Hospital to offer Safe Sitter course



BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital has become a registered Safe Sitter Teaching Site and will offer a course on Thursday, July 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Wolf Conference Room at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center.

This nationally recognized program was developed by Indianapolis 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 actions to take. Students who complete the program gain confidence and learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. They are taught infant and child choking rescue and CPR. The program follows the American Heart Association standards for rescue skills as well as instruction in first aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Ellen Beauchaine is a member of MDI Hospital’s Education Department, the American Heart Association’s Training Center coordinator, and Safe Sitter instructor. She said, “I’m excited to provide this educational opportunity to our community’s teenagers. These serious life and safety skills will be taught in a fun way.”

Students also will learn how to prevent problem behavior, run their own babysitting business, discuss issues of online and cell phone safety and pass a practical and written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts and life and safety skills.

All participants will receive a Safe Sitter Kit that includes an official Babysitter’s Handbook, a Drawstring Bag/Backpack, Important Numbers Note Pad, Bandage Dispenser and LED Flashlight.

“These students will be prepared with the knowledge they need to prevent problems and handle unexpected emergencies that may occur while taking care of children – this gives everyone, especially parent and adults, peace of mind,” said Beauchaine.

Space is limited, and a deposit is required. Contact Ellen at ellen.beauchaine@mdihospital.org or 288-5082, ext. 1444.

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