading :

Generally, the vaccinations you got as a child will protect you the rest of your life, with a few exceptions. An adult recommended vaccinations schedule is at

If you want to become an EMT, be sure your immunizations for TB, MMR, varicella (chicken pox), Hep. B, and tetanus are up to date before you enroll in the program.

To find out about the Bay Area Critical Incident Stress Management Team go to:

a Critical Incident Stress Guide is at:

advance care directives has info and a link to where you can get a free one.

Page 83 has epi-pen info. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made updates to the patient instructions for epinephrine auto-injectors:

Especially note the Injection-Related Complications, for example, “do not inject intravenously, into a buttock, digits, hands or feet.. . Hold leg firmly during injection. Lacerations, bent needles, and embedded needles have been reported when EpiPen and EpiPen Jr have been injected into the thigh of young children who are uncooperative and kick or move during an injection.”

Page 122 includes Dressing for Cold Weather. Wilderness adventure books warn that ‘cotton kills’: read more about proper clothing for outdoor adventures to prevent hypothermia at: Snow or rain camp must-haves.

Page 134 has info about lowering the Risk for Tick-Borne Illnesses, insect repellant has answers to questions about the percentage of DEET needed in an effective insect repellant, toxicity allergies, and more.

Pages 140 has Avoiding Lightning-Strike Injuries, Thunderstorm and lightning safety includes the answer to the question: Why can’t you swim during a lightning storm? A strike on a lake doesn’t kill all the fish in the lake.

Pages 152 has Safety at Home. Please also see: hazardous household chemical mixtures

Page 155 has Water Safety info. If you go on an Outdoor Club adventure kayaking you must wear a properly fitted, fully buckled lifejacket. Read more at: Why you should wear a lifejacket

And if it interests you, also see: rogue or sneaker waves, Kayaking / Canoeing Lessons, kayak trip.

Yosemite Valley Rafting Advice

Monterey ocean kayak day trip,

Grand Tetons kayaking,

canoe over canoe rescue

Swimming in Yosemite National Park

Page 156 has bike safety, see also: Grand Tetons biking

If the victim has a service dog:

Is your facility user friendly for all your customers/patients? Take a look at an Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA Guide for Small Businesses: has what percentage of speech reading (reading lips) by deaf people is understood (about one third of spoken words are understood) and practical suggestions for effective communication


I will post dates for Active Assailant Training (Run Hide Defend presentations) each quarter as I find out when they will be.

They are usually held in Conference rooms A/B

De Anza College Conference rooms A and B are upstairs in the Campus Center.

A closed-captioned version of the active shooter “RUN / HIDE / FIGHT” video is at:

in Spanish:

in Vietnamese:


AED use by bystanders for Out Of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) can save lives!

For an introduction to (CPR) cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an AED, go to:

AED quick facts

and take a look at the page of photos of AED locations on our campus

In anticipation of taking a CPR certification class, please see: How to pass a Red Cross written test for advice.


From a class discussion on burns, one of the first things we did at our house after taking Community Emergency Response Team training was to switch from the cheap $9-ish model of smoke alarm we had in the hall to the better $35+ ish model and put them in more rooms. The better models, with I (ionization) and P (photoelectric) on the box, will detect smoke much faster than the cheap models.

Community Emergency Response Team training (CERT)

Pandemic flu

fast, basic neurological exam

HIPAA : the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996/2003.

Anaphylaxis quick facts includes prevention and an answer to the question: Can a person who is prescribed an epi-pen risk going into the wilderness?

Bloodborne Pathogens quick facts

injuries quick facts

A link you can send to friends and family about Do it yourself earthquake preparedness:

Wilderness/camping resources:

Some of the true stories I use in class are at: fatal, near fatal or close call incidents/accidents in camping, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering

Using a campsite food storage locker

How bears break into cars, what to do if you see a bear and more is at: Bears

At altitude has info about sunburn, hiking, diet at higher altitudes. It includes why your tent mate might seem to stop breathing and links to High Altitude Cerebral Edema and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema tutorials.

Hiking Advice has hot weather hiking advice, hiking logistics and the answer to the question: When is the best time of day to cross a mountain stream?

Snow camp weather, hike safety and first aid considerations has trail safety notes, and info about mountain lions


This first aid class will make taking Red Cross lifeguard training much easier. For a peek at what you will learn in a Red Cross Lifeguard certification class you can read the Red Cross lifeguard book in advance of the class.

cover of a red Cross lifeguard training manual showing a rescue tube floating in a pool

To get a free download of the copyrighted 2016, released 2017 American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual go to:

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To make it easier to find the skills sheets pages write in your Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual


Once I get the certification cards from the Red Cross I will not be responsible for holding on to yours or for getting it to you if you did not get me a self-addressed, stamped envelope before the end of class.

If you forgot to get me a self-addressed, stamped envelope before the end of class you can leave it at the faculty mailboxes, but since you did not get it to me during class, I will not be responsible for getting you your card. How to get a message to a De Anza instructor has a description of how to find the faculty mailboxes and a picture of the faculty mailbox drop box in the administration building.

The cards will be mailed within three weeks after the end of the quarter, longer if the Red Cross is swamped with work.


LOST YOUR RED CROSS CARD(S)? Go to If you lost your Red Cross certification card

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If you are in a profession that requires them (nursing, for example) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available after you complete this course. continuing education credits (units)


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The De Anza College Food Pantry (also known as the Campus Cupboard) provides food to students in need. You can get a bag of groceries with few forms to fill out.

Various local businesses give discounts to De Anza Associated Student Body card holders. A page of discounts (mostly 10% off food) is at

De Anza College offers offers help to quit smoking

Thirdhand smoke is residual nicotine and other chemicals left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. People are exposed to these chemicals by touching contaminated surfaces or breathing in the off-gassing from these surfaces. This residue is thought to react with common indoor pollutants to create a toxic mix including cancer causing compounds, posing a potential health hazard to nonsmokers — especially children.

Thirdhand smoke clings to clothes, furniture, drapes, walls, bedding, carpets, dust, vehicles and other surfaces long after smoking has stopped. . . ”

“Family Issues, romantic relationship difficulties, anxiety, stress” and other personal issues should preferably be dealt with while they are not a big deal, before they do become a big deal. “From time to time, problems of everyday living can be resolved through talking with friends, family, or someone whom we trust to help us. However, there are times when seeking help outside of one’s familiar environment might be more helpful. Psychological Services is here to meet such needs.”

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The De Anza Library has free access for current students to the New York Times. Go to the library database page: and click on The New York Times. At the next screen, log in with your Portal IDs. On the next screen, create an account.



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US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health study from 2009 through 2014: “QuikClot combat gauze and CAT” (combat application tourniquets) “are safe and effective adjuncts for hemorrhage control in the rural civilian trauma across a wide range of injury patterns. In a rural civilian population including women, children, and elderly patients with medical comorbidities, these devices are associated with minimal morbidity beyond that of the original injury.”

US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health also reported a July 2018 study Prehospital haemostatic dressings for trauma: a systematic review said, in part:

“Adverse events were only reported with QuikClot granules, resulting in burns. No adverse events were reported with QuikClot Combat Gauze use in three studies. Seven of the 17 studies did not report safety data. All studies were at risk of bias and assessed of ‘very low’ to ‘moderate’ quality.

Haemostatic dressings offer effective prehospital treatment for traumatic haemorrhage. QuikClot Combat Gauze may be justified as the optimal agent due to the volume of clinical data and its safety profile, but there is a lack of high-quality clinical evidence, and randomised controlled trials are warranted.”

and see page 314 in the Red Cross lifeguard training manual, linked to above

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If there are a multitude of items on the ballot and you only vote on one of them, your vote will still be counted.

If you are homeless, including living out of your car, you can register to vote.

There is no literacy requirement.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can pre-register to vote and you will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.

The main deadline to register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election.

If you are registering or re-registering less than 15 days before an election you will need to complete the same-day voter registration process and request your ballot in person at your county elections office or polling location.

BUT you can register to vote on election day as well.

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There actually have been elections that ended in a tie, in part because many people did not vote.

From Rock The Vote: “Millennials have the potential to be the largest voting bloc in our country but are voting at a fraction of their size, with an estimated 30 million young people staying home in 2012.”