Originally published on April 22, 2022
ROCHESTER, Minn. (WCCO) — Brad Burt has been a nurse for nearly a decade, now at the Mayo Clinic working with children. But it was while he was out for lunch recently that he really had to put his basic first aid training to the test.
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He was about to leave when someone called a nurse or a doctor. An infant was choking.
His instincts kicked in, he performed the Heimlich maneuver and he saved her life.
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“I’ve never had to use these skills before,” Burt said. “I always trained for it, but it never occurred to me that I had to use it. So I was a bit nervous when it happened, but once I figured out what I needed, my training took over.
Burt said many people in the restaurant were scrambling and didn’t know what to do, which is a reminder, he said, why everyone should take the time to learn first aid and get certified. in CPR.
“The area here is very lucky to have lots of medical professionals, but choking and the need for CPR can happen anywhere,” he said. “It can happen at home, in the car, in the community, so it’s really important for restaurant workers, families to learn those skills in case they need to use them.”
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There are in-person and online American Red Cross CPR trainings in the Twin Cities and throughout the state.