Saturday, July 7, 2012
As we drove up to PCH last week, I decided that I wanted to learn CPR. I was trained on CPR in high school 20 years ago, and I've often thought I should take a refresher course, but it's one of those things that I've never gotten around to. One of the first things I asked when we got here was about learning CPR.
Well, apparently CPR training is required before we can leave the hospital. I wasn't aware that we were going to have to take a test before we could take Seth home, but we did. They gave us a video and our own CPR mannequin named "Mini." We watched the video and then had to demonstrate that we'd learned the procedure for the nurse.
The numbers and details of this are quite easy. Actually demonstrating was harder than it looked. First, you have to push 30 times on the baby's chest. A clicker in the mannequin lets you know how hard to push, and let me tell you, it is really hard! In addition, Seth's current heart rate hovers around 165 beats per minute. That means you have to make those chest compressions almost 3 times per second! The breathing was much easier. It's 30 compressions, 2 breaths, repeat. We only had to demonstrate two cycles to pass, but I'm sure by the time 5 minutes pass in real-life, I'd have sweat pouring off my forehead! Here are some pictures of our final exam.