During CPR and AED Awareness Week, the Red Cross underscores the importance of readiness in medical emergencies. Annually, approximately 4.8 million individuals receive training in CPR and AED procedures. Certified bystanders often serve as the first line of response before professional help arrives. 

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading medical emergency, striking without warning and claiming thousands of lives yearly. CPR involves chest compressions and rescue breaths, while AEDs analyze heart rhythms and administer shocks to restore normal function. Delays in accessing an AED significantly reduce survival chances. 

The Red Cross offers a range of training options, including in-person, online, and blended courses. While course fees vary, the Red Cross provides free resources for non-certified individuals, including online chest compression tutorials. Their First Aid app offers step-by-step guidance on CPR, AED usage, and other medical emergencies. The app is interactive and capable of calling 911 and locating nearby hospitals in real time. 

You can get this life-saving app

The First Aid app is freely downloadable from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. To explore this and other Red Cross resources, visit their website. You can find that here Redcross.org

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From the Red Cross website or app, you can also schedule an appointment for blood donation, find a class, and learn CPR, possibly saving someone you know from a medical emergency.

 

The Red Cross is also looking for volunteers.  If you have time to give, contact the Red Cross today in Eastern Iowa.  Eastern Iowa Red Cross.

2400 Asbury Road
Dubuque, IA 52001
Cedar Rapids Office
317 7th Ave, SE, Suite 205
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: 319-393-3500

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