Grant aids in teaching anti-choking techniques
by Wayne Allen
In an emergency, it is not only important to react quickly, but also to respond correctly to the needs at hand. The Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD), through a grant from the Walmart Foundation, will be able to learn proper response when choking occurs.
“We received a $250 grant from the Walmart Foundation to purchase the ActFast® AntiChoking Trainer. This device allows trainees hands-on education to ensure that we are not only responding quickly, but effectively in the event that choking occurs,” said Lois Elliott, RN.
Walmart conducts a Local Community Contribution Program to support local agencies in their efforts to support the community. The response letter from Walmart stated, “We believe that your organization is doing important work in the communities you serve and we are proud that we are able to support you in your efforts.”
With the grant fund SCBDD was able to purchase two training devices. The devices, supported by the American Heart Association, fit an individual like a vest. When the Heimlick Maneuver is properly executed, a simulation of the choking object is released from the front of the device.
“What this does is teach individuals where to place their hands and how to properly force an object out of a choking victim by using the appropriate upward thrust,” Elliott explained.
Educational training will be provided to staff members through use of the device to enhance the safety of the individuals served at SCBDD.
“We are continually learning and seeking ways to provide a safe environment for our staff and all of the individuals we serve,” she said.
For more information on opportunities available for individuals with developmental disabilities, visit us on the web at HYPERLINK “http://www.sciotodd.org” www.sciotodd.org, like us on Facebook at Scioto County Board of DD or follow us on Twitter @SciotoDD.
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