FAMILY 411 — It's something no parent wants to think about, but accidents can happen at any time.
Knowing CPR and how to respond in a medical emergency could mean the difference between life and death.
In this edition of the Siouxland News “Family 411” report, reporter Megan O'Rourke explains why every parent should be trained.
When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every second counts.
"EMS isn't always around when bad situations happen,” said Josh Wingard, who is learning CPR.
According to the American Heart Association, fewer than 1/3 of people who go into cardiac arrest receive CPR from bystanders.
That’s because most are untrained or afraid they'll do something wrong.
Josh wants to make sure he doesn't contribute to that statistic.
"I actually had a CPR training last year,” said Josh. “I thought I needed a refresher course and here I am."
Cardiac arrest can happen at any time and at any age.
"Kids can be born with congenital heart disease or kids are prone to choking, so we really will want someone who is confident and knowledgeable about how to give care,” said Marcia Nehring, instructor trainer with the American Red Cross.
Marcia says the goal is to have at least 1 person in every household who knows how to perform CPR, given that 88% of cardiac arrests will happen at home.
Kids, especially teenagers who babysit, can benefit from taking a course.
Standards vary whether performing CPR on an infant, child or adult.
Even administering aide to an adult doesn't always require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
If you're unwilling, or unable, to do full CPR, "hands-only" CPR can be effective, too.
To find an American Red Cross First Aid & CPR, AED Training near you, please go to this website: www.redcross.org/takeaclass.
You can also download the free, Red Cross First Aid App to your smartphone for instant access to tips, as well.