Tonja Padgett on the evolution importance of CPR


By Anne Johnson



“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe

In an emergency situation, we may be forced to trust our instincts and react. It’s better to do something than to do nothing, even if you’re fearful that your knowledge is insufficient, but with a little preparation, you can feel more confident in your ability to save a life.

Tonja Padgett is a local CPR Trainer, working with Witham Hospital, who will be offering an infant, child, and adult CPR training at Simply Yoga in Zionsville on from 1to 4 p.m., July 11. Anyone can register to attend via the online schedule on

How has CPR evolved in the last five to 10 years?

Tonja: The biggest change in the last five to 10 years is the emphasis on compressions. The common quote heard throughout a CPR course is “push hard and fast”. The American Heart Association recommends the compression rate to be at least 100 times a minute. Compressions are so important that there is a Hands Only CPR (compressions only without breaths). According to the AHA research, Hands-Only CPR has been proven to be as effective as CPR with breaths in treating adult cardiac arrest victims.

How is the approach to CPR is different for infants, children and adults?

Tonja: The actual CPR steps are the same for infants, children and adults with a few variations mostly for size of the victim. The AHA has tried to simplify the process as much as possible.

Contributor Anne Johnson teaches kids, tots, expectant and new mothers yoga at Simply Yoga in Zionsville. As a 200 RYT registered yoga teacher, engineer, and children’s book author, Anne enjoys sharing wellness information with others.


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