Donald "Don" Lee Pferdehirt leverages a background in chemical engineering and operations management to serve as president of ChemOps Insights, LLC, in Spring TX. He launched the consulting firm in 2018 after working at Bayer Corporation for several years. Beyond his professional pursuits, Don Pferdehirt supports nonprofit organization such as the American Heart Association.
As part of its efforts to save lives, the American Heart Association (AHA) works nationwide to raise awareness about the importance of bystander CPR. In a recent video produced in partnership with the Anthem Foundation, the AHA specifically focuses on encouraging millennial women to learn Hands-Only CPR, a lifesaving technique for assisting teens and adults who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital.
The AHA and Anthem produced the video, title Shared Moments, in light of recent research showing that women are less likely than men are to receive bystander CPR in public. Additional research has shown that women are also less likely than men are to give Hands-Only CPR in an emergency. This gender difference is especially marked among young men and women ages 18 to 34.
Shared Moments serves as a call to action for young women who may be hesitant about learning CPR or intervening when someone experiences cardiac arrest. The video also educates all viewers, both men and women, about the fact that there is no difference in performing CPR on either gender. More information about the video and Hands-Only CPR is available at www.heart.org/handsonlycpr.
For more than 30 years, Donald Lee Pferdehirt led chemical processing plants around the world. Don Pferdehirt now leverages this experience to provide consulting services to clients as president of ChemOps Insights, LLC, in Spring, TX. Outside of work, Don Pferdehirt supports organizations such as the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania.
As part of its efforts to promote awareness, research, and education about lupus, the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania provides the public with resources and information about the autoimmune disease.
According to the organization, depression commonly affects people with lupus. Those with lupus can cope with depression better, an essential part of managing their lupus, by joining a support group, participating in pleasurable activities, and working with a doctor or therapist.
By joining a support group, people with lupus have the ability to share their experiences and concerns with other people who have lupus. This helps them feel more connected and teaches new coping skills.
Meanwhile, developing a positive relationship with doctors ensures people with lupus understand everything they need to do to manage their condition. Patients can build this relationship by showing up for appointments on time, being open about needs, and asking questions about lupus and its treatment.
Family is also an essential source of support. People with lupus can share emotions with family members and express when they feel angry, sad, confused, or scared about their condition.