Imagine this, you are visiting with your elderly parent or relative and suddenly they collapse, or your child is eating dinner and begins to choke. Would you know what to do in either of these situations? With CPR and First Aid training, you would.

Four out of five cardiac arrests occur in the home and sadly, 88% of people who suffer from a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital die. However, when properly and promptly performed, CPR can dramatically improve person’s chance of survival. A CPR, AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) or First Aid class is only a few hours and can give you the important skills you need to save a life.

Anyone can learn CPR and everyone should. Many people feel helpless to act in the event of a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to effectively administer CPR or their training has lapsed. Now, it is easier than ever with online courses.

Brain death occurs four to six minutes after the heart stops breathing. CPR effectively keeps blood flowing and provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs, giving the victim a better chance for full recovery. CPR certification will give you the necessary training to make the right decisions in the event of a cardiac emergency.

An online resource for emergency medical services personnel, EMS1, notes that “Although evidence indicates that bystander CPR and AED use can significantly improve survival and outcomes from cardiac arrest, each year less than 3% of the U.S. population receives CPR training, leaving many bystanders unprepared to respond to cardiac arrest.”

The American Red Cross is working very hard in training everyone of all ages the correct steps in CPR training. One important feature that the American Red Cross offers is the First Aid App which gives tips and important emergency information that will help you out if an emergency happens. 

Be part of the solution and learn CPR and First Aid today. Rosie Taravello, CEO of The American Red Cross New Jersey, explains more on Living Well with Robin Stoloff.