BE READY UTAH

Be Ready Utah: CPR training (for when someone stops breathing)

Jul 1, 2022, 7:00 PM
A heart attack occurs every 40 seconds in America, and heart disease is the number one killer of me...
A heart attack occurs every 40 seconds in America, and heart disease is the number one killer of men and women around the world. Therefore, it's quite possible that you or a loved one will witness a cardiovascular event one day and be called upon to preserve life. Use the heel of one hand and cover with the other. Some suggest interlacing the fingers as well. Credit: Shutterstock via CNN

SALT LAKE CITY — Many of us can relate to the fear of not knowing what to do if you are near someone who needs emergency care. Today for our Be Ready Utah Coverage, KSL 5 TV’s Shara Park shares her experiences when her training has kicked in because of her CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) training.

A couple of months ago, Shara said she was one of the first people to come upon a nine-vehicle crash during a snowstorm. Inside one of the crashed vehicles, a little girl was slumped over in her car seat. She wasn’t breathing.

Shara said she knew exactly what to do because her CPR training immediately kicked in.

“When I lifted her neck to get her airway going, she started gurgling and took a gasping breath of air. I held her there until medical could arrive,” she said. “This little girl Jax did pass away, and it was absolutely awful.”

Why you should have CPR training

At the girl’s funeral, the mother asked Shara if she was a nurse.

“I said, no, I’m trained in first aid and CPR. In my mind — even though this little girl passed away — I walked away knowing I did everything in my power possible to give her the best fighting chance, and her mom told me the same thing.”

Shara said she first wanted to know CPR when she became a mother.

“And then it was, I want to make sure I can help a neighbor’s kid,” Shara said. “[An emergency] can happen to any of us at any time.”

She encouraged listeners and readers to ask their company to host a CPR training.

“Take advantage of that. They come to you. You can do it right there in your work setting,” Shara said.

Be Ready Utah.gov has all of the information on how to register to take a CPR class,” Debbie Dujanovic said.

Save a life

You can save a person’s whose heart and breathing have stopped by knowing how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Related news:

Making sure you have your medications in an emergency

————————–

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, as well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Be Ready Utah

Fire Prevention Week across the U.S. has American Red Cross of Utah reminding resident to plan an e...
Waverly Golden

Be Ready Utah: Fire Prevention Week … are you prepared?

On this year's one-hundredth fire prevention week, the American Red Cross of Utah aims to inform residents of how to prepare for a home fire. 
4 months ago
red cross van...
Adam Small

Red Cross says now is the time to prepare of emergencies

On the heels of flash flooding in southern and eastern Utah, the Red Cross encourages all Utahns to prepare for a potential emergency.
5 months ago
Salt Lake City is joining a network with the goal to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities and s...
Heather Kelly

Preparing transportation plans in case of an emergency

Emergency preparedness means anticipating what you'll need in the future. By planning out transportation, you'll be one step ahead.
6 months ago
FILE: Christy Belt, Timpanogos Academy 5th grade teacher, engages in an exercise designed to help t...
Curt Gresseth

Preparing and training for school emergencies

A Be Ready Utah expert discusses preparing for school emergencies, the need to have a plan ready and a list of items needed to safely handle disasters.
6 months ago
Ford F-150 Lightning...
Dan Bammes

Range of options to power a house in times of emergency

The Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck offers an opportunity to power a house during times of emergency.
6 months ago
Road trips can be dangerous in the extreme heat....
Curt Gresseth

Extreme heat could make road trips treacherous, here’s an expert’s advice

Do you know what to bring when you take a road trip during extreme heat? One expert has tips if you are taking one in triple-digit temperatures.
6 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Be Ready Utah: CPR training (for when someone stops breathing)