Red Cross CPR Saturday proves that cheap CPR classes are priceless

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cpr saturday, discount cpr classesThis year is the 50th Anniversary of CPR. In 1960, a group of resuscitation pioneers combined mouth-to-mouth breathing with chest compressions to create Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, the lifesaving action now called “CPR.”

On Saturday, May 22, the community will have the chance to learn CPR by attending the 15th Annual CPR Saturday at Long Beach City College. The training event, organized each year by the Red Cross, is an opportunity for individuals to take a CPR course (at a reduced price) and gain the skills to save a life.

Being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation can mean the difference between life and death. According to the American Heart Association, effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim’s chance of survival.

One Long Beach City College student learned the importance of CPR training first-hand when a fellow student student collapsed from a seizure and stopped breathing during a class.

“We should treat ourselves as walking First-Aid Kits; it is the paramedics’ job to ensure the survival of the victim, but it is OUR job to first respond to them in times of emergencies… this is the reason why I took a CPR class from the American Red Cross”, said Jessie Rellosa, one of 22 individuals recognized as an Red Cross Hometown Heroes in 2010.

Rellosa learned CPR at last year’s CPR Saturday and saved a life two weeks later.

Emergencies like the one Rellosa experienced can, and do, happen at anytime. For a few hours of your time and a reduced course fee, you can learn crucial life-saving skills to protect your friends and family.

Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. In cases where the heart stops pumping blood, CPR can support a small amount of blood flow to the heart and brain and “buy time” until normal heart function is restored. If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. This Red Cross event offers a marathon of CPR courses so that as many people as possible can learn CPR inexpensively.

The reduced-fee CPR courses, which last between 1.5 to 4.5 hours, are scheduled all day from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Select classes will also be taught in Spanish and classes are available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Class fees and duration are as follows:

Adult CPR Class—$7 and is 2.5 hrs long

Adult, Child & Infant Combo CPR—$13.00 and is 4.5 hrs long
Learn to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in the Cardiac Chain of Survival.

Standard First Aid—$7 and is 1.5 hrs long
Learn to perform basic first aid on cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, bleeding and injuries to bones, muscles and joints. (First Aid does not meet the Pediatric First Aid for California Childcare Provider requirements.).

Safe Kids Training (Ages 7-12)—$7 and is 2.5 hrs long
Children ages 7 to 12 learn what to do in an emergency, disaster preparedness, the basics of first aid, bicycle and pedestrian safety, basic water safety, and information on stranger/abduction awareness.

Dog First Aid—$7 and is 1.5 hrs long
Learn how to perform life saving skills for your dog! This course provides individuals the knowledge and skills to provide immediate, temporary care to injured or sick dogs until a professional veterinarian can provide medical care.

Registration has already started and ends May 14. Walk-up classes can only be secured on May 22, and only for open classes.

For the schedule of classes and to register on-line visit www.redcrosslb.org. To register in person, visit the Red Cross office at 3150 East 29th Street during regular business hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mail and fax registrations will not be accepted for this event.

CPR Saturday sells out every year, so early registration is strongly suggested.

The Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross, Long Beach City College Carson Campus and the Long Beach Fire Department team up to offer CPR and other emergency medical training each year in May. The classes offered during CPR Saturday save lives by training community members with the life-saving skills needed to respond in an emergency.

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