This year, the National CPR and AED Awareness week took place the first week of June. In recognition of this important awareness week, Casey & Devoti and the National Safety Council are calling on all citizens to learn or to take a refresher course in CPR.
Why Learn CPR?
What to Do
If you see an unresponsive adult who is not breathing or not breathing normally, immediately call 911, get (or ask someone to get) an AED and begin to push hard and fast on the center of the chest. If you’ve been trained in CPR, provide two breaths after every 30 compressions and do this until the AED arrives and is ready to use. Remember, your actions can only help.
Becoming CPR & AED Trained
The NSC offers training courses throughout the country. There are two ways to get initial CPR & AED training from the Council: take a classroom-based course or take an online course followed by hands-on skills testing. Refresher training generally is classroom-based, but repeating the online course is also an option. NSC provides every student who completes a classroom-based CPR & AED course or a combined First Aid, CPR & AED course a DVD containing the course content. For a schedule of course offerings in the St. Louis area, contact the Safety Council of Greater St. Louis at (314) 621-9200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Red Cross also offers a training class entitled First-Aid, CPR and AED for Lay Responders. For a schedule of course offerings in the St. Louis area, contact The Greater St. Louis American Red Cross at (314) 516-2800 or go to www.redcross.org/mo/st-louis.