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Pediatric CPR – Learning the Basics

POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

We know that emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye.  In a perfect world, your baby or child will never experience one. But emergencies can happen, and you need to be confident that you or your caretaker can do the best for your child whatever situation arises.

Florida Hospital and the American Heart Association offer a pediatric CPR class where you will learn the proper techniques for infant and child CPR. The program started in 2003 and serves more than 264 annually. The class is offered monthly and taught by certified CPR instructors. It gives the caretaker a sense of security in knowing they can take care of an emergency situation. The class has hands on practice with infant and child manikins in addition to video instruction. The course is lead by certified instructors and participants learn:

  • Pediatric basic life support (including cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  • How to clear conscious airway obstruction
  • Heimlich maneuver
  • Basic accident prevention

In the class you will practice emergency techniques for rescue in the event of choking or a sudden cardiac arrest in an infant or child in an easy classroom setting. This class is designed for parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, family members and child care providers that will be responsible for a newborn up to puberty. Upon completion a certificate will be provided by Florida Hospital and the American Heart Association for Friends and Family Pediatric CPR.       

 Karen Schneeberger, BS, MA, F.A.C.C.E., at Florida Hospital discusses the importance of a Pediatric CPR Class, “Participating in our classes has given everyone present, solid and clear information when handling emergencies. No one ever expects their child to choke or stop breathing but if they do you want to be able to react quickly to avert any additional harm. It may not even be your child but could be a neighbor’s child or even stranger that you can help. We have had parents tell us how the class made them feel much more confident just knowing that if they are prepared to handle the situation if it arises”.  

The best way to safeguard your little ones life is by knowing what to do in an emergency situation and by completing a class that teaches life-saving techniques.  The Pediatric CPR Class is offered monthly only at Florida Hospital Orlando. To learn more call 407-303-2599.