Learning basic first aid and CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can quite possibly mean the difference between life and death for someone suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) or other medical emergency. The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter advises that being able to administer first aid and CPR/AED during the first few minutes of a medical emergency is crucial to the survival and recovery of a victim. Having these skills allows you to become a vital first responder when help is needed. During National CPR/AED Awareness Week, this June 1-7, the Lakeland Chapter encourages everyone to learn these important skills that could someday save a life.
Congress designated the first week of June each year for this event, with the goal of encouraging states, cities and towns to establish organized programs to provide CPR and AED training to the public. ”Through this outreach, we hope that we can raise the public awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, suffered by more than 300,000 people each year and increase the chance of survival that can be achieved by having at least one person in each household trained in CPR and the use of an AED,” the American Red Cross reports.
First aid and CPR/AED are commonly taught to everyday people, who may be the first to respond during the crucial first few minutes of an accident or medical emergency. Becoming trained and certified in first aid and CPR/AED gives the average person the knowledge and skills essential to lessen the effect of injury or sudden illness and helps sustain life until professional responders arrive.
The most effective way to learn first aid and CPR/AED is to participate in hands-on training courses taught by a certified Red Cross instructor. Attending certification courses under the supervision of a qualified instructor is the best way to obtain the skills and confidence needed to successfully perform first aid and CPR/AED. In order to remain confident and keep skills current, it is recommended that you attend refresher courses and be re-certified yearly.
The Red Cross offers thorough and flexible training options through its Community and Workplace programs. Courses are available for administering help to infants, children and adults, as well as, for fulfilling training requirements for the workplace and for professional rescuers.
To find out how you can save a life, contact the Lakeland Chapter at (920) 227-4290 or at www.arclakeland.org for more information on the variety of health and safety courses being offered.
Take a Class:
I am an individual looking for classes available in my area.
Whether you want training because you work with children, need training for a new or existing job, or you simply want to know how to help someone in an emergency situation; we can help you build the skills you need! Check out the Community Class schedule online at www.arclakeland.org by clicking “Red Cross Classes” You may register online or by calling (920) 227-4290.
I have a group of people that want safety training.
The Workplace Training program is ideal for your company or organization’s need for safety training. We offer First Aid, CPR, AED and other safety-related classes that can be taken separately or in combination. You can choose the classes that will fill your company’s requirements and schedule training at your facility for a date and time that is most convenient. For more information, call (920) 227-4294.
Start an AED program at your office
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable, lightweight device about the size of a laptop. An AED automatically analyzes the heart’s rhythm, and if necessary, prompts the user to deliver a shock to the victim of sudden cardiac arrest. This shock, called defibrillation, helps the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm of its own. Published studies indicate survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest can exceed 70 percent if defibrillation is administered during the first few minutes.
The Lakeland Chapter can assist organizations when it comes to implementing an AED program. To inquire about purchasing an AED, contact Kim Carroll at (920) 227-4294.