A gift for the littlest hearts

By performing CPR, a person keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the heart and brain in an effort to preserve brain function. Regaining oxygenated blood flow after four to six minutes can cause the patient severe brain trauma.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), was developed by the American Heart Association about 50 years ago. Twelve years later, Leonard Cobb of Seattle, Washington, organized the first ever mass citizen training in CPR. From that point on the basic life skill has saved about 92,000 people each year and in Seattle, around 40 percent of the population knew how to perform CPR. With their survival rate for cardiac arrest at 50 percent, Seattle became the poster child for successful CPR.

“Every state should be the same way. The nationwide percentage should be upwards of 50 percent,” said Elling. “CPR lessons in high school are a necessity. They shouldn’t have to take a class outside of school to learn a basic life skill that is proven to save lives. The inexpensive lessons would prove to be extraordinary in the short run and long run.”

Elling applauded Martin, Harding & Mazzotti’s donation of the infant CPR kits.

Bogdan called the donation “a great way to help the youngest and littlest members of our community.”

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