You make time to take your kids to the doctor for their checkups. You make sure they learn to swim. You take them to soccer, ballet, art and music classes. You care that they grow up to be well-rounded and well-adjusted. But what about protecting your kids in the case of an emergency? There’s one thing you may not have thought to put on your to-do list: getting summer-ready by getting CPR trained.
If you and your family plan to spend more time around the pool, lake or beach like my family does, make sure you get CPR trained. Summer offers up a time of carefree playing outdoors and splashing water games, but as you can imagine, more drownings happen during summer months.
Thus the first week in June begins National CPR and AED Awareness Week. We have joined with the American Heart Association to raise awareness for all to get trained in this life-saving skill. We think it critical for parents to get trained in CPR so we can protect our families. By learning CPR we all make a small commitment that could save the life of someone we love.
As a mom, I know how busy life can be. I’ve found that the American Heart Association offers several options for learning CPR. In addition to traditional classroom courses, they offer a self-directed course, CPR Anytime. In just 22 minutes, you can learn CPR. The kit comes with an inflatable, reusable mannequin and instructional DVD. You can choose from an infant kit (for children under one year old) or child/adult kit. If you had prior CPR training but your skills have gotten rusty, now is your chance to brush up. The more you practice, the more automatic the skill will become.
By starting a CPR program now, Moms get one step ahead of the game. When faced with an emergency, you will feel confident and know exactly what to do.
Each Family & Friends CPR Anytime kit contains:
A personal, inflatable CPR manikin – “Mini Anne”
CPR Anytime Skills Practice DVD
Accessories for the program
CPR facts and statistics
- About 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings, so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.
- Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim’s chance of survival.
- CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.
- Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
- Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.
- Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occurs during that time.
- If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse.
- Coronary heart disease accounts for about 446,000 of the over 864,000 adults who die each year as a result of cardiovascular disease.
- There are 294,851 emergency medical services-treated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually in the United States.
- There are about 138,000 coronary heart disease deaths within one hour of symptom onset each year in the United States.
- Sudden cardiac arrest is most often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). Cardiac arrest can also occur after the onset of a heart attack or as a result of electrocution or near-drowning.
- When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the victim collapses, becomes unresponsive to gentle shaking, stops normal breathing and after two rescue breaths, still isn’t breathing normally, coughing or moving.