American Red Cross Offers CPR classes all over the country at convenient timings and locations. According to Elizabeth Filipek of the Red Cross “We offer more than the basics. We also have special classes for students who want to learn how to babysit. They learn about the babysitting business. And first aid for infant and children. And C-P-R for infant and children as well.”
So, what should you expect in an American Red Cross CPR class?
Basic life saving skills. For example, if you find someone unconscious; without wasting any time try to get them to respond. If the victim is an adult shake them or pat them; however, if it’s an infant or a child, flick or rub the bottom of their foot. This is performed to check if the victim is sleeping or is unconscious. In case the victim is sleeping there is going to be a reflex pull of the knee otherwise no reflexes are seen.
If the victim is unconscious; call 911. According to Filipek, “You should then look…..Listen….and feel.” In an American Red Cross CPR class, they demonstrate how to check breath by putting an ear to the victim’s mouth. Besides that you have to look for the victim’s chest to rise from breathing and also put your fingers on their neck to check the pulse before initiating CPR.
For the infants however, No pulse…No life….time for C-P-R…..Find the end of the sternum and then move up about 3 fingers. It’s been taught that for a child over twelve or an adult you should use the heel of your hand for giving chest compressions. The ratio is hundred compressions a minute or thirty compressions per round then give two breaths. This will give victim’s heart a massage and give them sufficient force for opening the valves and pumping the blood.
According to Red Cross Director Michelle Davidson, “We offer class times to fit your schedule. If this Saturday won’t work for you maybe next Saturday will. If you can’t do it during the day maybe an evening class will work. The number one person you’re going to be able to save is someone in your own family.”
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation when performed instantly can double or triple the survival chances of a sudden cardiac arrest victim; however, only 32 percent victims get timely CPR from a bystander. Unfortunately less than 8 percent victims suffering from out of hospital cardiac arrest survive. These figures can be cut down to size and with the American Red Cross training 9 million American every year; we are for sure moving in the right direction.