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American Red Cross and Portsmouth Regional Hospital to host CPR Saturday, February 28th

February 13, 2009

The Great Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross and Portsmouth Regional Hospital are teaming up with the goal of training 100 people how to perform lifesaving CPR and provide basic First Aid. The training is being held February 28th at the Community Campus in Portsmouth and will be $5 per person to cover the cost of materials.. The training will begin at 9am and end at approximately 4pm. To register, please visit the Chapter website at www.greatbayredcross.org or call the Chapter at 603.766.5440.

Child care will be offered on-site for children ages 5 to 12. The cost is $5 per child and that cost covers the entire day. Food will be available for purchase the day of the event. Time will also be given should students wish to go out and get their own lunch.

“Portsmouth Regional Hospital is excited to partner with the American Red Cross to promote February as Heart Health Awareness Month”, said Nancy Notis, associate director of marketing and public affairs at PRH. “This caps a month long campaign by the hospital of reaching out and educating our community.”

Learning basic first aid and CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can quite possibly mean the difference between life and death for someone suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) or other medical emergency. The Great Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross advises that being able to administer first aid and CPR/AED during the first few minutes of a medical emergency is crucial to the survival and recovery of a victim. Having these skills allows you to become a vital first responder when help is needed.

“The Red Cross wants the public to know that everyone has the power to save a life. At least one person in every household and on every office floor should be trained and certified in first aid and CPR/AED,” says Jamie Devlin, executive director of Great Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross. “On average, it takes emergency personnel 12 minutes to arrive on scene. For someone who is choking or has stopped breathing that may be too late. By learning simple rescue skills, you can go from a helpless bystander to a person with the ability to take control help someone during an emergency.”

First aid and CPR/AED are commonly taught to everyday people who may be the only ones able to respond during the crucial first few minutes of an accident or medical emergency. Nearly everyone is capable of learning and becoming certified in first aid and CPR/AED.

Becoming trained and certified in first aid and CPR/AED gives the average person the knowledge and skills essential to lessen the effect of injury or sudden illness and helps sustain life until professional responders arrive.

Each year, roughly one million people in the United States suffer from SCA – almost half will die as a result. Being able to perform CPR or use an AED early on is crucial in preventing brain damage and will greatly increase a victim’s odds for survival.

First aid and CPR/AED can not only be used when SCA strikes, but can also help save victims of drowning, electrocution, accidental poisoning, suffocation and drug overdose.

The most effective way to learn first aid and CPR/AED is to participate in hands-on training courses taught by a certified Red Cross instructor. While quick-overview videos and courses help you to become familiar with safety training; attending certification courses under the supervision of a qualified instructor is the best way to obtain the skills and confidence needed to successfully perform first aid and CPR/AED. And, in order to remain confident and keep skills current, it is recommended that you attend refresher courses and be re-certified yearly.

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