Learning CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can quite possibly mean the difference between life and death for someone suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest or other medical emergency. During this first National CPR/AED Awareness Week, this June 1-7, the Gold Country region encourages everyone to learn these important skills that could someday save a life.
“The Red Cross wants the public to know that everyone has the power to save a life, and that is an amazing ability,” says Kathleen Weis, CEO of the American Red Cross Gold Country Region, “On average, it takes emergency personnel 10 minutes to arrive on scene. For someone who is choking or has stopped breathing, that simply may be too late. By learning basic rescue skills, you can go from being a helpless bystander to a person with the ability to take control and help someone during an emergency.” These basic skills are taught around the country and here in the 24 county Gold Country by amazing volunteers who give of their time to teach these skills to others so that they can save lives as well.
The Sierra-Delta Chapter as well as our Northeastern Chapter teache classes every month in courses that gain you certification, as well as courses that teach the “average” person how to save a life. In addition, courses also include online courses in First Aid, Citizen-CPR (hands-only), as well as the traditional CPR.
Did you know:
• A recent Red Cross survey showed that one in four people have been in a situation where someone needed CPR.
• Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States yet too few people know how to perform CPR.
•Nearly 424 thousand out of hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests happen each year
•88% of cardiac arrests happen at home.
•Only 10% survive.
If you would like to learn how to perform CPR, use an AED or basic First Aid training, you can simply call 1-800-REDCROSS or go online to www.redcross.org