February 19, 2009

Red Cross classes focus on CPR/AED, first aid

Submitted by the American Red Cross

The Dalton-Whitfield chapter of the American Red Cross is offering several classes.

A new two-year certification for health care providers includes the latest science for CPR/AED and emergency cardiovascular care. The cost is $70 per student and includes a pediatric adult pocket mask. One-day trainings will be on March 14, April 25 and May 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Red Cross training is based on more than 95 years of experience in emergency preparedness and response. It combines discussions and video with hands-on skills training. The course is based on real-life rescue scenarios and lessons that reinforce decision-making skills.

You will learn to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants; use an AED (automated external defibrillator) on adult and child victims of cardiac arrest; use personal protective equipment to stop bloodborne pathogens and other diseases from spreading.

Created to allow greater flexibility for those who maintain professional-level CPR/AED skills, the two-year certification is available for doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, medical and nursing students, EMTs, dental professionals, respiratory therapists, occupational and physical therapists, athletic trainers and other allied health personnel.

The chapter will also offer classes for CPR/AED and first aid training. The training will teach you to care for conscious and unconscious choking victims; perform CPR; use an automated external defibrillator on a victim of sudden cardiac arrest; give first aid for a variety of injuries, such as burns, wounds, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold-related emergencies; and manage sudden illnesses, stroke, seizure, bites and poisoning.

You will receive a workbook and laminated Adult CPR/AED and First Aid skill cards that include full-color images and easy-to-read text that will walk you step by step through a variety of lifesaving skills. The cards will also serve as an excellent refresher and reference tool after training is complete. Also included is a CPR breathing barrier key chain with gloves and a 4x4 personal First Aid Kit. These are the tools that will help you to provide emergency care when required.

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