Monday, November 1, 2010

First Aid & CPR For Everyone

Happy Monday Red Crossers. I can't believe that we are already in November, how time flies when you're teaching life saving skills to all. This month, the Red Cross celebrates "First Aid & CPR for Everyone," which encourages everyone to get trained in CPR & First Aid,and be prepared for all emergencies. I know with the Holidays coming up that many of you can't find the time to take a course. But remember, an emergency can take the life of the ones you love in a heartbeat, so what's a few hours out of your day to be the one who can save them? 

The American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter will offer Super CPR Saturday, a FREE training event in which you can receive certification in Adult CPR on November 6, 2010 at any of our three locations:
Boys & Girls Club - Merced
California State University Fresno - South Gym
Hanford Adult School - Hanford

Click here to register or for more information on Super CPR Saturday. If you can't make it on the 6th, the Red Cross offers classes daily at either of your local Chapters. To find the a class in your area and to register today visit the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter.

In case, you are still in need of more convincing about taking a class, I have provided you with ten reasons to receive training....

Ten Reasons to take CPR and First-Aid training

1. After someone stops breathing, or the heart stops beating, he or she can survive for only 4 to 6 minutes before lack of oxygen results in brain damage or death. CPR can buy extra time for your loved one, until professional help can arrive, by artificially circulating oxygen to the brain.

2. Over 70% of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help a victim.

3. Accidental injuries are the leading cause of death in children, and send over 16 million children a year to the emergency room.

4. Over 1.5 million heart attacks occur each year and approximately 350,000 of these victims die before ever reaching a hospital.

5. Statistics show that the earlier CPR is initiated, the greater the chance of survival. The American Red Cross estimates that 100,000 to 200,000 lives of adults and children could be saved each year if CPR was performed early enough.

6. Re-training and retention of CPR learning is a major requirement. Studies have shown that memory of CPR skills and knowledge tends to deteriorate as early as three months after training, among highly trained professionals, including: doctors, nurses, and others.

7. Approximately 7 million adults and children suffer from disabling injuries in their own homes and backyards each year, resulting from accidents that may require CPR, according to the American Heart Association. Some of the common causes of "sudden death" include: Electric Shock, Heart Attacks, Drowning, Severe Allergic Reactions, Choking, Drug Overdose, and Suffocation.

8. The country's #1 killers, a combination of heart attacks and accidents, claim a life every 34 seconds in the U.S.

9. One in 6 men and one in 8 women over the age of 45 have had a heart attack or stroke.

10. Approximately 45% of all heart attacks occur in people under age 65.