A Resolution Not to Get Choked Up About

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Why not resolve to get your staff trained in CPR?

You’d never think it could happen to you or anyone you know, but emergencies happen. A couple of weeks ago I had to perform the Heimlich maneuver on someone who was choking on a sandwich in our office.  Once someone called my attention to our choking colleague, I was able to perform the Heimlich without giving it a second thought, I realized that I have not had CPR training in several years, and my certification card has long expired.

Michael O. is Sr. Technical Writer for Eyefinity/OfficeMate

The few coworkers who have had CPR training were at lunch or at the other end of the building.

If no one were around, it would have been a very dangerous situation for my choking colleague. He was two shades of deep red and purple, grasping at his throat, and panicked. He could have pushed his fists to his chest and leaned his weight on the back of a chair to simulate the Heimlich maneuver himself, but when people panic, they don’t think of those things.

This unfortunate situation clearly illustrates the need for CPR training in our offices. So, too, it illustrates the need for CPR training in your practice.

Most, if not all, states require current CPR certification as a requisite to renewing your license to practice. As long as you’re getting CPR training, why not send your staff to receive CPR training also? The more people who are certified, the better chance you will have of averting a catastrophe in the event you, someone on your staff, or a  patient requires the Heimlich maneuver or CPR.

So, resolve to make CPR training a priority for your practice in 2010. To borrow the title of a short story by Flannery O’Connor, the life you save may be your own.

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