The season of giving may well inspire more people to learn some life-giving skills.

If not, there’s this bit of news that’s a tangible reminder of the importance of CPR training:

A 16-month-old girl was revived after falling unseen into a Lake Havasu City swimming pool. That she is alive right now is due to quick action and the knowledge of CPR by a family member.

Fortunately, the toddler’s accident is atypical in terms of CPR use. Close to a third of a million cardiac arrests happen in the U.S. every year, mostly in older people. Many think the average person is most likely to use CPR to help a stranger, but few cardiac arrest patients report receiving bystander CPR. Most cardiac arrests happen in the home, where the most likely source of help is a family member. None of this squares, of course, with the life-saving event with the toddler last week. That accident, though, underscores the range of circumstances in which CPR can help save a life.

CPR, of course, is cario pulmonary resuscitation. It is increasingly taught in conjunction with training on AEDs – those automated external defibrillator devices that jump start the heart.

With the odds indicating that training in CPR most likely to help a family member, people should be lining up to receive CPR training. In truth, there are different levels of CPR training, some of which takes some time and some for which the time investment is minimal.

Either way, it requires some training which indicates a level of commitment.

One short training session is scheduled for Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at Havasu Regional Medical Center. The one-hour program is presented by the hospital and the city fire department. It focuses on hands-only CPR and use of the AED. Basic CPR training is also available online from the American Red Cross.

More involved training is also available for those seeking certification. Even the basics, though, can help keep people alive.

Some medical literature explains that among the reasons for lack of bystander CPR after heart attacks is that people aren’t trained. They are afraid of making the health situation worse.

If the accident with the Lake Havasu City toddler is out of the norm, there are plenty of more typical cases each day in which ambulances roll to help someone who is not breathing and may have had a heart attack.

The toddler accident just drills home that bad things can happen quickly and that a little training can keep a situation from becoming tragic.

— Today’s News-Herald


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this is the time of year to refresh training. Timely article.

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