National CPR Week is Saturday, June 1st to Friday, June 7th (June is National CPR Month) and the American Heart Association wants to get the word out about the importance of learning this life-saving skill. Knowing how to perform CPR can be the difference between life and death, and it only takes 60 seconds to learn how to do Hands-Only CPR.
For the Stanley family, the CPR training they received proved to be useful and necessary in a life-threatening situation last October.
David Stanley, returned home from picking up his oldest son, Dylan, from football practice. When he walked in, he found his infant son, Evan, was choking on a handful of dog food. David and Dylan noticed that there was no air moving in or out of Evan, and he was starting to turn blue. Luckily, 11-year-old Dylan had just taken a CPR training course (and got his certification) at his mother’s dental office. Instead of panicking, Dylan calmly instructed his father on how to help baby Evan. Dylan coached his father through back-blows and chest compressions on Evan, while asking his grandfather to call 9-1-1. The CPR given to Evan while waiting for the ambulance prevented him from losing consciousness. The paramedics rushed Evan to the hospital, where they checked his lungs and monitored him overnight. Evan was able to return home the next day, thanks to his brother, Dylan.
Today, the Stanley family is thankful for Dylan’s CPR training, and they know that Evan’s life was saved that day by Dylan’s calm instructions.
If you see a teen or adult collapse, first call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast in the center of their chest to the beat of the classic disco song, “Stayin’ Alive.” Performing Hands-Only CPR after a sudden cardiac arrest can more than double a victim’s chances of survival, and it only takes about 60 seconds to learn. You can learn Hands-Only CPR at www.heart.org/handsonlycpr and with the American Heart Association’s FREE Hands-Only CPR app.
Each year, the American Heart Association trains millions of people in CPR, and a gift of $300 helps distribute 10 CPR Anytime training kits, which provides over 30 people with essential CPR skills. To make a donation and help save a life, visit www.heart.org/donate. To learn more or purchase a CPR kit, visit www.cpranytime.org.
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