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It's CPR-AED Awareness Week

One-quarter of Americans say they’ve been in a situation where someone needed CPR. If you were one of them, would you know what to do? National CPR and AED Awareness Week is June 1-7. The American Red Cross encourages people to take the time to learn how to save a life.

Knowing how to respond can make a lifesaving difference when someone suffers a cardiac or breathing emergency. The Red Cross trains millions of people each year in CPR and AED techniques and offers several training options, including full CPR training and a 30-minute Citizen CPR class featuring Hands-Only CPR. All First Aid, CPR and AED training carries a 2-year certification. You can register for a class by contacting your local Red Cross chapteror visiting the CPR and AED information on our web site.

Full CPR training 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. CPR Adult training teaches participants how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults.

The Red Cross also offers CPR children and infant classes which teach how to prevent, recognize and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in infants and children under the age of 12. There is also an option to learn how to use an automatic external defibrillator.

Another training the Red Cross has available is the 30-minute Citizen CPR class which teaches Hands-Only CPR—a technique involving no mouth to mouth contact. It is best used in emergencies when someone suddenly collapses, the hands-only technique can increase the likelihood of surviving a cardiac emergency.

More than 300,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest every year. Knowing how to activate the emergency medical services system, perform CPR and use an AED can help save a life. During CPR and AED Awareness Week, register for a Red Cross training class where you’ll learn the skills and gain the confidence to respond when a life-threatening situation occurs.