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CPR Begins with Our Youth

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The American Heart Association is advocating to create future generations of lifesavers by teaching evidence-based, hands-on CPR to students before they graduate by adding these types of trainings to classes that are already required for graduation. Ninety percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. Schools prepare students with essential life skills. By adding CPR training in an effort to make the lifesaving skill a normative behavior in response to cardiac events, schools play a critical role in the chain of survival.

Twenty one states in the nation have passed this bill, including all states in the American Heart Association’s Greater Southeast Affiliate (Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee), with the exception of Florida. There are no certification requirements for this training; in just one hour of students’ four year high school career, we can give them the skills they need to help save lives – the lives of families, neighbors and friends. The bill language also allows the schools to be flexible to determine which part of its curriculum the training best fits: health, biology, life skills, PE etc. Students can learn these life-saving skills in the time it takes to watch one TV show.

The Facts:

-Ninety percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

-Nearly 424,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States.

-Most Americans (70 percent) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim.

-80 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings. Statistically speaking, if you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

-Several studies have shown that trainees, including school children, can achieve acceptable levels of proficiency in hands-on CPR in 30 minutes or less.

-When a teen or adult has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without intervention.

-Hands-on CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public.

-Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help that they need before emergency help arrives.

Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville awarded recognition by the NCQA

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Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home Program. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement. Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville, headed by Dr. Aylin Ozdemir, is one of only two practices in the program to receive recognition in Jacksonville to receive this designation.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high- quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Dr. Ozdemir and Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

Said Dr. Ozdemir, “As one of only two practices in the entire market to receive this designation, we are naturally proud of what we have accomplished.” She continued, “More importantly, for our patients and their families, this designation serves as a reminder of the quality of care they can expect to receive at our practice. We take a team approach to medicine, and this designation recognizes all of our staff from the doctors to the RNs to the clinical staff. I am proud of all of them.”

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Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville

Lessons Learned from Autistic Children Can Help All of Us

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By Dr. Aylin Ozdemir, president of Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville

Stress, gut and also the brain! As we are about to start a new year and trying to shed all the toxins, including negative thoughts of the last year, it is a growing knowledge NOW that our gut health is connected to our mental health. I believe we learned A LOT from children on the Autistic Spectrum how important is our own body ecology…gut bacteria ratio, and variety.

This two-way relationship in between gut and brain connection may be the key to solving one of medicine’s most pressing — and perplexing — mysteries: autism. Autism is a complex spectrum of disorders that share three classic features – impaired communication, poor social engagement and repetitive behaviors. On one end of the spectrum are people who are socially awkward but, in many cases, incredibly bright. At the other extreme are individuals with mental disabilities and behavioral problems.

Nearly 60 years after the disorder was first identified, the number of cases has surged, and the United Nations estimates that up to 70 million people worldwide fall on the autism spectrum. Yet there is no known cause or cure.

But scientists have found promising clues in the gut. Research has revealed striking differences in the trillions of bacteria – collectively known as the microbiome — in the intestines of autistic and healthy children.

Today autism is treated primarily through behavioral therapy. But new animal studies suggesting that treatment may one day come in the form of a probiotic — live, “friendly” bacteria like those found in yogurt. If you help heal the gastrointestinal problem, you can treat the behavioral symptoms.

We strongly recommend four times a year slow 30 days’ cleanse with a daily probiotic “friendly bacteria” supplementation for our patients.

About Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville

PAJ was originally opened in 1932 and now operates in two locations in Jacksonville (Julington Creek, and Hodges Blvd. near Glen Kernan Country Club), and in Ponte Vedra Beach (FL). We are committed to helping patients ranging from newborns to adults to age 21. Today, Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville is led by Dr. Aylin Ozdemir or known as ‘Dr. O’ to her patients. Dr. O was the winner of the 2011 and 2012 Patients’ Choice Award, which is a distinction received by less than five percent of America’s practicing physicians. Dr. O is a graduate of the Integrative Medicine fellowship led by Dr. Andrew Weil at The University of Arizona. The Integrative Practice of combining traditional and alternative medicine distinguishes her from every other General Practitioner in the State of Florida.

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