Accidents or emergencies can happen anywhere, at home, in someone’s community, at the local school. Having people trained is an asset for everyone and can increase the likelihood a victim will survive something like sudden cardiac arrest. The American Red Cross offers a variety of courses in CPR, first aid and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) which can give you the skills to act if an emergency occurs.
CPR TRAINING OPTIONS
Red Cross first aid, CPR and AED training meets the needs of workplace responders, professional rescuers, school staffs and healthcare providers, as well as the general public. Classes offer both certified and non-certified training options and carry a two-year certification. Students can include their Red Cross training on scholarship and job applications, as well as on their resumes. The training meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training requirements for jobs that require certifications.
- Full CPR combines rescue breaths with chest compressions and is the best option in some emergencies, including those involving infants and children, drowning victims, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.
- Child and infant classes teach how to prevent, recognize and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies on infants and children under the age of 12. There is also an option to learn how to use an AED.
- Citizen CPR class teaches Hands-Only CPR—a technique involving no mouth-to-mouth contact. Best used in emergencies when you see someone suddenly collapse, the hands-only technique can increase the likelihood of surviving a cardiac emergency.
To learn more about Red Cross CPR training, go to http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/program-highlights/cpr-first-aid.
FIRST AID APP The official Red Cross First Aid app gives instant access to the information you would need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. Download the app in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android or go to http://www.redcross.org/mobileapps.