In that previous news item, we learned about how we can reach out and mentor in our community. One of the things we can teach is CPR and First Aid to create new responders in our area. In Cary, NC Frank Jablonski is glad of such programs.

Safe Sitter CPR Class Pays Off

CPRinAmbo_smWhen he began choking during his birthday dinner, his wife freaked out and didn’t know what to do. Luckily his 16 year old daughter, Claire jumped into action. She told her mother to call 911 and then promptly got behind her father and administered the Heimlich maneuver she learned in a community baby sitter CPR class she had taken. Before her mom could finish dialing, Claire had cleared her Dad’s airway and he began coughing.

This is a perfect example of community outreach programs and public CPR education having a positive effect on survival of life threatening events. This is all about making our lives a bit easier people. The more people in our community who know CPR and how to apply it, the more sudden cardiac arrest and choking survivors we have at the end of the day.

Become involved in community education efforts. Seek out opportunities to work on prevention efforts in your area. We are part of community and public health whether we are officially part of the health care system here in the U.S. or not. Be a part of the solution instead of just going through the motions.

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Check out the links to this particular news item as well as all of the news and tip links in the show notes for this week’s episode – Hyperthyroidism EMS Review and Episode 321.

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