Sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of more than 200,000 people in the U.S. every year. As many as twelve children between the ages of four and 19 are injured every minute.
These staggering statistics point out why everyone should be trained in first aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Knowing what to do can prepare you to prevent and respond to life-threatening emergencies.
The Riffle family of North Carolina knows firsthand the importance of CPR training. Two-year-old Harper Riffle and his 4-year-old twin sisters were playing happily on their swing set in their backyard when the unthinkable happened.
Somehow, Harper got a rope wrapped around his neck. Harper’s mother, Rebecca, found him with his face blue. She performed CPR on Harper, and by the times paramedics arrived, Harper was breathing on his own. He spent the night in the hospital but was back on the swing set in no time.
Rebecca said she used the CPR skills she learned years ago to save her son’s life. Although she calls her skills rusty, “they worked,” she said. “I’m definitely going to get recertified in CPR,” she added.
The American Red Cross preparedness programs in first aid, CPR and AED are available for any age group and can be tailored to meet specific needs. Whether you work with children, want training for employees, are a professional rescuer, or simply want to know how to help someone in an emergency, the Red Cross has a program for you.
In an emergency, being prepared and knowing how to respond is most important. Red Cross chapters across the country offer standardized first aid, CPR and AED training by highly trained instructors. Classes are complete and flexible, available during the day, in the evening and on weekends. For more information on how to get this valuable training, visit Redcross.org.