Several members of Premier’s staff recently participated in a Red Cross CPR and AED Certification and Training class.
The three-hour course included learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. Training also included what to do in a choking situation.
We discussed assessing the surroundings for safety, obtaining consent for helping an individual, and to “Check” the situation, “Call” for assistance and “Care” for the person. We took turns practicing what to do in the case of cardiac arrest and what to do if someone is choking.
The Red Cross is encouraging as many people as possible to become trained in order to assist in emergencies at home, at work or in public. We learned that waiting for paramedics to arrive to intervene decreases the rate of survival by 10% each minute.
This training was interactive, fun and instructive. We at Premier were grateful for this opportunity.
Go to Redcross.org to learn about training and certification.