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Child & Baby CPR

Posted on October 24, 2021 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Before Giving Child or Baby CPR


Check the scene and the child. Make sure the scene is safe, then tap the child on the shoulder and shout "Are you OK?" to ensure that he or she needs help.


For infants, flick the bottom of the foot to elicit a response.




Call 911. If child does not respond, ask a bystander to call 911, then administer approximately 2 minutes of care.


- If you're alone with the child or infant, administer 2 minutes of care, then call 911.


- If the child or infant does respond, call 911 to report any life-threatening conditions and obtain consent to give care. Check the child from head to toe and ask questions to find out what happened.



Open the airway. With the child lying on his or her back, tilt the head back slightly and lift the chin.




Check for breathing. Listen carefully, for no more than 10 seconds, for sounds of breathing. (Occasional gasps aren't breathing.)


Infants typically have periodic breathing, so changes in breathing pattern are normal.




Deliver 2 rescue breaths if the child or infant isn't breathing. With the head tilted back slightly and the chin lifted, pinch the child's nose shut, make a complete seal by placing your mouth over the child's mouth and breathe into the child's mouth twice.



For infants, use your mouth to make a complete seal over the infant's mouth and nose, then blow in for one second to make the chest clearly rise. Now, deliver two rescue breaths.




Begin CPR. If the child or baby is unresponsive to the rescue breaths, begin CPR.


Performing Child & Baby CPR


Kneel beside the child or baby.





Push hard, push fast.


-For children, place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest, then place the heel of the other hand on top of the first hand, and lace your fingers together. Deliver 30 quick compressions that are each about 2 inches deep.


-For infants, use 2 fingers to deliver 30 quick compressions that are each about 1.5 inches deep.




Give 2 rescue breaths (see instructions above).






Keep going. Continue the these baby or child CPR steps until you see obvious signs of life, like breathing, or until an AED is ready to use, another trained responder or EMS professional is available to take over, you're too exhausted to continue, or the scene becomes unsafe.

For the original content visit the American Red Cross website here:

CPR Steps

Posted on October 24, 2021 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Before Giving CPR

1. Check the scene and the person. Make sure the scene is safe, then tap the person on the shoulder and shout "Are you OK?" to ensure that the person needs help.


2. Call 911 for assistance. If it's evident that the person needs help, call (or ask a bystander to call) 911, then send someone to get an AED. (If an AED is unavailable, or a there is no bystander to access it, stay with the victim, call 911 and begin administering assistance.)


3. Open the airway. With the person lying on his or her back, tilt the head back slightly to lift the chin.


4.Check for breathing. Listen carefully, for no more than 10 seconds, for sounds of breathing. (Occasional gasping sounds do not equate to breathing.) If there is no breathing begin CPR.


Red Cross CPR Steps

1. Push hard, push fast. Place your hands, one on top of the other, in the middle of the chest. Use your body weight to help you administer compressions that are at least 2 inches deep and delivered at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute.


2. Deliver rescue breaths. With the person's head tilted back slightly and the chin lifted, pinch the nose shut and place your mouth over the person's mouth to make a complete seal. Blow into the person's mouth to make the chest rise. Deliver two rescue breaths, then continue compressions.


Note: If the chest does not rise with the initial rescue breath, re-tilt the head before delivering the second breath. If the chest doesn't rise with the second breath, the person may be choking. After each subsequent set of 30 chest compressions, and before attempting breaths, look for an object and, if seen, remove it.


3. Continue CPR steps. Keep performing cycles of chest compressions and breathing until the person exhibits signs of life, such as breathing, an AED becomes available, or EMS or a trained medical responder arrives on scene.


Note: End the cycles if the scene becomes unsafe or you cannot continue performing CPR due to exhaustion.

For more info and to veiw the originol source of this information visit the American Red Cross website here:

Entrepreneurship as a Homeschooling Mom

Posted on August 19, 2021 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (6)

In this episode of the Enterprising Homeschool Mom podcast, Kim Brame speaks to Rodneisha McMillan, founder of the African American CPR Foundation and owner of 1st Choice EST. Rodneisha tells us her story and illustrates her business story and how a stroke and an abusive relationship played into her developing her business. Rodneisha also talks about her decision to home school her children and then events that lead to her removing her children from the school system. This is part one of a two-part episode, so be sure to check out part 2!


You Will Discover How Rodneisha

  • Refused to be a victim to any circumstance.
  • Overcame obstacles that got in her way.
  • Continued her education outside of the classroom.
  • Made pivots in her life and business that enabled her to grow.
  • Wouldn’t allow her children, specifically her sons, to fall victim to being mistreated in the public school system.
  • Kept a winning mindset and perspective.
  • Learns from life lessons and mistakes and apply them to new opportunities.
  • And so much more in both parts 1 and 2

    For the full podcast visit the following:

Master P shouts out 1st Choice EST!

Posted on July 13, 2021 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (3)

Mid-South businesswoman Rodneisha E. McMillan survives a potentially fatal experience, emerges as a successful entrepreneur

Posted on July 12, 2021 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

June 2, 2011 will forever be remembered as the day that changed the overall landscape of Rodneisha E. McMillan’s life.

As McMillan’s recalls, it was supposed to have been a jubilant, festive day, considering it was her birthday.

Then, just like that, a rather shocking, life-altering turn of events had transpired.

“I had a hemorrhagic stroke on my 30th birthday,” McMillan, during an interview this week with Making Headline News said, recalling the memorable, tear-jerking developments that could have very well given way to a premature death. “I was experiencing a terrible headache, so I took some medicine and laid down.”........

To continue this article and read other inspiring stories from small business owners visit the following link:

Office Evolution Member Spotlight

Posted on July 12, 2021 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Member Spotlight: Rodneisha McMillan - 1st Choice Emergency & Safety Training - OE Flowood, MS

The Spotlight’s on Rodneisha McMillan, owner of 1st Choice Emergency & Safety Training

Are you a dreamer, risk-taker, or a doer?

YES to all three, since as a thirty-three-year-old single mom with four children, I went full-time with my CPR Training business. Everybody thought I was silly and irresponsible because I had just recently obtained my degree—I thought it was silly and irresponsible that I had racked up 100k in student loan debt for a degree that was only attracting $10-$12 an hour job positions.


As fellow entrepreneurs, we would love to hear about your business.

I am a CPR and first aid instructor who provides training for the community and essential healthcare workers nationwide. On June 2, 2011—my 30th birthday—I had a hemorrhagic stroke. I experienced a terrible headache, took some medicine, then laid down. I woke up three days later in the ICU fully intubated. After my recovery in 2012, I started 1st Choice EST LLC not only to educate the community, but also to have control over my health and time.


On July 10, 2019, the American Heart Association published an article stating, "African American children who live in poor neighborhoods are significantly less likely to receive bystander CPR during a cardiac arrest than white children.” To address this concern, I have recently founded the African American CPR Foundation. My mission is to increase the likelihood of bystander CPR for African American children in poor neighborhoods throughout the US.


Who is your ideal customer?

Corporations, community members, and churches. Really anyone who is able bodied should know how and when to properly perform CPR.


What are your top tips for entrepreneurial success?

JUST. DO. YOU! Everybody has opinions, but only you truly know your restrictions, capabilities and excuses. Don't let noise from others block out the sounds of what only you can tell yourself! It's YOUR risk to take! Dream BIG but do MORE!


For more information on Rodneisha's business in OE Flowood, MS please visit


Written by: Jeff Hensiek


Here's what you need to know about the AHA instrumented directive feedback device (IDFD) requirements.

Posted on December 20, 2018 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (20)

To teach AHA courses involving adult CPR, you will be required, as of January 31, 2019, to use manikins or devices that feature an instrumented directive feedback device (IDFD), providing real-time feedback on student CPR performance.

The AHA requirement:

"By January 31, 2019, the AHA will require the use of an instrumented directive feedback device or manikin in all AHA courses that teach the skills of adult CPR. Specifically, an instrumented directive feedback device or manikin is one that, at a minimum, provides audio or visual (or both) feedback on the rate and depth of compressions during CPR training."" target="_blank">See the entire document.

Why this new requirement?

Research by experts in the field has shown that real-time feedback on adult CPR performance significantly increases students' ability to perform quality CPR -- specifically, to achieve the recommended rate of 100-120 compressions per minute and the recommended compression depth

of 2 inches.


Which AHA courses are involved?

Basic Life Support (BLS)

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS EP)

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED

Heartsaver® CPR AED

The requirement applies to both U.S. and international training, adult CPR only.


How do I know if my manikins comply?

All major manufacturers are working to find ways to incorporate the feedback requirements into their adult manikins, either by building in electronic feedback capabilities or by developing add-on equipment. Many already have. 

To comply, your existing adult manikins must feature:


a clicker or any other device that gives audio or visual feedback to indicate compression depth, and

audio or visual feedback indicating a compression rate of 100-120 compressions per minute, through either exact numbers or lights that illuminate progressively.

How do I know if new manikins I purchase comply?

We clearly label all compliant manikins on this Web site:

"Meets the AHA CPR feedback device requirements"


Which manikins comply with the new requirements?


Please note: AHA does not endorse or recommend any specific equipment to meet the requirements.

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Family Tree

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Use this family tree to map out your family's health history. Identify family members who have lived with diabetes or other serious health conditions. Then, talk with your healthcare provider about what this means to you and others in your family.

Power Ambassador Ashanti´┐Ż??s Master Plan Workout

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (10)

The American Heart Association suggests at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember. And, it is a goal you can reach.


Power Ambassador Ashanti and her team of trainers have put together a series of workout videos to help you meet that goal! Today is the day to begin your journey toward a healthier you!