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Red Cross Training Can Help Save A Life

Accidents or emergencies can happen anywhere.

One in four people in this country have been in a situation where someone needed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). 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.

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.

HELPED SAVE CO-WORKER Iowan Ralph Lake II was at work when a co-worker appeared, holding his chest and complaining of chest pains. The man collapsed and lost all signs of pulse and breathing. Ralph is a Red Cross CPR, First Aid and AED instructor. He called for help and immediately began CPR until medical help arrived. The person survived and was able to return to work in several months. “I attribute my CPR and First Aid training to the Red Cross where I learned my life saving skills,” Ralph said.

If you are interested in taking a class,learn more about what is available in your area. In addition to first aid, CPR and AED training, the Red Cross offers classes in swimming, babysitting, lifeguard training, nursing assistant training, classes for professional rescuers and classes for people who want to be instructors. There is also training available for wilderness and remote first aid, sports safety training and pet first aid.

CPR TRAINING 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 that focuses on Hands-Only CPR. All first aid, CPR and AED training carries a two-year certification.

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

The Red Cross also offers CPR children and infant classes which 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.

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. Best used in emergencies when you see someone suddenly collapse, the hands-only technique can increase the likelihood of surviving a cardiac emergency.

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. 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. Continuing Education Units are also available for many Red Cross training courses.

FIRST AID APP For instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies, people can download the Red Cross First Aid app. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official Red Cross First Aid app gives instant access to the information someone would need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to learn first aid.

Tags: CPR, AED.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.