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Red Cross Updates CPR/AED Program for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers


The American Red Cross announced the launch of the next generation of its CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers program - a 5½ hour training on how to help prevent and respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies for adults, children and infants until more advanced personnel take over.

The newly revised program is designed for individuals with a duty to act - EMS personnel, firefighters, athletic trainers, lifeguards and medical professionals, and includes:

  • Skills based on the latest science
  • 2-year certification with free quarterly digital course refreshers
  • Choice of free digital or affordable print course materials
  • More hands-on practice time

“Your professional rescuer team is often first on the scene of an emergency,” said Dr. Richard N. Bradley, member, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and chair of the CPR sub-committee. “They need the knowledge and skills to respond appropriately and help save lives.”

Training is available through a variety of flexible options, including classroom and blended learning programs. Organizations can have a Red Cross instructor come to their workplace, send employees to a Red Cross chapter, or have staff trained as instructors so they can teach their colleagues. Large organizations with multiple locations have a standardized nationwide training option. The training offers continuing education credits.

“The next generation of Red Cross training offers more flexibility than ever,” added Bradley, “Optional training covering the use of emergency oxygen, asthma inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors and bloodborne pathogens training is also available.”

To find out how to schedule group training, visit redcross.org or contact your local Red Cross chapter. Individuals who need training may visit redcross.org/training and register online.