FREE! FREE! FREE!

Now that we have your attention! Let’s get trained in life-saving skills thanks to our Sheboygan County United Way partnership! All residents can receive free health & safety training. That’s right, from babysitting skills to first aid to even how to perform CPR or use an AED!  No strings attached! You just have to live in Sheboygan County, register (first registered basis) and attend the class by June 30, 2014.

9753338-standardClasses being hosted locally include:

  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED
  • *Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Adult CPR/AED
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • Babysitter’s Training – designed for youth ages 11-13.

Classes are available at the Red Cross building at 2032 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan. For a complete list of courses descriptions, times, requirements, please go to www.redcross.org/Take-a-class.

You can also register by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) and press Option 3.  You must provide the Coupon Code of UWSHEBOYGAN0614 for the course to be complimentary.

If your organization, group or club wants to train a group of people at the same time, please contact terry.roe@redcross.orgor by calling 715-590-4495.

Would you know what to do in this situation?  Click HERE to read this life-saving story!

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Special New Year Offers on American Red Cross Courses and Products

Each year, nearly 4 million people learn how to save a life in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training classes. To get a jump start on your New Year’s resolutions you can take advantage of special offers now through January 31, 2013.

First Aid and CPR/AED Training
People can save 20 percent on the price of a First Aid and CPR/AED course. Participants learn how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies. How to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses are also covered.

Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training helps meet OSHA standards and professional licensure requirements. Courses are offered in traditional classroom and blended learning formats. Blending learning is a combination of online learning and a shorter in-person skills session. The course fee includes a 2-year certification with online skill refreshers and digital materials.

People can call 1-800-REDCROSS or go to redcross.org/takeaclass for course schedules and to register. Use HOLIDAY0113 as the coupon code to receive the 20 percent discount.

Lifesaving training courses can make a great gift for new parents, caregivers and those who need to refresh their skills. People can register loved ones by calling 1-800-REDCROSS and selecting Health and Safety training from the menu options.

Health and Safety Products

The Red Cross is also offering 20 percent off the price of First Aid Kits and other emergency preparedness items available at redcrossstore.org. Use the HOLIDAY0113 coupon code to receive the 20 percent discount.

These special offers on training and products cannot be combined with other discounts.

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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

Special Holiday Offers on American Red Cross Courses and Products

Each year, nearly 4 million people learn how to save a life in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training classes. People in North Central Wisconsin can take advantage of special offers now through January 31, 2013.

“Emergencies occur every day, but with travel, extra stress and large gatherings, people are even more susceptible to accidents and illnesses during the holidays,” said Sara Weier, Wisconsin Service Delivery Manager,“Make sure your family and household members have the skills and confidence to act in an emergency until help arrives.”

First Aid and CPR/AED Training

People can save 20 percent on the price of a First Aid and CPR/AED course. Participants learn how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies. How to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses are also covered.

Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training helps meet OSHA standards and professional licensure requirements. Courses are offered in traditional classroom and blended learning formats. Blending learning is a combination of online learning and a shorter in-person skills session. The course fee includes a 2-year certification with online skill refreshers and digital materials.

People can call 1-800-REDCROSS or go to redcross.org/takeaclass for course schedules and to register. Use HOLIDAY0113 as the coupon code to receive the 20 percent discount.

Lifesaving training courses can make a great gift for new parents, caregivers and those who need to refresh their skills. People can register loved ones by calling 1-800-REDCROSS and selecting Health and Safety training from the menu options.

Health and Safety Products

The Red Cross is also offering 20 percent off the price of First Aid Kits and other emergency preparedness items available at redcrossstore.org. Use the HOLIDAY0113 coupon code to receive the 20 percent discount.

These special offers on training and products cannot be combined with other discounts.

Course Name

Date

Start Time

End Time

Price

Location

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

12/12/2012

8:30 a.m. 2:45 p.m. 90 ARC Racine Office
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers

12/12/2012 and 12/13/2012

6:00 p.m. 9:15 p.m. both nights 110 ARC Oshkosh Office
Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED

12/13/2012

5:30 p.m. 9:45 p.m. 90 ARC Green Bay Office
Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED

12/13/2012

8:30 a.m. 12:45 p.m. 90 ARC Waukesha Office
First Aid Review

12/13/2012

8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 55 ARC Appleton Office
Babysitter’s Training

12/15/2012

8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 85 ARC Green Bay Office
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers

12/15/2012

8:30 a.m. 3:15 p.m. 110 ARC Racine Office
Adult CPR/AED

12/17/2012

8:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 70 ARC Milwaukee Office
Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

12/17/2012 and 12/18/2012

5:30 p.m. 8:45 p.m. both nights 90 ARC West Bend Office
First Aid

12/17/2012

8:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 70 ARC Sheboygan Office
Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

12/18/2012

8:30 a.m. 2:45 p.m. 90 ARC Green Bay Office
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers

12/18/2012 and 12/19/2012

6:00 p.m. 9:15 p/. both nights 110 ARC Waukesha Office
Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

12/19/2012 and 12/20/2012

6:00 p.m. 9:15 p.m. 90 ARC Appleton Office
Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

12/19/2012

8:30 a.m. 2:45 p.m. 90 ARC Manitowoc Office
Adult CPR/AED

12/27/2012

8:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 70 ARC Green Bay Office
Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED Review

12/27/2012

6:00 p.m. 9:15 p.m. 70 ARC Milwaukee Office
Babysitter’s Training

12/27/2012

8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 85 ARC Appleton Office
Babysitter’s Training

12/27/2012

8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 85 ARC Waukesha Office
Babysitter’s Training

12/28/2012

8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 85 ARC Oshkosh Office

 


 

  

CPR – Know It When You Need It

If you were one of the 25 percent of Americans who have been in a situation where someone needed CPR, would you know what to do? During National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7) and throughout the year, the American Red Cross encourages people to take CPR/AED training to learn how to save a life.

The ability to perform CPR can make a lifesaving difference when someone suffers a cardiac or breathing emergency. Here are a few stories from people who now know how important that knowledge can be.

“Many years ago while I was in college, I volunteered as an assistant coach for the high school softball team,” Jane wrote. “I was watching a game on a hot and humid Iowa evening when suddenly there was a commotion in the dugout. The catcher had gone down. I had extensive Red Cross training so the coach asked me to help. The catcher was in trouble.

“Her breathing was very sporadic, so I started rescue breathing and asked for my head coach to call the fire rescue unit. Others helped cool her by providing shade. Her parents were standing over me, screaming and crying. I kept working until the rescue team took over ten minutes later. I had a sinking feeling that I was going to lose this little girl but thank God for miracles. She was able to make it to the hospital and survived. What would have happened without that Red Cross  training? Red Cross rocks!”

It was the opening day of the 2003 trout season in Pennsylvania when Rita used her Red Cross training to help save a life. She was at a lake with crowds of others fishing, when she heard a faint cry for help. “An older woman was sitting on a porch, the man next to her in obvious distress,” Rita said.

“I ran over and had two men help me get him to the ground. I didn’t know if there was any hope, but I unbuttoned his shirt and did three chest compressions. As I tilted his head back to give him a breath, he sucked air into his lungs and I saw life returning to his eyes and color come back into his skin. A few minutes later, responders arrived and he was in good hands. I have never needed my CPR training before that day or since, but will be forever grateful that I at least had the confidence to try.”

Teri used her training to save her grandson’s life. “Andrew was seven years old when he tried to catch a grape in his mouth. He caught it and we all clapped, but he didn’t reply,” Teri said. “He dropped to the ground and I jumped up and rolled him over. His lips were turning blue and he had the most terrifying look on his face. I was scared, but because of my training I didn’t panic.

“I checked his air way and there was no way to reach in and grab it, so I rolled him over and gave him two sharp blows between his shoulder blades. The grape didn’t budge so I gave him some abdominal thrusts and that grape shot out like a bullet. He gasped for air, grabbed me and held on so tightly, tears ran down both our faces. Thank you for teaching me all I know because it allowed me to hear my grandson say afterward ‘Grandma I couldn’t breathe. I love you grandma’. He is alive today because of the knowledge I learned in your CPR/First Aid training class. God Bless the American Red Cross.”

 

The Red Cross trains millions of people each year in CPR and AED and offers several training options, including a 30-minute Citizen CPR class which teaches Hands-Only CPR and full CPR training. All First Aid, full CPR and AED training carry a 2-year certification. You can find more information and register for a class by visiting the CPR and AED page on our web site.

In addition to training, the Red Cross can help you obtain an AED for your home, business or organization and offers AED program management, maintenance and service.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Training, a Plan and Teamwork Can Save a Life!

The story below emphasizes the fact that you cannot put a price tag on a life that has been saved by using CPR/AED training.  Luckily, this 64-year-old businessman was in good hands the minute he went into cardiac arrest on the jobsite.  The costs of training and creating an emergency plan paid off for the two businesses mentioned.  With the correct and regular training, these workers were able to react quickly, follow procedure and save a precious life.

Want to learn more about our training packages and how you can get an AED and training for your business? Give me a call or e-mail me at: 920-227-4294 or kimberly.apfelbeck@redcross.org

Kimberly Apfelbeck, Sales Representative, American Red Cross Eastern WI Territory

Man Suffers Heart Attack During Business Trip To Madison 

Submitted by Scott Beedy, Channel 3000 Community Editor, March 2, 2012

A life of an Ohio businessman working in Madison this week was saved after he collapsed from a heart attack in a trailer on the construction site of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s new Wisconsin Energy Institute.

The man, who is 64 years old, was visiting a the site when he collapsed in the trailer and project office of Mortenson Construction. Workers from Mortenson and Hallmark Drywall who witnessed the collapse immediately moved to respond, fire officials said. One called the Dane County 911 Communications Center, while another reached for the defibrillator on the wall. Others workers began chest compressions, while yet another group of workers got in place to guide emergency crews to the man.

911 call taker Laurie Frederickson continued with calm instructions until firefighters and medics arrived, officials said. They said the man was treated and taken to the hospital minutes later.

The workers on site told crews credited their actions to the company’s emergency response plan and required safety training, which includes CPR.

Fire officials said at last check the man was in good condition, preparing to be released from the hospital.

A New Year and a New Resolution for Your Business

Guest Blog Post, Kim Apfelbeck, Sales Representative

After ringing in the New Year, many people resolve to live healthier lifestyles and lose a few extra pounds.  As a business, you too can choose to better the health and safety of your employees and overall business.  By having a safety plan in place, you can lose some of the weight off your shoulders by having informed and ready-to-act employees.  Here are a few ways the Red Cross can help you to get started on your 2012 resolution to a healthy and safe work environment.

1.  Get trained by joining the Next Generation of Red Cross Training

More Value

□       Two-year certification with free digital refreshers for participants

□       A choice of free digital or affordable print course materials for participants (redcross.org/previewkits)

Highest Quality

□       Concise learner-centered course design emphasizes hands-on skills and learning application

□       Updated user-friendly course materials including exciting new video

Greater Convenience

□       Standardized delivery, pricing and single point-of-contact support for businesses spanning multiple geographic locations

□       Online training management system provides student certificates quickly and efficiently

 More Training Options

□       Flexible course options to meet your organization’s needs

□       Web-based learning options for First Aid/CPR/AED and Bloodborne Pathogens Training

□       Wide selection of courses and combinations to meet your needs

 To set up group training at your facility or to learn more, please contact Kim Apfelbeck at apfelbeckk@usa.redcross.org or 920-227-4294.

 2.  Get prepared by having easily-accessible emergency supplies

 First Aid Kits

4 x 4 First Aid Kit – $5.00

 

 

 

101-Piece First Aid Kit – $10.00

 

 

 

 

Large All Purpose First Aid Kit – $20.00

 

 

 

 

Breathing Barriers

Mini-Key CPR Key Chain – $2.00

 

 

CPR Key Chain w/gloves – $3.00

 

 

CPR Res-Cue Mask (Soft or Hard Case) – $10.00

 

 

 

 

Products may be purchased at your local chapter or by visiting www.redcrossstore.org

3.  Get an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for your facility

The chance of survival drops by 10% for every minute that passes after sudden cardiac arrest.  With CPR training and access to an AED, your employee or fellow coworker has a much greater chance of survival. 

To help meet its mission of saving lives, the Red Cross has formed relationships with three AED manufacturers (Cardiac Science, Philips Health Care Group and ZOLL Medical Corporation) to facilitate the purchase of AED devices for customers.

The Red Cross can work with you to find the device that best fits your facility.  By purchasing through the Red Cross, a portion of the purchase price goes back to your local chapter to support services and activities in your community.

For further information please contact Kim Apfelbeck at apfelbeckk@usa.redcross.org or 920-227-4294.


 

National CPR and AED Awareness Week is June 1-7

National CPR and AED Awareness Week is June 1-7 and spotlights how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). 

It is especially important to arm yourself and your employees with the ability to save lives by getting trained in CPR and the proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Want to learn more? Attend one of our CPR and AED Awareness Week Seminars.

  • Learn about how you can benefit from specialized training provided by the American Red Cross including First Aid, CPR, and Automated External Defibrillator training courses.
  • Learn about the NEW “Citizen CPR” course, a 30-Minute skills training that teaches “hands-only” CPR. 
  • A representative from Cardiac Science will also be on hand to present valuable information about Automated External Defibrillators!
  • Register to win a FREE AED courtesy of Cardiac Science.

 Wednesday, June 1 , 2011

Fond du Lac, WI

7:30 a.m.    Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Presentation

272 N. Main Street — Fond du Lac, WI

R.S.V.P. by 5/30/11  by calling 920-922-3450. Space is limited 

Oshkosh, WI

11:30 a.m.     Lunch

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Presentation

Tower West Building, 515 S. Washburn Street — Oshkosh, WI

R.S.V.P. by 5/30/11 by calling 920-231-3590. Space is limited.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Green Bay, WI

7:30 a.m.    Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Presentation

2131 Deckner Avenue — Green Bay, WI

R.S.V.P. by 5/30/11 by calling 920-227-4290. Space is limited. 

Appleton, WI

11:30 a.m.     Lunch

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Presentation

1302 E. Wisconsin Avenue — Appleton, WI

R.S.V.P. by 5/30/11 by calling 920-733-4481. Space is limited.

For additional information go to www.newredcross.org

Join the next generation of Red Cross Training

Red Cross Unveils Revised First Aid/CPR/AED Training

The American Red Cross has revised its First Aid/CPR/AED program, making it more convenient for people to learn how to help someone in distress until advanced medical help arrives.

Highlights of the new program include a two-year certification and shorter, more interactive classes. A choice of course materials are available, including free online as well as affordable printed materials.

Participants will receive quarterly online refreshers, including quizzes and learning activities to help keep their skills as sharp as possible. The updated program includes the latest scientific updates and meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for first aid training.

“For someone in distress, receiving prompt first aid can save a life,” said David Markenson, M.D., first aid science advisor to the Red Cross. “This lifesaving assistance can increase the chances of someone surviving and recovering.”

The new program, set to be released in April, emphasizes hands-on learning. People will have many training options, including training at a Red Cross chapter or an organization’s own facility, taking classes online, or instruction from an authorized provider. Through its national account management system, the Red Cross makes it easy for a business with multiple locations across the country to offer consistent, high-quality training for its employees. Emphasis is on skill practice and performance. Optional written exams will be available to meet any state or industry requirements.

The Red Cross will continue to offer consumers a choice in their CPR training. Choices include the new hands-only “Citizen CPR” course, which uses chest compressions only, without mouth-to-mouth contact. This provides an opportunity for the untrained bystander to learn a simple skill that can save the life of someone in cardiac arrest. If more people learned hands-only CPR, we could increase the likelihood of cardiac arrest survival by putting more victims within a few steps of lifesaving assistance. The Red Cross will continue to offer courses in full CPR using both compressions and rescue breaths. Full CPR prepares individuals to help in a wider range of emergencies and is the best option for infants and children, drowning victims, and people who collapse due to breathing problems.

In 2011, the Red Cross will work to educate 5 million people in hands-only CPR. As part of the initiative, the Red Cross is urging high schools to add hands-only training to their graduation curriculum and urging businesses to train 25 percent of their employees in the technique, in addition to those who need full CPR training because of their role as workplace responders.

Fourth of July Safe Tips from the Red Cross

This Fourth of July, friends and loved ones all across the country will gather to celebrate our nation’s independence and what is for many, the unofficial start of summer. If your traditions include fireworks, barbecues, or relaxing days at the pool or beach, the American Red Cross can help you prevent emergencies and enjoy a safer holiday by offering the following tips:

Water safety at the pool and beach:
The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. The Red Cross has swimming courses for people of any age and swimming ability. To find out where lessons are offered or to enroll in a CPR/AED or first aid course, contact your local Red Cross chapter.

  • Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others. Never swim alone.
  • Enter the water feet first. Enter the water headfirst only when the area is clearly marked for diving and has no obstructions.
  • Adults should never leave a child unobserved around water. Practice “reach supervision” by staying within an arm’s length of young children and weak swimmers while they are in and around the pool, lake or ocean.
  • Take frequent breaks (about once an hour) where everyone gets out of the water, drinks water, reapplies sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) and rests.
  • If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore. If you can’t swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
  • Watch out for the “dangerous too’s” ‚“ too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
  • Post CPR instructions and directions to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number in the pool area.
  • Keep toys away from the pool when it is not in use. Toys can attract young children into the pool.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom, and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area.

Firework safety:
There are nearly 9,000 emergency room-treated injuries associated with fireworks a year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission. You can enjoy these Fourth of July staples safely by doing the following:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close-by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

How to prevent this from happening!

Safe Grilling:
Nothing says summer quite like the smell of barbecue. Make sure safety is a key ingredient in your Fourth of July by reading the following tips for safer grilling:

  • Use gas and charcoal barbecue grills outside only.
  • Position grills far from siding, deck railings, overhanging branches and house eaves.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

For more safety tips or to register for a water safety, first aid or CPR/AED course, visitwww.redcross.org. The American Red Cross wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog athttp://blog.redcross.org.

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