Be a Shield: CPR Refresher Campaign!

Family-shield-150Swimming pools, backyard bar-b-ques, picnics in the park, 100 degree heat…  Summer is here!  With all these things come health risks.

Are you CPR ready?  If you are like I am, you took a CPR course in middle school and high school but haven’t thought much about it since then.  It’s probably time for a refresher course.  Plus, recommendation for the ratio of chest compressions to rescue breathing has changed in the past few years.

I thought about CPR Memorial day weekend when my five year old, Harold, nearly drowned.  Unbeknownst to Horatio and me, Harold took his water wings off and, thinking he could swim without them, let go of the wall of the pool.  He sunk like an anchor.  Thank G-d, he was able to get himself back to the side of pool and pulled himself up.  He was choking and gasping and we ran to pull him out of the water.  He vomited up what seemed like a gallon of water on his own and we did not need to use CPR, but the incident really got me thinking about the need for good knowledge of it.


ACLS National offers the Be A Shield program.  It is a free online CPR refresher course, and since nearly 90% of life threatening cardiac incidents happen at home, taking the course could help you save the life of someone you love.  At the ACLS website, you can simply click through a sequence learn how to provide CPR to an Adult, Child and Infant. You’ll also learn how to safely conduct the Heimlich maneuver and how to identify and treat Heat Exhaustion.

If you need professional certification, you can also get it at the site.

I just went through the Be A Shield refresher, so I’m ready, but I’m going to make sure Harold knows not to take off his water wings without telling me, that’s for sure.

ACLS National is a national ACLS certification company. Thanks to ACLS National for working with TDD to promote CPR knowledge.


About Commander in Chief At home

Erin is a military spouse and, sometimes temporarily single mom to 4 boys. She's a parenting coach, writer, teacher, special needs (Autism) mom, and much more.
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One Response to Be a Shield: CPR Refresher Campaign!

  1. theroommom says:

    So true! As a teacher, my school provides an initial certification and then a refresher every year. I hope I never have to use it but glad I could use it if needed. Caitlin


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