Dramatic video highlights importance of infant CPR

A dramatic video showing good Samaritans rescuing an infant and a toddler from an overturned vehicle trapped in a torrent of flood water Saturday has been making the media and social media rounds. After minutes of struggling, the good Samaritans were able to pry open the doors and get inside, and then dragged the children to safety and helped to resuscitate them. If this were you, would you have been able to assist? Children and adults have different needs when it comes to resuscitation.

  • Usually, an infant has a respiratory emergency first and then a cardiac emergency.
  • The first step is to check the scene for safety.
  • Then shout the baby’s name to get the infant’s attention, tap the bottom of his or her foot and shout again while checking for normal breathing. Check breathing for no more than 10 seconds.
  • If the infant doesn’t respond and is not breathing, send someone to call 9-1-1 and someone to get an AED and first aid kit. If you’re alone with the baby, give two minutes of CPR and then call 9-1-1 yourself.
  • Immediately start CPR and use the AED as soon as possible. Give 30 chest compressions (push hard and fast in the center of the chest about 1½ inches deep at 100-120 compressions per minute).
  • Give 2 rescue breaths. Open the airway and seal your mouth over the infant’s nose and mouth.
  • Continue giving sets of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths until an AED is available, the infant shows signs of life, another bystander or EMS personnel takes over, or the scene becomes unsafe.

For more information, visit: http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr/perfoming-cpr/child-baby-cpr

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Summer Safety: Red Cross Issues Tips On How to Have a Safe Summer

Millions of people are looking forward to having fun and traveling this summer and the American Red Cross wants everyone to stay safe.

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When traveling, it’s important to know the level of ability of the people in your group and the environment around you. Sprains and falls are some of the most common misfortunes travelers may face. Sprains are the most common injury for someone on a cruise, along with contusions and other superficial wounds. Going to the mountains? Falls are the biggest threat, many due to poor decision-making, lack of skill or not being properly prepared. Dehydration is also a danger. People planning a camping trip face the same dangers.

WHAT TO DO IF:

  • Stung by a jellyfish? Wash liberally with vinegar as soon as possible for at least 30 seconds. If vinegar isn’t available, make a thick mixture of baking soda and water.
  • Mosquitoes biting? Ideally the first step is to prevent mosquito bites. If not, use an over-the-counter product to reduce the itch and urge to scratch.
  • Sick stomach? Keep the person hydrated and take a medication made specifically for someone with tummy woes.
  • Too long in the sun? Get out of the sun, cool the area and use topical pain relief medication if needed.
  • Blisters? Leave it alone to protect the area. If the blister may cause further injury, puncture at the base, clean and protect with another barrier such as a bandage.
  • Allergic reaction? Remove the person from the allergen; give them oral antihistamines if needed. If the situation is life-threatening, consider the use of epinephrine.

AVOID VACATION MISHAPS Vacationers should pack appropriate clothing, insect repellant, sunscreen and first aid items. Include soap, tweezers, wound gel, personal medication and items such as fever reducers, fungal creams and pain relievers.

TAKE A CLASS Prepare for the unexpected with First Aid/CPR/AED training. Training can give people the skills and confidence to act in an emergency and to save a life. Red Cross offers a variety of online, blended (online content with in-class skills session) and instructor-led classroom training options. Register at redcross.org/takeaclass. A variety of First Aid kits and emergency supplies are available at redcrossstore.org.

DOWNLOAD APPS Download the Red Cross First Aid App for instant access on how to treat common emergencies as well as a hospital locator which is helpful for travelers. The Emergency App is a single ‘go-to’ source for weather alerts and safety tips for everything from a power outage, to a severe thunderstorm, to a hurricane. All Red Cross apps can be downloaded for free in app stores by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ or by going to redcross.org/apps.

Still Time to Help Save Lives This Summer: Choose Your Day

Every day this summer is a chance to do something life changing and momentous. The American Red Cross urges you to #ChooseYourDay to give blood or platelets and ensure a stable supply for patients in need.

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Blood and platelet donations often decline during the summer months when busy summer schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give. Additionally, blood donations at high school and college blood drives, which account for as much as 20 percent of blood donations during the school year, decline when many schools are out of session. But, the need for blood remains constant all summer long.

By choosing your day to schedule a blood or platelet donation through the American Red Cross this summer, you could give hope to a patient in need. Each day, the Red Cross needs 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

There are 2,376 hours for summer fun between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It only takes an hour – two if you’re giving platelets – to be a lifesaver. So, when you’re making your summer plans this year, make a blood or platelet donation appointment a part of them too.

To find a donation opportunity near you, download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

Be the One Who Makes a Difference – Get Your CPR, First Aid, and AED Certification

At the American Red Cross, training people how to respond to and prepare for emergencies is our core mission. We offer a range of health and safety classes that teach you new skills, keep you knowledgeable, confident and ready to respond in almost any emergency situation.

With courses to cover all key areas of training, available online and in classrooms across the country, Red Cross classes deliver the training you seek, when, where and how you need it.

Click on the links below for more details on classes for the month of May-June 2016

American Red Cross Cabarrus County May-June 2016

Asheville Chapter Training Room May-June 2016

Catawba Valley Chapter May-June 2016

Elizabeth H. Dole Chapter May-June 2016 (11)

Gaston County ARC May-June 2016

Gaston County Chapter May-June 2016

Greater Carolinas Chapter May-June 2016 (1)

Greater High Point-Davidson chapter May-June 2016

Greensboro Chapter May-June 2016 (4)

Henderson County Chapter Training Room May-June 2016

NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER May-June 2016

Union County Chapter May-June 2016 2016:

“A Bittersweet Birthday”

Birthdays are the one day a year dedicated to us. It’s a day that makes us feel special and important, allowing us to celebrate another year in a lifetime’s worth of memories. Unfortunately for Joe, his day was marked by a tragic memory that changed his life forever.

Monday May 9th, the day before his birthday, Joe had spent the night at a friend’s home bringing in the celebration. He awoke Tuesday morning to numerous birthday texts from loved ones. Suddenly the messages rapidly changed from “Happy Birthday” to “Are you ok?” Joe didn’t understand the messages he was receiving from his neighbors until a fatal call from his landlord came in saying there had been a fire.

Joe arrived to his home, only to find a concrete shell, and everything inside was turned to ash. Joe is an artist and a massage therapist. All of his canvases, supplies, and artwork were gone. His massage table and supplies were gone –  everything was gone.

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Joe was devastated. It was his birthday, and everything he owned was destroyed. How could he recover from losing everything? His whole life lost in an instant.

A miracle in the midst of tragedy came to him in the form of the Red Cross.  It was the support and comfort Joe needed to pull through this traumatic day. With no place to live and only the clothes on his back, the Red Cross delivered Joe from his nightmare by helping him get back on his feet.

“The Red Cross is absolutely wonderful! They were here to help me out. That is exactly what I needed today. I don’t know what I would do without their support. Because of the Red Cross, I now have a place to stay and I can now get clothes to wear. They gave me a reason to feel hopeful moving forward.”

Like with Joe’s story, there is no way to predict when a crisis will happen. The Red Cross Disaster Team is ready to respond at any hour of the day or night. Join us as we give hope to those who’ve been affected by home fires.

A Harsh Lesson in Water Safety

Verrückt-Water-Slide-5.pngAs the summer months approach, the importance of swimming safety is imperative because it only takes a few quick seconds to realize the dangers that unsafe swimming may present. As a Red Cross volunteer my own near-death summer experience with swimming comes to mind because the scare that I gave my mother is hard to forget. What seemed like an innocent opportunity to beat the heat, almost turned into a day of terror for me and my mom.  It was the month of June and sweltering heat led everybody, including my mom and I to the water park. As an eager and sweaty 12-year-old, it was a mission for me to drag my mom around to find the best and not exactly the safest, way to cool off.  After passing by all of the “kiddy pools”, there it was the tallest water slide in the park with about a 50ft drop into a 10ft deep pool. “No Yei”, my mom said with fear on her face. Despite my mother’s warning, without hesitation, I jumped in line and waited for what I thought was going to be the best ride of my life. By the time I reached the top of the slide the fear began to seep in and the ride attendant must have noticed the uncertainty on my face because he turned to me and said “You’ll be fine” as he snapped on my life vest. I took two steps forward and there I was, looking down at a 50ft long, white, watery slide. I braced myself and took the leap. Screaming all the way down the slide as the water pounded me in the face I started to think that it wasn’t that bad until I was met by 10ft of pool water.  I plunged in so deep it seemed like I was at the bottom of the pool and that’s when I began to panic. It felt like the water was starting to fill my lungs as I flung my arms and legs violently trying to make my way back up to the surface. What was only about 10 seconds seemed like a whole hour before lifeguards finally realized they needed to jump in and save me. Thankfully, I did not endure any injuries and I was able breathe just fine. However the experience was still a frightening one and must have also been one for my mother who had tears in her eyes as she received me from the lifeguards. “Don’t ever do that again”, she said and she didn’t have anything to worry about because I did not intend on challenging my safety ever again! Though I survived the outcome of my risky decision, others might not have been so lucky which is why the American Red Cross is placing enormous importance on water safety for children as well as adults this summer. Memorial Day is upon us so follow us this week as the American Red Cross provides expert advice on how to be safe in the water, prevent drowning, and give tips to parents and caregivers of young people learning how to swim.