Teaching Parents to Save Lives - Infant CPR Class at DHM

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DECATUR - Accidental injuries, including choking and drowning, are the leading cause of death in children and infants. Luckily there's something you can do about it. Cardio pulmonary resuscitation also known as CPR.

At least one child dies from choking on food every five days in the U.S., and more than 10,000 children are taken to a hospital emergency room each year for food-choking injuries. (according to the NYS Department of Health)

Decatur Memorial Hospital has a class that teaches parents CDR.

CPR saves lives. Statistics show that the earlier CPR is initiated, the greater the chances of survival. 

So if a child begins choking at home time is of the essence -- as brain damage can occur in just four minutes.  When performed correctly, CPR can save a child's life by restoring blood flow to the heart, brain, and other organs and restoring breathing until advanced life support can be given by health care providers.

It’s not just choking or drowning, CPR can save kids from many other emergencies also.

CPR might be necessary in many different emergencies, including accidents, near-drowning, suffocation, poisoning, smoke inhalation, electrocution injuries, and suspected sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

So you can give up an hour to gain a lifesaving skill.  You can check the DMH calendar to see when the next class will be scheduled.

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