The American Red Cross, Northeast Ohio Region is urging everyone to get trained on how to perform CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) so they can help during an emergency situation.
Many people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest die before getting to a hospital so every second counts, the Red Cross reports. For every minute without defibrillation, a sudden cardiac arrest victim's chance of surviving drops. It is critical for as many people as possible to be trained to perform CPR and know how to use an AED until advanced help arrives.
Last year, nearly 50,000 people in Northeast Ohio enrolled in Red Cross first aid/CPR/AED classes.
The Red Cross recommends that households, businesses and schools receive training in CPR and proper use of an AED. This training can give them the knowledge and confidence to respond during an emergency situation with skills that can help save a life.
The Red Cross offers several different opportunities to receive training. One is to attend in-person classes held at convenient locations with hands-on training from experienced instructors. Online and blended (combining hands-on training with online content) simulation learning offerings are also available. The Red Cross encourages everyone to check with his or her employer as to what class might be needed if they are taking training to fulfill a job requirement.
You can also download the free Red Cross First Aid App which puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies, including sudden cardiac arrest, at your fingertips. Download by searching for 'American Red Cross' in your app store or at redcross.org/apps