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American Red Cross Launches a First for Workplace Safety Training with Team First Aid Exercises

In a first for workplace safety training, the American Red Cross today launched its Team First Aid Exercises, skill practice and first aid scenarios designed to enhance workplace responses to first aid emergencies.

The Team First Aid Exercises are designed to help trained individuals review the lifesaving skills that they learned in their CPR and First Aid courses and practice delivering them as a team with their co-workers. This training should enhance the quality and speed of the care employees provide to those experiencing a medical emergency in the workplace.

The Red Cross program currently is the only product on the workplace safety market that addresses team roles and responsibilities in situations where care is required immediately and before emergency medical response personnel arrive.

Research from Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care and BMJ, respectively, shows that CPR skills begin to decline as soon as two weeks after training, rendering 87 percent of trained employees ineffective at CPR within six months of certification. This reinforces the need for team-based exercises in the workplace.

“Multiple studies show the need for ongoing reviews and drills, and training keeps skills fresh and improves both accuracy and speed when performing this life-saving activity,” said Tom Heneghan, senior project manager, Business Continuity Programs at the American Red Cross. “The Exercises allow employees who will be responding to a medical emergency to have already practiced doing so, and as a team, before the real emergency happens.”

Team First Aid exercises cover the following objectives in a safe, simulated environment under the guidance of a trained Red Cross instructor:

  • The review and practice of CPR/AED and First Aid skills in realistic workplace scenarios;
  • Helping develop the ability of participants to build important team skills and respond to an emergency as a cohesive unit; and
  • Helping participants define roles and responsibilities in emergency situations before one occurs, building important team skills.
  • Each Exercise operates with an instructor to participant ratio of no more than 1:9 and lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours. The cost is $99 per person.

    In addition to the Team First Aid Exercises, the Red Cross also announced an exclusive partnership with Prestan, based in Mayfield Village, Ohio, to sell the new Prestan Ultralite™ Manikin for use in emergency preparedness training.

    At just 13 pounds, the Ultralite Manikin pack includes four stackable torsos, heads and pistons; 50-pack face-shield lung bangs, and a nylon carrying case with detachable shoulder strap. Unique to Prestan and the Red Cross, the Ultralite is the most lightweight and compact manikin option currently available.

    “We know that Red Cross chapters, authorized providers and workplace trainers need portable solutions that can fit into tight storage spaces and car trunks,” said Steve Lynch, senior product manager at the Red Cross. “Prestan has compacted into one small nylon carry-all four tough, durable manikins that are anatomically correct with a realistic head tilt and visible chest rise.”

    The Prestan Ultralite™ Manikin retails for $340 and can be purchased through the Red Cross Store (

    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.