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Never too young to learn CPR

Never too young to learn CPR

Never too young to learn CPR

You are never too young to learn the basics of helping someone.  Meet Talie she is our youngest and she firmly believes these Baby Annes need her help resuscitating them! She had 3 babies lined up and performed high quality CPR on all three.  “I’m saving the babies, mommy”.  Ah, so precious.. Okay, Yes! I am biased!

What about the special young people in your life? Will they know what to do in an emergency?

In July we are offering several options for young children to learn the basics of CPR at  “Independence Day” rates all month long!  Email: to reserve a space for the young person in your life!!

Class A: Ages 8 – 11 will learn CPR for infant and children along with what to do if he or she is choking or if a friend is choking. We will also cover how and when to call 911.  $25 (cash or check only, please).

Class B: Ages 12 – 15 will learn CPR for infant, child, and adult, Relief of Choking and they will make their own First Aid Kit.  This is an excellent course for students who are becoming interested in babysitting. $45 (cash or check only, please).

Water Safety

Today I had the amazing privilege to give a Water Safety and CPR presentation at the  Ann and Nate Levine Academy in Plano!

The participants came ready and willing to learn.  They all did a wonderful job sharing their experiences and asking questions.  It was asked that we share some of the main points for everyone’s future reference.  I thought about just emailing the participants but then realized it would be good information for all our readers to remember!

Accidents are not planned and the best way to handle any situation is to be prepared ahead of time. Just having a plan in place will give you confidence to handle any situation you may face.  We decided that Prevention Starts with US and it begins NOW!

I encourage you, as I did the ladies today, to take time and talk with your family and set your own Summer and Water Safety Rules TODAY! Talk about them with your children often, even as you go about your daily life and are not near the water.

Growing up as a fireman’s daughter we had very strict rules about being in and near water.  My father had pulled too many children from backyard pools to take chances with his own children. My mother would always put our life jackets on us BEFORE we even were at the pool fence of our neighborhood pool.  We had to ALWAYS wear a life jacket at the lake.  If we were going to a new friend’s house we had to ask if they had a pool and then my parents would decide if we could go or not and it always depended on who was going to be watching us.

Here are some of the Water Safety Rules my family follows.  Be sure to share your own with us! Learning together we can BE THE DIFFERENCE in the lives of those we love.

BEFORE entering the pool:

  • Apply Sunscreen
  • Put on a life jacket or other approved floatation aid (swimmies, puddle jumper, etc. I personally prefer the swim belts as it keeps our daughter’s hands free to learn proper swim technique)

Once INSIDE the pool area – but BEFORE in the pool:

  • Check the water to be sure there isn’t anything unsafe in the pool.
  • Locate the Safety Equipment (Life buoy (rings or tube) and Shepherd’s Hook) – teach your children where they are located and how to use them.
  • Walk around the pool and talk about what the different numbers mean – depth of water; Higher numbers means deeper water.
  • Locate the main entrance and exits.  Are there any other points to get out.
  • Notice if a Lifeguard is present.  How many? We make it a game to count the lifeguards and know where they are stationed.  We often will say hello so that the kids are not afraid to ask the lifeguards for help if they need it. Build the relationships. I demonstrate respect for the lifeguards so my children will also.
  • See if you can find the AED Machine and Phone.

IN the POOL:

  • Only swim with Adult Supervision – we define adult as a responsible person with a driver’s license. Asking older siblings (under 16) is NOT a good idea.
  • Adults should always swim with at least one other adult – you could bump your head or end up with a leg cramp and need help.
  • Practice with your children swimming to and  holding on to the side of the pool.
  • Practice with your children swimming to the steps/stairs or entrance to the pool.  We do this a few times  throughout our play time in the pool as it can be easy to get disoriented in the water. Teaching the kids to always be aware of the exits and sides will really help them if they get tired.
  • Teach the children to FLOAT on their backs.  Have them swim a bit and then turn to float on their back.
  • Use ONLY approved floatation devices to help your child stay safe.  Placing an unskilled swimming child in or on a toy and letting them cruise the pool unattended is very dangerous. Keep a hand on them at all times.  POOL TOYS ARE NOT FLOATATION DEVICES.
  • Talk about appropriate play in the pool.  We do not rough house or play games that call out for “HELP”.  Yelling “HELP” is only for when in danger.
  • Keep the water clear of extra pool toys not in use.  They are distracting and can block the view of lifeguards or water watcher.
  • Assign Water Watchers to keep track of everyone in the pool.  Give them a Water Watcher Lanyard (you can order them or make your own easily).  Water Watcher is constantly surveying the area looking for any struggling swimmers. They should only work about a 15 min shift and will need to NOT be involved in conversations with others. They should strictly focus on the water.

When Leaving the Pool Area:

  • Walk behind your children or holding their hands. Today it was shared, that while lifeguarding, a participant watched a family leave the pool.  The parents leading the way, did not notice one of their children slipping into the pool. Within seconds the lifeguard was able to rescue the child but the parents did not even realize what had happened until the child was out of the water. Thankfully, this woman was watching and sprinted into action quickly and saved the child’s life.

These are just my suggestions and are not an exhaustive list. Be sure to talk with your family and make your own Water Safety Rules!!

Remember, it only takes a little drop of water for a child to drown.  It doesn’t have to be the pool.  Drownings occur in bucket of shallow water, bathtubs, pools, rivers, oceans, lakes, etc. Every SECOND counts.  A person can drown in as few as 20 – 60 seconds.

Interested in learning more about Keeping your Family and Loved Ones Safe? Sign up for a CPR Class and we will tailor it to fit your learning needs!  You can BE the DIFFERENCE in someone’s life just by taking a CPR course through North Texas CPR.

Be SAFE this Summer and All year Round!





Spring Break!

My family of five just returned from a 7 day road trip. We had a few days to catch up with family in Peoria, AZ and then spent a few days exploring Flagstaff. Our girls weren’t as interested in the Grand Canyon as we had hoped but they sure did like Bedrock City!

On our journey home we celebrated my husband’s birthday by taking the World’s Longest Tram up the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico.  The view was breathtaking.  It even snowed during dinner! My girls were delighted with “REAL SNOW” as opposed to the ice storms North Texas has experienced this year.

Now we are home, back to reality, and cleaning!  As I am finishing up the laundry and getting the home back in order I am thinking ahead to all this week holds.  I will be training  a sweet couple who are foster parents, a health-care physical therapist,  fitness boot camp instructors, Girl Scout leaders, and some sweet teenagers will be taking my 3rd Babysitter’s CPR 1st Aid Course! PHEW!!  Thank goodness we took a week to relax!

As you begin your Spring Cleaning be sure to double check that your CPR Certification is valid! If you are about to expire then give me a shout and we’ll get you scheduled!

Incredible CPR Success Story

More Than Two Dozen First Responders Save Man in Marathon CPR Session
ABC News March 3, 2011

It’s not very often Dr. Roger White uses the word “amazing.” But when more than 20 first responders tirelessly performed CPR on a dying man for more than an hour and a half — and saved his life — the co-director of the Mayo Clinic’s emergency transport team said it was nothing less than remarkable.

“If he had not had CPR, and good CPR, he would not have survived,” White said. “CPR made all the difference.”

It was just another cold winter’s evening in tiny, remote Goodhue, Minn., where the population is less than 1,000, and they don’t even have a traffic light.

Howard Snitzer, 54, was heading to buy groceries at Don’s Foods, when he crumpled to the sidewalk, suffering a massive heart attack.

While the grocery clerk called 911, the only customer in the store, an off-duty corrections officer, rushed to Snitzer’s side and began what could be the longest, successful out-of-hospital resuscitation ever.

Across the street, Roy and Al Lodermeier, of Roy and Al’s Auto Service, heard the commotion and hurried over.

“He wasn’t breathing,” Al Lodermeier said. “He was in trouble and that’s when we started doing CPR.”

As news spread, the numbers grew. The team of first responders in Goodhue is made up entirely of volunteers. In total, about two dozen pairs of hands worked to the point of exhaustion to save Snitzer’s life in a CPR marathon.

“We just lined up and when one guy had enough, the next guy jumped in,” Roy Lodermeier said. “That’s how it went.”

Candace Koehn, the off-duty corrections officer who was first on the scene, said the group worked as a team.

“Usually,” Koehn said, “there was someone on the sidelines saying, ‘Hey, you want me to take over? You need a break?’”

When the paramedics arrived via helicopter, they witnessed an astonishing scene. Mary Svoboda, a Mayo Clinic flight nurse who flew in on the emergency helicopter, said “it was unbelievable. There were probably 20 in line, waiting their turn to do CPR. They just kept cycling through.”

The marathon CPR went on for 96 minutes. First responders shocked Snitzer’s heart 12 times, and they administered intravenous drugs. When they finally had a pulse and a regular heart beat a, Snitzer was airlifted to the Mayo Clinic.

After 10 days, he was released from the hospital — miraculously healthy, and incredibly grateful.

“My heart wasn’t pumping anything, so the only thing that was pumping my blood was those guys doing CPR,” he said.

Snitzer, a relatively new addition to Goodhue, reunited with those who worked to save his life on Tuesday at the town’s fire station.

“I think it’s the quality of the person,” he said. “We’re in small-town America, hard-working people. I happened to have a king-size heart attack in the right place and the right time, and these guys would not give up.”

He came to thank his neighbors — no longer strangers. People who simply would not quit when he needed them most.

“I feel like I have a responsibility to them to live the best life possible and honor the effort they made,” Snitzer said.

Azle Teammate Thankful Football Player Survived

Here is another great inspirational story from WFAA. You can find the article here:


AZLE – Youth groups across Azle worshiped Wednesday night and said a prayer for a 13-year-old football player.

Seventh grader Jacob McCoy was in the front row at First Baptist Church. He watched his friend and teammate Alex Templeton collapse on the field 24 hours earlier.

“The kid’s cleat got him right in the diaphragm and he landed on it,” McCoy told News 8. “He bounced right up and collapsed. His heart stopped, and he was out.”

Jacob recalled when coaches performed CPR, the stadium went silent. He said both teams locked arms and prayed for Templeton.

“When I saw him on the ground, his body was locked up. It was just so scary,” McCoy said.

He believes answered prayers were already working.

The school nurse who was just watching the game, rushed out of the stands to help coaches operate an automated external defibrillator.

“It’s a team effort, and we’re very lucky, very proud that student is doing great,” said Rita White.

White has 27 years of nursing experience and is one of Azle ISD’s certified AED trainers.

“I just saw his stomach start moving, and it was the greatest thing,” recalled coach Tim Spoonmore.

He said he ran to Templeton’s side when the opposing coach couldn’t revive him on the field.

The Templeton family has asked for privacy concerning their son’s incident and recovery. He is at Cook Children’s Hopsital in Fort Worth going through a battery of tests. The school said Alex will make a full recovery.

The gates on his football career might be closed – but the incident has opened the eyes of his teammates, and the Azle community.

“When I saw him laying there for two minutes, I just started crying,” McCoy said. “Cause I thought we lost him forever. But God works his miracles.”

Counselors were on campus at Azle Junior High South on Wednesday to help students cope with what they saw or may have heard.

Man Saved by CPR

Here is another great article on CPR!  Original Article: CLICK HERE

Man Saved by CPR
updated: Oct 02, 2011, 7:33 AM

Source: SLOFD

San Luis Obispo City Fire Department’s Medic Engine 3 and San Luis Ambulance responded to reports of a “man down” on the sidewalk in the area of Pepper and Johnson today. The man was discovered by passing motorists who called 911.

Upon arrival San Luis Obispo Fire Dept. Paramedics found a young man in cardiac arrest and initiated CPR. Fortunately, 2 of Engine 3’s crew happened to be Paramedic trained Firefighters (normally there is only 1). This allowed multiple advanced life support procedures to be completed simultaneously. Using their defibrillator they were able to shock his heart out of a lethal cardiac rhythm. Shortly thereafter, the ambulance crew arrived and assisted in the effort. Additional advanced life support measures were performed to save the young man’s life.

The patient was then transported to the hospital. While enroute the patient regained a pulse, and he began to breathe on his own. The patient was taken by Ambulance and Fire Paramedics to French Medical Center for further treatment.

The SLO City Fire Department encourages everyone to become trained in CPR – it saves lives!