Itasca, IL – More than a friendly face, CPR Teddy is a training tool that resembles a cuddly teddy bear, offered by the National Safety Council to help parents, babysitters and others who work with children practice their child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques.
“When a child has a life-threatening incident like drowning, choking or exposure to electric shock, rescue steps taken within the following first seconds can mean the difference between life and death,” said Barbara Caracci, NSC Director of Emergency Care Program Development and Training.
These “first responders” are critical to saving children’s lives because they are the persons with a child in the first minutes before an ambulance arrives, Caracci said.
CPR Teddy is built like an infant, to help prepare first-responders for a child’s small frame and physical flexibility. Yet while the bear looks like a soft toy, it contains colored light and sound prompts to indicate when heart compressions and other emergency care steps are performed correctly.
Because the heart and lungs work together to circulate oxygen throughout the body, an incident that deprives the brain of oxygen more than four minutes will likely cause brain damage. After 10 minutes, chances of survival drop to one in 100.
Being able to respond to such an incident is especially important for parents, baby sitters and other caregivers because choking on food or other objects is a primary cause of unintentional death among children. NSC data shows that about 91 infants and children under 2 years old are killed annually by choking.
“Learning CPR can help you give your child, another loved one or a stranger a second chance for life,” Caracci said.
CPR Teddy and training in CPR are available through your local NSC chapter. To find a directory of chapters, as well as fact sheets and tips on safe practices at your home, on the road or in the workplace, go to NSC's Website at www.nsc.org.
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