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First Aid and CPR for Everyone: a kit introducing basic lifesaving skills

First Aid and CPR for Everyone: a kit introducing basic lifesaving skills

“First Aid and CPR for Everyone” is a kit, available from Great River Regional Library, that can be used as a tool to help provide instruction on basic lifesaving skills. The kit is from the American Red Cross. It includes a CPR compression practice tool, a hand placement diagram, an instructional DVD and other items, all in a lunchbox sized container. It checks out just like a book.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CPR is an abbreviation for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. When doing CPR, a rescuer applies strong repeated pressure on the chest above the heart to substitute for the heart’s own contractions to circulate blood throughout the body. Research has shown that continuous compression-only CPR can be effective in caring for a person with no signs of life. The kit was developed in response to this research so individuals who are unable or unwilling to take formal training can become familiar with life-saving information.

First Aid and CPR for Everyone
“First Aid and CPR for Everyone” is not intended to substitute for a formal training course, but it does provide consumers an educational overview of valuable first aid and CPR information and skills. It consists of a specially-developed compression practice tool and hand placement diagram. The compression practice tool has been engineered to give the user the opportunity to become familiar with hand placement and compressions without using a manikin. The tool is modeled after a typical ambulance and is made out of a sponge-like material. The use of an ambulance design helps to stress the important step to call 911 when responding to an emergency. The tool is designed to be placed on the flat, durable hand placement diagram illustrating a man's chest and engineered to allow the user to simulate a 2-inch depth of compression.

Instructional DVD
The DVD is approximately 45 minutes in length and will walk you through compression-only CPR and basic first aid. Add-ons to the DVD include information on how to recognize signs of stroke, review of the anatomy of a first aid kit, and overview of the American Red Cross Advisory Council on First Aid, Aquatics, Safety and Preparedness (ACFASP).

Emergency First Aid Guide
The Emergency First Aid Guide is a booklet full of information about first aid, CPR, choking emergencies, how to recognize signs of heart attack, allergic reactions and more. If you are interested in learning more about American Red Cross Health and Safety Training, contact your local chapter to learn more about their course offerings and schedule.