Gain life saving saving certifications this summer

“Taking training for CPR and first aid allows people in the community to be able to respond and it’s all about being prepared for emergencies”
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 5:39 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The American Red Cross and St. Joseph Health are offering life-saving courses this summer to prepare you for an emergent situation.

From first aid to CPR, both organizations will teach you the skills to respond to a situation.

St. Joseph Health

At St. Joseph, individuals have two-course options, Heartsaver CPR AED and Basic Life Support (BLS or CPR) for Healthcare Providers, through the American Heart Association.

According to St. Joseph Health, Heartsaver CPR AED “teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services arrive. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.”

Basic Life Support (BLS or CPR) for Healthcare Providers focuses on training health care workers for responses necessary for their occupation.

Both courses are taught in a hybrid format that provides both online instruction and in-person skills practice.

To register for the course you can contact St. Joseph Health’s Healthy Communities at 979-731-1231.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides training in a multitude of courses.

“Taking training for CPR and first aid allows people in the community to be able to respond and it’s all about being prepared for emergencies,” said A.J. Renold, Executive Director of the local American Red Cross chapter. “They can go a lot better if you know what to do in an emergency and you have practiced those skills.”

Through its CPR courses, individuals can take them in a variety of settings.

“Red Cross CPR certification courses are OSHA compliant, affordable and available in a range of settings,” according to the American Red Cross’s website. “With in-person, online, and our best-in-class blended Simulation Learning, you can get CPR certified, learn life-saving skills, and train in the way that suits you best.”

In addition to CPR certifications, there is also first aid training.

For the course, individuals can train in specific certifications like Wilderness/Remote that Renold says provides lifesaving information.

“The value of that certification is that there are a lot of things that can happen outdoors,” said Renold. “For people who are outside, out in the country, out at camp, this is something teenagers, anybody can get. You don’t have to be necessarily a first responder or a nurse, a medical professional to have some of the skills that can still save a life.”

Click here to learn about Red Cross courses.

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