Imagine you are at home with your family on a Sunday afternoon. Suddenly, your toddler starts choking on a small toy. You don’t know CPR, so you call an ambulance. As the minutes – which feel like hours – tick away, your choking child could have permanent brain damage or worse – the entire scenario could result in death.
Instead of watching helplessly as your worst fear becomes a reality, thanks to Mountain Vista Medical Center, parents have the option to enroll in a one-time free class that will educate parents and caregivers on how to apply pediatric CPR and first-aid.
The class is open to the public and will take place this Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon at Mountain Vista, 1301 S. Crismon Road in Mesa. Led by Dr. Brian Goodman, who specializes in family medicine and is a proud father of four children himself, the class will demonstrate the most effective way to perform CPR and other first-aid techniques for infants and young children, as well as important tips to use in an emergency.
There are a limited number of seats available, so reserve your seat, by calling 1-877-924-WELL (9355) or by visiting www.mvmedicalcenter.com.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 90 percent of deaths for children below the age of 5 are due to choking on foreign objects, while that number is 65 percent among infants.
“As a parent or caregiver, we’ve promised to protect our children and learning CPR is another way to ensure their safety,” said Goodman. “Statistics show that most of the accidents happen at home, so learning CPR could mean saving the life of not only your child, but also a family member.”