TERRE HAUTE -- The American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter has announced the launch of the next generation of its CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers Program -- a five-and-a-half hour training on how to help prevent and respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies for adults, children and infants until more advanced personnel take over.
The newly revised program is designed for individuals with a duty to act -- EMS personnel, firefighters, athletic trainers, lifeguards and medical professionals and includes:
* Skills based on the latest science,
* Two-year certification with free quarterly digital course refreshers,
* Choice of free digital or affordable print course materials, and
* More hands-on practice time.
"Your professional rescuer team is often first on the scene of an emergency," Wabash Valley Red Cross Health and Safety Director Kellie Farnsworth said. "They need the knowledge and skills to respond appropriately and help save lives."
Training is available through a variety of flexible options, including classroom and blended learning programs. Organizations can have a Red Cross instructor come to their workplace, send employees to a Red Cross chapter, or have staff trained as instructors so they can teach their colleagues. Large organizations with multiple locations have a standardized nationwide training option.
Optional training covering the use of emergency oxygen, asthma inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors as well as bloodborne pathogens training is also available. The training offers continuing education credits.
To find out how to schedule group training, contact the Wabash Valley Chagpter at 812-232-3393 Ext. 13, or log on to www.wabashvalleyredcross.org.
Individuals who need training may visit redcross.org/training and register online.