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14 take SMH Safe Sitter course

— This year, 14 young ladies and gentlemen attended and passed the Safe Sitter Course which St. Mary’s Hospital has been sponsoring for more than 25 years.

The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. All information is medically accurate and is taught by trained Safe Sitter instructors Brenda Kaschmitter and Cheri Holthaus. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques, so they are prepared to act in a crisis.

Safe Sitter participants also receive helpful tips to make them more confident caregivers. They learn safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They also learn behavioral tips, tricks games and choices such as distraction, if-then, making a game, choices and taking a breaking/staring over.

“I learned a lot, I think the behavioral tips will come in really handy when baby-sitting; especially when baby-sitting my younger brother and sister,” commented one student.

“It was a lot of fun to learn how to save a life” said another student. “I think the CPR and choking sessions are really important and I feel I will be able to remember the skills if I need them.”


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