Red Cross offers first aid, CPR/AED courses in Cartersville next month
by Jessica Loeding
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Knowing how to administer CPR or use an automated external defibrillator can mean the difference in life and death for someone in an emergency. The American Red Cross in January will offer courses to help local citizens learn how to react in emergency situations.

Scheduled for mid-January, the American Red Cross will host Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED and Babysitter Training at Grace Baptist Church, 477 Old Cassville White Road, Cartersville. The first class — on first aid and CPR — will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 12 and will cost $110 per person. For those interested in the babysitting training, the course will be held Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will cost $85.

Jeffrey Putnam, executive director for the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia, said these training sessions are held regularly.

“We attempt to schedule at least one CPR and babysitting class per quarter. Sometimes a second one will be added in the spring,” he said.

The Red Cross offers courses where people can learn how to perform CPR, how to use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. The courses consist of classroom instruction, demonstrations and hands-on skills practice using mannequins.

Putnam said the babysitting course will equip young people with the skills necessary to care for small children.

“Babysitter training is designed for young people ages 11 to 15,” he said. “This course prepares them to become a great babysitter — and shows parents that they take this responsibility seriously. They will gain practical skills and confidence through video presentations, hands-on activities and classroom discussion.”

Courses will run from six and a half hours to nine and a half hours, depending on the course selected.

Participants will learn how to respond to emergencies with first aid, rescue breathing and more; make good decisions under pressure; communicate effectively with parents; recognize safety and hygiene issues; manage young children; feed, diaper and care for infants; and start a babysitting business, Putnam said.

“CPR saves lives. Statistics show that the earlier CPR is initiated, the greater the chances of survival,” he added. “CPR/AED training teaches people how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, including the use of automated external defibrillators.”

Red Cross training courses meet OSHA guidelines and include two-year certifications, free digital materials and skill refreshers. Visit redcross.org/training or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for details and to register for a class.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

For more information, visit redcross.org or join its blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

IFYOUGO

What: Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED

When: Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Grace Baptist Church, 477 Old Cassville White Road, Cartersville

Cost: $110 per person

What: Babysitter Training

When: Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Grace Baptist Church, 477 Old Cassville White Road, Cartersville

Cost: $85 per person