Las Vegas, NV, September 17, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Given the several recent high-profile incidents where suspects told police officers "I can't breathe," before dying, the Nevada-based Institute for the Prevention of In-custody Deaths, Inc. (IPICD) has announced a tuition-free online program through its IPICD Online Training Center, "One Breath: The Importance of Recognizing Agonal & Other Breathing Problems User-Level Program." "If he's talking, he's breathing," is often a frustrated and inaccurate response by law enforcement to media questions about a suspect who yelled, "I can't breathe" before dying.
"Law enforcement officers are generally given good training on how to capture, control, and restraint an individual, but are given little, if any, training on post-restraint issues such as how to identify breathing problems, including agonal breathing," said Dr. John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., president and chief learning officer of the internationally-recognized training firm, IPICD. One breath does not equal breathing, just as a few gulps or gasps from an unconscious person is not a sign of adequate breathing.
The primary goal of the tuiton-free training program is to save lives by training criminal justice professionals on how to recognize breathing problems and then offer "Best Practices" for them to follow. "Because this is such an important liability topic, the IPICD staff and directors unanimously agreed we had a social responsibility to offer this course to help educate officers, dispatchers, administrators, and other interested parties about breathing issues and suggest on-scene actions to enhance survivability," said Dr. Peters.
For more information, please visit the IPICD