In the summer of 2007, I had a sickening reminder of the importance of CPR skills.
Two year old Julia and I were standing in a wading pool. I was standing right next to her, but I turned my head to talk to my sister.
Almost immediately — only a second could have passed — my sister pointed and said, “She’s Drowning!!!”
I turned my head back to see my precious child starting to sink face first in the water!
I immediately reached down, scooped her up and pulled her out.
My head was turned for only a second. I hadn’t even turned my body. I was still not even an inch away from her and yet I hadn’t heard single sound.
She must have just toppled forward and started to sink. Her arms flapping were under the water and so they didn’t make any splashing sounds.
Thank the Lord that I was turned talking to my sister who was looking right at us, so that she could immediately tell me Julia had fallen.
I can’t get past the thought that what if the distraction had been another child and I had turned to talk to them for a minute… I can’t even let myself think about it.
But this scare cemented in my mind the importance of CPR skills.
In my original post about that day, I explained how I had taken a First Aid class before Julia was born, but I was so panicked during the class that I didn’t absorb the skills. I decided that I wanted to have a video where I could watch the demonstrations over and over at my own pace to increase my confidence.
In the many thoughtful comments, readers shared their own experiences and the general consensus was that we should all take CPR classes.
And of course I agree completely. Classroom CPR and First Aid training with an instructor to watch and correct your technique is the ideal situation. But if you’re in danger of not ever getting to a classroom, or like me, you want to be able to review the material at home, the American Heart Association has a solution.
The American Heart Association has created the CPR Anytime Personal Learning Program.
The Family & Friends CPR Anytime Personal Learning Program allows families, friends and the general public – those who most likely would never attend a traditional CPR course – to learn the core skills of CPR in just 22 minutes using their own personal kit.
The kit contains everything needed to learn basic CPR, and skills can be learned anywhere, from the comfort of a family home to a large community group setting. Also, at under $30, the CPR Anytime kit is a cost-effective way for the entire family to learn CPR at home. This kit does not provide certification in CPR.
They also created Infant CPR Anytime Personal Learning Program which covers CPR for babies under 12 months of age.
The thought of one of my children choking or being unable to breathe panics me. But after watching these videos, I do feel more confident that I know what steps to take if my child stopped breathing.
Clearly, the ideal situation is for everyone to take a full first aid and CPR class and a refresher every year. But what the AHA found is that the majority of the general public does not know CPR and the traditional 4 hour classroom course is a barrier to spreading CPR skills.
Personally, I am extremely impressed with the courses. Yesterday I watched both The Family & Friends CPR Anytime Personal Learning Program and The Infant CPR Anytime Personal Learning Program.
For both courses, the inflatable learning manikins come already assembled and the DVD training is clear and easy to understand.
Another great benefit of the training packages is that so many people can learn from just one kit. So far my husband, my mother and I all have watched the DVDs. I will also lend my course materials to my nanny, my sister and her family and nanny as well as other friends and neighbors. Hopefully none of us will ever need these skills, but in case we do… at least we’ll know the basics.
We have partnered with the American Heart Association to help spread the word about these life saving materials. Please join with us and share a link to this post on your own blog.
But, before you go anywhere, watch this 60 second video to learn the basics of Hands-Only CPR.