Originally published on April 22, 2022
ROCHESTER, Minn. (WCCO) – Brad Burt has been a nurse for nearly a decade, now working at the Mayo Clinic to care for children. But recently when he went out for lunch, he really had to put his basic first aid training to the test.
He was about to leave when someone called a nurse or a doctor. A newborn baby choking.
His instincts kicked in, he performed the Heimlich maneuver, and he saved her life.
“I’ve never had to use these skills before,” says Burt. “I always practice for it, but I never really have to use it. So I was a bit nervous when it happened but once I figured out what I needed to work out I took over. ”
Burt said many people in the restaurant are scrambling and don’t know what to do, which serves as a reminder, he said, of why everyone should take the time to learn first aid and get certified. artificial respiration.
“This area is very fortunate to have so many healthcare professionals but choking and the need for CPR can happen anywhere,” he said. “It can happen at home, in the car, out in the community so it’s very important for restaurant workers and families to learn these skills in case they have to use them.”
Live and online CPR training courses are available from American Red Cross in the Twin Cities and across the state.