By Maryann Sinkler
I’ve been a “Red Crosser” for about six years now and I’m painfully aware that only a very small fraction of people have taken CPR training. My own husband hasn’t taken it! I quiz him all the time, especially when we’re out running: “If I collapse, what should you do first? How many compressions? How many breaths? How long should you keep going?” Well, now we have a class I hope he will take!
What if in just 30 minutes you could learn to pay it forward? An act of kindness? To SAVE A LIFE! Good news: you can and it’s CHEAP and EASY!
For a mere $15.00 and a drive down to the American Red Cross, you can take our NEW Hands-Only CPR course. This isn’t the full-blown certification course. There’s no mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing involved. This is a simple course that teaches you how to help someone who collapses in front of you until more advanced care arrives.
Research shows that if more people learned this easy method of responding to cardiac emergencies, more people would survive. Why? Because in a life-threatening situation, performing Hands-Only CPR is better than doing nothing at all. It only takes several minutes for a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest to lose the battle – compressions help them hang on by moving oxygen throughout their body.
Is this class for you? Probably! This is a class that’s for the general public, including my husband. It’s for the employees at work who are not on the emergency response team and for people who do not have a duty to respond. There’s no certificate at the end and it does not meet OSHA requirements, but it will help you save your mom, your child, your co-worker, your neighbor or a stranger in the grocery store.
We simply have to get more people trained. A recent Red Cross survey showed that one in four people have been in a situation where someone needed CPR. Sadly, 25% of the world isn’t trained in CPR and that’s why we are offering this new alternative. I’ll say it again: in a life-threatening situation, performing Hands-Only CPR is better than doing nothing at all.
We have classes on March 26th, April 2, April 13, May 11 and June 8. Please join us in building your skills and creating a safer community for your family, your friends and your co-workers. And, bring a few of them with you. After all, what if you are the one who collapses?
Sign up today: 404-876-3302 ext. 3 or www.redcross.org