You don’t have to be a doctor or even a paramedic to aid someone in a medical emergency, but it does help to have a basic knowledge of CPR. That’s where a lifesaving course can make the difference.
In recent years, the American Heart Association has adopted hands-only CPR rules that forgo mouth-to-mouth contact and call for 100 compressions on the chest per minute.
Learning CPR and other life-saving skills is just a mouse click away with an Internet-assisted learning program offered by the American Red Cross.
The first portion of the course is taught online. The second part calls for a Red Cross instructor to test the participant’s knowledge and skills. You can learn more about this Red Cross program by going to www.redcross.org.
Also remember this is the season of giving, and the Red Cross is asking for blood donations. The agency will continue its “Give Something that Means Something” winter campaign through Jan. 6. You can donate blood or platelets today at the Johnson City office of the American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive.
You can also call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.