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Emergency responders encourage learning CPR

Responders get CPR related calls nearly every day Responders get CPR related calls nearly every day
EMS Supervisor Steve Abel EMS Supervisor Steve Abel

Last Thursday, a Miami woman made headlines after she pulled over from the highway to perform CPR on her five month old nephew who stopped breathing. This incident generated widespread discussion, and has medical professionals encouraging people to learn CPR.

It's a situation that can happen to anyone at anytime, and it's something experts feel you have to be to mindful of.

If you are in a situation where you're not sure if something is wrong with your child, there are two things to look for- what color are they? And how is their body response?

If they are blue in the face, and show no muscle tone, this is the time to perform CPR. If you don't know how, call 911 and they will walk you through it step by step while they send help.

For EMS supervisor Steve Abel, every second counts. "Whether it's a child, infant or an adult if CPR isn't initiated when it first happens all the advanced life support we provide is pretty much futile, because you have to provide circulation to the heart and brain for the individual to be viable," Abel said.

Abel says they have to perform CPR almost every day, and knowing what to do before they arrive can make a life or death difference.

There are several different ways to become CPR certified. You can start by visiting the American Red Cross website.  They offer online courses for between $25 and $50.


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