Local Red Cross Offers CPR/AED Training To Help Save Lives

June 1-7 Marks First Observance of National CPR/AED Awareness Week

LA PLATA, Md. (May 23, 2008)—Learning CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can quite possibly mean the difference between life and death for someone suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest or other medical emergency. During this first National CPR/AED Awareness Week, this June 1-7, the Southern Maryland Red Cross is encouraging local citizens to learn these important skills that could someday save a life.

“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 Mike Zabko, CEO of Southern Maryland Chapter American Red Cross. “On average, it takes emergency personnel 10 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 being a helpless bystander to a person with the ability to take control help someone during an emergency.”

The Southern Maryland Chapter American Red Cross is offering the following public training class:

Event: CPR Saturday
Date: June 7, 2008
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm or 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Hampton Inn, Lexington Park
Cost: $20.00

Zabco says that if you can not attend this event, you can contact the Southern Maryland Chapter American Red Cross at 888-276-2767 or visit SouthernMaryland.RedCross.org for more information on the variety of health and safety courses offered throughout the year.

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