WHITE RIVER MEDICAL CENTER OFFERS SAFE SITTER® COURSE FOR YOUNG TEENS

Program Teaches Home Alone Safety & More Safe Sitter Training Site LogoWhite River Medical Center (WRMC) has become a Registered Safe Sitter® Teaching Site and now offers the life and safety training program for young teens, grades 6-8. More than 600,000 graduates have completed Safe Sitter® at over 900 Teaching Sites across the country. Graduates learn how to prevent injuries and handle emergencies when home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Injuries are the leading cause of death in children up to age 5. Safe Sitter® aims to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by young teen caretakers.The program follows American Heart Association standards for rescue skills and instruction in first aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The nationally-recognized program was developed by pediatrician Dr. Patricia Keener, after a colleague’s toddler choked to death while in the care of an adult sitter who didn’t know what to do. Students who complete a Safe Sitter® course gain confidence and learn how, why, and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. They are taught child care skills, life and business skills, first aid and rescue skills, and safety skills. Safe Sitter Image Students who graduate from a Safe Sitter® course receive a completion card that demonstrates they know how to use their skills in situations they encounter. WRMC will host a Safe Sitter® course on March 20th and 21st from 9am to 3:30pm in the WRMC Collier Annex Education Room. There is a $25 fee for the course. The pre-registration deadline is March 17th. The Safe Sitter® course is sponsored by the WRMC Auxiliary Board. For more information regarding the Safe Sitter® course, contact Toi McMullin at 870.262.6555 or by email at tmcmullin@wrmc.com For more information about the Safe Sitter® organization, contact National Headquarters at 317.596.5001 or visit safesitter.org

Posted
February-2017
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White River Health System
Safe Sitter
WRMC Auxiliary