Free CPR Event Aims to Save Lives

Date(s) - 03/02/2013
9:00 am-3:00 pm

North Mississippi Medical Center


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TUPELO, Miss.*Three free CPR training sessions will be offered by Tupelo Safe Splash on Saturday, March 2, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Wellness Center.

The one-hour sessions will be offered at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Certified CPR instructors from a number of other local agencies including North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo Aquatic Club, Tupelo Fire Department and Splash Mid-South at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, will lead the training. Participants will learn adult hands-only CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an infant, child and adult.

Hands-on training is provided, but no course certification card is issued. Participants must be at least 10 years old, and those under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375) by March 1. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a towel or something to kneel upon. The NMMC Wellness Center is located at 1030 S. Madison St. “As swimming pools open in the spring and summer, we want to remind parents and caregivers how important it is to do a few simple things to protect children,” said Kim Wright, RN, NMMC’s Trauma Program manager. “The first is to learn CPR, because it can truly save a life. The second is to designate a water watcher. Make sure someone always has their eyes on the child in or near water.”

Tupelo Safe Splash, an initiative begun in 2010 by Tupelo Parks and Recreation, teaches free swim lessons to all second-graders in Tupelo Public Schools. The CPR training is something new that Tupelo Safe Splash is partnering with other

National Statistics on Drowning from Safe Kids USA:

  • On average, an annual 3,600 injuries occur to children due to a near-drowning incident.
  • Each year, more than 830 children ages 14 and under die as a result of unintentional drowning.
  • Home swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur for a child between the ages 1 to 4 years.
  • According to a national study of drowning-related incidents involving children, a parent or caregiver claimed to be supervising the child in nearly 9 out of 10 child drowning-related deaths.
  • In the summer, between May and August, drowning deaths among children increase 89 percent over the rest of the year.