Acting Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle visited Connecticut Children’s Medical Center recently along with Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal to raise awareness about the crucial need to keep children safe.
Buerkle’s visit highlighted Connecticut Children’s commitment to ensuring children stay healthy and injury free. That commitment shines through our Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office), which is a national leader in promoting children’s optimal healthy development. The Office oversees a variety of community-oriented programs including Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center (IPC) which demonstrated its Safe Sitter program during Buerkle’s visit.
The Safe Sitter program is a national program that prepares teenagers to safely supervise other children. As part of the program, participants are taught the American Heart Association’s Hands Only CPR technique. They also learn about choking risks and prevention.
During their demonstration, Injury Prevention Center Associate Director Kevin Borrup and four graduates of the program performed Hands Only CPR by giving 100 to 120 chest compressions in 60 seconds to training mannequins.
After the demonstration, Borrup encouraged everyone to learn Hands Only CPR, stating that the lifesaving technique can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.
Buerkle’s visit was arranged by the Lego Group, which is a sponsor of several Connecticut Children’s programs.