According to the American Heart Association, performing immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation multiplies a heart attack victim's chances of survival by two or three times. However, 92 percent of people suffering cardiac arrest outside a medical facility do not receive this life-saving procedure in time. Learning basic first aid and CPR from Red Cross classes can save lives.
Medical workers are not the only people who need to know first aid and CPR for their jobs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires workers in some industries to complete first aid or CPR training such as the Red Cross courses, including employees in logging, construction, diving and telecommunications. People involved in generating, transmitting or distributing electricity as well as those in child care or adult care roles also fall under OSHA's umbrella for required training. States, companies and organizations may set their own requirements, as well.
Red Cross courses teach a combination of basic first aid, CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator) use. First aid information covers dealing with cuts and burns as well as injury to specific portions of the body like the head and spine. The CPR and AED sections of the courses focus on dealing with cardiac arrest and respiration emergencies. Students learn the basics and practice the actions with a Red Cross professional.
Upon finishing a Red Cross course, students receive certification in first aid and CPR valid for two years. Once received, to maintain certification, you can enroll in a refresher course. These classes deliver the most current information regarding first aid and CPR, remind students of the techniques and bolster self-assurance to help you step forward in an emergency. Students are not required to take further tests to receive certification since it automatically applies upon completion.
The Red Cross offers courses in various venues as well as online and a combination of online and regular classroom formats. The shortest, most basic and refresher classes run about two hours in length, while more involved classes take about five hours to complete. Students may choose courses that focus on first aid and CPR for children or adults. The Red Cross site includes an interactive menu that allows those searching for courses to select a location and find available classes. Costs vary depending on the location, delivery and content.
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