NU Employee Debbie Ishman Uses Lifesaving Skills at Kiernan Recreation Center
On Sunday, June 22, the Kiernan Recreation Center was hosting a birthday party where NU employee Debbie Ishman was required to perform lifesaving skills that may have saved the life of a 10-month old. During the party the infant started chocking and eventually the infants airway became obstructed. The mom screamed for help and Debbie immediately responded. Debbie performed the appropriate lifesaving skills by providing back blows and chest compression and completing a finger sweep and eventually the object that was causing the obstruction was removed.
John Spanbauer, director of the Kiernan Center, received two e-mails that complemented Debbie’s handling of this emergency. One parent wrote “I just wanted to tell you again how amazing you handled the situation today. I don’t know what would have happened if you weren’t there. Thank you so much for being a hero!” A representative from the Upper Mountain Fire Company wrote, “Just wanted to take a minute to complement the excellent care administered by Debbie Ishman yesterday. Her immediate action to remove an object from an infant’s obstructed airway definitely prevented a negative outcome.”
Congratulations to Debbie who is certified in CPR and used the appropriate skills needed in this unfortunate situation. Situations like this is a reminder that obtaining certification in CPR is a worthy investment of time and money. If are interested in obtaining CPR certification, please contact the local Red Cross.