March 31, 2011
American Red Cross Announces the Next Generation of
CPR and First Aid Courses
New Red Cross programs in Greater Ozarks Chapter go digital to give consumers more choice
Springfield, MO – The American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Chapter today announced the launch of the next generation of Red Cross health and safety training, featuring a two-year certification for first aid and CPR training, and other cost and time saving benefits for course takers and instructors.
The first program in the series is the First Aid/CPR/AED program releasing on March 31, 2011. This program trains individuals in workplaces and communities to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness until advanced medical personnel arrives. The program incorporates the latest science, meets OSHA guidelines and now offers:
- 2-year certification with free digital refreshers
- Choice of free digital or affordable print course materials
- Concise, learner-centered course offering more hands-on skill practice
- An online learning center that allows individuals to register for courses and instructors to manage course records and print certificates.
Training is available through a variety of flexible delivery options, including classroom, online and blended learning options. The Red Cross offers organizations the choice to train their employees onsite, at a Red Cross chapter, or through a train-the-trainer model, and can provide large organizations with multiple locations a standardized nationwide training option. As always, the training offers continuing education credits.
“We believe that the new First Aid/CPR/AED program provides our customers with a better, more interactive training experience, along with greater value and convenience,” said Faith Koppes, Director of Health and Safety for the Greater Ozarks Chapter.
“In addition, we think participants will enjoy the new courses because they emphasize hands-on skills practice,” said Ms. Koppes. “So when people complete their training, they truly feel confident in their skills to save a life.”
A recent Red Cross survey shows that one in every four people have said they have been in a situation where someone needed CPR. “Getting trained in CPR and first aid skills is important for everybody,” said Ms. Koppes. “You never know when you might need to respond to an emergency, so being prepared is the key. Nobody can help you do that better than the Red Cross.”
Optional training covering the use of asthma inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors and manufactured tourniquets as well as Bloodborne Pathogens Training are also available.
The next generation of Red Cross training will expand throughout 2011 with the release of additional training programs including CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Emergency Medical Response and Lifeguarding.
To find out how to schedule group training, contact Lucille Emerson at the chapter at 866-206-0256, ext. 117 or visit www.redcross-ozarks.org for more information. Individuals who need training may contact the chapter at 866-206-0256 and ask for the Health and Safety Department.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org
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