Refresher 2: Good Training Makes Good Neighbors

Although cardiac emergencies are rare in children, accidents such as drowning, which is the second most common cause of unintentional death in the United States among those ages 1 to 14, can lead to cardiac arrest. If present when a drowning incident occurs, remember that you should not attempt a water rescue yourself unless you are specially trained to do so, or can safely reach a victim from a secure spot on solid ground. Instead, seek help from a lifeguard, or another trained responder. Once the victim is on dry land, however, your CPR training could be vital to recovery.